Saturday, March 31, 2012

Barbara Schilling Art

"Simply Spring"

Nothing says Spring has arrived quite like tulips.  This has been an odd year in Michigan with Spring arriving a good month ahead of schedule, but as is the usual course in Michigan, the cold has to settle back in a few times before saying quits for the season.  These poor tulips were huddled quietly closed until I brought them indoors to paint...They were opening so fast I hardly had time to paint them!
When you think about it, Tulips are a rather simple flower.  Oh, there are special varieties, but the old fashioned tulips are simple...elegant, but simple.  But sometimes beauty is best in the simplest of forms.  So I named this one, "Simply Spring".

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Flowering Quince

I decided this week that I want to do a series of small floral studies from my flower gardens as they come into season. I hope to continue this throughout the summer. I would like to develop enough pieces to enter a series in the Grand Rapids art event ArtPrize 2012.
I love my gardens almost as much as I love to paint. It will be fun to watch for the flowers to open and choose which I will paint each week!
Today I chose the Flowering Quince. I struggled with the pot behind the flowers. It is delicately carved in wood. I wanted to capture that, but I didn't want it to become too busy and overpower the flowers. I think it worked out ok...but I wonder if the overall feeling of the painting is too dark? What do you think?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ken Cadwallader

I thought I'd like to share a painting by Ken Cadwallader today. It is such a beautiful piece.. I have had the privilege to study with Ken over the past year and have enjoyed it so much! Ken is a superb teacher and I have learned a tremendous amount from him. Thanks Ken. :)
Enjoy his painting and be sure to check out his other work on his website!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fwd: Hello, Spring!

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Date: March 20, 2012 2:25:50 PM EDT
Subject: Hello, Spring!
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Nothing says spring like cheery daffodils and forsythia!  I picked these first flowers from my early spring garden.  I wanted to keep the painting light and airy, like the feel of Spring.  I thought it needed a light background to maintain that feeling.  Little did I know the challenge creating the white petals on the white drapery would be!  I started out with a white cup behind the grouping, but I just did not like the look of it.  I eventually took it out and replaced it with the little purple vase.  I am much more satisfied with that.

Happy Spring, everyone!

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Barbara Schilling

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Small Paint Studies

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Date: February 29, 2012 8:42:25 PM EST
Subject: Fantasia Geranium
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Fantasia Geranium

Well, I am ready to jump in to the world of bloggers!  I hope to grow and learn with my art by doing smaller studies.  I will not be able to do a painting a day but I hope to be able to paint at least a couple times a week.  I am really enjoying the freshness and looseness of these quicker studies.

So here I go...I hope you'll join me!

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Date: March 3, 2012 1:59:17 PM EST
Subject: Yellow Roses 8.5x11.5 Available
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Yellow Roses 8.5x11.5 Available

I wanted to practice painting roses today.  Roses have a transparency and luminescence that makes them appear to be lighted from within.  I chose yellow roses because I felt that exaggerated that glow even more.  I put them in the blue and white vase,  I think the colors work well together.  I feel the delicacy of the flowers and vase also compliment each other very well.  To further enhance the glow of the flowers I decided to paint them under a warm light source.

Let me know what you think!

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Date: March 4, 2012 1:07:00 PM EST
Subject: Teacup-Roses
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog



Yesterday I painted these roses with a low key I wanted to try high key.  I think my whites became too warm and the overall painting would be better a bit cooler in temperature.  I like how it turned out overall though.

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Date: March 6, 2012 11:44:31 AM EST
Subject: Dare to Dream!
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Dare to Dream!


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Date: March 6, 2012 2:35:16 PM EST
Subject: Grandma's Vase o/c 7.5x11
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Grandma's Vase o/c 7.5x11

These brave and glorious little roses gave me one last opportunity to paint them!  Today I selected an antique vase, given to me by my Grandma.  I wanted to keep the arrangement simple so that the flowers and vase didn't have to compete with other elements in the painting.

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Date: March 11, 2012 12:52:01 PM EDT
Subject: The Jam Jar
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

The Jam Jar

This little crock seemed like the perfect backdrop for the geraniums and lace.  What an "old fashioned" charm!  I wanted to play with the magenta and blue in this painting to make the magenta in the geranium pop.  I really do like the two colors together..what do you think?

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Date: March 13, 2012 1:52:15 PM EDT
Subject: Red Velvet
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Red Velvet

In today's painting I wanted to focus on the beautiful red rose.  The rose was so intense and soft as velvet.  I thought the white-on-white background and creamer would allow the rose to be the grand stander.  The gold colors of the cruet are neutral, but give a wonderful sense of richness and balance to the painting.  The whites were a challenge.  I wanted to be sure they were the right value so they would register as being white, but still remain lower in intensity  than the rose.

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Date: March 13, 2012 2:10:19 PM EDT
Subject: Daily Paint Works
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

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Date: March 13, 2012 2:18:15 PM EDT
Subject: Kathleen Kalanowski
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Kathleen Kalanowski

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Date: March 13, 2012 3:00:30 PM EDT
Subject: Anna K. Donahue
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Anna K. Donahue

Designer and mural artist

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Date: March 17, 2012 12:27:59 PM EDT
Subject: Crescendo in Red o/c 10x10
Source: Barbara Schilling Blog

Crescendo in Red o/c 10x10

I wanted to try painting the red roses so that they were the primary subject.  I kept everything else very simple and values much can barely see the suggestion of the vase in the background.  I think this painting is very dramatic and has a more formal feel about it.

Barbara Schilling