Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rouge - Last Chance , Hurricane Sandy Fund Raiser

Rouge                oil                9" x 7"
Just a quick post as a reminder that this painting is being auctioned on Daily Paintworks and tomorrow is the last day for this auction. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. So.......if you would like to donate and get a painting too, please consider bidding. You can view a larger picture and the auction HERE . Your painting will come to you gift wrapped and with a black metal scroll easel. 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Red Scarf

Red Scarf                20" x 16"                  oil
I finished this portrait today and was happy to keep the loose parts loose and just concentrate on edges and directional brushwork. So.... a bit more refined, but hopefully not too tight, as that was not what I was going for. She's just not a formal kind of gal :) 
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Unfinished - Red Scarf

Unfinished - Red Scarf        20" x 16"     oil
Back home now and had a chance to start a painting today. After the portrait workshop of two weeks ago, I've had in mind some photo references of my niece that I have not used. I am always drawn to her familiar family profile, and the thick curls that missed me completely! She looks great in red and is wearing the blouse and black vest from her Basque costume, and a red scarf she looks great in. I hope to post the finish tomorrow.
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Lemon Trio II

Lemon Trio II              oil                 6" x 6"
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you are enjoying the long weekend as well. This is a painting that is similar to one I painted earlier and sold. In this case, it's a smaller version. I have a net connection that is like a gossamer thread while we are away from home, so I will keep it extra short here!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

View To Rainier

View To Rainier         oil             8" x 6
In the fall I painted some other views to Mt. Rainier, but I keep thinking about the beautiful looming mountain. One of the things is a surprise about being in the park is that the mountain seems so close and ever present. The paths and trails are numerous and the color in late fall can be beat! I have some Claessen's #66 linen that I hadn't used for awhile and I loved using it here for texture and the way it grabs paint off the brush. It was a good match, and a nice departure to have a little more texture to work on. 
On another subject, I have a free Artbyte for you at Daily Paintworks. What's an Artbyte?? It's an Art tutorial and this one is on using transparent and opaque paint to enhance your work. Take a look and let me know what you think. Should I attempt another?? hmmm.......
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Among The Vines

Among The Vines          6" x 6"             oil
This is the Westport Winery, where I stood at the end of tidy rows of grapevines, near and far. The variety of greens both warm and cool created the lushness of the view. Makes me want to be there again...
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Golden - late day light on the river

Golden                               oil                      9" x 9" 
This is a pretty straight forward river scene, but my motivation was to capture the light. Late day golden light makes all the greens so warm. I used Cad. orange and yellow in the mixes  for color that floods across the fields from the sun, as it starts to go down. The blue in the more shadowed areas really pops and yet stays light as it reflects the sky overhead. 
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Unfinished Blonde - 2 portrait studies

Unfinished Blonde- portrait study   oil      11" x 14"
These two will be my last two posts from last week's workshop. This blonde was unable to return for enough time to finish, but I like the overall blocked in effect. I should probably go back in and finish the sky blue of the sweater she wore because it was so great with her complexion and tawny hair. Below, I re-posted my first day's efforts. I got a better picture, but I think the alizarin and rose tones are still not quite accurate. Ah well.....

Claudia             oil         9" x 12"

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Good Day On The River - fly fishing oil sketch

Good Day On The River                         oil               7" x 9"
Tomorrow I will post another couple paintings from my portrait workshop, but I thought I'd change it up today with this fly fishing painting from the Big Horn River in Montana. I tried a charcoal sketch under this, which I hadn't done for a long time. The usual plan for me is to sketch with a brush. I liked having a bit more of a plan in mind, and will try this again. The charcoal pencil was used for the basic shapes and proportions, but then I also blocked in a few of the darks and sprayed with a fixative before  beginning to paint.
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Portrait Study - Redhead

Portrait Study- Redhead             oil          11" x 12"    
Another portrait from last week is this redhead with green eyes. She had wonderful coloring and it was really fun to paint her. There was never enough time to really finish any of the portraits completely, but I learned a lot from each one. Tomorrow I'll post one more. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Portrait Study In Coral - workshop with Michael Dudash

Model Study in Coral                 oil          12"x 11"
Today was the last of the 5 day workshop given by Michael Dudash. If you get the chance, do sign up for one in the future. He is a great teacher who is direct in communication, very generous with information and time and does wonderful demos! I really don't know what more a student can ask. I posted my first painting on Thursday, but the post is down as I worked on the painting again the next day. I will re-post when I have a chance to take another picture. 
His demos stressed the basics of drawing and getting that right, before moving on, to shadow washes and more opaque paint. He was careful to set the model up with interesting lighting and talked about knowing what you want in a finished work, BEFORE you set out to paint....good advice for any subject matter. I liked his idea of creating a title for a painting prior to starting, so that you have that goal in mind throughout......brilliant!
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fall River View - orange and blue compliments

Fall River View                        oil                 8" x 10"
Not a lot of time to post today, but I did have time to paint this scene from the Grand Ronde River in Washington. I was drawn to the orange and blue compliments of fall leaves and blue water.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Sunshine Bunch - sunflowers when you need a bright spot

The Sunshine Bunch                      oil               8" x 10"
We've been busy with travel and then guests and having fun with friends and family, but that does mean that I haven't been applying myself at the easel. Today though, I painted one of my favorite subjects, sunflowers. My husband has always been a good one for bringing home flowers...... and aren't I lucky! This bunch was a 'just because' bouquet that he brought home a couple weeks ago, and it just lit up the kitchen table! 

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