Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I just wanted to let everyone know that my computer I'd dying and I need to get a new one....it will be a few weeks...that is why there will be no postings.....only a few.......

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Portrait.....Day 1

Day 1.......my drawing is lacking.....I will post a drawing a day....portraiture......for 30 days.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Peach Roses on Yellow Table

I am pushing myself a little further with every painting.  My gift is not painting something realistically, but rather, alluding to the impression of form.  I have worked and reworked this painting until finally resolving some of the areas that gave me indigestion.  Another of the tips that Putnam suggested is to put distance between you and the canvas so that you can't  tighten up.  She suggests putting a garbage can in front of the easel....while I didn't do that I kept a respectable distance from the piece.  I like the outcome of this painting and the colors that have emerged.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Red Bird

This is one of those paintings that I just couldn't leave alone until I felt that I had carried it as far as possible.  I love colour and this was an opportunity to unleash color. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Peach Roses in Glass

In this small 8"x 6" oil painting I did not do a preliminary drawing and worked by laying down in gestural impression of the forms and shapes.  I have been participating in a Croquis group and we have spent a great deal of time on gesture drawing. It came very naturally to approach the painting in this manner.  One of my favorite painters from many years ago is Berthe Morisot'.  I am including one of her still life paintings.  When analyzing her painting it is gestural and the paint is somewhat thin and some of the canvas is left stained or unpainted.  This is a look that I like very much.  The paint seems to be applied as though she were drawing with the paint brush.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Salt Marsh

First of all I need to photograph this painting again because it has a glare on it.
Having said that I am really pleased with this tiny 6"x 8" painting done in oil on Gessobord.  I worked from a photograph that my husband took of a salt marsh in Beaufort County.  I have learned so much from the Putnam DVD and like to listen to her speak when I am painting.  I find that I am always picking up another little tidbit of information.  One of the critical things that I learned was how important it is to have a variety of brushstrokes and in different directions.  It helps to make the painting more complex and interesting.  I also worked the color pushing the darks and finding a wide range of greens.  If you are familiar with Putnam's work you will find these elements in her work.  Painting is a combination of lots of thought and fun surprises.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Peach Roses

This is a 20"x 20" oil painting on a stretched canvas.  I have stated before that setting up a still life is such a big challenge.  I analyzed just exactly what I enjoyed about other peoples work that I like and it comes down to an emotional reaction to something in the setup.  For this painting I searched through my stash of items and found several that I deeply love.  So I was happy with the items I chose and felt a connection to it.   The next challenge that I have been working on is laying down what I call purposeful mark making.  I tried diligently to think about the color, the brush, the stroke and the shape before I put brush to canvas.  I feel very successful in this painting.  It is fresh, spontaneous and pretty.  I am going to take a class from James Richards at the end of August and I think that I will gain so much.  I keep referring back to my DVD from Lori Putnam and love to paint as she is speaking!!  LOL
Who do I look at when I am painting a still life.  Primarily Vuillard, Bonnard, Braque, Susan Valadon and Matisse are the painters whose still life work entices me.  The painting below is an example of a Matisse that I love.  The simplicity, color and composition are so interesting to me

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Interior with Hydrangea

This my dining room table....I took liberties with the color but there are strong similarities.  This painting is 9"x 12" on a stretched canvas. 
While painting this painting and analyzing my approach I was thinking about what I wanted to achieve in the outcome.  So many of the paintings that I truly admire have a brevity in composition with meaningful brushwork.  The paintings are not overworked and each mark seems to be done with forethought.  To achieve this it means slowing down and not laying paint until understanding how each stroke relates to the next.  Sooooo....I took a deep breath and laid down a color to tone my canvas that seemed to be my first impression when looking at the subject.  Next I did a marker drawing on paper of the scene and established in my mind the darks, middle, and light value shapes.  Once I  understood was before me I was ready to begin.  I then laid down a rough drawing with ultramarine blue and raw umber mixed to a nice gray black.  Now, my greatest weakness is being able to incorporate shades into my work.  It is true that I like to paint with lots of light, bright color.  I did lay in a rough concept of the dark and light pattern.  NowI proceeded with deliberation and spontaneity.  Herein lies the challenge. I chose my colors carefully testing them before I laid them down.  I do work on a gray palette with helps me to determine the tints from the shades.  I wasn't afraid to work into the painting wiping as I went, softening here and there along the way.  I also used a palette knife and scratched a bit as I was drawing.  I left the toned canvas where it applied and used a thicker paint for emphasis.  I am happy with the outcome and feel that all of the looking, analyzing and reading is beginning to show in my work.
This is a long post but I wanted to share my thought process with you.