Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I started off this day feeling "all thumbs", so I did four ten minute studies of these apples just to warm up. Then, when I went to paint them it all came together.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Blogging is a solitary task. I post my paintings from my house usually early in the morning and then go on with my day, hopefully painting. It's on the web and it's done. Showing your work in a gallery is another experience. People come to the show, you go to the reception and talk about your paintings to the people who visit. Maybe you say the same things or talk in more general terms. Both are good ways to share what you are doing. This painting along with the next few posts can be seen at the Clement Art Gallery & Frame Shop in Troy, NY later this summer.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Our second weekend of the Plein Air painting workshop was a washout. So we took our original paintings from last weekend and repainted them inside. What I learned other than admiring the tenacity of those Plein Air artists is that value and temperature are the key to landscape painting. In this painting I added my interpretation of the colors.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tomatoes are challenging. There isn't a big gradation in the qualities I look for when painting. These qualities of value, saturation, and temperature are what help me decide how to paint an object. So it took me a while and several repaintings to figure them out. I also changed the bowl, which was white, to a stainless steel one because I thought the reflections made the painting more interesting.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I'm in the middle of a two-weekend workshop with landscape painter Ann Larsen. Since it is so beautiful here in the northeast during the summer I thought I'd try to get outside and paint. My workshop paintings are just studies so here is a little still life painting done earlier.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
My studio at home is small but it has everything I need. I'm set up by a large window and on sunny days get lots of natural light to mix my colors and to paint by. When I'm sitting there I can look outside and see the changing shadows made throughout the day. This still life was set up under a small halogen spot light and reflected the dappled shade of my yard.