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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sally's Pond

Hello there, When I went off painting with my group a couple of weeks ago I took this photo of Sally's pond while staying at her place. She never thought it would be pretty to paint but when I showed her the photos I had taken she liked them. The pond is quite a walk from her house but I wanted to see it. I took two reference photos, I made sure I had some sky reflection in the pond for that wonderful blue color. I used a palette knife on the foreground to create some texture. This is oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas. I think it came out quite nice, I will have to show it to her soon and see what she thinks.

Finished my house commission in two days, whew. Had to finish it so it had time to dry, they needed it in a week or so. Fingers crossed hoping they like it. See you soon.


Thursday, May 27, 2010


Hello there, I managed to paint some of my peonies before they were gone. I just love them but they don't last long enough, what flower does. I used a palette knife to create some nice texture in the bloom. This is oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas.

I have a busy weekend, I took on a commission for a house painting that has to be finished in like a week, ahhh.

Enjoy your weekend, I will because I'll be painting :)


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Irises-plein air

Hello, When I went on my outing last weekend we all set up and painted irises. There were irises blooming in all colors and just gorgeous. I used my palette knife and created some nice texture in the blooms and leaves. I started out painting some that were purple and white, they were in the sunlight and the white part of them just glowed. I found that they didn't read right, I just didn't like the white part of the bloom. I remember reading somewhere that if something is kind of unbelievable to your eye that you shouldn't paint it. You know, some kind of crazy cloud formation maybe or some unusual colored irises, lol. Anyway I changed them to bascially one color and I think the painting is much more appealing. This is oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Still life-Pear

Hello there, I painted this from a set up recently, oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas. Painted my first peonie yesterday, a complicated flower. I think it came out pretty well, I used a palette knife for the flower. They come and go quickly don't they?

Monday I set up four still lifes for my painting group, we spent one hour on our painting. After that you could move to another set up and spend another hour. It was fun and crazy, ten of us were painting around the table. Debra Bryant recommended a book by Craig Nelson called "60 Minutes to a Better Painting", I have one of his dvd's called "Quick Studies". Both are excellent and that is where I got the idea to do the quick study with my group. Makes you react quickly and not overwork your painting, just to get the canvas covered is the thing. You should try it if you haven't.

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Favorite Doll- after a bit more work

Hi, Well you will understand this completely if you are an artist, you think a painting is done you photograph it and post it and then, you see things wrong. Not that there is ever the "perfect" painting but you really do need to look at them for a while sometimes. Anyway, when I posted this a couple posts back I thought "wow, her head looks big". So I spend a bit more time on it and like it better now, "I think", lol. So yes you have seen this before but hopefully the small changes makes a difference, it does to me. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Plein air & a palette knife

Hi there, I painted this outside last week on location and then brought it home and had a great time adding lots of texture and color with a palette knife. This is a sweet town called Loveland Ohio, I attend an event every June there called Paint the Town. We paint in and around town and on the final day we have a wet paint sale for two hours.

I very busy, Thursday night my painting group will be at a park opening with some of our art and painting on site and then this weekend one of our gals has a nice weekend home about 1 1/2 hrs. away and we are heading over there to paint and spend the night.

I have to say I have really enjoyed plein air painting this year more than ever, I jokingly say "outside bad , inside good" lol. Of course when the weather gets hotter and the bugs really come out I will probably stay in.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Plein air- Gorman Farm

Hello there, I painted this last week mostly on location. Several of us met at Gorman farm, a wonderful old farm that was donated to the city years ago. They have programs for children, wonderful gardens and lots of farm animals. We sat up down below the old house, I just love the stone house to the right and all of the interesting additions to the main house. I did make changes this time when I brought it home, removed some trees, took out a fence and a chimney. This is oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Favorite Doll

Hello, I painted this using an image from wetcanvas, I wanted it loose and impressionistic. It isn't varnished yet so I may make some adjustments yet. This is oil on a 11 x 14 stretched canvas.

Spring has been perfect this year, my peonies are about to bloom and I may try my hand at painting that very complex flower. It's only paint, right? lol