Saturday, September 23, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 23

#23                   La Rouge                Acrylic

La Rouge is a Posted Palette provided by my artist friend Joan.  It is a warm palette composed of Burnt Sienna, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson and White.  The challenge of working with such vibrant colors was to give the viewer's eye somewhere quiet to rest.  The more delicate pinks and peaches created by mixing the colors with white helped to calm the painting just enough.  The emphasis here is the rhythm of the shapes as the darks and lights move around the canvas.  Was I channeling Georgia O'Keefe just a little?


Remember, all of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.


If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below. (You will need to log-in using your gmail/Google password to comment)  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
  Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 


              #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Friday, September 22, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 22

Today's painting, Seeing Red is a complex palette of earthy colors:  Payne's Grey, Hookers Green, Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre and Italian Buff suggested by my artist friend, Mary.  Since there were no colors that would yield the delicate violet pink of real Magnolias, I simply created a new red variety.  Artistic license is a wonderful thing.  I applied the paint more heavily than in most of the previous paintings and the look is much bolder, almost sinister. Can a sweet, Southern flower be sinister? 

#22                   Seeing Red                         Acrylic

Remember, all of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.


If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below. (You will need to log-in using your gmail/Google password to comment)  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
  Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 

              #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Thursday, September 21, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 21

#21                                All That Glitters                         Acrylic 
Today's Posted Palette comes from my dear friend, Barbara who suggested red, orange, chartreuse, yellow and gold.  I took the gold literally and decided to add a bit of shimmer to this painting with iridescent and metallic paint.  It doesn't show up very well in a photo but the original has a lovely glow.  Thank you Barb for giving me another inspiration.  Nine more paintings to go with a different guest palette each day.


Remember, all of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.


If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below. (You will need to log-in using your gmail/Google password to comment)  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
  Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 

              #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 20

Today's painting is the first of the Posted Palettes -- colors chosen by friends who posted their choices either here on the blog or on Facebook.  All of the remaining paintings will be "guest colors".  

Susan's palette was Golden-green, Deep Purple and Orange.  As you look at each of the paintings that follow, notice how the mood changes, depending on the colors used.  Also notice the way I use the colors.  Regardless of what palette I paint with, as long as I vary the amounts of light and dark, the painting will work.  

#20                              Jungle Bloom                        Acrylic

Remember, all of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.


If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below. (You will need to log-in using your gmail/Google password to comment)  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
  Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 

              #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS - DAY 19

When sculptors create a piece they can use one of two methods -- additive or subtractive.  If you take separate parts and weld them together or nail them or glue them you are adding parts to create the finished work.  If you take clay, wood or stone and carve or chisel it you are removing parts of the whole to create a finished work.  When creating a 2-dimensional work, you can do the same thing.  For this painting, Mellow Bloom, I first painted a thin dark under painting and then removed some of the paint to create the lighter areas of the painting.  This provided a road map of the finished painting for me to follow with additional colors.

Speaking of colors, thank you to everyone who "posted a palette" for me to use in the remainder of the 30 days.  Check back tomorrow for the first of these paintings.


#19                          Mellow Bloom                   Oil

Remember, all of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below. (You will need to log-in using your gmail/Google password to comment)  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
  Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 

              #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Monday, September 18, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 18


#18                             Going Grey                              Collage

A radical departure from previous works, Going Grey is a collage on a painted/textured background.  One of the fun aspects of working in collage is the finding and making of interesting materials to use in each piece.  CAN YOU GUESS what kind of paper is used in this one?  Comment below or on my Facebook page.

Remember, all of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below. (You will need to log-in using your gmail/Google password to comment)  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
  Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 

            #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Sunday, September 17, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 17

Experimenting again -- this time with creating a surface on a canvas suitable for using pastels.  After a couple of failed attempts I came  up with a pretty okay method.  This is the beauty of a 30 day challenge - it pushes your thinking about what is normal, expected or accepted -- it's a good reason to ask "what if" and see what happens.


#17                       Just About to Bloom                       Pastel

Remember, all of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.

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  Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 
            #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Saturday, September 16, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 16

#16               A Little Purple Haze         Mixed Media
Channeling my inner Pointillist for this painting.  Started with a spray of purple alcohol ink, then some acrylic paints, then some Pitt Pens and finally a little more paint.  This is one of my favorite ways to make art.  I just pick something from my gazillion art supplies and start laying down color.  If you are not an artist, you may not know that most works of art begin as an abstract where the artist is putting down the darks and the lights.  Once those are established the painting can stay abstract or become more realistic.

HAVING JUST PASSED THE HALFWAY POINT FOR THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE, I'D LIKE TO ISSUE A CHALLENGE OF MY OWN -- POST A PALETTE.  Give me 5 colors you'd like to see in a painting and I'll give them a try.  Make them as beautiful or as ugly a combination as you like.  My job will be to make them play nicely together!

