Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blue and White 8x10

Blue and White
8x10, oil on panel

Based on a 6x6 plein air study of the boats at Sunday Park (Swift Creek Reservoir, Midlothian, VA) on an overcast spring morning.

All the blues were crowded together on one side of the piece and all the whites stuck to the other side. It was a challenge to make the painting "work" with the colors of my objects (i.e. the boats & building), but a challenge definitely worth taking.

The finished 6x6 study.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Light to My Path 12x24

1. Underpainting in burnt sienna.
2. Painting in the "distance" (the sky & land behind the trees) and starting to add color to the leaves of the trees.

3. Next the tree leaves, establishing the darkest areas. I tried to use primarily "transparent" colors to make them appear as if they're glowing.
4. Next painting the light green leaves.

5. Finishing the leaves & starting with the foreground. Again I used a burnt sienna for the underpainting of the foreground.
6. More color application of the foreground.
7. Adding the dusting of snow 
8. I continued to use a process of applying paint and removing it until I got that feel of the morning sun on the snow-dusted grass.

9. Last bit was painting the tree trunks, dead leaves on the ground and retouching the trees on the far left.... and finished!

"Light to my Path"
12x24, oil on canvas

I had the piece framed in a "blond" wood floater frame. Here it is on my window sill prior to delivery at For Art's Sake at the end of April

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Beach Break 12x12

Beach Break
12x12, oil

I thought this piece might be appropriate to post with the upcoming holiday weekend. I know many families spend Memorial Day weekend at the beach or at the pool. With this painting I sought to capture a sense of recreation and relaxation that comes with a vacation to the beach -- a red bicycle  and a yellow surfboard parked in the shade during the heat of a summer day at the beach.

This was definitely a fun one to paint.

It was one of the pieces that sold during the May art show "Pathways" with Carter Stuart at For Art's Sake Gallery. The paintings will be on display through the first Monday in June.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Progression: Summer's Glow

6x6, oil

And for the larger piece I only have one progress photo besides the finished:

 24x24, oil

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

From small painting to larger work: Summer's Glow, 24x24

Summer's Glow (small)
6x6, oil

Often a small work turns into a larger, more "completed"& detailed piece. The small piece requires a little less investment -- of time and materials. If it flops I feel like it's no big deal. If it turns out well the study helps me know how to approach painting a larger work. I'll know how to mix the colors, what things to emphasize or tweak in the larger piece. There is usually one or two drawings as well as small paintings behind each larger work.

Here's an example of a 6x6" study that turned into a 24x24"piece.

Stay tuned for the step-by-step photos of these pieces later in the week.

Summer's Glow
Available at For Art's Sake Gallery May 1-28.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tools of the Trade: The best invention in the world

I really thought I needed a new tube of Titanium White paint, but instead I "invested" in a two-buck paint squeezer.

I'm telling you. 
Best invention. In the World.

Next time you're looking at a new twenty-plus dollar tube of paint, check out the paint tube squeezers.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

"Pathways" Opening at For Art's Sake Gallery

It was a great turnout to the opening event for "Pathways" at For Art's Sake Gallery on Friday night. 
Many thanks to all who came!

The art will be up through May 28 if you want a second look.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Prep for "Pathways"

This is what my studio/home has looked like for the past few days.

On Monday I dropped my paintings off at For Art's Sake Gallery for our Two-Woman Show "Pathways" that begins today.

Our opening reception is Friday, May 3 from 5:00-8:00pm. Would love to see you there.

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