Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Banana and Glass on Blue

I'm still working on painting glass. It's probably my favorite thing right now. I start with the inside of the glass and it's abstract. I'm not concerned with being too accurate. Then I work my way outward placing one color spot next to another. When I get stuck, I take a break.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Blue and Yellow don't make Green

Here's an interesting approach to color mixing, it's the science behind it. It took me a while to slog through the first chapters including mixing violets. Michael Wilcox made it understandable. I have the feeling it's going to answer some of my questions about color mixing.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Brown Boxer

I'm finished with my painting of the boxer who I had photographed at the farmer's market. I have always had strong feelings of what constitutes animal welfare. In retrospect, this owner only wanted to show off his dog and sometimes holding them down is the only way to do that.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Brown Boxer

I took a photo of this boxer during the summer and her human obligingly held her in place. I didn't think anything of it until I started to draw her. My drawing doesn't capture the look on her face; it's not so much anger as resignation at being forced to sit still. The focus of the painting will be her head and his hand.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dress Shoes

I've renamed my painting to be more descriptive and make it easier to find in my files. The previous name was too silly and that's awkward. This painting came out just as I hoped it would, loose and painterly.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Job Interview Shoes

This is the preliminary drawing to a painting of black shoes. It's life-size and I hope it will be a quick and loose painting. I'm often inspired by something I see or by another artist's work. This is inspired by a Wayne Thiebaud painting called Black Shoes. He's an artist whose work I always enjoy. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tomato on Green Plate

This little painting was a challenge. The knife in my setup was foreshortened. When I paint a foreshortened object my mind says one thing and my eyes say another.  After many tries and then focusing on "seeing and not thinking" I figured it out. Wouldn't it be great if all difficult tasks could be performed without thinking!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Beer Glass and Fruit

"Honey, do you know where my nice beer glass is?" That's what my husband said as I was finishing my painting today. All objects are fair game in my house.
I posted a video last night. If you want to see it, here's the link A Quick Tour of my Studio. I used Animoto, a simple video program, but I didn't realize their trial logo/watermark would be placed on it unless I pay a fee. Since I'm not going to make another in the near future, it will have to stay as is.