Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Hi, Thought I'd show you what I've been up to. This is the second portrait I've ever painted, the first was myself looking in a mirror. This is my mother, I painted it from a photograph of her. She's been gone about three years now and of course I still miss here terribly. I never thought I'd paint portraits but it's been fun trying something new. Enjoy your day. Barb
Monday, May 26, 2008
Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. This little painting is a 5 X 7. I see it's a bit blurry once again. I'm going to buy a new digital camera, I would like to spend around $200. Does anyone have suggestions on what kind of camera I should buy? I appreciate any advice you might have for me. Maybe when you visit my site my photos will be clear, that would be a change, lol. Have a great day! Barb
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
What a beautiful day to be outside painting, life is good! I met a dear friend in a sweet town called Loveland, Oh. We sat up in front of this cute building, I think a canoe rental place? I tried to get the light and shadows quickly before things changed and lay the paint down and leave it alone. It turned out pretty good, could use a few touch ups which I may do tomorrow and re-post it. I thought I'd share it anyway. I've done worse, way worse, lol. Oh, it's on a 8 X 10 canvas board, oil of course.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Hi, I painted this on a 6 X 8 Raymar panel and framed it in this lovely frame. One of the artists I've recently started visiting and love her work is Susan Carlin, she's a portrait painter and she's done several videos lately where you get to watch her paint. I really never thought I'd be interested in painting portraits but last night I sat with a mirror and painted my face. I'm not going to show it to you, it's a little scary but over all not too bad considering it's my first. I'm going to try it again but I have to find photos I like where the people are not smiling, I've always said the only thing worse than a bad portrait is a bad portrait with teeth, lol. Going to head outside tomorrow to paint, the first time this year. Our weather has been very slow warming up this year. I'm typically not very satisfied with the paintings I do outside but it's been a year so maybe I've improved. Have a great day. Barb
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Hi, I painted this Thursday night and added a few more touches yesterday. It's painted on a 16 X 20 stretched canvas. I really enjoyed painting this one, it went together quick without any struggles. I like the looseness I have in the flowers. I have painted four 16 X 20 canvases so far, I have to choose two to enter into a juried show in August. Trying to give myself lots of options. See you soon.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Hello, I painted this on a Raymar panel, 6 X 8. I found these items last week at a thrift store, I just love shopping for still life objects. So much fun to go in a antique or thrift store, the produce section at the grocery becomes interesting when you start painting still lifes also. I just keep adding to my collection, you can justify it because you NEED it, lol. Happy painting. Barb
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Hi there, I finished the ten miniatures I was working on. They measure 3" X 4" and will be framed in gold 2" frames. I really enjoyed doing them, you finish fairly quickly and don't use a lot of paint. I custom ordered the frames and they ran me about $9 ea. so I think I'll be asking $35 each for the little guys, how's that sound?
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Here are three more miniatures, I'm doing ten in total. They measure 3 X 4, I think they're cuter in person than in the photos. I think most things tiny are cute, is there any such thing as a ugly baby animal? Just returned for the 121st annual Cincinnati womans art show a couple of hours ago, it's a juried show and a lot of very good artists I know didn't get in. I couldn't believe they turned some of them down and let in some of the art I saw there. Not surprising huh?
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Hi, I took this painting to my lesson today to have my teacher critique it. She felt the red apples really drew your eye there, sooooooo I brought it home worked on it and poof they're oranges. I need to always remember to turn my paintings upside down to see where your eye goes. I also took the one I recently posted called pink blooms, she said the peaches pull your eye too much, light against dark. So I'll have to give that one some thought too. This painting stuff is hard, lol. I've been taking lessons from her around seven months and she feels I've really improved, sometimes I'm not so sure. I'm not quitting though, you all can't get rid of me that easy. See you soon!