Monday, February 28, 2011

Flower Stand Farmers' Market oil 6"x6" #233

My friend Darby and her husband grow and sell flowers at the open market in the summer. They also grow garlic and numerous other specialty items. Their flowers are grown with love and it shows.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saucier et Commis oil 6"x6" #232

This is part of a series of Farmers' Market paintings I am doing. The chef and his assistant are preparing gourmet tid-bits for hungry shoppers. In our area we have indoor markets all winter which is a real treat, but this image was from the open air market.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Shot Experiment 8"x8" oil #231

Let's many ways can it go wrong? I did the Carol Marine challenge to do a series of 10 minute paintings of the same object (yes they are the same!). So, how can you make this difficult exercise even more difficult? Well, I chose a weird shaped clear shot glass and I am not very used to painting clear glass. Then I decided to change the lighting for each one and the angle/height. The shadows were really weird too because it was overhead top-down lighting. Then I don't think the palette I chose was quite right....anyway it was difficult and I learned a lot (like I think the next time I do this I will choose a box or orange.....

Friday, February 25, 2011

Alpine Lemon Drop #230 oil 6"x6"

I need a lot more practice doing roses but it is fun to do this loose variety of them. Sometimes I need a break from lots of details and itty-bitty things! There is a rose called Alpine Sunset and this is not it, so I gave it my own name. We are in the midst of a major snow storm and I love to ski, so that is the idea.
I read so many art blogs in which the blogger has a studio partner in the form of a canine. My partner is over 17 years old and I love her very much, but I am constantly pulling hair out of my paint! Does anyone else have this problem?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Yellow Rose of Texas 6"x6" #229 oil

This painting was a direct result of the assignment I gave myself last summer to do a painting a day. We drove to Boston and back with things to do in the middle, and it was a really early and long day so I knew I only had energy to quickly whip out a painting in 1/2 hour or less. It is also a response to Qiang Huang's Daily Paintworks challenge of painting a rose, something I have seldom done. So, armed with a 3/4" brush and a 1 1/2" brush I did this very loose rose thanks to my friend Dan Hale who grows exquisite roses. It didn't turn out how I imagined it would, but I love the big, loose and direct brushstrokes.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Zippo 6"x6" oil #228

This was a challenge painting on Daily Paintworks initiated by talented painter Michael Naples. My rendition is loose and edgy, but it took me a lot longer than I expected because I did that "hard looking" thing which

 is both exhilarating and exhausting at the same time...a bit like skiing and white water kayaking! I also reworked the background on yesterday's painting and like the results.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bear Mountain Bakery oil 6x6 #227

This is part of my Farmers' Market Series. I was drawn to the three unique characters in this scene. There is something so personal about shopping in a small town Farmers' Market. The growers (in this case baker) are so caring about their product and so friendly.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Free Range II oil 6"x6" #226

Chickens...why not? I took this photo on one of the most spectacular days ever...rain, sunshine, rainbows, warm, had it all. These chickens have a determined "let's get away from the woman with the camera."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Squash Anyone? oil 6"x6" #225

Looking straight down on this grouping of squash and a tomato creates sharp edges, especially in the shadows with direct overhead light.

I also reworked my "Mother Nature" painting and am happier with it.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Roots III oil 4"x4" #224

This is the third piece in my Roots tryptic. I really like this series and am glad I did it. It is kind of abstract yet is based on an idea that makes sense to me. The photo is horrible but I tried numerous times to get a good one and was unsuccessful.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Roots II oil 4"x4" #222 and FemSumo ink #223

This is my second rendition of roots with moss and pine needles, my homage to an early spring. I am going to do a tryptic of them. The second image is from my life painting group. I haven't been since mid Dec. and I could really tell. I was out of sync. I wasn't happy with the materials so I went to find a crayola marker and a kid's paint brush and this drawing turned out pretty good. I called it FemSumo because she reminded me of Sumo wrestlers. I looked it up online and there is a whole sport of female Sumos but I couldn't find a specific term for them.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mother Nature 5"x7" oil #221

I was challenged with the paint on this one. It is not at its finished state because I need to let it dry a bit and rework a couple of areas. Usually it is the oil paint's ability to slide around that I like, but I had trouble with the features and getting the color right and it got to where the paint would pick up on the brush rather than lay down. This was a new experience for me. The other issue I have is that my brushes are completely worn out and I keep procrastinating at getting new ones. This is really not smart as brushes are a critical tool. I like the composition and the background suggestion.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Roots 4"x4" oil #220

I wanted to try something kind of abstract. When all this snow melts, one of the first signs of photosynthesis is moss growing around the roots of trees in the forest. The pine needles form little islands of reddish brown at the edges of the moss. I just read an article about how you shouldn't put red and green together because it looks seasonal. I always manage to break the rules.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Diner 6"x6" oil #219

One of the fun things about diners are all the kitsch items of nostalgia. This is from the Dream Diner in Tynsboro, NH. My favorite piece is the lunch box that looks like an old TV set complete with the image of Elvis playing the piano.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day oil 6"x6" #218

