Saturday, March 22, 2014

Big Yellow

Big Yellow
This week's assignment was to work on "chroma".  Getting the intensity of the color strongest at your point of interest and controlling it from there.  I got some new paint colors and some new linen...Claussens oil primed.  It felt like Christmas!  I was really excited about seeing what I could come up with. 
Big Yellow   oil on linen  12x18"

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Cobalt Vase

Two Studies
I did two paintings this weekend of this beautiful cobalt blue vase and the last of this years red amaryllis.  It's always sad to see the last blooms on the Amaryllis, they are such a treat when they are in bloom!  I wanted to paint them before they were gone and I needed to do a study of a cobalt blue vase for an assignment on an online course I am taking.  
The assignment is due tomorrow and then by the end of the week I will get a critique video on them.  It's pretty cool!  The instructor is Laura Robb who's work I just love.  It is a great opportunity to learn from her without the expense of an out of state workshop.  So here's my "homework".........hope you like them!
Cobalt Vase   9x12  oc

Cobalt and Reds  12x12  oc

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Simply Reds

Simply Reds   oc 14x18

You can never get enough of roses, right?  

I hope I haven't bored you all with these!  This bouquet has lasted so long, this is the third time I have painted them!  I didn't plan on getting another painting from them but yesterday when I walked past them setting on the table, I thought they looked even more beautiful than they had last week.  I dropped everything ( who wants to do taxes anyway?)  And painted this version.  I titled it "Simply Reds" because that was what this painting was all about.  No other secondary actors, just those beautiful red flowers!  Hope you enjoy them.
Will they last long enough for another painting??

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Red Roses with Purple Statice

Red Roses with Purple Statice  17x17 oc

This was an exercise in textures.  Lots of fun!  I started with a very textured underpainting and then working with palette knife I layered and scraped and scumbled the paint around the canvas.  It was loose and expectations.  I like it.  It feels like energy to me.
Thanks for looking in! Hope you enjoy it.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Angel Valentine

Angel Valentine
16x42 oc

It's late for Valentine's Day but the red roses and the little angel made me think of symbols of love so the title seemed appropriate.  
I've been working more abstractly in my background areas, bringing the eye of the viewer through the painting using detail and sharp edges.  I love working this way and will continue to practice until I get it where I want it.
I hope you enjoy my belated Valentine's gift!
Thank you for watching my painting progress!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Blaze of Roses

A Blaze of Roses
19x29  oc

Michigan has had a hard, cold winter this year.  I love winter but it has been pretty challenging this year.  I needed something to cheer me up so I went to the store for some flowers!  I saw these wonderful yellow and orange picotee roses and thought of sunshine and warmth!  I hope they help you feel that too!
Wishes to you all for a day filled with sunshine!

Friday, February 7, 2014

My painting in Plein Air Magazine!

I was so pleased to see the wonderful article about flower painting in the March issue of Plein Air Magazine ....and there's my painting, "Bucket of Sun"! What an honor!

Amaryllis Study    16x20 oc

I used a little painting knife technique in this painting.  I wanted to play a little with the technique as I know several artists whose work I admire that use painting knives throughout their process. I often paint in a way that simulates that technique, using brushwork to accomplish my goals, but I thought it was time to see how the knife would differ.  It felt a little awkward not being used to it, but I'm sure I will continue to practice at it.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Grape Ivy and Roses

Grape Ivy and Roses
oc 14x23

The gray days of Michigan winter drag on....I'm not a "winter hater", but I do get so tired of gray.  I picked up these flowers, trimmed some vine off my grape ivy plant and brought some life to my day!  I hope it brings some life to your day as well.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Picotee and Clementines

Picotee and Clementines
 16x20   oil on canvas

I saw these beautiful frilled picotee roses at the florist and fell in love with them.  I decided to throw some "pizazz" in the mix and try a pink and orange palette.  I wasn't sure how it would work but I really love the colors together!  It's soft and delicate and wild and exuberant all at the same time!