Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stages of a Painting SOLD

This painting was a commissioned piece of a beautiful property here in the mid-west. I was given amazing artistic license to create a painting that was inspiring to me. This painting was done using a limited palette mixed from five paints. I love the look of dawn that was created and how harmonious the colors are together. I hope you enjoy it.

I have included some of the photos I took documenting the stages of this painting.

12x12 Oil on Museum Quality Panel
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I started with my darkest dark and put in the sky.
I continued with the darks. The trees were started, and immediately debth was created.
After the trees were completed, the barn just popped from the panel. Next I started the reds.
Continued with the different structures, including a shaded roof in the back.
Here I did the main and side roof, and started the windows and trim work.
This photo shows the fencing and start of the foreground.
In the last photo you see the completed painting, with the three trees and a few bushes.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Snow in Mid-April SOLD

I'm sure we were exposing our legs and arms by this time last year. Luckily the chickadees readying the nesting box near our kitchen window keep reminding me that it is indeed spring... And there is some green breaking through all of the brown. The anticipation and suspense make it bearable, if you happen to be one of those people who love delayed gratification.

These beautiful orange tulips were purchased while shopping at Whole Foods and I adored seeing them in the mornings, all perked up. Then, as the day went on, they relaxed until late afternoon when they were exhausted at the effort of standing all day. Can anyone relate to that? Captured lovely photos of them in all their stages and think I could do about five more paintings.

8x10 Oil on Museum Quality Panel
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Brick Layer?

This is such an exciting piece for me--one of those I may have to hang on my own wall to remember as a fond learning experience. There was a lesson in looseness here; this time in the form of bricks. I had spent nearly two hours painstakingly laying in the bricks on the right wall, and nearly finished, decided they had to go. So I scraped them off (another perk to using oils, and a knife!) and just went for it as you see here. Instead of all the detail, I tried to focus on the shapes and forms.

Another thing that I was happy with was the depth that was created in the space above the door and for the window. The bars were intimidating, but so worth it in the end! All in all, this painting was so much fun to create and I had a "just go for it" attitude, which is very freeing. This painting was also done with a limited palette, which has really helped me find good color harmony in each piece. Thanks for visiting--I hope you enjoy it!

8x10 Oil on Museum Quality Panel
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Friday, April 12, 2013

WWLD

What Would Leslie Do :)

Since being exposed to the wonderful teachings of Leslie Saeta, I have been even more inspired than usual, but amazingly, much more focused. There are so many things I'm trying, experimenting with, and incorporating into what I do. I feel thrilled with this new growth and progress. Hope you are enjoying it too!

In this painting, I worked with a limited palette of five colors. I also used my largest palette knife for all of the painting, with the exception of the tiny details of the red boat--here I used the small knife. Leslie did a great demonstration of painting water that I tried to burn into my memory. I hope I did her justice here as a first attempt at trying this technique.

8x10 Oil on Museum Quality Panel 
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Light From Darkness

Elephants have always been one of my favorite things to paint. They are such large and peaceful animals that represent strength, good fortune, wisdom, patience, family, and society. I love how in this one, it seems to be light coming out of the darkness.

12x12 Oil on Museum Quality Panel
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Hey Turkey Legs!

This post is being updated to include the finished painting.
It is a 12x12 Oil on Museum Quality Panel done with Palette Knife, of course!
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These photos are just too much--so of course I think I'm going to have to try and paint this male. Got about 10 photos of this guy through the window (wasn't dressed yet!) Easter morning. He was following after about seven or eight females and seemed quite pleased with himself. I was quite surprised with this front view after looking back on my camera! It's a good thing he's got the feathers, that's all that I've got to say...

Interesting place for a beard.
Some of the females, perhaps making a hasty retreat?
Who wouldn't love these legs?