Valentine's Day...a day to celebrate love. My husband and I met on Valentine's Day, a long time ago. Salt, pepper, sugar and in the background, a bottle of vinegar (for the french fries) these can represent what marriage is all about, and a date at the diner (or MaidRite, or A&W). This was a very fast and loose painting, and maybe I should have given it more time and a good relationship requires. Have a really loving day today!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Strangers oil 6"x6" #216

Three people on a bench against a wall share the space but not a friendship and yet there is an intimacy in it. The colors are a bit off in this photo. The reds in the girl's clothes are bright but the reds in the floor are actually much more brown...I tried to adjust it, but I couldn't come up with a better result. I like the composition which makes the shadow and negative space equally as important as the figures.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dinner at Home Tonight Feet 4x4" oil #215

These feet were on the Staten Island Ferry in warm afternoon light. I loved the different patterns made by the chain link fence and the browns of everything else except the decidedly purplish shadows. It think it has a nice complimentary feel to it, although not strictly so.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Traveling Feet oil 4"x4" #214

Another mini-size. Compared to these little ones, 8"x8" seems large! I like how loose this is. I certainly could have worked on it more to smooth it out and add more detail but I quit when I got a loose impression and I think it is fun. I am going to do more feet paintings, re-photograph them and put together a book about feet. I am saying it here because then it becomes an assignment for me to complete. I have to play games with myself to stay focused and disciplined. I like the story that feet tell.

I redid the painting on the right because I wasn't happy with my color choices. I like it better now, especially the posture of the lady leaning in and the suggestion of expression on the other lady's face.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Teething Is Hard Work 4"x4" oil #213

I needed to do something different so I chose this portrait of my grandson. I love this little 4"x4" format. It is just so cute! I prefer non-smiling portraits because they look more natural, but it was difficult for me to find a photo that really showed his personality and a reasonable likeness. I associate his features with smiles, but when he is teething his cheeks get red and he gets this set-jaw look.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Naptime oil 8"x8" #212

I knew going into this one that it was a compositional risk. It has two focal points separated by an empty room. I went ahead and painted it thinking I pull it off if the two sides balance each other. I played with the idea of putting a another person in, but didn't. I am hoping to get some opinions on this one. I really like the sleeping figures and I find the gentleman giving a passing glance at the painting interesting, but I am not sure the whole painting works. So if you have a thought, let me know.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mind Boggle 8"x8" oil #211

Optical illusion art objects are always fun for museum goers who like modern art. People are really good with their hands or they touch everything. Mostly I think they are aware of how close they come to objects and it always makes for a good pose.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Discovering Bonnnat 8"x8" oil #210

This is a favorite image of mine which I have painted once before, but this one is in a square format and the colors are lighter and cooler. For some reason I tend to go with a particular palette for a number of paintings and then switch to another one. I may do a lot of warm yellows or cool blues or tend toward lavender grays or greens. I am not sure why I do this so I am just going to call it "my personality style showing itself." I like the figures in this painting but I really am paying tribute to Bonnat's Roman Girl at the Fountain, which I think is an exquisite painting.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

On Closer Inspection 5x7" oil #209

I struggled with the colors on this one...trying to balance the warms and cools and choosing the right color for the walls and clothing. Those struggles are good because they make me really think about what I am doing. Sometimes it just comes easy and it turns out right, but even if I struggle and I don't get it just right, the struggle is productive. This has a cooler temperature than many of the museum paintings I've done and I am not sure I like that, at least for this one. I do like the way they are studying this and the tension in the arm that is being held is clear she has an awareness that she doesn't want to touch this art. She is holding back her bags so they don't swing forward.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tiffany 5"x7" oil #208

This Tiffany window at the Met is breathtaking. There is something so special about light shining through colored glass. I like the way her clothes and the walls and floor are similar in hue and value except for the dark jacket. I really tried to give the window painting a glow. This one works for me and I think it follows Carol Marine's recommendation for a primary value, a secondary value and a smidge.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Virgins 5"x7" oil #207

Sometimes titles come easy and then sometimes I can't think of a good one at all. I love the atmosphere in this environment and the kind of humble but hopeful and maybe awe-filled posture of the young woman.

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one of my paintings was chosen for "the painting of the month"...I am honored

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Where Are We? 8"x8" oil #206

I like groupings of 3. There is something pleasing about the arrangement. This scene is as common in a large museum as those of people looking at art. Where are we and how do we get to the.....Egyptian art??? the bathroom??? the cafe???? where that famous painting is???? or in the case of the Met, to the roof!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Undecided oil 6"x6" #205

This is from a gallery opening and Sculptfest at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland, VT. The patron and fellow sculpture is admiring a welded steel piece that is covered in rust of a high wire acrobat on a unicycle. The patron has wine in a paper cup which seems to be pretty common in less high brow openings. This is one of the big events at CSSC which has been called "The Carrara of America."It is a sculpture center located in a quarry.
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