I am attracted to early photographs of women from the 19th century. I have a number of photos that I purchased on Etsy to work from. This is a very small paper cut painting and has intricate tiny pieces. I found it difficult to cut the smallest pieces and may need to use a magnifying glass to perfect the shapes. But all in all, I was pleased with how she turned out. This lovely young girl has a beautiful roundish face with gorgeous dark brown hair.
Drawing for paper cut
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
These members of the Hibiscus family bloom along the winding driveway to my home. They are abundant this year and I wanted to share some of their beauty.
They look like colorful flying saucers, and speaking of saucers, these beauties are actually the size of dinner plates!
My Gardens and surroundings inspire my creativity. In these small paper collages I explore the plant life forms and explore color. Please come along and enjoy the South Carolina summer with me.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I am stretching myself and finding it challenging. I am trying very hard to place a color down and leave it. I am also trying to simplify as much as I possibly can. I left this painting when it was still fresh choosing not to rework it.
Raymar Canvas Panel
Drawing for Spider Mum
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Grapes and cheese is one of my favorite snacks! It is always a challenge setting up a still life, and, this was no exception. I began with my objects and determined what color and value range I wanted to work in. That's where the fun began. The process of painting is exhilarating. For me, it is the moments spent solving the problems that the still life, color, light, and state of mind present.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
After a few days off from painting and much needed time to reflect and fill myself up again spiritually; I painted this little vibrant painting. I found these lilies at the grocery store and when I placed them in the vase I detected the most wonderful scent. They are elegant and beautiful in color. This time I didn't strugle with the colors used in the painting because I did a preliminary abstract color study and then translated that into the painting. It worked out very well and I didn't muddy the paint.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
My Daylilies are just about done blooming. They have been exceptionally pretty this year. It may be because of the cold cold winter that we had here in the South. I bought this beautiful little Vaseline glass vase on Etsy last week and was so excited to paint it. The color is even more vivid in natural sunlight, but, my studio has eaves which prevent much light from coming into the studio. So, I painted from ambient light during mid morning. I did a preliminary sketch which you will see below before I began painting. It helps me with the composition. I did change it somewhat because of the way that the painting progressed.