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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"Still Life - Fruit on a white plate"

"Still Life - Fruit on a White Plate" 8"x10" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas Board $100.
I had to work fast! This is the result. Quick, quick brush work. Details were essentially left out. Another exercise in putting down the major notes as fast as possible. Perhaps my next painting will be a more "finished" one. We'll see.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Kristin and the Scarlet Blanket

"Kristin and the Scarlet Blanket" 8"x10" Oil on CanvasBoard

Our second attempt went much better than the first (see "Saturday Morning Cartoons"). I'll give my little one tremendous credit for sitting relatively still as she is only a Four-Year-Old. She was still a "squirmey-wormey" but that's o.k. This was an excellent drill in putting down as much info as possible in the shortest amount of time without getting too caught up in the details. I'm proud of my little cutie. I only hope to do a "full scale" portrait of her someday soon. And yes, she was really into it. . . she wanted to see my progress and when I threatened to quit due to her "moving around" she quickly got back into postition without a sound! Can you tell that I am proud of my little sweet heart?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

"Still Life with Limes"

"Still Life with Limes" 9"x12" Oil on CanvasBoard $200
The 98+ degree heat and 90% humidity put our painting group inside to paint today. Thank you, Leslie, for opening up your wonderful studio this morning!
Leslie artfully arranged this still-life and challenged me in color theory. At first glance what appeared to be the cool, purplish shadows began to morph into warmer, redder ones. I began to see "heat" in those cool shadows! Never-the-less, even a "frustrating" day of painting is still a great day!

Monday, August 13, 2007

"Linville Ridge Rocks 1705"

"Linville Ridge Rocks 1705" 9"x12" Oil on CanvasBoard $200
It was suggested to me to take this Plein Aire Study and use it to create a larger version of this painting: 20"x24" perhaps. I look forward to the challenge!

"A Cloud Study II"

"A Cloud Study II" 10"x8" Oil on CanvasBoard
Breath-taking views were everywhere. The cloud formations were the highlight of this day! I also wanted to capture the mountain tops here. The "fog" that I saw in the valleys of the mountains created such a "mood." The misty mountain valleys made the colors so beautiful!

"Cloud Study I"

"Cloud Study I" 10"x8" Oil on CanvasBoard What gorgeous reference material! The Mountain atmostphere showed off for me with these glorious cloud formations! I had to capture it quick! They don't hold still for anyone!

"A Still-Life Study in Green"

"A Still-Life Study in Green" 8"x10" Oil on CanvasBoard sold

What a great exercise in developing greens using a limited palette without making the image flat or boring green. This is a dilemma that artists might find themselves in when it comes to painting a landscape of lush green trees and grasses in the spring or summer. How does one paint such a thing without making the canvas nothing but a green mass? This was a lot more fun than I had anticipated and I really liked the way this little gem turned out.

"Pathway to Knowledge"

"Pathway to Knowledge" 12"x9" Oil on Canvas sold
This painting depicts a "driveway" of a beautiful home in which I and 12 of the most wonderful, inspiring artists stayed. Together we painted under the tutalage of Charleston Artist, Laurie Meyer. Laurie's instruction inspired and enlarged my own art experience to the degree that I feel as though another lifetime of knowledge was added to me as a result of this mountain experience. It was a bonding and learning experience like no other. Thank you, Laurie and Tammy!!! (KISS!)

Monday, August 06, 2007

"Saturday Morning Cartoons"

"Saturday Morning Cartoons" 10"x8" Original Oil on Canvas

Although it was Monday that I painted this, the whole genre reminded me of 'days of old' when I was a kid and couldn't wait until Saturday mornings to watch Bugs Bunny cartoons. I asked my daughter to just sit and watch Noggin while I painted her but she just couldn't get comfortable so my little "squirmey-wormey" made this sitting a short one. Now that she's seen the end result, I think that the next painting will be more of a success. A look of delight brightened her face when she realized that she was the subject of one of my paintings.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

"Pathway to the Beach" 10"x8" Oil on Linen Board $100.

Another fine day painting. Thanks to my painting friends who with their fine critiques guide me in the right direction! Many thanks!

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Point at the SeaShore

"The Point at the SeaShore" 8"x10" Oil on Linen Board $100 sold