Saturday, July 30, 2016

Rose of Sharon 2016 Study

This is a color/value study I did on gessoed mat board. I wanted to practice some new color combinations without feeling like I had to complete a finished painting. It's funny how painting without expectations can be freeing. The violet is a combination of Quinacridone Magenta and Cerulean Blue. This is my fifth year of doing a Rose of Sharon from my bush.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Karen O'Neil Rose Demo

I am fortunate twice-over. I attended an advanced Rose Workshop by Karen O'Neil at the Woodstock School of Art this July 18 and 19, and I also purchased her demo. This image doesn't do her painting justice. She used a small value range between #3 and #5 and within that range many half and even smaller value ranges! Her painting is also a delicate gray lavender which looks pinkish here. It took me a while to post this because I had to go out of town and I'm just getting back. I hope to put into practice the lessons I learned at her workshop.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

White Enamel Pot and Fruit

There should be a new category of daily paintings called weekly paintings. That's how long this painting took to complete. My goal is to work towards larger works and this is one step closer. I'm creating a composition with lots of items. I have other ideas I can work on in the future. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Drawing of At the Farmer's Market

I was going through my drawings and found this sketch of the painting, At the Farmer's Market. I always liked this painting and drawing too. It's one of those paintings that you keep for yourself.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Plum, Cup and Fork

I worked on the format of this painting to include diagonal, vertical and horizontal elements which add a clue to its design and engage the viewer. That's my story to this painting which won't be found in its descriptive, but (I have to admit) mundane name.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Art in the Park this Saturday in Saratoga

Hope the weather holds out and there's a nice crowd of people. I'll be there showing my paintings. :)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Blue Bowl and Lemon

Here's something different. I set up this still life in front of my window this morning and my window faces east.  It was a challenge because the light and my shadows moved as I painted. I tried to adjust to the changes and paint what I saw. I think the colors are more interesting in and around the bowl than when I paint using a spotlight in my light box. When I do this again, I'll have to spend several mornings on the painting.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Cooperstown Art Association National 2016 Postcard

For those who can't make the drive to Cooperstown, NY for the 2016 National show this month, but would like to know who were selected, here's the postcard. It looks like a really diverse group and the art which I saw at the drop-off was wonderful. I'm excited to be among one of the artists represented here.