Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Hello there, I have a new dvd called "Mastering the Dramatic Still Life" by C.W. Mundy. I asked my daughter for it for Christmas and she ordered it for me. I have only viewed it once but plan to watch it again and again. He talks about the 7 foundational truths to a successful still life. I tried to think about the things he said while painting this. I do think still lifes can be boring if everything is right in the middle of the canvas and it looks very staged. I have painted a lot of those myself, lol. Sometimes I feel I painted them well but I think composition is the most important thing. If the composition is bad it doesn't matter how well you paint it, it isn't going to be a good painting. I am pretty happy with this but next time I want to get more paint on the canvas. This is oil on a 8 X 10 stretched canvas. I am still trying to find myself as an artist but I am getting a better idea of where I want to be eventually. I love it though and I won't give up. Have a great day!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Hello there, I hope you all are enjoying the holidays. It sure looks like Christmas around here, we have had several snowfalls already this year. I think it will be a long winter.
This painting was done looking at one of my plein air paintings. This is oil on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas. I really liked my smaller version and wanted to paint it larger. I will be doing a art show Feb. 5th and thought it would be nice to have a few larger paintings to take along. Of course it will be varnished and framed.
Merry Christmas to all of you, my sweet friends. Enjoy the holiday and be safe. <3
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Hi there! Another painting of fruit in a box. This time I set two green apples in the box with a light and painted it in oils on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas. I am trying to slow down with these and think "value". I have quite a bit of paint on here, which I like. I feel if you are going to paint with oils why not show them off. A while back I was reading an article and it gave several points to follow as far as when your painting was completed, things they check for in a finished painting. One was does the painting read correctly from a distance and is your eye rewarded when you get up close. I love to get up close to a painting and see brushwork and juicy strokes. I think it's great we are not all trying to paint the same, there is no wrong or right way is there? My posting may slow down for a bit with the holidays and I am working on a couple of pieces for a show in February called "Dance with me". I am busy painting though and lovin it!
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Hi there, Tonight was the opening at Gallery 42 of all of the paintings we did this summer in Mason, Ohio. There were about 50 paintings in all, a very nice show. I have 11 paintings in the show and the show will hang into January. We didn't have a large crowd probably for a lot of reasons, the weather, close to Christmas and who knows what else. I'm hoping a lot of folks get in to see the show while it's up, most of all I want people to see it and enjoy it. I think one of my paintings did sell tonight, it's on hold. Here are some of the people that have work in the show standing by one of their paintings, these are the people that participated that are in my Monday morning painting group.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Hi Everyone, Our last camping trip for the season we went to visit Shawnee State Park, it is near Portsmouth, Ohio. In Portsmouth they have a huge flood wall that is painted with all of these different murals depicting the history of the town. Very interesting, worth a visit. I always love getting up close to artwork to see the brushstrokes and with huge murals like this it is so interesting to see how they read from a distance and then to get right up on them and view the artists work.
Anyway while we were in the campground I started this painting and finished it later with my reference photos, it is oil on a 8 x 10 Raymar panel. Let me say that I feel like a lucky woman when I am outside painting and the weather is great, I am so blessed to have painting in my life. I am blessed for so many reasons, of course my wonderful family and I am blessed to have so many friends that visit my blog and collect my art. I love blogging and I appreciate your visits and love reading your comments.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Hi, This is a commission, painted from a pretty bad reference photo. I know some people refuse to use bad reference photos but sometimes you don't have a choice. This was painted for the grandmother of this little girl and she had to sneak the reference photo away from her daughter. I cropped it to focus on the area around her face which made it even harder to see detail. Anyway she is very pleased with it and I am hoping her daughter loves it too. This is oil on a 8 X 10 Raymar panel and she is purchasing it in this frame.
I am working on a couple of pieces for a show in February so I can't show you those until the end of January. The theme is dance and I love the idea.
Also I just heard today I was accepted into a show in February, it's in a church and it's their 6th year. I did it last year but we had a huge snow storm so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good weather this year.
Please check out my paintings on Ebay It's getting late for commissions but the pieces on Ebay could be there for Christmas.