Remember, all of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below. (You will need to log-in using your gmail/Google password to comment)  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
  Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 
            #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Friday, September 15, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 15

One of the most enjoyable parts of entering this challenge has been how much I have to stretch my thinking and response to the subject I've chosen -- Magnolias.  I am not generally a "flower painter".  I love them and spend lots of time selecting them to plant in our garden, but when choosing a subject I lean more toward landscapes, figures and abstracts.  What I've found with selecting Magnolias is that they can be very figural and that I can make them as abstract or as realistic as I choose on any given day.  Glow Baby Glow has a palette of intense colors, just the opposite of my previous painting's subdued palette.  Who knows what I'll come up with for tomorrow.


#15                      Glow Baby Glow                            Acrylic


All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.


If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below. (You will need to log-in using your gmail/Google password to comment)  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 
            #6 Little Secret is SOLD

Thursday, September 14, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 14

Today's concept was to paint in neutral and neutralized colors.  These are colors that are more subdued and quiet.  One of the wonderful things about making art is that it can reflect a mood, lift spirits and produce a beautiful outcome all at the same time. Psychologists say that art  making  results in being in touch with the emotional centers of the brain.  All I know is that I always feel better after having spent time creating.

#14          A Little Lonely          Acrylic 

 
All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and are available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.


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Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 
            #6 Little Secret is SOLD


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 13

#13                   Out of the Dark                     Acrylic
As things settle down here after so many days of watching and waiting for Irma to finally dissipate, I've spent a lot of time watching the endless news coverage of the devastation and feeling unbelievably sad for all of the people who have lost everything.  Many of the places with massive destruction are places I have lived or visited and seeing them in the before and after photos is heartbreaking.

Today's painting is of a more tropical and exotic looking Magnolia than the typical large rounded blossoms that grow in Georgia.  I hadn't realized just how many different species there are until I started this series of paintings.  I found them in Seattle on a recent trip and had no idea they grew in so many places.  So this one is dedicated to all of those who desperately need help -- may they be resilient and resourceful, and may they get the help they need as quickly as possible.

All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each ALL OF THE PROFITS OF THESE SALES WILL BE ADDED TO OUR DONATION TO HELP HURRICANE SURVIVORS.


If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 
            #6 Little Secret is SOLD




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 12

I'm so happy to report that my brother in Florida is well and suffered minimal damage from Hurricane Irma.  We are still experiencing endless rain but the high winds are gone and so far no trees have fallen in our immediate vicinity.  It is time now to be very grateful for being spared what so many are suffering through.  I've decided to donate whatever I make from the sale of these paintings to hurricane relief.  It's the least I can do.
Today's work is a collage created with pieces of paper that I have printed and painted on.  Printing is a whole new way to enjoy what paint can do. Hope you enjoy.

#12              Paper Petals           Collage
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Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 
            #6  Little Secret is SOLD




Monday, September 11, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 11

On the anniversary of 9/11 as we await the approach of now Tropical Storm Irma, it seems ironic that the title of today's painting is Ghost Bloom.  So many images race through my mind of both of these catastrophic events.  As I'm posting this blog I'm waiting for a call from my brother telling me that he survived the night in his boarded up house in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Thinking also of all of the thousands of people displaced and affected by this monster storm. I will spend most of the day in my studio hoping that one of the many trees on our property isn't blown onto the house.  This is one of the many many reasons why I'm an artist.  I know that producing something beautiful will help relieve the anxiety and bring at least some degree of calm.

#11                Ghost Bloom                   Acrylic
If you see no post tomorrow it will be because we have lost power due to Irma.  I'll be back as soon as power is restored.


All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD 
            #6  Little Secret is SOLD


Sunday, September 10, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 10



#10                    A Little Night Bloom                        Acrylic

Sometimes in the evening when my husband walks our dog, I go along with my camera looking for interesting shots that I can take under a street light.  This summer I found a beautiful Magnolia tree with this one particular bloom highlighted.  As an artist, it's always fun to try something a little different, so for this painting I worked the background up from a mixed black.  (Mixed black means it's created by mixing colors rather than painting with black straight out of a tube)  I love the air of mystery created by painting this way.


All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD


Saturday, September 9, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 9

Time to play around and have some fun.  Used a light modeling paste to create Textures before I started painting this magnolia.  Chose a palette of greens, blues, violet and a touch of yellow.  It's always important to add a color on the opposite side of the color wheel when using either all warm colors or all cool colors.

#9              Cool One                    Acrylic

All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD

Friday, September 8, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 8

On day eight the challenge I gave myself was to work with Line and Shape, aiming for a more abstract approach and zooming in on the center of the Magnolia.  Depending on how an artist feels about a subject, she may choose to show the layers of a work or conceal them.  In this painting if you look very closely you can see the tiny dots in the first layer made by spraying alcohol inks.  The pencil marks created with both watercolor pencils and wax based colored pencils are visible on the surface.  You'll also notice that the edges of the shapes are outlined rather than blended.  Hope you enjoy A Bit of Glow.

#8          A Bit of Glow           Mixed Media   
 
All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

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Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD

Thursday, September 7, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 7

#7                               Sunny                                 Mixed Media
A radical turn today with Sunny.  The challenge here was to use a variety of materials and media to produce a completely different look.  Pastel pencils, watercolor sticks, and alcohol inks were used to create this painting.  Emphasis here was more about the leaves than about the bloom.

