Friday, December 30, 2011
Happy New Year Everyone! May it be as wonderful as you dream and plan for.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
This is mostly negative painting, in that all the splashes of blue, green and purple went on first. I then went in and painted the lighter colors to get the actual shape of the painting. This is fun to do but takes a lot of practice.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
This painting was done on a cruise ship sailing from Hawaii to Mexico. I was
on the Lido deck, bar about 15 feet away, band playing, buffet around the corner
warm ocean breeze. What a wonderful experience.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The first photo is taken with the sun shining on it. And the second without!
LIGHT IS EVERYTHING.
This painting is on Fabriano paper which is solid and has been coated with Gesso and then given an underpainting in acrylic. It will be varnished so it can still fit into a standard size frame without glass. Bente
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
It's that time of year when we send holiday greetings. Since I am in a bit of a painting funk I thought it would be good to paint a few cards to get the painting inspiration going.
For anyone wanting to do this I recommend 140 lb watercolor paper and I highly recommend putting gesso on before painting. Then throw on the paint and make an original you painting. This one hasn't been folded yet. I also put a coat of medium on when finished and let that dry. Then if someone is wanting to frame your card it doesn't need glass.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
I have posted this painting before. I love the textures that I managed and since I am currently working on large rock formations and how to achieve both distance and structure I thought I would revisit the way I did this one.
I am doing a lot of value studies, going back through old sketchbooks and blocking out large areas to see if that structure would make a more interesting painting. Doing this exercise is so stimulating for my imagination that I was up at 4:30 rumaging through the past. Everyone should try this :D)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
As a follow up to Gratitude I thought I'd revisit Ruby Beach. The big haystack type formations loom out over the beach and still waters as the ocean rushes in behind them. The three of us visited this beach in June and the formations left quite an impression on me. I believe I will try and do a number of these.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Painted on the sides so that it does not need framing.
Since I had a long weekend to work on these I decided to work in oils. Marion had many gorgeous flower arrangements sent to her during her time in the hospital. I took advantage of the arrangements and the light for beautiful, cheerful, photographs. I will use them for many years to come.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
I love doing these intuitive paintings where there is no particular place or plan
yet the painting intuites into a place I've been, a feeling, an emotion. That's what
I call an intuitive landscape. Often I start with a gessoed ground where I have added
some acrylic to the gesso for a colored ground and since I use a large brush to
spread the gesso there emerges a pattern or idea and I go from there.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I wanted to paint something upbeat and positive. Flowers are just the
ticket for that.
I am playing a lot with the gesso and acrylic mix to get more of an oil
painting scenario. I use the white gesso instead of white paint and then
if I want the white to truly stand out I use the paint for contrast. When
doing this the important thing to remember is to coat the canvas with
medium to bind the gesso and paint together.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
In the picture Marion is videoing taping reference material for us to paint and I am using
my camera. The smile image is perfect. Marion's positive upbeat love for life and painting
is like no other.
I will miss her dearly and at the same time be grateful for every minute we spent together.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
One of the things that I have tried to do when going out to see my friend Marion, is look
at the beautiful scenery and have a record of the changes of color and atmosphere to tell
her about. We have done so many reference collecting trips together that I figure this is
another one of those journeys. The weather and trees have been very co-operative with
crispness in the air, a slight breeze and gorgeous colors.
Then of course the next challenge is how to represent that in paint. :D))
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
With the outrageously beautiful colors I am seeing this time of the year I can't
do anything but try to combine the same color palette. At times like this I have
to be careful driving as I gawk around looking for that place to stop and take some
more photos to enjoy later when the rains set in.
I am enjoying these colors and hope you do too.
Monday, October 24, 2011
I am going to work in acrylics for a while. To me its almost a personality switch.
To me the mediums are so different. I take workshops and marvel at how people
working in acrylics can make them look like oils. Me, I approach them in opposite ways.
It's the same with watecolor. That's a different approach as well.