Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Daniel Keys Workshop - Day 3

Today began with Daniel continuing yesterday's demo. I included a detail shot of some perfect palette knife work on some of the yellow leaves. The placement, shapes and clear color made them jump right off the canvas. He worked with concentration and care, but continued to answer questions and talk about some of his planning process as he worked.

Here are a few take-aways  from the day:

  1. Use more paint in working with the building up process. ("Mr. Richard says don't worry about using too much paint, they are not going to stop making it!" ...talking about Richard Schmid)
  2. Keep your brushes very clean by using a BIG jar of OMS, rinse thoroughly and squeeze your brush dry. The paint needs to have  creamy consistency, but heavier than the glaze underneath. 
  3. When color looks 'muddy' or 'chalky' it's a color temperature problem.
  4. Keep thinking about painting shapes of color, as opposed to what the subject is.
  5. "Our tendency is to always see too much and paint too much... better to simplify"

My painting from our afternoon session is shown below, but while I won't be able to finish it this week, (it will be roses tomorrow) I will do so at home and eventually post the finish. To see my completed works...
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scottsdale Art School, Daniel Keys workshop- Day 2

 Today at the Daniel Keys workshop at SAS, we had a second demonstration. It began after a bit of review and discussion about varied methods on ways to approach your initial set up. He relies on painting subjects he likes, regardless of whether they 'go together' in a typical subject, design or color scheme. This still life added yellow squash and sunflowers to the mix of apples and drapery. He does not begin all his paintings using the same methods. Today was as follows...

1. Sit for 10 minutes thinking about process. Envision what the finished painting will look like.
2. Begin a brush drawing using careful measuring and placement.
3.A block in for each light and dark value area, using local color with thinned paint and loose edges.
4. Gradual building up of thicker paint, varied soft and hard edges and detail.

While I am including photos, (above) I strongly recommend that you go to his Facebook page to see some of his own painting photos. Also, his DVD's are terrific!

Below, are 2 photos of my own efforts...the first being yesterday's study and the second is my start on today's set up, with (hopefully) a finish tomorrow.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Daniel Keys workshop- Scottsdale Art School- Day 1

Rose Garden                oil on linen              9"x 8"

This week I'm in Scottsdale,AZ taking the Daniel Keys workshop. I expected marvelous painting demos and his generous teaching,. But in addition, I'm enjoying the unexpected humor, energy and approachable style he brings to the class. Today, he covered the basics of good painting in a way that was interesting, and direct, without sounding tired or repetitious (even for this retired art teacher).

There was a short painting demonstration this morning, where he showed one of his several methods of beginning. Today it was basically laying down local color for each of the light and dark value areas of each of the fruit shapes in the still life. He worked with edges a bit and talked about color, and value matching for the most part. The class painted in the afternoon from set ups of fruit and draping. I tried to concentrate on the right match and not just settle for being close! A temptation for all of us sometimes. I didn't get a picture taken but will try to post it and some of his demonstration work tomorrow.

I'm hoping we'll paint some flowers tomorrow, but meanwhile the painting above is a floral I did from last spring.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Collector's Painting Give-Away for " Geranium Stem"

Geranium Stem      6" x 6"      oil on linen panel
It's time for a painting give-away and this time I'm saying a big 'thank you' to collectors. The winner will be drawn on December 12th, from those of you who've made a purchase of my work between Oct.1st,'14 through  Dec.11th,'14 The drawing will be for "Geranium Stem" (above) or see it  HERE for a larger view. Each purchase qualifies as an entry to win.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014


Twilight               oil on panel        6" x 8"
This is that wonderful time of day when the light gets all yellow and pink and colors deepen.
I worked in the same manner as the last post but with different results. 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

How About Hawaii?

