Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Royal Mix- Marigolds

Royal Mix                         8" x 8"                   oil on linen 
I am told this variety of marigolds is called Royal Mix. And that seems a perfect name for the wonderfully golden color that they have. The crowns of intense color really made a nice spotlight for the focus of this one. These were waiting for someone to come along and nab them on a table at a garage sale.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Little Falls

Little Falls                      9" x 7.5"            oil
I have several pictures of rocks and water taken over the years. So, it's hard to say where this is from. I go back to them now and then and always find them a peaceful subject to paint, much like being there and watching the water rushing by. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Tree - and Memories

Spring Tree                            8" x 12"                              oil
I painted plein aire today but didn't have far to go because this tree is in our backyard. When it blooms each year, it's like a beautiful gift, wrapped in every shade of pink you can imagine. It has a lovely umbrella form and is a favorite for both myself and my sister, because it always reminds us of our mom...... who loved it and anticipated it's bloom every spring.
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Places In-Between

The Places In-Between       8" x 6"      oil 

When I'm painting trees, I so often find that it is either the silhouette  of the whole, or the places between the branches that create interest. And, while I used fun color in the trunk and branches, I really had the most fun painting the blue patches, or negative spaces of the sky. It's always interesting to pay attention to what we see in both positive and negative space

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Moo - cow pitcher & a chocolate doughnut

Moo                                       oil                                   9" x 9"
Moo - (doughnut detail)

This is an old painting, but one I still love. In re-organizing my website ages ago it was somehow left out and on it's own, languishing in a studio box. The little cow pitcher was given to me by my sister-in-law and I don't think she realized at the time that it had wonderful memories for me. My Tia Celes had one that was very similar and I always remember it on her counter. It was the companion to a table laid additionally with sugar, coffee cups and probably some kind of home made dessert for company ( I don't remember doughnuts)

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rim Light

Rim Light                 oil             10" x 8"

This was a memorable early evening sky from Montana last summer. There was the all the intensity of color you expect in a sunset, but the values were close and it gave a wonderful unifying effect.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Beach Towels

Beach Towels                 oil                   8" x 6"
What better indication of summer than beach towels waving in the breeze? We've had wonderful weather, but not quite that warm! These were flapping in a backyard in Belize.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Lemon Zest

Lemon Zest                    9" x 9"          oil
I hope you had a wonderful Easter, enjoying both family and friends. This is one I painted recently for a client who saw one of mine that was similar, but sold. It's such a bright, fun palette to work with, and reminds me that I don't use yellow enough. Have a bright Monday!
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Shore Lunch - Big Horn River

Shore Lunch                    8" x 10"                 oil on linen panel
These two were enjoying a shore lunch and taking a break when I caught their picture on the banks of the Big Horn river  It was a bright day and when I caught the image I was able to visualize the finished painting pretty quickly. One thing I had to work against was everything being  too green for an interesting set-up. So, I countered it with some warm transparent oxide red in the undertones and put a nice warm yellow shirt on one of the guys. A few bits of color in the lunch set-up created interest as well.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Girl In A Red Scarf

Girl In A Red Scarf                   8" x 8"               oil on linen'

My niece was the model for this painting, but I did not worry about capturing a likeness. Because she was under a leafy tree, there was soft dappled light and moving shadows bouncing around everywhere. Of course, it's that splash of red that caught my eye!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Day's Shopping

The Day's Shopping           oil on linen panel               6" x 6"

This is a little scene from San Pedro, Belize. Every day someone in our group needed to go get something to round out the day's provisions and there were always others doing the same. I wanted to emphasize the bright color evident even in the alleys and back streets there. 

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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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