Saturday, November 29, 2014

Follow The Light

Follow The  Light     12" x 9"    oil on linen
I had a good time at the easel today with the color and light in this one.There are some dark areas that are difficult to photograph as they have subtle color shifts that I enjoy, but I think photography for artists is an ongoing challenge. This scene is from our trip to Kodiak and was toward the end of the day with pale light, which made for warm shadow areas. 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! and a "Rosy Mix"

Rosy Mix                   9" x 12"                   oil on panel
I am posting the finish to the workshop roses, posted last week. While it was nearly finished from the still life, I used a photo of the set-up and a bit of imagination to complete edges and some color balancing. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day 4- Daniel Keys workshop at SAS

Still life by Daniel Keys

Here are a few photos from today's demonstration of a lovely still life with roses. I know my photos are not doing it justice but they will give you the basic idea.
 He began using yet another approach. There was no initial drawing, and it began with blocking in transparent color very loosely for approximate placement. He softened edges with a paper towel, then proceeded to direct painting from area to area. Once again, there was a thoughtful dialogue throughout and many questions were answered. He re-directs questions to help the student find focus in what they are asking, which is a really good characteristic of an excellent teacher I think. In our afternoon painting sessions, he checks in with everyone as they paint and helps and /or critiques where needed.

I highly recommend his workshop, but they fill up fast! So, do you homework and start watching his website for updates if you're interested. Go to DanielJKeys for his website.

My rose still life is posted below and once again, I didn't finish. But, you know I'll be posting the finished work just as soon as I can get back home.......and get back to my easel!

Rose Study- Mary Maxam

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Daniel Keys Workshop - Day 3

still life by Daniel Keys

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

Still life by Daniel Keys

 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

fruit still life by Daniel Keys

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 (above), where he showed one of his several methods of beginning a work. 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 will post my own tomorrow as I didn't get a photo.

I'm hoping we'll paint some flowers tomorrow, but meanwhile the painting below is a floral I did from last spring.
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Rose Garden                oil on linen              9"x 8" Pin It

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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