Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Fishing

Fall Fishing   8"x10"  oil on canvas
I looked for a fall day to paint and decided to use the under layer of orange for a suggestion of fall in this piece, rather than going for the full blown color  of fall leaves. In this way, I hope to convey the feeling, and still give the fisherman the focus of the piece.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

On The Road Again - Zorn Palette

On the Road Again  8"x 10" oil    
I was reminded the other day about the Zorn Palette by Sharlette White's blog, and she writes about it well. This is a limited palette of only four colors that I have used before, but it had been a very long time. This rider looked like a good opportunity with some subdued fall color in the background. He really had a lot packed onto that bike and it looked like one of several days on the road fur sure. This painting is also on stretched canvas ,painted edges and has a wired back so ready to hang.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Birds Of A Feather

Birds Of a Feather  8" x 10"  oil-stretched canvas
Today I needed to paint the color and movement of chickens once again. This flock lives in Sweden with a former student and I'm guessing they're a pampered lot! A little hunt, peck and gossip in the farmyard...what a life! I used a little bit different format for this. As it's on stretched canvas, I painted the edges as well, and will add wire on the back tomorrow. Nice for hanging right away, until time to frame.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

October Walk

October Walk   14"x 18" oil on stretched canvas
So this is the finish for yesterday's post. I knew I wanted a figure involved and I've had this figure with her two dogs in mind for a long time. For me, they add a bit of story and movement and also break up that long stretch of beach. Additionally, I cropped it to eliminate some distracting shapes at the top of the trees. It did change the mood considerably, but that works for me......what are your thoughts on it ?
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Untitled-Unfinished- a journey

Today was one of those day when I just wanted to put paint down...period! I didn't really have a plan or size in mind, but grabbed a 16 x 20 canvas and the first sketch and photo I had at hand. This is Yellowstone Lake from our visit to the park a couple weeks ago. I used a transparent underwash and layered on some of the top with a palette knife for texture. It's not finished, and I think I will be adding a figure...maybe cropping...and then we'll see....I hope to post a finish tomorrow, or.... well.........stay tuned.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Back You Go

Back You Go    9"x 9"  oil on linen panel
See my post below for a painting demo and discussion of this piece
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Back You Go - figure demo

   
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This is a figure demo for the painting above using 23 photos. That may be too many overall. It's always difficult to know quite how many to use and I don't, as yet, have the video capabilities. Also, as a demo, it might be more clear to just have a standing figure, without the complication of the rest of the composition. But, practice makes perfect.....someday. This is from a friend's photo of recent fly fishing travels.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Water

New Water  8"x 8"  oil on linen    
Thanks everyone who responded to yesterday's question about my plan for a next demo. I will work to put together a figure and I appreciate knowing it was interesting to watch. I certainly enjoy seeing the others I find on the web. This painting is also from the Lamar River and I used a photo of my husband as he fished, with the foreground giving it a bit more color and adding a layer of depth.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

demo- The Lamar River

Demo- The Lamar River  9"x 9" oil on linen panel
Here is the demonstration for yesterday's post. Just click on this first image to begin the slideshow of steps. I haven't put one of these together for awhile, but finally found a program that makes it pretty clear cut. I will be listing the steps I use in my November newsletter. Meanwhile, I'd love to hear from you as to whether they are helpful and interesting. Would you rather see a floral or figure? Let me know your thoughts or questions...thanks.
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The Lamar River

The Lamar River   9"x 9"   oil on linen panel     
Today, in painting, I referenced a photo that was taken a few weeks ago while in Yellowstone Park. This is the Lamar River, and I plan to develop another using some fishermen trying their luck on these well known waters. I haven't painted a demo in quite some time, and for this painting I took 21 pics of the steps used to create it. I'll post that demo tomorrow.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Birdhouse Geraniums

Birdhouse Geraniums   16"x 20"   oil on stretched canvas
I haven't been able to get into the studio for a few days, but today I'm posting a painting that hasn't been either on my blog or web. This has a little birdhouse in the background, that sits in front of our house.It's at the top left and these geraniums grow out front in window boxes. I have a bit of a new twist from now until Christmas... I will periodically post larger works at smaller painting prices, and this is the first...great for gift shopping ( maybe even for yourself ) and it will spur me on to create new works ! It's a win-win :)
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Light On The Water

Light On The Water   7"x 9"  oil on linen panel
This is a simple scene of late day light . It was filtering through the trees and had that golden cast that seems particular to fall. I suggested the orange reflections from fall tree colors as well. This painting is being shown through my DailyPaintworks gallery.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tasting Merlot

Tasting Merlot   oil   9"x 9"     
This is a scene from the Reininger Winery where we had tastings of several of their offerings and a peak at the back room. The grapes were fermenting and there was a wonderful fruity aroma they call the 'angel's share'. And this girl was friendly, informative and generous with her time.
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Zerba Vines


Zerba Vines    11"x 14"  oil       
We have returned from the Walla Walla area where there are over 100 wineries. We spent a day with wonderful friends and our excellent tour guide, Lori Fischer, and it was fun and informative. This painting is from a view of some of  the vines at Zerba Winery who have a multitude of awards. The day was overcast and rainy, but still beautiful. More wine tour paintings to come...
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Erick

Erick   9"x 9"  oil on linen panel    
A while back, I worked with a few open grisaille images and wanted to visit this method again. This is a portrait of my nieces boy, Erick. He is wearing a traditional Basque beret which I thought worked well in this simple sepia toned work. He's a sweetie, but it was a challenge to have him sit still enough for the reference photos I used! I'm sure he is running and exploring something right this second :) !
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Montana Meadow



Montana Meadow   11"x14"  oil on linen panel
Sometimes, when standing in front of a very simple landscape, it's a puzzle to focus on what drew my eye initially. Here, I wanted to use loose brushwork to convey the sweep of color and emphasize movement in the limbs as well. A very simple idea that I hope conveys a quiet place.
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