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Chilean Peaches

  6X4  75 For sale at my Etsy shop   I am still working with cloth trying to capture the folds and creases.  I used a cerulean blue half tone which was cool against the warm reds and oranges of the peaches.  The exercise for this painting was to create a warm palette of colors using tints and half tones to create a warm rather than hot palette.  I carried a little of the warm colors into the fabric to create a nice harmony and a little glow.  I am pleased that I am learning a little more about how to use color.

Cool As A Cucumber

6X6 65 Available in my Etsy Shop In this little painting I used all cool colors.  It was so much more exciting to actually know what colors would give me the feeling that I wanted.  I used the palette that I mixed yesterday.

Cool Colors

In this exercise I did the same as I did with the HOT colors.  The top row of Red Light, Cobalt Violet, Viridian Green, Raw Umber, Prusssioan Blue, Zinc White, Lamp Black, Cobalt Blue.  The middle row is a mixture with zinc white.  The bottom row is mixed with black for half tones.  Cobalt Blue is the most bottom on the left.  The gray mixture is  Cad Red mixed with Prussian Blue.  The next step is creating a picture from the cool color mixtures.

Winter's Bounty

4X6 95 Available in my Etsy shop   Yesterday I completed an exercise with HOT colors and this is the little painting that I did with the palette that I made from those color choices.  I just love the clarity and warmth of this painting.  I have learned a great deal. 

Exercise...Hot Colors

In this exercise I am finding the tones and half tones of the colors listed in order from left to right.  Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Orange, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White ( was supposed to be Flake white...didn't have any) Raw Sienna.  The tones (addition of white) is the middle row.  The half tones (addition of black) the 3rd row.  At the bottom is a warm yellow green created by mixing Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow Medium together.  The tone is the middle swatch, and the half tone is the bottom swatch.  Next is the warm Red Violet found by mixing Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red Medium together.  The middle swatch is the tone and the bottom swatch is the half tone. Now I am going to try and put together a still life using all of the hot colors.

Lemon Tango

8X8 150 Buy now on Etsy   The challenge that I gave myself today was to work with the knowledge that I have gained over the past several days and to incorporate these learning into a painting dealing with fabric.  This fabric was particularly interesting because of the heavy patterning and the red violet color.  I did use the Burnt Sienna as a mixture with the Cobalt Violet.  It is interesting.  I also used a smidge of Viridian Green in the patterning along with Prussian Blue.


In this exercise I laid out colors, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Violet, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Cerulean Blue.  I made three rows of these same colors.  In the middle row I added white to produce a tint.  In the last row I added black to produce a half tone.  Look at the beautiful tones when adding black.  I have heard so many times not to use black...but...why not? I could make my own black if that would be more acceptable.  In this case I used Ivory Black and Titanium White.  I was supposed to use Flake White but I didn't have any.

New Year's Goal

I have a huge library full of wonderful books that I just haven't made time for.This is the one that I currently working out of.  It was published in 1970 and I can't remember where I bought it, but it is a treasure to be sure.  I am going through the elementary exersizes using color and learning things that I just didn't know. I am mostly a self trained painter.  My degrees in art were primarily in drawing and sculpture.  So, this year I am dedicating my time to searching my miriad of wonderful books and educating myself a little more.  I will share what I learn as I go along. Today I  have done a number of exersizes.  It is interesting what beautiful colors you can acheive when you mix Raw Sienna with different colors.  In the exersize above I mixed colors together and then added a mixture of white mixed with raw sienna and then mixed those colors together and wow....what gorgeous colors.  A great way to tone down color and in some cases produce hotter color.  I am


6"X6" $100.00 Available on my Etsy site I chose a slightly different angle to paint this from looking slightly up with the still life nearer to the top.  I tried in this painting to include more into the picture plane.  I have admired the way that Sarah Sedwick can set up a full still life in such a limited space.  It is interesting because my observation is that the objects are painted in a more generalized way with not too much detail.  At least in my case.  I look forward to working with this more in the future.  There is more green in this painting than my camera was able to pick up.  I will try and photograph again.

Morning Light

8X8 $150 Buy Now on Etsy   Bananas are always a difficult and challenging fruit to pain; I believe it is the yellow that presents the problem.  I wanted to just lightly indicate the impression of the detail on the fabric.  I prefer to keep a clean unencumbered background in my paintings.


10X10 $135 Available at my Etsy Store SOLD  For some reason blogger is not letting me publish an image...I am working on this! I was finally able to publish by adding the photo to Picasa web page and uploading that way...has anyone else experienced this problem? In this painting I painted from an angle looking down and worked quickly trying to stay in the abstract.
To those of you who follow and wonder what has happened...I have been down with the flu after a wonderful holiday!  I am back painting and will post tomorrow.  I ran out of natural light and could not photograph yesterday.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!