Thursday, April 27, 2017


New work.....'Roses'....10"x 8"x 3/4"....oil....stretched cotton canvas.....I just want to tell you that I have been taking the most amazing workshop....'The Secrets of Painting Light' with Dennis Perrin.......I have learned so much in such a short period of time that it is almost breathtaking....he has many more virtual workshops too...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Light Bulb

Ok....with this one I held onto my 3 values puddles of paint with great discipline.  I used Cad Red Dp, Cobalt Blue, Cad Yellow Lt......I am much happier with this painting because I was able to achieve what I wanted.  I let the light bulb be the darker values and the background the lightest value.  I wanted to mix it up a bit.  It was so much fun.....Oh, I used a size 12 short flat.  Squint, clean brush, change paper towels religiously......

Monday, April 24, 2017

Three color painting.....homework .... Module 3

This painting I am going to do over again.  I used an 8"x 8" Clayboard to work on and if you know clay board it is exactly what it says.  The surface absorbs the paint to the point where when you put down a stroke you can't move your brush.  The paint has to be liquid...Well is a disaster....but I have worked very hard on it today, and am going to post it and then post  again when I paint the other one.  I used Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red Deep, Cad Yellow Light and white.  I didn't intend it to be a high key painting, but that is what happened when I had to paint over and over again the same areas  I lost my richer dark when I went so light to get a fluid consistency of paint ....

Sunday, April 23, 2017

1-5 value structure drawing for paintings....homework

This exercise was to begin a painting with the value structure laid flat even paint.  These are painted on 6"x 6" Gessobord.  It is very challenging!!!  The more I did the easier it became though.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Module 2 second value drawing and finished painting

I am liking the grays but I am finding my way with color using them.  I need to just explore color mixing I think.....Oh, I know what I will do....I will make some color charts using the colors on my palette.  Wah....Lah......

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Roses and Lemons

I learned so much from this felt like this was what I have been looking for a long time.  I loved painting this and had so much fun.  There were all kinds of decisions to be made with every brush stroke....I simply loved it.  I have learned so much from Dennis Parrin's 'The Secrets of Painting Light' online workshop.  Just wonderful will change you for the better....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1 of 5 value structures

This is the #1 of a value structure drawing in beginning a painting. I will get lots of practice, as there will be 5 total in this exercise....It was tough.  I tried to maintain 4 values.  Admittedly there is a lot of Cerulean...I guess I went a little heavy .... didn't mean to the lighting was not that great.  Anyway, I am going to paint it now.  I chose overhead lighting because I love the effect.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Homework....4 different lighting conditions

This weeks homework assignment was to paint an object, something simple, in 4 different lighting conditions, with 3 values plus accents of black and white. I forced the value range down because I wanted the highlights to show up really well........ BACK, TOP, FRONT, descending order......I did these in a kind of a rush and so the composition could have been better....sorry....I wanted to complete the assignment......

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Red Tulips

I am taking a wonderful class on LIGHT from Dennis Perrin and I must tell you it is phenomenal.  This is my first painting using his method.  It was harder than it should have been because I chose tulips which changed position over night.  I had a wonderful drawing all laid out and the next was completely very frustrating!!!!!!!  But hey, I have learned a ton!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Brass Vase

I am experimenting with something and I want to know your reaction to...if you care to please leave a comment.....I want it to move more in the direction of the abstract....great big hint....purchase here

Saturday, April 1, 2017

She 2

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hibiscus 2

I have a tendency to overwork a painting and this was an attempt to limit brushstrokes and to work quickly and deliberately......

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Whisper of Spring

This is a copy of a photograph that I saw on FB.  I wanted to give credit to Beautiful Dreamers's Photography.  I generally never copy....but this just touched my soul.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Papaya and Posies

Yes, one more revision and now I am truly happy..........................................!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Papaya and Posies

Look familiar?  Yeah I couldn't stand the other painting as I was trying something that just didn't quite work out.  I am more comfortable with the changes that I have made.....

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pink Cabbage and Posies

This is a work in progress....I am evaluating whether I will work anymore on it........Well, I needed to gray the left side a bit and I am now pleased with the painting.  There was just too much blue to suit me.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Old English Rose

I have worked and worked on this piece and now feel that it is complete....the problem was the Thalo Blue that I used in the background...I just couldn't get rid of it and it was distracting.  I had work really hard to get rid of it......I am satisfied now.  But, I will strive for a little warmer background in the future.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Roses Galore

I thoroughly enjoyed painting this painting.  Used a limited palette of Titanium white, Naples Yellow, Cad Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Thalo Blue Green, Alizarin Crimson, Vermilion.  I laid out a painting in a similar way that Dennis Parrin does and it worked beautifully.  One thing that I found very helpful was to just let the paint glide onto the canvas very gently not feeling or touching the canvas.  An incredibly gentle touch was what was needed.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


I like this now...finished it was it tough.....a limited palette.   Titanium white, Naples Yellow, Thalo green blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cad Yellow Med, Hansa Yellow, Quinacrione Magenta.....sometimes you just have to follow your bliss.