Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Deep Purple in Progress

Here's a progress shot of my current painting. I tried to find colors that work and are accurate. Tomorrow I'm sure I'll see it with fresh eyes and make changes.  That's ok.

I've reworked my Website on Weebly. I've made some changes to include current paintings, but kept the current look.

Here's a painting tip:  I use glass cleaner for the final wipe down of my tile board palette.  It's good for wiping off oils at the end of the day. If you wait a day, it won't take out stains.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Deep Purple Vase and Tulips Conception

Remember, I wrote a post about a friend giving me a box of glass objects and it felt like Christmas in September?
Included in the box was a large, deep purple vase. I didn't think I could use it because I don't usually paint such dark objects other than plums.

In the meantime, I renewed my subscription to the Artist's magazine and discovered a pastel artist whose work moved me, Arlene Richman (check out her chair paintings!). The article was called Chromatic Compositions and it included the piece below.

I saw all the colors I liked, including the deep purple vase, and knew I had the other colored objects in my still life stash.

I set this still life up in my light box and tried to capture the feeling of the pastel painting which inspired it.

Below is my drawing which I drew from a grid and adjusted it to paint from life.

Yesterday I painted the orange and today completed the lower left hand corner.  I'm hoping I can figure out the colors of the vase. I have to work on seeing it abstractly and not what my mind tells me to do. 
If anyone can give me some color options for the vase, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pink Bowl and Three Plums

This painting looks modern and I hope it makes a bold statement. I laid out the bowl on a horizontal plane to match the panel's rectangular shape and I used a large brush to follow the forms. I'm happy with this painting because I accomplished what I wanted to do.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Saratoga Art in the Park


Art In The Park 2016
Fine Art Show & Sale
Saturday, September 17th, 10am-4p
For more information - Saratoga Art in the Park

I'm looking forward to a fun day. Hope to see you there.

Need another reason to come to Saratoga? Check out the  Saratoga Arts 30th Anniversary Invitational.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Amber Vase and Black-eyed Susans

Sometimes a box comes to you in September and it feels like Christmas. That's how I felt when a friend gave me a box full of beautiful glass objects to paint. This vase was the simplest object, but had the most beautiful colors when backlit. Admittedly, the other objects are the stuff of Janet Fish paintings, hobnail bowls and carnival glass.