Thursday, November 12, 2015

Not Photo Realistic

7"x7" oil

This is loosely based on a lovely photo by Lowell Klock who is a member of the art group I am in.  She graciously offered several photos for our group to interpret with paint.  I loved the photo she took, and I also saw in it a way to paint it quite differently from the source photo.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Seeking the Destination

5"x7" oil
I can't help but wonder what makes couples attracted to each other.  Beautiful looking people often pair with beautiful people and their attraction, which could be much deeper, may also just be based on that, but what attracts people who seem so different from each other?  What made me want to paint this one was the interesting texture of  their hair.  Both of them had big hair that was kind of fuzzy.  I wonder if that was their first point of attraction?  Could be.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Loosley Geraniums

5"x7" oil on archival paper
This painting came from a challenge the art group I am in decided to do.  We voted on a group of photos and the geraniums were the winner (I didn't vote for geraniums).  So I decided to do it abstractly, experiment with shapes and tools and to do it on a surface I have been wondering about, archival watercolor paper.  I prepped the front of the paper with acrylic medium and later decided to do the back side too, then painted with oils on it.  I love the results.  I used a variety of mixed reds that don't show their subtle differences so well in the photo I took, but it is rich and fun. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Feeding the Deer

6"x6" oil
I passed this guy picking apples for the deer and immediately saw a painting.  The background was originally a cool blue of a house, but it just didn't work so I warmed it up with yellow and really liked that.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Heart of the Matter

6"x6" oil

It kind of looks like an orange heart....even has the heart symbol shape...and it is good for your heart too if you eat it...which I did!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Leaf Showers

11"x14" oil
We had a spectacular fall in the NE and then had a huge wind storm.  One day I looked out the window and saw the leaves blowing across the back yard and wanted to capture what I saw from memory.  I spend a few moments studying the big pieces of composition and note the values and colors.  The blue of the sky and water are much less colorful in the painting...more of a whitish gray with a tint of blue.
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