Sunday, May 10, 2015

Streamside Conversation

Streamside Conversation          10.5" x 10.5"          oil
I'll keep this one very short as the keyboard on my laptop is broken and I have to type things repeatedly to get it to work.(new one ordered) Here's todays effort and hoping everyone's Mother's Day was a nice one. 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Day In Victoria

A Day In Victoria              10" x 8"              oil  
This is part of the beautiful and expansive BC Provincial Legislature building complex in Victoria British Columbia. There are wonderful park grounds all around and it is right next to the harbor and many gorgeous city sites. Can't wait to go back some day!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Catching Gold

Catching Gold              10" x 8"                 oil
This one is about the late day light on the water. I used a photo taken long ago, but I still remember the striking light reflections of gold from the day's end. 

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Several Slideshows & painting demos.

I got a question today about having other painting demos online. If you follow my blog, you know that I do post them occasionally, but I thought it might be a good thing to give a link for viewing several of them. Here's a link for BLOG DEMOS  in both oil and acrylic painting and for a few others listed on MY WEBSITE. You'll see a little duplication, but not too much.Hope you like them.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Slideshow Oil Painting Demo - "Anticipation"

"Anticipation"  slideshow demo                        9" x 12"                        oil
Here is the slideshow I mentioned in my last  post. I still haven't gotten around to actually working with a video, but maybe someday......  Questions are welcome. Enjoy...

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Anticipation - fly fishing on the Owyhee River

Anticipation                              oil                                9" x 12"
This is from a picture my husband took while fly fishing with friends this weekend. It's on the Owyhee river. I intensified the turquoise color of the water and used some scratching for the brushy look of the trees. I also took photos of the painting stages along the way. So, tomorrow, I'll post the slideshow demo. 

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Early Spring Creek

Early Spring Creek                         8" x 10"                            oil
While we've had sunshine and a few days of low 70's. Most days are still cool and breezy. This was a shot from a little creek just 10 minutes from us. I liked all the spring greens with cool lights of early day and the framework of shapes created by the trunks.

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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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