Thursday, August 29, 2013

At the beach

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What are you doing today?  Hope you are having as much fun as we are!
This incredible painting is by Fongwei Liu who is one of the best contemporary figure painters in the US.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Salmon Moon

5"x7" oil
You will just have to take my word for it...this painting is so much better than it looks here.  It has a lot of texture and a lot of really dark colors.  I went out two nights this past week and just sat and studied what I was looking at.  The design was pretty simple, but it was the color that I really studied hard.  I found out that the August Moon is known as the Salmon Moon and I understand why between the yellow/white of the moon and the peachy ring around it which fades to blue then purple.  The ground is barely visible at the base of the trees which dark shadows that reach out over the meadow which lightens slightly as it approaches the foreground.  The only other light is a tiny bit of grayish highlights on the tops of the Black-eyed Susans and the white flox.  Well, I guess you will have to take my word for it!  I will attempt taking a better photo when I have more time.
So my featured artist today is June Hovekamp Osgood  who is also my mom.  I found this sketch she did on the back of mat board and it struck me what a lovely piece it is so I varnished it, attached it to a painting board with mat medium, and framed it.  She is "going on 90" (rather than being 89) and is an avid painter and game player.  She is very active, and yes I am a big fan!  So enjoy this:

Friday, August 23, 2013

Raven Mad

This is the second raven I did with an abstract background.  It was a demo for an art class I taught this week to beginning artists.  I have put a couple of their versions here as well.  This was about color mixing and experimenting with ways of applying paint.  For some it was there first painting since elementary school!  We have 2 hours to do a complete 16"x20" painting.  I think it is rather a daunting task, but it is always fun!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Method and "On Leave"

"On Leave"  7"x9" oil  this is for my nephew who is a Marine and great dad!
I thought I would talk about a method I have been experimenting with in painting.
These are the reasons I like it:
1.  It is a method, therefore, I know what to do first and can get started right off.
2.  By drawing out the image, I get to practice my drawing skills, and it helps me to get the drawing part accurate.
3. By adding in a very thin and very quick layer of local colors, I can paint over the drawing, and diminish it, so I am not so picky and finicky about painting the drawing.
4.  I  get to evaluate it after each step which makes me take a brain-refreshing break (and I hoola-hoop for a couple of minutes).
5.  I can see if the design and basic values work.
6.  By doing the local colors, I quickly cover the whole area making it all much less intimidating.
7.  Since I don't add any subtle highlights, smaller values, warm and cool colors and variations at this stage, I can think through those things before I actually do them.
8.  I like it because it slows me down, yet I can still paint fast.
9.  There is instant gratification, which I always crave.
10.  I still get to apply all those wonderful teaching tips I've learned from other artists.

What I don't like about it:
It takes longer....and I end up fussing anyway!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

True Story

7"x7" oil
Really it is a "True Story."  I was cleaning out my studio and had the doors open (I have garage doors on my studio so that I can work "outside" when the weather is warm enough).  A hummingbird flew in, got confused and couldn't figure out how to exit.  I anxiously watched as it first flitted to the flower paintings hanging then banged into the lights.  I didn't want to startle it more so I went inside and made some "nectar," put it in a feeder and hung it in the studio, to no avail.  I was worried about the poor little thing who needs to constantly eat, and talking to it gently didn't seem to help.  Finally it landed on my table.  I picked it up gingerly and it didn't move, except that it looked at me.  I carried it out and put it next to a red flower and it didn't move.  I even tried to coax it to take nectar, but it just laid there.  Then it perked up and flew away.   In the meantime, I was able to study it pretty well.  I wanted to do this like I do my "Gallery Viewers" series so I did a fancy frame, but I am wondering if I should just do the plain black frame that I use on my paintings.  BTW, I signed both the flower painting and the hummingbird looking at the flower painting. One thing about hummingbirds is that they are more about movement than color and shape.  Artist Brande Arno is amazing at capturing this movement.  I have included an image of one of her paintings, below.
"Laureen and Lois"  by Brande Arno 6"x6" oil

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Windy Hill

7"x9" oil
I was inspired to do this because I cleaned out my studio and went through my photo references (hard copies) and found a photo of the house I lived in when I graduated from high school.  Daily Paintworks was having a challenge to paint your house, so I decided to put the photo to good use.  By that time in my life I had already lived in 8 houses in 6 cities in 4 states, as we were kind of an upscale gypsy family.  After high school it got worse and I became more of a real gypsy, but I have great memories from this place, and once I married a stable guy, I more or less settled down.  I love the shadows and feeling of moving air and hope I have captured that quality.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

I Do!

