Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Matched Pair

         A Matched Pair                                                   oil                                                9" x 12"

Another painting from an old photo I took outside an Antique Shop years ago. This one is almost monochromatic and I enjoyed working that way for a chance. 
Here is an update on Zest- It . My order was cancelled and apparently it can no longer be shipped to the U.S. I checked with Jackson's and Rosemary brushes. But, I am now looking into an air purifier and will see if I can go forward with a safer studio in a different way. If any of you use one in your studio, I'd love hearing about your experience with it. 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Garlic Basket

Garlic Basket           12" x 9"     oil on linen

I thought it would be interesting and fun to paint this image in oil after painting it in watercolor many years ago. The watercolor is much larger but I heightened many of the same color notes, using violets and cool blues to contrast with the gold tones of the boxes and garlic skins. I may change the size of the garlic though...... these would definitely be categorized as 'elephant garlic'!!

Below is the watercolor version:

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cougar Gulch, Barn In Winter

Cougar Gulch, Barn In Winter        8" x 10"                 oil

This barn is one of my all time favorites for it's angles and the way it sets back into the trees. It is in North Idaho and we used to pass it every day on our way home. It always seemed to have blue shadows and a sort of quiet about it, regardless of the time of year. I have always enjoyed painting and drawing it and today was no exception.

In a side note, I have ordered Zest-It (available in the UK, not the US) and will let you know how I like it ,as a replacement for mineral spirits.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Toward Challis

      Toward Challis                  oil on linen panel          9" x 12"

Once again, I am drawn to an old photo. I continue to work with the correct feel of the paint, as I try to replace Gamsol (oms) with walnut oil or in this case Liquin. It's a tricky business!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Shimmer - Light On The Water

              Shimmer                oil on linen panel          9" x 12"

This one is about the light. I did use a fisherman as a bit of interest in the water and to break up the horizontal plane. But, the fun part was creating those barely warm sparks of light shimmering on top the dark water.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lochsa Shadows

        Lochsa Shadows             8"  x 10"           oil on linen panel

Today my intention was to use interesting grays. I have warm and cool grays in both the light and dark areas with just a few pure colors around the feet and water of the figure. I like the fact that it is a little 'different', but am still mulling over some of the values overall. This painting has a lot of subtle color mixing, which was difficult to get accurate in the photo. I may post again with changes to try and resolve that. Below is a detail

Lochsa Shadows - detail

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Shadow Falls Revisited

    Shadow Falls Revisited      oil on linen     10" x 8"

Thanks to those who commented about using Zest-It in my last post. I haven't made an order yet and am continuing to use walnut oil, as with this one today. 

This is a falls in North Idaho and from and old photo source. I began to look at a couple of boxes of photos (pre-digital) with the intention of clearing out and tossing many of them....... but as you see I get side-tracked. I find that they appeal as much as they ever did, sometimes for different reasons. Maybe we are hard wired to be drawn repeatedly to similar shapes, colors and contrasts of light and dark even over many years. Perhaps that becomes what we eventually call our painting style.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

At Home On The Range, more solvent-free painting

At Home On The Range               12" x 12"               oil on linen

What is it with cows? We love watching them, as they watch us, and they are always fun to paint. I've painted these two before and always like the feeling of friendship they seem to portray. 

This is another foray into solvent-free painting. I'm using walnut oil and walnut alkyd medium once again. I have no problem finding many solutions to cleaning brushes at the end of a painting session. But, I would like to be able to thin paint a bit more that various oils allow. Zest-It has been suggested to me a couple  times, and I see that it is available on the Rosemary Brushes website. Does anyone out there have experience with using it? I also like various other mediums such as Gamblin's solvent free gel, which I do like very much, but again it is for thicker paint feel.

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