Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blue Pitcher, Tulips and Orange

True to alla prima painting, I painted one section at a time and as a result, it took me a while to complete.  I'm happy with the result; it's full of light and color and all areas of the canvas are activated.

Friday, April 7, 2017

My Students' Work

I want to thank my students for allowing me to post their work. I'm very proud of them. 
They've worked really hard to create these beautiful paintings. It is a pleasure helping them fulfill their dream of oil painting.

                              












Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Preparing for an Art Show

Preparing for an art exhibition includes many steps and lots of planning. It's been two years since my last OA show. During that time I sold paintings, but also saved paintings for this exhibit. I'm thrilled to be showing with two other experienced and talented artists. We met and worked together on our postcard and divided up other responsibilities. We promoted the show within the last two weeks by sending out postcards and ecards.

Here's a short list of what went into my getting ready:
  • Images of paintings were saved on my computer and online.
  • The paintings were framed and referenced with an inventory list.
  • Food and beverage lists were made up and soon I'll be shopping and cooking.
  • Hostesses were assigned and some volunteered.
  • Paintings were readied for transport.
  • Our paintings will be hung tomorrow and numbered and price lists printed.
I plan to arrive early on Sunday to set up, and then enjoy my friends and family.
If I forgot anything, no matter, at this point my goal is to have fun.




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blue/Green Bowl on White Plate


This bowl came all the way from a Florida thrift, which I visited with my mother a couple of weeks ago. A trip to the thrifts always ends with something new to paint. The bowl's colors were pretty, but subtle, and I tried to capture its airiness. I added an orange and plate and got circles within circles.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blue Hobnail Bowl and Fruit on Striped Cloth

The month is almost over and I've had only two posts. The reason is that I've changed my focus from painting small and often to working on a larger piece and teaching.  I'm giving myself time to explore this new opportunity of teaching, which I really enjoy. 

Below is my still life set-up including a hobnail bowl a friend Michelle Winnie gave me. 
I generally simplify my objects when painting and this bowl is far from simple. 


My drawing

The textures and colors of this bowl were complicated. I tried to suggest its' texture by putting only a few of the hobnails located on the outside of the bowl. To add more would have been too fussy. Instead, I concentrated on getting the look of glass.



Playing around with Animoto

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Green Glasses and Plums



The low light in winter makes it difficult to photograph paintings. Some artists have figured out how to set up lighting indoors. Here's an article Lighting Tips for Indoor Photography that's simple enough for even me to understand. I haven't tried it yet so today I shoveled my deck and used the Carol Marine method of photography. See Carol Marine's FAQ and scroll down to How do you photograph your paintings?.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Clear Glass Goblet, Orange and Cherry Tomatoes


I've been painting a lot of fruit and dishes as usual. Glass is the most fun and challenging of still life objects I have in my studio, except for metal. I've been more selective about activities other than painting and that's made a big difference in my being focused. I teach two days a week and love it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Value Study


It's amazing to me that by combining red, blue and green as well as other mixtures, you can get awesome blacks and grays. Inspired by a value study seen online it has become part of my first session when teaching.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Red Pear on Blue Square


I haven't painted pears in what seems like ages.
 I forgot how challenging they can be, especially these red pears.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Orange on Blue Plate with Lemon


It suddenly became sunny in the northeast; I'm happy and I'm painting bright colors.  It's still January but I like to believe spring is around the corner. In this painting, I simplified each object, used large brushes, and limited my brushstrokes and also my colors to a few mass tones. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lemon in Bowl


Lemon yellow and violet are fun complementary colors to paint together. Each wants to compete for superiority. I tried to give them equal billing in this painting. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Glass Goblet and Oranges

Looser and looser down the rabbit hole.
 Every time I feel myself tightening up I wipe off my painting (in this case yesterday's painting), take out a bigger brush and start again. I have no choice in the matter. I get a feeling in my gut that something is wrong and I know from experience it's the painting, not me or something in my life. In almost all cases, I feel better once I redo it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stacked and Plum


This painting was fast and loose, which worked out well since I've been busy organizing the Oakroom Artists' Winter Exhibition. The show was hung yesterday. There were lots of people helping out and I want to take this opportunity to thank them all. It's a great show with beautiful art and worth a visit.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Oakroom Artists Winter Exhibition


Artwork by 25 Oakroom Artists on view at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
 From Jan. 13th - Feb. 28. 
Opening reception Jan. 22nd, 1:30-3:00