Monday, December 30, 2013

Two new 6 x 6's

"Green Grapes"
6 x 6 " oil on Canvas Panel

"Fast Pears"
6 x 6 oil on Gessobord
The grapes will always be known to me as the "killer green grapes."  Green grapes are more difficult to paint than dark grapes.  I started the painting last night and it was going nowhere, so I spent some time last night looking online at oil paintings of green grapes. Most of the paintings were horrid and I started to feel better about the painting.  I then found a pic by one of my favorite artists and was able to study how he did it. I didn't do it, but I know how it should be done :-)

I worked on the green grapes this morning and at least finished them to my satisfaction.  I'll try green grapes again in another year....hopefully they'll be better.

Once the grapes were done, I decided to do something loose, fast and fun "Fast Pears."  In my photo file they are filed with today's date and a title of "Relief."  At least I had fun painting for awhile today.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Traditional Apples

"Traditional Apples"
6 x 6" oil on Gessobord

"Traditional Apples" with a Virtual Frame
More adventure into traditional form, tighter brushwork. It's a beautiful day, I should be outside, but no I spent the whole day painting. Yeah!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Traditional Pear

"Traditional Pear"
6 x 6" oil on Gessobord
Click Here to Purchase Painting
Pulling in edges and brushwork today to try to create a more traditional painting.  Through The Artists Guild Library I've been watching instructional videos by David A Leffel and Sherrie McGraw, two of my favorite painters. They both paint so poetically, I'm hoping some of that sensitivity will rub off.

Getting geared up to do the 30 in 30 Days project hosted by painter Leslie Saeta, starting on January 1.  Painting every day for 30 days sounds sort of daunting, but I'm on a roll so I'm hoping it won't be a big stretch.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Peach and Cherry

"Peach and Cherry"
5 x 5" oil on Gessobord
Click Here to Purchase Painting
Errands to run this morning and coffee with my dear friend...just a little painting time today.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday's Pear

"Sunday's Pear"
5 x 5" oil on Gessobord
Click Here to Purchase Painting

A little more traditional pear from the last one.  My hubby thinks it should be titled "Twerking Pear."

Friday, December 20, 2013

Teapot and Lime

"Teapot and Lime"
6 x 6" Oil on Gessobord

I thought I might try some of my new found "looseness" on something a little more traditional and see what happens.  When I started painting this I felt like I was chasing a runaway freight train, worrying if that was the right temperature, the right value, the most economic brushstroke.  I'm happy with how it turned out...very impressionistic.  I can see much room for improvement. :-)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Berries and Pot

"Berries and Pot"
6 x 6" oil on canvas panel/board
Click here to purchase painting

Tried doing something a little more traditional (still loose and painterly) with the stained canvas, having bits of the Transparent Earth Red showing through.  Happy with how it turned out.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Abstraction is Creeping In...

"Wednesday's Pear"
6 x 6" oil on canvas board

This is the resource I used and abstracted the pear from.
It's an old image and I painted it in bigger form a couple of years ago.
The colors then were very traditional and the result was more realistic.
I'm really attracted to the abstractness of things, loose edges and lots of color.
A fun adventure!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Peach on Turquoise

"Peach on Turquoise"
4 x 4" oil on Gessobord
Well, that was a productive morning!  I no sooner photographed this finished painting and posted it on FB, it was sold.  About 3 minutes lag time.  I think that might be a new record.

This is going to one of my collector's in Boulder who is a chef. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Have Half?

"Have Half?"
4 x 4"oil on Gessobord
I was really close to wiping this off the Gessobord, but a few strokes and it began to turn the corner.  Once I turned the corner with it, it became really fun to finish.  This one is also painted over a layer of Transparent Earth Red and a little bit of it peeks thru here and there.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pear and PItcher

"Pear and Pitcher"
6 x 6" Oil on Canvas Board
More experimenting with the staining of the canvas before painting over it. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fruit Bowl

4 x 4" oil on Gessobord

"Jam Session"
2.5 x 3.5" oil on canvas panel
Click Here to Purchase Painting
I'm procrastinating about working on a bigger piece.  So I did two small ones today, maybe that makes up for a large one? Right?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Earthy Pear

"Earthy Pear"
6 x 6 oil on canvas board
Click Here to Purchase Painting

It's been a relatively good day, even though it's still frigid outside.  The warmth is coming though, above freezing tomorrow - 37!!

