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.......

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.

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