Friday, May 29, 2009

View from Mt. Vernon Gardens, Omaha, Ne

This is a small plein air oil painting that I did last summer, but thought i should post it so i would have something to post, since I am still in Henderson, NV waiting for the birth of my grandaughter, and haven't painted at all in the past 2 weeks. It looked as if she was going to be born a few weeks early, so I rushed out here to babysit my two little ones when my daughter Jaimi went to the hospital, but so far, the little stinker is staying put. Jaimi will be induced tomorrow nite, and the baby will most likely come sometime in the early hours on her actual due date, May 31. I'm praying she'll come today sometime.

View from Mt. Vernon Gardens, Omaha, Ne
8"x6" oil on canvas board
available for purchase $95. unframed, $225 framed, plus $10 shipping .

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

MACY's quilt and name

Here's a photo of Macy's name and the matching quilt. Read more about it in earlier post.
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Waiting for baby

I have been in Henderson, Nv awaiting the birth of my 6th grandchild since last Sunday. She's taking longer getting here than we thought, so meanwhile, I'm having a great time visiting my daughter Jaimi and her husband Evan and their two beautiful children, Ivy and Xavier. Jaimi and I go on walks, trying to bring about labor but so far it's not working. I did not bring my oil paints or pastels and I really wish I had, the scenery here is so beautiful, with the mountains all around us and the desert plants all in bloom. It's been a while since I've posted anything, so I am posting these alphabet paintings that spell out my 7 week old grandaughter's name-Macy. They are hanging above her crib now, and look good so there. I used the patterns that were on her quilt. They are on 10"x10"x1" stretched canvas. Corrie hung them each with a pale yellow ribbon. The wall is painted the same pink as in the letters. These were very fun, but so time consuming to do. I'm happy with the way they turned out though. I told Corrie that Macy will have to use that same quilt and color scheme until she's a teenager.
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Friday, May 15, 2009

SOLD Saturday Morning on Main Street, Downtown Greenville, SC

I finished this one a few days ago, but was unalble to post it because our card reader for the camera wore out. Dave picked up a new one, so here it is. Very fun to paint, again, I wish I would have done it larger. Thing is, I have a bunch of these panels, from Blick. They are very nice, with 1/2 inch sides on them that I will paint, probably black, so there is no need for a frame. They are all small, though. This is 8"x8".
You will notice the people are a little different than the first time I posted this. I painted over them and then regretted it because they weren't as bad as I thought. So, I redid them.
I took the original photo for my reference, around April 1st, then after starting the painting later in the month, I went back to the same location and much to my surprise, the striped awning was gone. The restaurant there had remodeled or something.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Stages of the New York Taxi painting

Here is the first stage of my painting New York Taxis. I just put in the darks and lights very thinly, making sure I like the overall design and figure out the values (darks and lights). I don't really do much as far as line drawing, mainly just blocks of shapes.
Then I use color, staying with dark colors in the areas i had blocked in with dark shapes and light colors in the light areas. I used raw sienna for the darker shades of yellow in the taxis and used cad yellow med for the highlights.
As you can tell in this final stage, that I changed my mind about the taxi on the left. I didn't like the way the back end looked so much like the main taxi. I forgot to take a picture of that before i changed it. I'm working hard on trying to put down one stroke at a time with fresh paint, rather than dab, dab, dab with the same paint. I like the result. This will be posted on the blog next week. Karin Jurick is on a road trip right now and has asked us to wait til Tuesday to send them to her. I noticed that Karin did the same thing that I did with the taxi on the left, or I did the same thing she did, since she finished hers first. I didn't copy her, I promise!!
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Monday, May 11, 2009

New York Taxis-Different Strokes blog challenge

This is a painting I started last week and was not able to get back to it until today. It was painted from a photo that Karin Jurick posted on her Different Strokes from Different Folks blog. She selects a photo to put on her blog for three weeks and her blog readers paint their version of the photo and send it to Karin. She then posts all the photos. I find it facinating to see all the styles presented. If you are interested, you can check out her blog at My painting won't be on there for a while because she is on the road presently and will post more photos when she gets back.I enjoyed this painting. I painted it quite small (6x8) and after i started it, I wished I had used a larger panel. I will try to post the steps that i went through as I painted this.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

plein air painting

Here's a painting I did a month ago, but have never gotten around to posting. I don't know why, I just haven't. I like the way it came out. I'm so attracted by that hazy blue atmospheric feeling in a painting and when i see that going on in a scene i just have to paint it. I came across this scene while on a walk around the block up from my house ( a very big block, it takes me a full hour of brisk walking to get around it). I knew I had to come back to paint it on another day when the lighting was the same. Luckily, there was a lady washing her car in the driveway just up from here and i was able to get permission to come and set up my easel any time I wanted. A week later, I did just that. I must say, I think I captured what I saw there that morning.

My son-in-law, Evan, encourged me to post regularly, and so I think I will. Thanks Evan.

8X6 oil on canvas board. $95 unframed, $125 framed.

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may 6, 2009

Ok, ok, so I'm an inconsistant blogger. I'll try to do better. I have been painting, though, and will get the finished results on here soon.
Here's the painting in my previous post, unfortunately, I have removed the pedestrians and the dog, now after reviewing this, I wish I wouldn't have, they were fine. Today I hope to redo the people.
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