I had fun with this painting today.  I stained the canvas with some fast-drying earthy red paint (Gamblin Fast Matte - Transparent Earth Red), let it dry and then painted over the stain.  I some of the earth red show through and it has a nice effect.  Going to try this again on Wednesday - tomorrow is Emma-palooza day...the 4 yr old whirling dervish of independence.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

I Need Some Warmth!

"Juicy Fruit"
4 x 4 oil on Gessobord
Miserably cold here!  I'm dreaming of some tropical places and colors....

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dark Cherry

"Dark Cherry"
2.5 x 3.5" oil on ACEO-sized canvas panel

I think I have cabin-fever, and am delirious.  When I think about what to paint, cherries come to mind...always!  It's been below zero for the last 3-4 nights and well below freezing for daytime temps for awhile now.  Since I'm still recovering from a respiratory ailment, not sure what it is, I hate to go out.  Maybe I think of cherries because that's the flavor of the cough syrup, or because.....I'm delirious!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Morning and Afternoon Work..So Different

The A.M. painting..teeny tiny shapes
"Bowl and Eggs" 2.5 x 3.5 oil on canvas panel

The P.M. Painting....practically throwing the paint on the board
"Apple-oosa" 5 x 5" oil on Gessobord

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Peach on Green Mini

"Peach on Green"
2.5 x 3.5" oil on Canvas Panel
    Click Here to Purchase Painting $12.00

Too much to do today, catching up on email and CPSA activities.  I had planned on something a bit bigger, but did mange to get an ACEO-sized painting done before the sun went down.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cherry Cola

"Cherry Cola"
2.5 x 3.5" oil on canvas panel
Click Here to Purchase Painting $12.00

I'm loving these new Gamblin colors...this one was the Portland Warm Grey and Portland Cool Grey with a tad of Sap Green and White.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Little Green Apple

"Little Green Apple"
4 x 4" oil on Gessobord
Click Here to Purchase Painting

Experimenting with some new colors from Gamblin.  This was a trial run for the Titanium Buff (with a little Naples Yellow and White) in the warm neutral background.  Sometimes the warm backgrounds can be a little garish and not so neutral, but I'm happy how this turned out.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Two New Minis on New Canvases

"Mini Leaning Pear"
2.5 x 3.5" oil on canvas panel
Click Here to Purchase $12.00

"Mini Lemon"
2.5 x 3.5" oil on canvas panel

I just ordered some new mini canvases from Shark's Art Canvas.  They have extra fine canvas and they are perfect for these small paintings.  I LOVE them, and there was no shipping!

Still recovering from my month-long cold and respiratory ailments....the old lungs aren't what they used to be.  I am on the uphill swing, please don't send me all your cures.  Everyone has a cure :-)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

ACEO 2.5 x 3.5"
oil on canvas panel

I decided to create some ACEO size oil paintings, in addition to the colored pencil pieces. So fun to paint and they look so fun on a little easel.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2.5 x 3.5" colored pencil on artist trading card

2.5 x 3.5" colored pencil on artist trading card stock

For the holidays and who knows, maybe beyond, I am introducing a line of miniature/small paintings called ACEO's or Artist Trading Cards. They are colored pencil manipulated with solvents to look more like an oil painting.

The ACEO's are dated and signed on the back and sent in a protective sleeve.  They can be framed in small frames or displayed on an easel.  The lime is being auctioned on Ebay and the pear is available in my Etsy shop.  Click on the link under the image to take you to "the place."