7"x9" oil
I painted this from a photo that was emailed to me for a commission.  I love the image because it has a strong story even if I don't know exactly what it is.  This couple is getting married in a few weeks, and I wish them a great deal happiness.  There are so many things to feel depressed about if you pay attention to the news reports so I am staying focused on all the happy things in life.  Even though I look a bit like an ostrich, I don't think I act like one!  If an ostrich sticks its head in the sand, it can't see the good either. I wish you a day with many moments of joy.
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Peace

We are getting ready for our annual trek to the beach.  I am hoping for sunny warm weather, but it is beautiful regardless.  Looking forward to lots of future beach paintings as well.  My favorite part of this is his right arm...that is what I wanted to paint!  Notice there is no one else in sight!  now that is the image of peace!
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ramona's View

9"x7" oil
Firstly, I want to thank you for looking at my paintings and taking the time to read my blog.  I know it is a commitment to do that, and I really appreciate that you give my work this attention.  This painting is from a vacation photo taken by someone who means a great deal to me.  This is a pretty personal story.  Ramona is my daughter born to a different family.  She wasn't adopted, because she was in my heart from the day she was born, and although our hours together are significant, she has a loving family of her own.  Life throws us some interesting curve balls and my relationship with Ramona has a few in it.  Ramona is now married and I am painting this for her.  It is her memory, but the painting reflects my love for her...everything in this painting has a symbolic meaning for me.  I should say that there are a lot of subtle color variations in this that I just don't think are there on a computer monitor.  The location is Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, near the Tulum Ruins.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Raven

9"x12" oil
Several weeks ago there was a challenge to paint a raven on Daily Paint Works.  I am a bit late with it, but I finally got around to it.  It seems like everyone eventually paints a raven or a crow.  I like it because of the dramatic high contrast design.  I used lots of different dark colors to get depth in the feathers.  I also did an exercise mixing up greens from my blues and yellows for my color chart book and decided to make an abstract background with the colors.  I painted the background first then the bird.  I am so glad I did this exercise because I discovered some really cool ways of making green in the process.  This is a bit larger than usual and is on canvas rather than a gesso panel.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sunflower Explosion

7"x9" oil
This is the second demo I did at Art In the Park.  I found it difficult to paint, talk and promote myself and my work all at the same time.  I kept this very loose and just wanted the overall feeling and impression.  I applied the paint very thick and I really like that!
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Park Rose

6"x6" oil
I had real doubts as to whether or not it was worth it to do an art fair, but based on my first experience this weekend, it was!  I did this painting as a demo, and then when we were packing up, my husband (who was key to me being able to do it all) stepped on it twice and slid!  So I wiped it off and re-painted it.  A friend suggested I call it "Marital Bliss"  and consider his actions a Freudian slip!
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Artist In the Woods6"x9" oil

6"x9" oil
I like this one because I did it under stress....waiting for the rain to lift so that I can go set up my tent for Art In the Park tomorrow.  I kept it loose and had fun with it.  It actually helped me keep from feeling a bit nervous. If you are in the Rutland, VT, area the next couple of days, please drop by.  It is a really nice event.  I am a newbie.  I hope you enjoy this painting too.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Drawing

9"x7" oil
I like this painting because of the composition.  The dark shadows are like an object in itself.  I mixed purple with a very dark blue to get this color, but on the monitor it looks black.  When I showed my husband, he commented, "Oh it's your mom."  He is right, it does look like her, but she wasn't my model.  It was from a drawing class I taught.  I photographed this lady from a balcony, looking below to her.  I am not completely satisfied with the skin quality or tones, so I will probably go back in and rework them when it dries a bit.  I am scrambling to get everything together for a big art fair this weekend, so I my not paint every day, or like this one, it might be a bit rushed.
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Contemplating Shapes of Fear

6.5"x8.5" oil
The painting these three are looking at is called "Shapes of Fear" by Maynard Dixon.  It is a very powerful piece in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  It is an interesting idea...fear having a shape.  This painting is a bit tighter than I generally do, but overall I like it a lot.  It is funny when people talk about my work as something they can't imagine doing because they "can't draw a straight line."  It is funny, because I think that drawing or painting a straight line is really hard!  Painting a flower is not easy, but it is forgiving.  Architecture is loaded with those irritating straight lines.

I am getting ready for my first art fair next weekend (Art in the Park).  It is a ton of work!!! I have a much better appreciation for those artists, like my friend Ann McFarren, who actually make a living doing art fairs.  This painting will be shown there if it is dry enough to take. 
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Familiar Stroll

6.5"x8.5"  oil
This image came from a post by Leslie Saeta who is currently traveling in Italy.  She is posting images for painters to work from and I chose this one because it reminds me of places I have been, curving side streets with high contrast light and shadow.  I may go back in and add some darker shadows to the yellowish building.  I tend to not get values dark enough.  Tell me what you think.


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