This paint sketch was done from a reference photo supplied by Lee Brown's blog, A Day Not Wasted. Though it was November's challenge, Lee kindly allowed me to use it in February!
I'm not sure if I have painted horses before but like every other painting it's about finding the lights, darks and color shapes. The foal was a little challenging only because it kept looking like a Great Dane...ha!
There is something about this orange that really appealed to me. The color of the orange was so bright and fresh looking, and the way the leaves draped on the orange are worn like a party hat...I love a party!
This painting was inspired by the gift of a small painting by Simon Addyman I received for Christmas. It is a 6" x 6" oil that up close feels like abstract color notes but from a distance it very clearly feels like a market scene.
When looking at this set up that a student was working on, the jumble of silverware was very hard to discern one piece from the other. Although my perspective was admittedly not the best I enjoyed the task/chore of making it read without clearly identifying each piece of silver.
On this first day of 2014, I want to wish all of you a happy New Year filled with joy and prosperity. The gift of your support as a viewer of this blog supports me in ways that I cannot adequately express, but please know that it has always meant a lot to me and to my art.
In looking back over the past year, I realize that my postings have been way down to almost half of the previous year. That was not because I wasn't painting but because I was not making the kind of art that excites me. I am still struggling with that a bit but I am trying to do things to shake things up including letting go of the many, many pieces of art that sit in my studio and garage.
I will be painting anew on many of these pieces in order to stretch and play, at least that is my plan. The painting "Rooftop Abstract" above is the first of these. I am putting it on the DPW auction with a starting bid of $1 with the hope of it finding a new home. Shipping and handling will still apply.
This scene was painted for my entry into the Debra Huse Gallery "Small Treasures" show. With only 50 paintings of this size in the show and many wonderful artists who enter, my fingers are crossed that this gets in. I will keep you posted.
Having painted this dancer before, I wanted to see how expressive I could be in my brushwork AND remain true to the figure. I'm happy with how it turned out. The photo shows as a bit "noisy" in Blogger but click the link here to see a more accurate photo.
One of my students brought these beautiful peppers to class yesterday. Together we set up this little still life with the bucket of brushes in the background. Painting the 50 or so brushes was a little challenging but it's my favorite part of this painting now.
I really can't believe it has been more than a month since I have posted on this blog. I am quite sure that it has never been so long between posts since I first started blogging regularly in 2009.
I have continued to paint, but life events (all good) and a general desire to grow as an artist without thought of posting/attempts at selling has given me the freedom to experiment with my style, to study, and to make a lot of mistakes. Again, it's all good.
Thank you for hanging in there with me.
On what was an overcast gray day, these red roses from the garden filled the studio with such a sweet fragrance and looked lovely in the window's light.
I tried to come up with a poem that started "roses are red, skies are gray.." but they all sounded rather lame!