Sunday, July 13, 2014

Big Old Apple

"Big Old Apple"
5 x 5" Oil on Panel
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Painting shown in a suggested virtual frame
I tricked myself into painting today. I told myself I would just block in the apple...then I told myself I would just paint the background...OK, then just the shadow....until the painting was done.  It felt SOOO good when I finally put the brush down. I have to remind myself that it's a building process and I can take small steps.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pear and Shadow

"Pear and Shadow"
5 x 7" Oil on Panel
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Framing idea in a virtual frame
It's been a challenge to find painting time in the last few months. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my husband was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in March.  He just finished what the doctor called the "standard treatment" and has fared very well by not suffering from the myriad of side effects.  A little hair loss and fatigue.

Folks have been urging me to carve out some time to paint, but as my fellow artists know time is one component. State of mind can affect the process. Some days I almost felt like I forgot how to paint. I think this is my third painting since Mark's diagnosis.  I didn't forget how - it just felt like I did - until I picked up the brush and pushed the paint around.  Thank goodness!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two Up for Auction

"Earthy Pear" 6 x 6" oil on canvas panel

"Trio of Pears" 8 x 8" oil on canvas panel
Two paintings up for auction on eBay.  Bidding starts at 99 cents.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Tree Line #30"
Shown in Virtual Frame 

"Tree Line #30" 6 x 8" Pastel on Paper
This reminds me of a misty morning.  The paper is watercolor paper that has been sanded to accept pastels and give a very soft effect.  I used a sanding block to sand the surface before applying the pastels.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Catching Up

"Pitcher and Rose"
5 x 7" pastel on sanded paper

Getting back to a little painting, some in oil and some in pastel.

We've had a life-changing month. On March 4th, my husband went to the doctor for some really troublesome symptoms.  Since then he's been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, been in the hospital for five days, and gone through round one of chemo. 

I've had days where I didn't think I could ever paint again, and days where I have longed to paint for my mental health.  Like everything else, in those two extremes are the reality - I will paint when I can.

"Couple of Cherries"
5 x 5" oil on Gessobord

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Truman Park

"Truman Park"
8 x 10" oil on panel

"Truman Park" in virtual frame
I started this painting earlier in the week. As it sat where I could see it for most of the week I decided it had become too "precious", too fussy, too something.  So I attacked it again with the palette knife and "roughed" it up until it lost its preciousness.

It's painted in an impressionist manner with....well...impressions of the bushes, trees and sky.  The goal was to not be afraid of adding color and there are tons of color in this.  I especially like the turquoise in the shadows.

Peach on eBay

5 x 5" pastel on brown-colored sanded paper

"Peach" shown in virtual mat and frame
The pastel makes the peach look particularly fuzzy!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tree Line on Ebay

"Tree Line"
6 x 8" pastel on rust-colored sanded paper

"Tree Line" with a virtual frame
"Harbor Lights" went quickly yesterday with the "buy now" option.  It's on its way to TX and a new home with one of my favorite artists.  Many thanks to her!

So "Tree Line" is going on the auction block today.  I've shown with a virtual frame how it might look as a 9 x 12" or 12 x 16" art piece all framed out with double mat, and frame.  You can frame it however you like or I can assist you in the framing.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pastel on Ebay

"Harbor Lights"
6 x 6" pastel on sanded paper

"Harbor Lights" in a Virtual Frame
Time to move the pastels from the inventory, so they are going on Ebay.  "Harbor Lights" is the first.

It is shipped unframed, but I can arrange for framing if you let me know.  It needs to be matted with glass and framed.  Would make a lovely 12 x 12" finished piece.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Adding Color

Work in Progress
8 x 10" oil on panel
5 x 5" oil on panel

I've had a big jump in the last couple of weeks in employing and even understanding color.  I have been reading and studying the work of some wonderful colorists. While I have always loved pure color, I have always wanted to add more color to my work.  

I show these two works as an example of my change in thinking (and I have a long way to go to be successful with using more color in my work.)

The first is a work in progress and I started off with some pretty intense color, you might even be able to see some of the bright blue still showing on the upper right corner which hasn't been finished yet. I've just been adding color adjusting temperatures and values.  Most of it is painted with a palette knife.

The bottom photo is a small abstracted landscape I did around the holidays.  I think I used four colors, blue, white, naples yellow and green.  I did sell it so I'm sure it was appealing to some, but I'm trying to stretch myself.  

Somewhere in between the two will be where I end up, I imagine.