How About Hawaii?             9" x 9"                  oil on linen
While I thought I would be painting fall leaves today, this idea popped into my head and I just had to act on it. I cropped a photo I'd taken of some palms in Hawaii, just to focus on the towering shapes and back light. 
My first painting step was to wash in dark alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue stains into the areas where the trees would be. I then moved into the dark and mid-tone opaque colors and worked toward the lights. This one was exactly what I had in mind! 
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Light Rim

Light Rim                  8" x 10"                 oil on linen panel
I just noticed that this is my 800th post since starting my blog in '09. It has been an adventure both rewarding and educational, that I plan to continue. Here's a big 'Thank You!' to all of you who continue to follow and support my work!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sun Spots - Sunflower Color

Sun Spots                    oil on linen panel               8" x 8" 
Capturing the last color of summer from a few weeks ago, I painted this sunflower today. I've been loving all the fall leaves, so maybe that's next...... 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Water's Edge

Water's Edge                        8" x 10"            oil on linen panel
This is from a photo from Kodiak, Alaska and the light was at that late day stage, but the sky was overcast. It created a pale yellow and orange light that wasn't very strong but that light and the water at the edge of the rocks is what I was concentrating on. I think perhaps the trees are too important here, though I did play down all the busy edges. I started with a violet block-in of the main shadow shapes and built into the middle and lighter values and colors as it progressed.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sun Day

Sun Day           8" x 6"         oil

Here's a re-post for your Sunday as I'm still seeing a few Sunflowers and even Daylilies along with the beauty of changing leaves.....

Where ever I go these days, there seem to be sunflowers. Peeking over fences, in broad fields, and random volunteers in mixed garden patches. Here are three that looked like they are still hanging on to summer.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Light Stream

Light Stream     oil on linen      10" x 8"
That flash of light on water....who can resist it? Not me. This was the kind of painting that presented a lot of 'happy accidents". A bit of extra color here, a messy color streak there and I wanted to keep them all. I tried to keep coming back to the main focus of that light and tried to keep only what was needed! Always a. challenge

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Sunday, October 12, 2014


Reflections            oil on linen panel                            9" x 12"
The title here is certainly about the water and color. But, it is also about having some quiet time and just being alone with your whatever way you choose to do that. This one is difficult to see the detail and I certainly suggest taking a look at the larger view using the link below to my website.....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nice Bend!

Nice Bend!                            oil                               8" x 6" 
Here I am posting on the weekend again, which is upside down from the schedule I kept previous to about 6 months ago. I am enjoying the freedom away from a timeline though.... nice to be my own boss! This one is a friend that my husband fishes with, from a trip to Kodiak, AK. I kept the brushwork active and deliberately left streaky bits to emphasize the action of reeling this one in and keep the eye moving through the composition.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Day On The Water

A Day On The Water            oil on linen panel            8" x 10"
Perhaps I should have called this A Day At The Easel as I got more time painting today.  I started with washes of transparent color and built onto those with opaque darks. I continued with more intense middle values and worked up to pastels and lights for the finish.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush                   12" x 9"                    oil on panel
I painted more trees today, starting with a staining wash underneath in a kind of transparent coral color. My painting from yesterday was a wiper, as it just came off in a kind of soft mush that had nothing to say. In this one though, I tried to overcome that feeling with direct brushwork, more paint and contrast.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Mountain View

Mountain View                   8" x 10"                     oil on panel
Sometimes when I haven't been able to get to my easel for a few days, it helps to start again in a new way. Today I did just that working on 300lb. watercolor paper that has a gesso coating on it. If you haven't ever worked this way, it tends to give your brushwork a soft edge and the blending is pretty easy and flat. In this one I referenced one of my older photos from Montana.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Artists Helping Artists - links and lists for "Filling Your Creative Well"

Here is your link for today's  AHA show....or just click the link in the right hand column.and for a link to today's show, just go to:
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Girl Talk

Girl Talk                      8" x 10"                  oil on linen

Girl Talk   - (detail)
Before every performance, there is likely some nervous chat and gossip and I think these three were having some fun comparing notes while getting ready to go out again.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014


Cottonwoods          gouache on archival board       9.5" x 15"

Cottonwoods (detail)
Today, I am posting another tree/gouache painting. This was one I discovered in my studio re-arranging, but it was just a sketch. So, I went back to painting and had fun completing it to a more finished work. I love Cottonwoods for their massive trunks and branches and they are common here in Boise and all along the river here in Eagle. 
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Leafy Green, a gouache landscape

Leafy Green        Gouache / archival illustration            9" x 14" 
I do enjoy both gouache and watercolor periodically and while I am still organizing my studio, it's a bit easier to have available. So, here is a gouache painting for you that is all about the overgrown leafy greens of late summer. Things will start turning soon and we'll all be staring at flaming orange and reds.

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