Thursday, August 27, 2009

Patio at Mary's, Greenville, SC

Way too hot to paint outdoors. I know, I'm a wimp, and am choosing to stay inside my air conditioned studio to paint from photos. Not as much fun, but comfy.

This painting gave me so much trouble. I spent 2 1/2 days struggling and fighting with it. I'm so glad to be done. I blame it on the lighting in my studio, and the light in my house, for the most part is just too dark. It looks fine while on my easel with the easel light on but as soon as i turn off the light , the colors look so dull and dark. So, today, I went over it with my easel light off, going only by the light from my window. It looks so much better now.

I've been wanting to paint this scene for a long time now, and have gotten out of my system. It looks nice in a gold frame.

I'm getting ready for the West End Art festival in Greenville, in mid September. Come and see me there if you live in this area.
Patio at Mary's, Greenville, SC
9"x12"oil on gessoed panel framed in quality gold tone frame
$200 plus $10 shipping

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Another One (SOLD)

Here's one I painted a few days ago. Very enjoyable, not a huge struggle like the last one I posted. It's the same size as that one.

Singular Sunflower
10x10x1" oil on stretched canvas with gallery edges (no frame needed).
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I just finished this one from photos taken one morning on my walk. I couldn't believe what a hard time I had with it. I was going to do a larger one with sunflowers, but I don't think so now.

10x10x1" oil on gallery edged stretched canvas
$200 unframed. $225 framed, plus $10 shipping.

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Monday, August 17, 2009


Here is another painting in my tomato collection.

Tomato Still Life
$125 unframed. $150 framed, plus $10 shipping.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Veggie Still LIfe

This is one of four paintings I did earlier in July to hang in a health food grocery store cafe. Their theme that month was tomatoes and I wanted to have some paintings hanging somewhere in this town, so I worked really hard and painted 4 in one week. I set the veggies up in my "studio" and painted from life. That is the only way i like to paint, really. Painting from a photo is so hard for me for some reason.
I love veggies, so I really enjoyed painting these. They are back home now, and are available if interested in having this little gem hanging in your kitchen.

Summer Veggies
8"x8"x3/8" oil on gessoed wood panel
$125 unframed, $150 framed, plus $10 shipping.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Completed Painting-"The Arbor"

I finished this last night. The final phase was adding details, fixing a few things that were bothering me, mainly the color of the shadows-I grayed them down a bit.
I'm sending a photo of this off to a competition for the Masters Garden Society here in the Upstate. We'll see what happens.
18x24x1.5 oil on stretched canvas.
$450 unframed plus $10 shipping.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Phase #4 Painting Demo

I have been finalizing the main shapes and colors and refining some shapes, such as the shadows. Unfortunately, I liked the shadows better before they were refined. Hmmm. So far, I have been able to keep the general feel of the design together, and I'm happy about that.
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Phase #3 Painting Demo

Here I have begun to apply the colors, attempting to paint dark shades in the areas that I had scrubbed in dark shades, and light where light colors had originally been determined to be placed. So far, ok.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Step #2 Painting Demo

This is how far I got yesterday before I had to quickly change clothes and get to my chiropractor appt.At this stage I used a large brush throughout and tried to get the canvas covered, rather than concentrating on one area. I am not putting any details yet. The bright orange on the sides are the parts I didn't get to and the original tint of the canvas is showing through. Actually, it looks like dawn or evening sunlight shining through, maybe I should keep it there.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Steps in OIl Painting #1

After much encouragement on facebook, I have decided to go ahead and do a painting of the same scene as was in yesterday's post, only 3x larger.
I'll try to explain the steps I go through as I paint. First of all, i painted the entire canvas in a thin tint of a reddish color using transparent red oxide. I like working on a warm colored canvas and enjoy it when the orange color peeks through the brush strokes occasionally.
I am working from a photo reference, and I like to print it out in black and white and posterize it, which makes the dark areas melt together to form more solid shapes. That helps me see the light and dark patterns easier and helps me decide if it has possiblities of making a nice painting. The design of the dark and light areas, are so important. It makes a bigger impact and draws the viewer to the painting. I've just really started understanding that concept in the past few years and it has made a real difference in the way my paintings turn out. The tricky part is, making sure to keep the darks dark and the light areas light when i am adding color in the later stages, so my design stays in tact.
I use a large bristle paintbrush and scrub in the dark patterns . You can see the painting starting to take shape right away.

I'll will post step #2 tomorrow.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Potted Hibiscus, Laurentzen Garden

I just finished this and am trying to figure out if I want to do a larger one of this same scene. Sorry for the lousy photo, my husband has the good camera with him and mine is having problems.

Potted Hibiscus, Laurentzen Gardens, Omaha
8x10 oil on canvas board
$150 unframed, $200 framed.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Water Lillies II

This was done in my studio, working from photos that I took at Table Rock State Park a month ago. I worked on it right before i left for vacation and thought I would finish it when i got back home. So, later, when we arrived home, I tried to decide what to do to finish it, but couldn't come up with anything, so maybe it is finished. My son Ryan, who is my trusted art critic says to leave it alone, it's done.
So here you go-

Water Lillies II 24x18x1.5 oil on stretched canvas
$450 unframed.
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in purchasing this painting.
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