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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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 :-)