Monday, August 31, 2015

Silver and Gold

What drew me to want to paint this particular still life was the lemongrass body crème and the silver and gold nail polish.  I then added the loose powder which became the focus of the painting.  In this painting I wanted to use shades of gray and achieve as subtle color as I possibly could; thereby still having plenty of color and light.  I worked this painting perhaps more than I desired, but I think it still has a fresh quality to it. 
I realize that the initial layout of a painting is crucial and an area where I need tons of work.  I don't know why it is such a challenge for me.  I need to get away of thinking object and concentrate more on shapes in the beginning.  Anybody have any helpful suggestions?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Girlie Things

This little 6"x 8" oil painting is painted on Gessobord.  I have had much time to think and rethink my painting strategy and I am simplifying the number of my strokes and working on lost and found edges.  What I love about this painting are the number of interrelated colors and how they support one another.  I like the active surface.  I have been spending much time looking at the Impressionists and works of contemporary impressionist artists while I was without a computer.  I would say that much of the work I have been doing has been in my mind.  As much as I love color I am also aware that grays help to hold a painting together and make the other colors pop.  In this painting I tried to incorporate warm and cool grays.  Putting all of these things together is challenging.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

So Excited!

My computer comes tomorrow!
New work coming.....the rest has been fortuitous for me!
It will take a couple of days to get the computer loaded with all things that I need....but my blackout is nearly over!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Still no computer .....I should have one soon.... in a couple of weeks......:)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I just wanted to let everyone know that my computer I'd dying and I need to get a new 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 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.