Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Red Hydrangea

I immediately fell in love with this huge red hydrangea.  I know that it was dyed, but gosh, it is just gorgeous.  Red is my favorite color.....!   This is painted on an 8"x 8" Clayboard.....and I hate the surface of the clay board...it just sucks all the oil out of the paint.  I will never buy this again.  Any of you have similar results?  I thought I was buying Gessoboard which I love.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Red Vase and Lemons

Finally folks, I have a painting.....I am overjoyed that I hung in there with this one.  I have learned so much about color as value and the introduction of grays.  My composition was just not working until I added a few more lemons and involved the foreground of the painting.  There were tears of utter frustration until I made break through after break through.  I am finally excited about painting again.  What have I learned?  Patience, persistence, looking, studying, analyzing, tenacity and willingness to leave what works and move on......
Oh......the painting is 20"x 20" on stretched canvas

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Having Fun

Following through on ideas that I have.  Anxious to explore this at length!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Just Playing Around

I have been wanting to play with shape and color and these are the 3 paintings that I did today.  They are painted on Arches oil paper.  It is a very nice surface to paint on and I like it.  I plan on experimenting more with this technique.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


I am evaluating this painting....it is a little rough....there are things that I like and some that I am not sure of.  Getting the drawing right for some reason was a real bear.  As always, things could change.....?  I am trying to find more color notes throughout the entire painting.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Red Bird---Red Chair

I know that you have seen this one before and I was never satisfied....given what I am learning and acknowledging about myself I went into it one last time.  Now, I LOVE it.  Learning to trust ones instincts is a big step forward.  At least it has been for me.  I decided that using thick paint isn't a curse!!!  I wish that my red chair still existed...but it doesn't.  There is a purple chair at the thrift store that I have my eye on and I just may get it.  It took me many days to get this composition right back when I put it together...that is a key element  to success.  There are times when you want to paint so badly and taking the time to lay out a good workable composition takes so much time!  But, a word to the wise...take all the time that it requires.
Oh, and by the way....it is not a sin to use black.  I make mine from alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and cad yellow med.  It takes a bit of mixing to get just the right balance.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pansy Sketch

This was a 45 minute timed oil sketch done on an 12"x 12" canvas panel.  I like the energy in it even if I feel that I need to do much more of this kind of painting.  I stuck right to the minute and didn't go back into the painting.  Good practice....Hmmmmmm....I am trying something a little different with color....what do you think?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Floral Red Vase

I have been working on this 20"x 20" floral for the past few days and feel comfortable with this conclusion.  The direction that I have been exploring for sometime is looser than past paintings.  Could I push it further?  Perhaps, but I just want to let this ferment and then move forward.  The red vase is one that I recently purchased from a thrift store.  It was love at first sight.  The pattern is almost like Majolica ware; many bright and interesting colors.  I worked on the composition in this painting because I feel that is an area of vulnerability for me.  The last thing I wanted was a rendering of the objects.  Color was my main interest along with shape. Looking and observing impressionist painters and the way that they not only laid down paint, but also, mixed colors next to one
another gave me lots to aspire to.  What was lacking a bit because this is new ground that I am breaking was the direct emotional response to the paint.  I love the push pull of thick thin paint.  I always hope to use darker color and end up with light luminous colors.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Red Roses in Glass

This is a 9"x 12" oil painting on stretched canvas with thick buttery paint.  The colors are not quite right.....but close.  I may have to have my husband do a callibration on the colors of the monitor.  The painting will be for sale in my Etsy shop.