Thursday, March 5, 2015

Green Shutters

Green Shutters                          oil                       8" x 8"
This was a painting I started during the 30 in 30 Challenge in January. It is a scene I came up with from my imagination. But, I couldn't quite see what was wrong until today. Once I added a some yellow to what was essentially a red and green composition, it all came together. The bright warmth lent harmony and the focus that had been missing. It's always a good feeling to figure out another part of a puzzle!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Westport Docks

Westport Docks                              oil                          9" x 12"
In today's painting, I massed the main areas of this painting just fine, but somehow the most challenging part was in getting the warm and cool colors to stay put! I'd be happy with one area, then later go back and try to adjust the temperature without asking why!.I think I was second guessing myself in thinking about blues being cool and the browns being warm. But, as I've posted before, the question has to revolve around the temperatures of lights and darks for each area or object. I think I got it straightened out.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fishing New Water

Fishing New Water                             oil                       8" x 10"
I was inspired by Julie Ford Oliver to use Pthalo blue on my palette today. It's such a strong color and I tried to keep it under control by using a limited triad with it. This was yellow ochre pale, pthalo blue and terra rosa with just a touch of ultramarine blue here and there. This was a good trio for this scene with all the rusty colored grasses and cool light. And, I was reminded of how versatile Pthalo can be in mixing both greens and violets!


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washday In Paradise

Washday In Paradise                     9" x 9"                 oil
I did this from a picture taken when we were in Hawaii a few years ago. It made me think about how, when in a new place, we notice all sorts of things that seem more mundane at home. Maybe it's the light, or just the fact that we are open to everything being new and wonderful!  Our eyes are somehow refreshed. At any rate, this line of colorful wash under the palms caught my eye
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Desert & Sky

Desert and Sky                               oil                              8" x 8"
A simple palette again today while I enjoyed painting the subtleties of this landscape. A blue sky, long ochre grasses and clouds swirling through seemed enough as I played with soft edges and contrast. I wanted to bring the 2 parts together in a better way and I did that by mixing some blue with the grasses. That cooled them and brought them into harmony with the sky. 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cat On The Pond

Cat On The Pond                      8" x 10"               oil on linen
Across our backyard there is a pond. And on the far edge of the pond, this cat comes down every day to check out whatever might be around and about. It sits quietly sometimes for long periods of time contemplating the water and long grasses. I think this is the first cat I've ever put in a painting, but maybe not the last, it was very fun.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blue Fly

Blue Fly                             11" x 14"             oil on linen panel
I didn't knock down the color intensity much in this one. But once I started with those blue shadows, there seemed no turning back! Fun to push color and just leave it sometimes.


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Horse & Cart

Horse & Cart                           8" x 10"                  oil on panel
Another title for this might have been "Where's the Party?" but at any rate it was fun and colorful to put together. I took the reference for this while in Solvang, CA. but added the lantern shapes above, for color and more of a party feel. It is basically structured in brown monochromatic values and I added color that would add a little contrast . I guess I'm still working out of the 30 in 30 challenge to some extent in painting from my imagination!



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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Four Bouys

Four Bouys                      oil on linen panel        8" x 8"

A lot of fun with color today! This is from a pic I took a few years ago in Kodiak, Ak. I was  walking the docks with a friend and all the huge fishing boats gave us great reflections and in this case, some wonderful color from bouys hanging alongside. It is one I've meant to play with for a long time and today must have been the right day because it just felt together..... nice when that happens. 

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Winter Fisher

Winter Fisher                    8 x 10"                 oil on linen panel

I've been under the weather lately but managed to do a bit of painting and enjoyed the result with this 'winter fisher'.And, here is a painting hint as well.... I had to wipe out an area of the paint when part of a mix got cloudy. So this time I tried a square of cheese cloth with Gamsol and it came off just great leaving no lint or paper bits behind. Even with my fav Viva paper towels I've had issues when the paint is thicker, so this was a nice little discovery for me. I read about using cheese cloth to oil out a touch dry painting so it gave me this idea which I'll definitely use again.


