Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sun Break- painting demonstration slideshow

slideshow for Sun Break    oil on linen    20"x16"

Here's another re-post while I'm gone. Hope you enjoy this demo again....

This is the slideshow for "Sun Break" which should run automatically for you. But, if not you can click on it and run in a separate window. I started with an overall warm wash of burnt sienna and cad. orange light. Then I indicated a loose brush drawing in burnt umber. The layers at the beginning are for the dark blue and green layers working gradually toward lighter ones, in a fairly traditional way.
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Changing A Fly

Changing A Fly        oil            12" x 8"

I'm still traveling, but here's one I finished just before I left. Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Natural Garden

Nature's Garden      8"x 8"         oil

I am traveling right now, so here is a  re-post of a favorite that I hope you'll enjoy....

This is from one of my favorite snaps and I have painted it both large (3ft.x 4ft.) and small. I always loved the big strong shape of the fir tree and the colorful dots of Queen Anne's Lace and small poppies that grew naturally on this hillside. The ocean is a great backdrop for the whole thing.  It was a surprising scene, because we had just stepped off the ferry from Victoria B.C. back to the U.S. and I'm sure while our minds were on the next time table and  schedule of events, I looked back out toward the water, and there was this welcoming natural garden.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Boat Bouy Collection

       Boat Bouy Collection         oil on linen            8" x 8"       
I wanted to paint using some color today but flowers were not in my head. These boat bouys and their varied shapes and colors got me thinking for sure. I like a red-orange and turquoise color scheme and enjoyed this change. It's surprising how many shapes they have, so seeing a big grouping like this is like walking up to a big abstract painting. 
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kenai Lake

Kenai Lake                        16" x 20"                     oil 
I'm posting a commission today that I finished just a few days ago. I haven't had time to get back to the easel since, but hope to soon. Meanwhile, the weather is turning and we are seeing a lot more sunshine! Hope you are too. This one is SOLD but you can see other work on 
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hollyhock Dreaming

Hollyhock Dreaming    oil on linen   12" x 8"

I wanted the idea and feeling of flouncy Hollyhocks in this painting rather than overly defined shapes and I really enjoyed it. I kept thinking 'Oh, I should get back into that and finish'.....then each time I began, the answer came back...'it's finished!' I know it will be quite awhile till we see these lovlies again in the garden, but meanwhile I can dream........ 

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Near Crater Lake

Near Crater Lake            oil on linen         8" x 10"
This is from a photo I snapped while driving through Crater Lake National Park. I used a warm underpainting here that was a mix of transparent red oxide and alizarin crimson. I started with a middle value of the underpainting, then wiped out the light valued areas a bit. The main shapes were then sketched in using the same oxide/crimson mix. Using that basic value set up, I then began with local color and edges to finish.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Just Holding On

Just Holding On               12" x 16"            oil on linen 
This was painted from a small study done several weeks ago. It was thoroughly fun and satisfying both times for both the color scheme and the action of the scene. Here I wanted to develop more of the grays and the color passages in a bit more subtle way and the proportion of the format is slightly wider. 

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

View From Above

View From Above          8" x 10            oil on linen
No, we are not seeing daisies here yet, but I've been inspired by several photos and paintings of spring flowers lately. They reminded me of this shot I took last summer looking down onto a mass of wild flowers. I let the shadow cast from the group steal the show with curving shapes and striking color. Of course the difficult part about painting daisy type flowers is not to paint them as perfectly white and symmetrical as they first appear. Here, I bunched them up and used shadows to link shapes.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Garden Plans - time for spring dreaming?

Garden Plans                 8"x 8"             oil on linen panel
Once the snow tapers off and the rain begins, planning and thinking about the possibilities of color in the garden isn't too far behind. Here is one for all of us who dream about sowing the colorful seeds of spring and summer flowers.
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