Well, today's painting was to make a couple of ornaments for the Christmas tree at a gallery I have my work in. Quite a switch to work in acrylic rather than oil! And no, it's not your eyes! The picture's a bit blurry!
Well, on such a cold, cold day it felt great to paint something from a hot day in Santa Fe! It seems that after I photograph a painting,THEN I see little things that need to be changed! I'll have to fix them and re-post! But I had a great time here--it's not been like me to be able to leave out alot of detail. I think painting every day --well, trying to!--is so great! I am LEARNING things! This painting is slated to go into a show next week, but if anyone out there is interested in purchasing it, let me know. And thanks to all of you for looking!
A banner day! Time to do another painting, too! I really enjoyed working with larger shapes here. I got to know Jacqueline when she was working with a program that put cancer patients and artists together. The artists created paintings that were meaningful to the patient and were placed in the chemotherapy center here as part of plan to make the center more hospitable. It worked!
This painting, too, will be in a show in December. If you're interested in it, you can contact Tumalo Art Company after December 4.
Finished! I really had a good time with this painting--I used to paint very, very thin and really control my brushstrokes--so much so that you wouldn't see them. I am so enjoying each step I make to letting brushstrokes be brushstrokes. I like the neutrals in this painting alot, too. And, by the way, it is of a couple I saw at Granville Island at Vancouver, BC on a chilly but beautifully sunny day.
This painting will be included in a show in Bend in December. If you're interested in it, click on Tumalo Art Company.
Well, today got away from me and I'm not able to get this finished as I'd hoped! I had a hard time getting started today--sometimes it feels like I won't be able to enjoy and get into painting when I have other work hanging over my head, so I'll do that work first. However, I'm beginning to think I need to let it be the other way around!
This painting is of some performers at the Bend Summer Festival. I loved the color, the movement and the music! This is the second time I've painted this subject. The first was last summer and was 12x12 inches. I like this one much better! I am pleased with how I managed not to put in unnecessary information and the focus is on the little girl. In the earlier painting, I had alot more background information (people and trees) and it was more of a distraction than anything!
This painting is from a visit to Vancouver, BC, at Queen Elizabeth Park. There was something about her stance that was so beautiful to me--the simplicity and the confidence of it. This was supposed to be yesterday's painting, but I didn't have time to finish it! To be able to do so this morning, and to be able to paint at all are among the things I am very grateful for on this day!
Well, looking at yesterday's painting made me want try this again! I'm glad I did--just doing this second one has helped me to see what's not working with the first. I wasn't sure if this composition would work--I didn't know if the horse's head and front legs would just lead you out of the picture, but I thought I'd see what happens, and I think it works well. I also like how this horse has more of a feeling of being off the ground. It was fun! I just might have to rework yesterday's painting!
Sisters (Oregon) has a great rodeo each summer--I used to go to them growing up and it was great to be reminded how much fun they are. So much energy! And this was fun to paint, but I think I'd like to try it a little larger since I seem to want to include so much detail! Or I could try to leave it out, I suppose--it would probably be harder to do THAT!
I mentioned earlier that I had the great opportunity to take a workshop with Carol Marine in Santa Fe last September at the Andreeva Portrait Academy. It was an excellent experience all the way around--from Carol and her teaching to the other students to the people who are Andreeva Academy and treated us so well. The day after the workshop was finished I spent the afternoon looking at galleries on Canyon Road when I came upon this "painting waiting to happen"! This little girl looked like she was just out of a Sargeant painting or something with her beautiful coloring, white summer dress, silver bangles and magenta parasol--and standing next to a pond with magenta water lilies blooming, no less! Her parents were kind enought to allow me to photograph her and I finally had a chance to begin working with it. I hope to do a larger painting of Rhiannon soon.
This is the painting I couldn't finish yesterday. . .my thought while I was working on it today was, "Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time!"
Actually, now that it's finished, it seems OK to me--and OK's not a wow, but it's Friday after a very long week and OK is good enough!
One of the things about deciding to do this blog, for me, is accepting the idea of putting work out for others to see that I might not think is so terrific. It's hard on the ego. Of course, I thought that "well I could always post something I did awhile back that I like better and not even have to put this up here". But I think that situations like this are, for me, a good opportunity to let go a little bit of whatever kind of image I'd like to portray and be happy with--hey! I painted today!! YAY!!
Between illustration deadlines and teaching, I see that I'm not going to be able to finish the painting I began this morning, so I decided I'd post this drawing instead. It is from the Steens Mountain area in southeast Oregon--high desert country, wild and open. I used graphite, pastel and color pencil in this piece.
A note to you who have commented: I have tried to reply to your comments, but my replies are mostly returned--I'm not sure how all this works yet! But I want to let you know that I really appreciate your taking the time to leave me a note! Thank you!
I wasn't able to paint today so decided to post this little painting I did this past Sunday at Smith Rock State Park here in central Oregon. The sun was going down quicker than expected! I learned something here, too. I had a hard time getting the light on the rocks bright enough and I think it was because I had put down a cobalt blue underpainting--any thoughts on that?
This painting is done from memory of a woman in front of me at the bank yesterday. It was a kick to paint from memory--I really enjoyed the freedom of it! I found I was able to change colors, shapes and to improvise more than I do when painting from life or using photos as references. As far as the subject goes. . .me being a short person, I am always kind of in awe when I see someone who looks like her!
There's something about these ladies I must really like looking at--this is the third time I've painted them! Each time, though, it seems like it's a process of getting more clear on what information I want to put in and trying to understand how to do it. What's necessary, what's not? And then, of course, when I think it's finished (like now), I see things that ought to be tweaked. . .is there a 4th verson on its way?
I think I was about six when I received a paint-by-number set for Christmas--complete with the old enamel oils and stinky turp! I was hooked and have been painting and drawing ever since. Over the past 30-odd years of being a professional artist, I have primarily worked in relief printmaking, drawing and oil painting with an emphasis on landscape and figurative work.
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