Text is not part of the product and is being used on my Etsy store to easily identify them as an ACEO.

They make great Secret Santa gifts, or a gift for a special teacher, friend, or club member.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Few New Ones..

"Party Pear" 8 x 8" oil on canvas panel
Click Here to Purchase Painting

"Teacup" 8 x 10" oil on Gessobord panel

You can also see a few more new pieces at my Etsy Shop, Cynthia Haase Fine Art.

I'm gradually painting larger, still doing a few small 4 x 4's in anticipation of the 23rd Annual Holiday Miniatures Show at Abend beginning the first of December. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Art for Life at Abend Gallery

"Green Cup" a 6 x 6" oil on panel is a donation to the art auction at Abend Gallery next Friday, May 17th.  Here it is framed:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

First Week of May

"About to be Peeled"
5 x 5 oil on Gessobord
One of my artist friends on Facebook said she like my scratching when it was more in a "destroying mode" instead of the outline scratching I have been playing with.  So this was for her....exaggerated edges and a WHOLE lot of scratching and destroying.  It was soooo fun though.
"Purple Pansies"
6 x 6" oil on Gessobord
I painted a similar "pose" of these pansies last year in pastel.  I wanted to see how I would do with oil and all the complex (for me) little shapes.  It sold in less than 24 hours and I'm happy.  It's off to North Carolina as soon as its dry.

We had yet another spring snowstorm this week.  The "pool guy" is starting to work on the swimming pool in our complex.  It was odd to see the turquoise of the painted pool, with patio furniture on the pool deck all with about 6" of snow. Ah....spring!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pieces of April

"P-Eggy Sue"
5 x 5 oil on Gessobord
FASO Favorite 15% for March
"Green Cup and Strawberry"
6 x 6" oil on Gessobord
To be auctioned at Abend Gallery
on May 17, 2013 for
Art for Life Event
Benefit for Project Angel Heart

Is it April already?  Taxes done (ugh), new washing machine (long ugly story), lots of art business and painting accomplished.  I'm not a fan of April, so come on May!

I'm painting with an eye toward the holiday season as I've committed to having "bunches of paintings" ready for Abend Gallery here in Denver. 

The big summer convention and exhibition for CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America) is also fast approaching - the last week of July.  This year will be in Brea, CA and should be a great time.

Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Catching Up

Wow, time does get away from me! 

I was in Orlando, Florida March 8-12th for a Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) board meeting.  There are 13 people on our board from across the country and we all converged in Orlando for planning and brainstorming.

We also toured the Ormond Beach area, as the gallery for our 2014 exhibition will be held at the Ormond Beach Memorial Gallery and Museum.  It's going to be a great place to showcase colored pencil art...not to mention the beautiful tropical gardens that also surround the museum.

This was about an hour from Orlando, traveling on a late Sunday afternoon.  It was also Biker Week  in Ormond Beach....many, many motorcycles....and loud noise.  We tucked ourselves away in Lulu's a seafood restaurant about a block from the beach, and it was so delightful.

I loved Florida, but hated the travel.  Does this mean I'm getting old?  I used to think travel was so "glamorous".

Ormond Beach, FL (Atlantic Side)
From my recent trip to FL for the CPSA board meeting

I woke up this morning to an email from FASO (Fine Art Studios Online) notifying me that "Sunny Side" has been chosen as a Finalist in the February Bold Brush Competition.  I have been entering the competition each month for some time now, and I finally made the list of winners.  Super happy!

"Sunny Side"
4 x 4 oil on Gessobord
Finalist for February
Bold Brush Competition

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Green Pepper

"Green Pepper"
4 x 4 oil on Gessobord
Painted 2-24-13

"Green Chile"
4 x 4 oil on Gessobord
Painted 2-16-11
I almost always find it amusing to paint a reference that I painted several years ago.  I notice my palette has cooled from warm to cool (at least on this one), and my edges have definitely become softer. 

Someone inevitably lets me know they like the older one better.  :-)