Friday, November 30, 2012

Fluffed Out 6"x6" acrylic

This is a large-ish, fluffed out house finch on a chilly, almost winter day.  The last few days I have noticed that the house finches that are showing up are a bit thinner and more ragged looking.  It is like those of us who choose to stay in a cold climate....we are survivors but a little rough on the edges!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hollywood 4"x4" acrylic

One thing you can say about bluejays is that despite their loud squawking and bullyish behavior, they are stunning to look at.  Kind of reminds me of Hollywood!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Together 8"x8" acrylic

I like how sunny this is.  A couple of friends posed for me.  Folks in Vermont are so hearty.  I had on a down coat, hat, mittens and my friends had on light weight shirts and sandals.  It is early winter here, but I painted this in a spring-like setting to give it a feeling of warmth.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

View from the Lake House oil 6"x6"

My parents retired to a home they built on a beautiful large lake.  This is a view of the end of the cove where they lived.  It was the place that we all came together to celebrate our family, to play to eat, to laugh and spend an inordinate amount of time waterlogged.  As my parents aged, they had to move, but we are filled with wonderful memories of being together there.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Downy Woodpecker 4"x4" oil

A Downy Woodpecker on a Sumac bush.  Sumac bushes are so cool looking....very graphic when the sun shines through them and casts strong shadows.  The berries are fuzzy, more seed-like but they make a good lemonadish drink when you brew them.  I love the red against the background of heavy snow clouds.  This is more playing around with my new spatula brushes.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cardinal 4"x4" oil

I am trying out some new things.  I got some spatula type paint brushes as a gift.  They are similar to a palette knife, but shaped like a paint brush.  Anyway, they are really fun to was like being a child again and just playing.  I have been wanting to do some birds as I have a pretty nice bird sanctuary outside my studio window and was inspired by Angela Moulton's beautiful little paintings of birds.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Late Afternoon oil 6"x6"

I think I might do this painting in a larger size and make it more textural with thicker and more varied colors.  I caught this scene when the light was glowing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Reader 6"x6" oil

Sometimes I have the hardest time getting a good photo of a particular painting, and this is one of them...there is glare on it, so all I can say is that it is better than it looks!  I did a value study of this first.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Once Upon A Midday Deary 6"x6" oil

This was not so much a value study as it is a painting the emphasizes the mid  values.  I was swimming and looked out the window and this is what I saw.  Everything was bathed in shades of gray with the background completely washed out in fog. I punched up the foreground trees to a darker value to show a contrast.  I painted this from memory, so it is pretty much made up and I didn't want it to be about details, but rather shapes and design.  I can see pushing this to a more abstract level.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

VT Values 6"x6" oil

This is another values study using transparent oxide brown, Caribbean blue, and white.  It is of a local covered bridge that was washed out in Hurricane Irene, but has since been rebuilt.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rufus oil 6"x6"

This was a fun value study because I was able to stay really loose with my brushwork.  I used Transparent red medium, white and indigo on this one.  I am going to go back in and change the colors and values a little, but I wanted to try and stick with 3 values for this, but not have it look like puzzle pieces.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Reader oil 6"x6"

I have been really interested in value lately and I decided to do some value studies.   This also gave me a reason to use my Torrid Gray.  I am trying to keep it to 3 or 4 values (light, medium and dark).  This really helps to reveal the composition or design of the piece and helps me to see where something needs to be darker or lighter (usually darker).

Friday, November 2, 2012

Drama 6"x6" oil

Last year our area was slammed by hurricane Irene.  We were concerned that Sandy would get us also, but there was little damage here, however we got some spectacular weather in the form of fast moving clouds, changing skies, and ominously beautiful rainbows in the north that were long lasting and HUGE.  This painting is a DPW challenge that really emphasizes the drama of the sky.  I have been doing value studies lately and tried doing that with this painting, using limited colors, but I just had to cut loose and go with the brilliance of the yellows and oranges against the blue background.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Yum! 4"x4" oil

This is the last of my bakery pieces....pumpkin is that time of year!

Shirley Fachilla was the winner of my drawing for the boat painting.  She is a very good impressionistic artist from Tennessee.  Her blog is:
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