Monday, February 22, 2021

Five Lemons on Blue Plate


I know I can't attempt to paint anything unless I've already painted it in my head. I don't hope to figure it out along the way. To get inspired I look at art online and in books. I choose my subjects and imagine their layout, go shopping (for the lemons), set up the still life, do an actual sketch to get the dimensions right and then draw it onto my surface. The colors have already been picked and I know how I want to paint it and how it will look.
The interesting and fun challenge, is it same or different from what I imagined? 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Pink Glass Mug, Green Glass Saucer and Orange


I find drawing helps me decide what to paint next. If I can imagine the drawing as a painting, then I'll move ahead with it. If I can see it in color, then I'm excited to get started.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Green and Blue Glass Objects Process

I thought it would be fun to show you my process.

 Set up

Pencil drawing

Small test painting

Sketching it onto a 20 x 16 in. canvas

                                                                     Green mixes

Blue mixes

Finished painting

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Green and Blue Glass Objects

I stretched this canvas on a 20 x 16 in. frame and applied five coats of gesso. The surface was very smooth and a pleasure to paint on. The paint just glided on! This painting's focus was on the color not the detail of these transparent glasses. I'm not a methodical painter rather more impromptu, but the pandemic has given me a new view of time, so I didn't rush and I'm pleased with the outcome.