Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Pair
Oil on canvas board, 6 x 6 inches
Lately, I've been working on a few other things - landscapes and such, and haven't done much that's worth posting. But in the grocery store the other day, I found this pear that was so red and so saturated that I had to try to paint it. So here's my humble attempt to interpret what is already done so well by nature. Aren't we blessed!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Escape Plans
Oil on archival panel, 5 x 7 inches

I've recently been working on landscapes. Learning, but not painting anything I felt was passable, even. Went back to some fruit, and struggled with the peach. Peaches are just plain hard - as is anything with lots of color changes. Difficult to show its roundness and shadow with the myriad of colors. Add the fuzzy texture, and you have a significant challenge! Overall, though, I'm pleased with this one. My next goal is to see if I can paint peaches without all the noodling. I've been working on another... we'll see!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Where did the time go?
Oil on archival panel, 5 x 7 inches
Not for sale

John Singer Sargent said, "A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." My granddaughter has been wanting me to paint her for a while now, but she's not terribly thrilled with this. Sargent also said, "Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend." Alas!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Asparagus Adorned
Oil on archival panel, 7 x 5 inches
Not for Sale

After a day (yesterday) of messing up everything I put a brush to, I all but chained myself to the easel and made myself try again. A simple set up that needed something. I put a blue paper to the right, outside the painting field, and the reflections made a considerable difference. 
I generally use pthalo blue only in small amounts - mostly in very small areas of reflections. But it's such an exciting color. Here, I was able to use it much more than usual, and I believe it works.  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tomatoes and Tomato
Oil on archival panel, 7 x 5 inches
Fresh tomatoes from the garden for this. Their colors and reflections are never boring to paint. Always trying to loosen up and fight my tendency to overwork a painting. Here I've reached toward this goal, but part of the gratification (amusement or frustration, sometimes!) of painting is that each turns out differently from what I expect.   

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Blueberry Minions
Oil on archival canvas panel, 6 x 8 inches

This was a real challenge, though I enjoyed doing it. The colors of honeydew melons aren't as straightforward as you would think! Also challenging was getting the light to shine through the thin slice and painting seeds that read as seeds without overdoing it. It is a joy, though, to paint the plants and produce of spring and summer. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Kitchen
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 6 inches

I'm afraid I posted little during the month of June. I spent most of the month with my kids, their spouses/significant others, and grandkids, all visiting at once. Complete chaos at times, but totally worth it! The past few days, I've been painting a lot, but little has seemed to work out well until this. I was casting around looking for inspiration, when I glanced at the booty from the farmers' market on the counter. The corn leaves were intriguing, and the peach provided the color punch. The whole thing was interesting, challenging, and fun. Hope you enjoy it!