Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
I find that translating into color is a bit more challenging. I love black and white. Want to continue with the black and white 5 minute studies. I will show some of these tomorrow when I can photograph in natural light.
One thing I must keep in mind is to keep it simple. I could have simplified more and made it more interesting...hmmmmmmmm
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I am laying myself out there very naked and I know that what I am doing isn't the best.....but if I don't try and grow and challenge myself I will always remain where I don't want to be.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
I worked on some collages this evening because I have a bit of a block against painting. It is time I think to have the color calibrated because the color isn't exactly right. Have you ever experienced a block? Every now and again it happens to me and I am at a loss as to how to get past it. I did some reading about a block and the suggestion was to work on something that would be different from my painting. It was relaxing to just work with composition, colour, and shape. I chose to work with these darker more neutral colors. I seem to work a great deal in high key and I just wanted to challenge myself to work in a deeper palette. The colors are really very pretty but they don't look that way. I will ask my husband to do the calibration.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Oh......the painting is 20"x 20" on stretched canvas
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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
Monday, October 19, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Portraiture is not something that I do often even though I truly enjoy it. Our grandmother took this photo in the 'rose gardens' in Portland, Oregon many years ago. We used to go there every summer when she visited us. Those are fond memories....
Thursday, October 8, 2015
So good to be able to post again. Hopefully my computer issues are over....
I used a limited palette here. The palette I chose was cadmium red medium, quinacridone magenta, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, titanium white, lemon yellow, cad yellow light.
For sale in my Etsy shop.
So happy to be up and running and thanks for stopping by!
Monday, October 5, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
I have learned that varying the size and direction and thickness of paint makes for a better, more interesting painting. I achieved some of this in this painting, but I think it needs more variation. So many things to think about while trying to keep it altogether.
Oh, did I tell you that I cleaned out my Etsy shop....yep...threw out half of the paintings into the trash bin. It felt good to rid myself of paintings that I didn't think measured up and to give my shop and new face. If you would like to take a peek.... http://www.lindahunt.etsy.com
Sometimes I think that just shaking things up a bit is good. Many of the paintings that were left were very old and looked over for a number of years. Fall housecleaning!!!!!
Monday, September 21, 2015
Well it looks like I may be back ....my new computer has some issues that need to be resolved....but at least I can post.This little 6"x 6" painting is painted on a Gessobord and will be for sale in my Etsy shop when completely dry.
I have used the time away from my computer to paint my heart out and will be posting many new paintings.
I have missed my blog and want to thank you for sticking through this difficult period which I hope is finally over.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
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
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
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
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
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.