Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I work hard to keep all vertical lines straight so that the buildings don't appear to be tipping. The cars were painted with just a few strokes and I added strong reflections so they'd look shiny. Finally, I simplified the area at the end of the street into a dark and uniform shape to add a feeling of depth.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I haven't posted for over a week as we had an ice storm that crippled much of New England. Unfortunately, I was without power for 6 days! I've had electricity for less than 48 hours and we're now in the midst of a major snowstorm. I figured I'd better update this blog before I lose power again :)
I was getting ready to post this painting and noticed that I didn't have a shadow under the most prominent cherry stem. I don't know how I could have missed it the first time around. Most artists have an excellent eye with the ability to see shapes, values and colors easily. However, it is easy to become blind to your own work. For that reason, I almost always ask someone to critique my work. My kids are my best critics. I've modified many paintings based on their suggestions. Another trick is to put a painting away for a few weeks ... the next time you see it, you'll have fresh eyes.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
These nectarines were sitting on my kitchen counter in a blue bowl. They caught my eye as the blue bowl really makes the orange color "sing". I played with how the nectarines are "facing" as I manipulated their placement in the bowl. The top nectarine is "looking" directly at the viewer while the other two face inward. I also added a bit of yellow to the inside rim of the bowl to "warm" up the color and add some visual interest. I thought this painting was a fairly realistic depiction of three nectarines but a friend commented, "Those are great apples." :)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Apple picking has become an annual tradition in my family so I usually have an abundance of apples in the fall. I arranged these apples, decided on an overhead viewpoint, and then used a strong light source to create interesting highlights and deep shadows.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It's funny how something so mundane can become an inspiration for a painting. Early one morning, I noticed the soft, glowing light in my bathroom. I liked the way the light reflected off the soap dispenser and the chrome faucet. In actuality, the sink is white but I decided to make it blue to complement the yellows and oranges which makes them glow.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I wanted to paint daisies and had a hard time finding some. I finally found these growing along a stone wall. I decided to put them inside a jelly jar as I like the way the stems get distorted as you look through the glass. I chose a blue background to complement the orange in the center of the flowers. This is just a happy, simple painting.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
This painting was definitely a learning process for me. Because I'm a relatively new oil painter (after years of watercolors), I'm still experimenting. The background layer of blue color was slightly tacky when I applied a second layer of yellow to it. I liked the textured effect that was created by the sticky undercoat.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I really had a lot of fun painting this one. This outlet/plug is in my dining room. I liked how the cord's shadow danced along the wall.
Notice the slight splash of yellow to the right of the plug to compliment the purple shadow and really make it "pop".
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Okay. I have a little confession to make. The coffee mug is actually filled with coke, not coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker but thought "coffee and donuts" is a classic combination. So, I found the closest substitution that I could find when setting up my still life.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I spent a long time figuring out the composition of this painting. I struggled with the placement of the watermelon. The painting finally came together when I added the knife across the bottom of the plate to keep your eye inside the composition.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Painting "en plein air" can be a real challenge....wind, bugs, bright sunlight are just a few of the potential hazards. I've been trying to whittle down my painting supplies to make it easier to "pick up and go" when the weather is nice. With watercolors, I can fit everything into a small backpack. Oils are a bit more challenging since the paint on the canvas and the palette are wet and need special care when transporting them.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Even though this painting is a "light subject" of a couple of glazed donuts, it has a meditative quality to it. I almost imagine these donuts as two friends sitting quietly, gazing up at the clouds on a lazy afternoon.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Since this cupcake is so dressed and elegant, I thought "Prom Queen" is a fitting title. She is painted on a 12 x 12 inch canvas. I love the reflection on the white plate and the deep purple background. When people see this painting, they immediately smile...who wouldn't like to dip their finger into that sugary frosting?