All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 6

A simple concept for day six -- Analogous Colors (those that are side-by-side on the color wheel) plus a little yellow.  Violet, blue violet and red violet flow through the leaves and the flower.  Unlike the first five which were painted in Oils, this one is an Acrylic.
#6                  Little Secret                        Acrylic       

All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
Note:  #3  Pinkie is SOLD

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 5


#5      Not Interested     Oil

Today's entry entitled Not Interested has a limited complementary palette of violets and yellows.  The challenge was to paint this small painting using a large palette knife and thicker paint than I usually work with.  The knife below is very versatile because it has a wide edge and a narrow one.  The trick is making the curved edges.  I must confess that I did use a brush to blend some of the areas of color.

Image result for palette knife
All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.
Please note:  #3 Pinkie has sold.

Monday, September 4, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS Day 4

#4            Early Morning Bloom               Oil 

Today's goal was to use a limited palette and concentrate on the play of morning light coming from the  lower right.  Only various blues with a touch of orange were used.


All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY3

Pinkie is today's entry in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge (30 in 30).  For this concept I decided to limit my palette to just pinks and the shadow color.  My goal was also to paint something more abstract than the previous two.

#3          Pinkie          oil
All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAYS 1 AND 2



         I’ve always been someone who works well under pressure so perhaps that’s what led me to enter my very first 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  Because there are no rules (as in an art show prospectus) and because it can be used as an experimental art process, I thought it would be not only fun, but educational to select a theme and then see where it takes me. 

          The theme for this series will be “Magnolias” – on the surface a pretty mundane choice, but magnolias when viewed up close are very abstract and lend themselves to all sorts of interpretations.  So I’m off.

           Below are the first two entries. 
 All of the pieces are 5 x 7” and will be available for sale for $20 each.

If you would like to purchase one please respond in the comments section below.  Use the # or title to let me know the one(s) you would like.


#1        Open Wide          Oil
#2          Shy One              Oil
 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Learning to Paint the Figure en Plein Aire


I've been painting outdoors (en plein air) for many years now and each year I see progress in my ability to select from all that beautiful scenery some particular little area that draws my eye.  I love  places with some mystery, a story just around the bend, so having an opportunity to paint from a live model in nature came as not only a wonderful opportunity, but a huge challenge as well.  Could I create a little mystery with my model? 

One of the first issues I had to deal with was the scale of the person relative to the landscape.  Which was more important?  One of my favorite landscape painting groups were the Hudson River painters.  In almost all of their paintings, the figures were dwarfed by their surroundings.  I also love Thomas Eakins, who again subjugates his figures to the landscape.  But then, there are Manet, Morisot and Cassatt whose figures are often much more significant than their settings.  I finally resorted to one of each  alternative -- my figure in the first painting is dominant and in the second she is subordinate.

Next came the problem of unifying the figure in her bright costume with the surrounding natural hues.  I'm still working on that one.  I've added the clothing colors into the landscape and put a few reflected lights from the natural surroundings into the figures but I think there's more that I can do in the next one.

Finally, as with any plein air work, there is the issue of light.  When the wind blows the shadows shift.  When time passes the warms can become cool and the cools warm as the sun moves.  Painting a figure takes much longer than painting only the landscape so simplifying the figure was an absolute necessity.  Making a value sketch helped solve this problem but it took some serious discipline not to try to change the lights and shadows as we got closer to the noon hour.  Oh, and about the mystery --  having the model's gaze directed away from view makes us wonder what she's thinking and the hat in the second work helped as well.
 
Can't wait to try this again with our wonderful model, Annie.


WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON PAINTING FIGURES OUTDOORS?

Monday, May 1, 2017

AFTER THE WORKSHOP



A couple of weeks ago I attended an excellent workshop through the Southeastern Pastel Society.  The instructor was Sally Strand, one of the most elite pastelists working realistically today.  She has written numerous articles for The Artist Magazine and Pastel Artist. 

Prior to attending, I really didn’t know what to expect.  I’ve attended SPS workshops in previous years and each successive one has seemed better than the last, so I knew it would be worth attending.  This one was no exception.  Sally was warm, extremely knowledgeable and generous.  The first two days I was very pleased with the studies I produced.  On the third day, I felt like I lost my focus, my concentration lagged and the end result was just mediocre.  I was frustrated, not with Sally but with myself.




The day ended with a critique and I left with several ideas about how to improve the final work.  By the time I got home, life was waiting and there was no time to try those ideas.  Finally, last night I was able to sit quietly and review my notes, study my paintings and think about what I wanted to do with the last one.  What I found was that everything began to come together.  All the little eureka moments, all the images of other people’s works suddenly made sense.  I could see my way to a better painting.  




 Tomorrow I will be plein air painting and I can’t wait to try applying everything I learned.  I’ve come to realize that the reason each workshop seems successively better is that I’ve learned more about art in the meantime, and how  to garner the most from the workshop instructor and most importantly, I’ve learned not to wait to use the new knowledge!