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Collage for the 30 in 30 Challenge

Challenge Collage
So I am finally posting a collage from Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge. I finished 30 paintings but somehow Ipiccy was not co-operating with the format for 30 instead of 25! Anyway, I thought at the third try, I would just leave it as is. If you care to see larger photos, just click on the numbers below to link to each painting on my website. They are linked from the top left to bottom right.

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12 

13  14  15 16  17  18  19  20  21 22  23 24 25


 My take-away from the challenge is that the theme was the hardest part. It kind of hemmed me in far more than I would have realized. It was good to have a deliberate schedule I was obligated to though when you paint regularly, it doesn't change things in a huge way. All in all, I'm glad I got through it as I've been meaning to join the '30/30 club' for awhile!
Congratulations to all the artists who participated and shared with us all. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Coral Sky, 30 in 30 Challenge

Coral Sky                                 oil                         6" x 8"
Here's a sunset for you today and I wanted a bright glint of water reflection in the dark part of the landscape. The challenge is winding down, so hope I can follow through for a couple more days!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Geranium Shadows - 30 in 30 Challenge

Geranium Shadows                   oil                     8" x 8"
Today was another day when I kept to the 30 day painting challenge, but not to my theme of painting without a source. I chose this photo from several years ago where I'd set up this geranium on an outdoor table. It was backlit with strong morning light so I really had to read into the dark shadows to lighten them and intensify the color for this bright effect.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

More Sunny Windows - 30 in 30 painting challenge

More Sunny Windows              6" x 8"                      oil on panel
Only time for a small one today. This is based on my post from a couple days ago," A Sunny Window" , but an oil version.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Redhead - #30in30Challenge

Imaginary Redhead       8" x 4"      oil
I wanted to work with a face today, so played with this one that I made up. She doesn't look like anyone I know.... she just kind of appeared on the canvas!
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Sunny Window - #30in30challenge

A Sunny Window                      12" x 12"                watercolor
I changed it up again today with the medium of watercolor. So fun to play off the whites of the paper and let some of those colors just run one into another. I also used a white gouache in some areas to control values.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sky Lights - #jan30in30 challenge

Sky Lights                oil                18" x 14"
I painted bigger today and had a lot of fun with this one. The block in was done yesterday afternoon. It is similar to a 36" x 48" painting I did a couple years ago, though in a different color scheme. So while it is scaled down from that one, it feels huge next to the one's I've painted recently! It was good to streeeetch out!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Pitcher & Pear - #jan30in30 Challenge

Pitcher & Pear        oil on linen         10" x 8"
Celeste Bergin  (fabulous and creative artist) asked in a comment whether I had painted my last post "Idaho Barn" outta' my head in compliance with my theme for the challenge. The answer is yes! But, I did take a long, hard look at the reference photo before I turned off my monitor and made a real effort to concentrate on the abstract shapes. However, today's post is one where I broke away from my theme and I did indeed, set up a little still life to paint from. This is a pitcher that was my mom's with a pear and a jadite plate. I just HAD to break away from the theme and now know, that if I do the challenge in the future....., I will not choose to work with a theme as it can be too frustrating on some days.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Idaho Barn - 30 in 30 Challenge

Idaho Barn                           8" x 10"                     oil on panel
I checked out one of my photos from long ago to come up with this painting idea. After I'd turned off the computer and visualized the scene, I realized that what stuck in my head were the abstract shapes of the picture. The barn roof nearly blended into the sky and the other shapes were just that.....shapes without enough detail to be able to say quite what they were without the context of a landscape. it all provided another challenge and another day in the 30/30!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pink Lady - 30 in 30 Challenge

Pink Lady                                    oil                      8" x 8"
This challenge is making me feel like surely it's spring by now?? Oh, I guess it hasn't been that much time yet! Today, I really went for the color and had in mind some pictures I took in Wenatchee, Wash. a few years back. 
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