Monday, August 31, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Green Plate and Fruit

I found myself falling into an old trap of naming objects instead of finding colors and values. I heard myself saying "what colors are those raspberries." To turn my voice off, I turned the canvas upside down and I saw the raspberries as shapes, colors and values. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pinky the Golden Retriever

This golden retriever stopped to smile and pose for me at this summer's Art in the Park in Saratoga Springs, NY.  She was so friendly and had such a sweet disposition, I couldn't help but paint her on a pink background. Actually, I don't really know her name, so I took my cue from her pink tongue.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lime Wedges and Plums

I'm always reluctant to work with the color yellow. It's hard for me to make it look solid and saturated. However, today it turned into a plate and held its own against the dark plums. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Lucy Challenge

My friend Trudi Smith put out the challenge that we'd both paint her dog Lucy.  
This is the image we painted.

Here's Trudi's portrait of Lucy. 

Here's mine.

What fun!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Amber Mug and Fruit

This painting reflects what I learned at Karen O'Neil's workshop. When painting there is so much to juggle but her basic tenets are paint what you see, be direct, and think about color and value; lastly have a good drawing and use a big brush. Maybe there was more, but I tried to adhere to those principles.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Glass of Tea with Fruit

This was another painting from last weekend's workshop. My ellipse or "read my ellipse" as my husband likes to kid me, was off. After adjusting it, I decided to post.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Clear Glass and Fruit

I'm lucky to have attended a Karen O'Neil workshop this past weekend at the Woodstock School of Art. This has to be one of my most favorite things to do. Karen is a wonderful teacher, the setting is beautiful and the other artists were really nice. Above is one of the three paintings I did during the  workshop. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Bookshelf - Completed


This is the finished painting with some changes. I simplified the composition and worked it so that my eye travels around the canvas and doesn't stop in any one spot too long. Hope you enjoy the completed painting.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Rose of Sharon 2015

This year's Rose of Sharon is done.  It's fun to chart my paintings of a single object from year to year. This year's flower color is more vibrant and I hope I captured the light and atmosphere of today's sunny day.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Round One

This is round one of my yearly attempt at painting the flowers from my Rose of Sharon bush.  I wanted to explore a new color combination to get violet. I used Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue. It's a wonderful, vibrant color. Next time I hope to work on simplifying the form of the flower.

Monday, August 3, 2015

I Love Lucy

That's what my friend Trudi Smith would say about her dog Lucy. I took my first painting class with Trudi in 2003 when I knew nothing about painting. Twelve years later and happily painting, I owe her a lot and she has remained a good friend. She suggested we both paint her dog. What fun. I look forward to seeing her painting!