Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wildflower Bouquet

Wildflower Bouquet  16x20"  oil on linen

I was disappointed this week when my painting day was getting near and I had no substantial flowers in bloom in my gardens.  A few of this, a few of that, but nothing that really seemed like much of a painting.  Finally I decided to just start picking what I could find, threw in a few wildflowers from my walk with my dogs and came up with this wonderful, playful, happy bouquet!  So glad I painted them!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Rhode Show

The Rhode Show

20x20"  oil on linen

I've been eyeing my neighbor's rhododendron for several days...wanting to paint it so badly!  Finally was able to get some clippings today!  
I wanted to keep it light and airy, so I worked at staying high key.  I found that the "blocky" shapes in the flowers themselves lent themselves to a little different technique.  I kept the brushstrokes sharp and treated the whole painting as angles and shapes.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Aurora Geranium

Aurora Geranium 17x24"  oil on linen

I've been keeping my geranium from last season in my house over the winter.  I put it in a north window and didn't expect it to really do much more than survive, instead it thrived!  It was loaded with big healthy blooms but I needed to dramatically cut it back before setting it outside for the summer.  I put all those blooms in a vase and they looked so beautiful (especially to this flower starved gardener!).  I had to paint them.  They last such a long time as a cut flower I'm surprised you don't see them more often in arrangements.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Lemon in the Grape Parade



A Lemon in the Grape Parade       12x19      oil on linen

A still life with no flowers!  Just wanted to try some textures with more solid shapes.  I really had fun with this one....Just a bit of a change of pace.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Orange Star

Orange Star     16x20  oil on linen

Native to South Africa, this flower really is an "orange star".  It is such a wonderful spark of color in the long enduring winter.  
I worked a combination of brushwork and palette knife for this painting.  I'm having fun pushing the textures ever further.  I love the feeling of dimension you get when you build up the paint.
I'm learning more all the time about creating dimension also with shadows.  Probably the single most valuable lesson I took from the workshop with Laura Robb.  She told me to always be looking for those areas where you can push the value of shadows to give the sense of one thing in front of or on top of another to create that depth.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DeliStar Mums


Deli Star Mums   15x16  oil on linen

I tried a little different technique on this painting.  Instead of my usual alla prima style, (working wet into wet often mixing color right on the canvas), I worked a bit from glazes and layering.  The mood is a bit more somber than my looser alla prima paintings.  
It is always fun and challenging to change things up and try something new.  
It took a couple days work because I had to let the first layer dry before working over top with the glazes.  
Just a different approach.  I found it easier to control colors but harder to get the transparent colors to be as effective.  It's worth some more studying.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Turquoise Glass and Roses


Turquoise Glass and Roses  17x17"  oil on linen

There were still a few roses fresh enough to paint left over from the bouquet I painted last week.  The turquoise glass containers are some of my favorites to paint....I love the colors, and I love the shapes.  I've painted them often but don't believe I've ever put them all together in the same painting.  

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Friday, February 27, 2015

So Sorry!!
Someone hacked my blogspot
Disregard any blog you may have received from my account appearing in German!!Yikes, that was not me.
It has been reported and deleted...hopefully there will be no further issues.
Again, my apologies
Barbara

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pink Roses

Pink Roses   14x20  oil on linen

Pink roses are so soft and beautiful but they aren't one of my favorite things to paint.  I think they can be a bit "too sweet" looking.  However, I am pleased with the way this one turned out.  The roses at the store just seemed to be the flowers that wanted to be painted.  
I tried to keep the pinks from being too delicate and added some strong brushwork to give it some strength....soft but strong.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Angel Trumpets

Angel Trumpets     16x30"  oil on linen

It was my goal with this painting to create a more "contemporary" feel to the traditional still life floral.  I do love the traditional florals and think that a good painting is timeless, however, I also find the clean simple lines of the "minimalist" look very pleasing.  It feels sleeker, cleaner....I hope to do more along this line.  Of course, I will still be doing the more traditional florals as well.  I think that both approaches to the subject have their appeal.
Hope you enjoy my interpretation of this different approach to still life florals!