This is the demo painting I did for Friday's workshop. It's acrylic on canvas, 16"x20". There are a few little touches I'd like to add but it's almost done. We had a great sky that day. Lots of clouds moving around. I love a dramatic sky!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Beautiful clouds yesterday.
C. painted in a cool spot under a garden pavillion.
T. working on a lovely landscape in oil.
Daisy. A Havanese. My favourite Good Earth animal ; )
A and T had to leave early so I got a snap of their photos before critique. Love the colour!The rest of the work from the day. Wonderful! I enjoyed painting with all of you. Thanks so much for coming out! You were a funny, interesting group and it was such a pleasure. There are 2 more sessions for anyone who'd like to come out: Friday August 24th and Friday September 14th. Take care all!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
So after I painted the previous Napolean painting I had an oil and solvent smell in my nose for what seemed like a day. Yuck. Can't be good. So I decided to work in acrylics for a bit. That Napolean slice was a very seductive thing to paint so I slipped it out of the fridge and did it again. Unfortunately, at the end of two painting sessions under lights the bottom pastry was super soggy so it ended up in the compost bin.
6"x6" / acrylic on canvas / $100 (includes free shipping worldwide)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Playing around, experimenting with colour and layers. This is still very much a work in progress. It may become something entirely different tomorrow. I love what's happening in a few sections, just have to work at getting that rhythm throughout the whole piece. This is acrylic, 16"x20".
Monday, July 16, 2012
This little devil gave me a run for my money. After painting for a while I realized it was looking kind of...meh. I stood back and it was obvious: value problems! I re-doubled my efforts and gave it my best squint and voila: a sweet little chelsea bun.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
6"x6" / oil on canvas / $100 (includes free shipping worldwide)
Monday, July 9, 2012
Detail, work in progress.
What you're seeing is about half of another rock painting I've started. I will keep you posted : )
Also, two of my children have decided to start their own blog to document their work. Their names are Cole and Riley. I posted Riley's first painting of the summer (Abstract Temple) here.
Today we talked about Fauvism and looked at paintings from this period. Then they completed these works. If you'd like to follow their progress and read about things in their own words, you can go to their blog and follow along. You'll find it here. Thanks!
Sky's on Fire / 11"x14" / acrylic on canvas / Cole
Fauvism Shimmer / 11"x14" / acrylic on canvas / Riley
Saturday, July 7, 2012
This one was totally out of my comfort zone. Have you done that? Where you strip away all your comforts and work under new parameters? It feels like you're free-falling. A couple of times I found myself starting to paint more like the way I would normally go about things so I stopped and reminded myself what I was doing - and to continue in that vein, not worrying whether there'd be a respectable outcome. Because of that this piece means the most to me so far. For starters I used a round brush (gasp). Never have done that...lol. And while I painted over a previous landscape (that was mainly greens and blues), I basically used 3 colours: titanium white, hansa yellow and carbon black. Black is never in my palette. Usually for my darkest darks I use a mix of anthraquinone blue and alizarin crimson. But here it is: black! I really thought about brush strokes and texture in a new way - feeling it as opposed to thinking it. And I just kind of let go as far as the sky was concerned.
12" x 12" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas / $200
12" x 12" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas / $200
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Here's no.3. For this one I used the same brush I usually use as well as the same palette but the switch up was working with high chroma (intensity or saturation). My intention was to be psychedelic but this is how it turned out. I will do one like that though! With every painting you learn something even if you're not always able to articulate it. I believe I'll find bits of things that will be useful to me in each of these explorations.
11"x14" / acrylic on stretched canvas / $325
This is a painting one of my children did today and I got permission to post it. From time to time I will post some of the work they do. I find it inspiring. I'm hoping to get a fair bit of drawing and painting time in with them this summer. And with having a Mom in the field, they get to use real paint and brushes. Art supplies in schools haven't changed much since I was a kid. Cheap paint, cheap paper, and don't get me started on those sorry excuses for brushes! >: 0
This painting was inspired by a temple somewhere in a jungle in Japan. It had a walk-in mouth and eyes for windows. It's abstract.
12"x12" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
6"x8" / acrylic on stretched canvas / $120
18"x24" / acrylic on canvas
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Above: work in progress. Middle, below: detail.
So this is the next piece I'm working on. Just trying to decide now how much to push it. On a side note I wanted to mention that my website is still down (&@$#@!$ technical difficulties) but will let you know as soon as it's up and running.
acrylic on canvas
Sunday, July 1, 2012
So this is different for me: I painted this out of my head. Abstracts? Yep. Representational works? Nope. I most always paint from life. So...something new! And thanks to my son for naming it for me : )
Wishing my fellow Canucks Happy Canada Day! Holidays are good things.
6"x6" / oil on archival panel / $100 (includes free shipping worldwide)