Sunday, March 29, 2015

Slice of Light - Using Acrylic Paint

Slice of Light                               acrylic                             8" x 8"

 I've had a couple questions about using acrylic paint recently and thought it would be helpful to review how I've used acrylic in a way that I find easy to layer and manipulate.

This is another acrylic painting and I thought I'd answer a couple questions regarding materials. I use Liquitex Ultra Matte medium mixed in with the color. It makes the paint a nice consistency to handle and slightly more opaque, so that it dries closer to what I see as fresh paint. This is on Fredrix Portrait acrylic primed linen which is good for either oil or acrylic work. For a palette, I have a Masterson Sta Wet palette, but I also use a dollar store plastic box with a fitted lid that works just as well for smaller set ups. Here's a YouTube link that shows how to make one of your own and I'm sure other handy methods would turn up with a quick search. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Storm - Re-post after a little tweaking

Spring Storm                        8" x 8"                    oil
In the back of my mind, I just knew this painting needed some tweaking even as I posted it yesterday. Today a fresh look re-confirmed that, but it didn't take too much. The first problem was the shadow in the foreground. It wasn't strong enough to really make the light on the field stand out. Next, the furrowed ground didn't have the curved direction needed to lead the eye toward the rain cloud. I also toned down the 'orange-y' color that was taking over in the foreground.  These changes made a more cohesive statement that I'm much happier with! Take a look at yesterday's post and see what you think.....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Storm, Boise Foothills & Fields landscape

Spring Storm                       8" x 8"                               oil
We've had mild weather and a few spring storms providing rain now and then here in the Boise/Eagle area. This was a view of the skies looking north to the foothills as one storm came through a couple days ago. 

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Color Compliments

Color Compliments                          oil                      9" x 9"

Color Compliments - detail

I had no particular idea for a painting today, and tossed a few paint tubes down on a table with some brushes. Had I worked out the composition a bit better beforehand, it wouldn't have taken me as long as it did. But, I kept having to adjust values to lead the eye around a bit better than was happening naturally. The darks at the top weren't really there, and that edge kept leading the eye off the page. So, bringing in the suggestions of more paint tubes helped things out by breaking that line.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

BoldBrush Fav 15% ! Fair Day

Fair Day                oil                       16" x 14"

Today I awoke to a nice email from FASO, the people that host artists websites. "Congratulations on making the FAV15% in the February 2015 BoldBrush Painting Competition".....Yay! My painting 'Fair Day' is my entry. When you look at all the others in the 15% group, you will see why I feel so flattered to be included...they're fabulous.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fruit & Flowers

     Fruit & Flowers              oil             12" x 12"

    detail - Fruit & Flowers

I painted in big juicy brushstrokes today using an old photo source I've always liked. Years ago I painted this still life with a group in Coeur d'Alene.. At the time, It was set up with a tapestry rug behind it all and the color palette was red and more red. At the time, I painted a cropped version in acrylic and still have that painting. Today I used a photo from that day and included it all. 

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Brass And Squash

Brass And Squash                       11" x 14"           oil 

Brass And Squash - detail

Today I remembered that I hadn't ever posted the finish to this painting. It's one I began during the Daniel Keys workshop and posted here unfinished. Since then, I worked back into it and came to a resolution of most of the shapes. It is difficult to maintain that freshness of the original beginning, but I had most of it done and that carried the idea through pretty well.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sky Lights

Sky Lights       18" x 14"     oil on panel

Sky Lights  - detail    oil

I posted this about a month ago but had it 'on hold' as I still wanted to adjust a few edges and layer some color. I worked a bit today and now...... finished!

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pointing The Way

Pointing The Way                              oil                       10" x 20"

Pointing The Way  -detail                      oil               10" x 20"

I painted a bit larger today and in a different format as well. It makes for an interesting change, but a frustrating way to show the picture online,. So, I am hoping the detail shot helps out a bit on this one. It is painted on a deep edge canvas, and the painting continues onto the edges which is always nice for a clean look without framing if you choose.

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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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