Friday, February 26, 2016

Shadow Rose

I have been eyeing this photograph for a long time....I think Els Manning did the photography on this floral.  I loved the shadowed rose...this was a kind of new territory for me in that I had to work to capture the half tones to make it work.  I think it was pretty successful!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

My Zinnia Garden

I have many favorite flowers, but the zinnia...ahhhhh....my very most favorite cutting flower.  For some reason I seem to have luck with them.  This was a particularly fun painting to paint.  What makes the colors of the flowers pop is the amount and use of gray.  It makes for such a lively little 5"x 7" painting.

Large Oak near Edisto

I am employing the things that I recently learned from my new DVD and feel that there is a solidity in this painting that wasn't there before.  I enjoyed painting this scene.   Each year we travel to Edisto Beach for the day with a picnic lunch and walk the beach with our dogs.  On our way home we pass this marvelous old oak tree.   I love the majestic oaks of the South.  I also am learning something else about color.  I added Permanent Green Light and I like the brilliant yellow green that I am able to mix.  That combination helped to change this painting into exactly what I was looking for.  One other thing....when you paint....sit back and just enjoy the process from the initial layout to the last stroke put down.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Commsision

OK...not complete, but coming closer.....

Commission

Just wanted you to see that I am working very hard over the past several days....I am not a portrait artist and I am trying very hard to fulfill wishes of a client.  It is not easy.  The child will be a wipe out and a begin again for the 3rd time.  I don't work from a projector and just rely as best as I can on observation....so proportions are tough for me.  But, I wanted you to see what I have been up to and where this is going.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tulip Time

I have painted these tulips before but, I feel that this is my best attempt.  I am learning so much.  I am a little disappointed that the photo isn't as dense as the painting.  It could be the light which is overcast and quite bright.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Swim

I used  all of the things that I have been learning in this painting.  It was lots of fun.  I love my bristle brushes....what a difference.