Thursday, October 27, 2011

Playing With Green, A Study in Progress

It feels so good to be painting even if it is just playing with greenery.  The reference for this study is the same Mums photo I used earlier for a painting.  This time though I wanted to concentrate on the leaf areas since that is where I have the most challenges when painting florals, as can be seen in the stage shown above. 

My favorite area right now is the upper part.  I like the soft tones and variety of colors.  So far I have used Fr. Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Viridian, Quin. Rose, Azo Yellow and for the warmer tones added Raw Sienna.  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Maple Leaf

This 5" x 7" leaf painting was painted for a Fall Card Exchange and was sent to Judy in Washington.  I forgot to take a final photo but the big leaf has a few more darks added along with some platters.  The reference photo used was by jennaboo88 from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Colorful Fall Foliage
North Pasture

Not any painting going on as we are in the middle of removing and replacing kitchen floor tile.  Have to say though my fingers are getting anxious to hold a brush and I don't mean the brush I will be using to paint the kitchen. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Foggy Pasture Study

Using French Ultramarine Blue, Tranparent Brown Oxide, and a mixture of yellow ochre, cobalt turquoise and blue to make a warmer grey, painted this little 5" x 7" landscape of the North pasture on a foggy morning.  It has been awhile since I've painted landscapes and this reminded me how much I enjoy them.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Chatter -- Pricing & What Does Success Mean to You?

I was reading the Fine Art Views newsletters this morning and read the article, "The Politics of Price" on the FASO blog and found all the related comments quite interesting.   The comments are varied and relate to pricing in today's market, through galleries, or art shows or other venues.  It also talks about upcoming artists vs. the more established artists and how lower prices can affect more established artists sales.  Of course, there are many differing views and all are quite interesting to read and contemplate.

There was also a mention of a website about art marketing, "Artists Who Thrive", which I promptly went to and began reading.  There is a lot there to read and much food for thought. 

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Pushing Paint

Early this morning I placed random marks of paint on paper then used a palette knife to lift and make marks/lines.  Then I spritzed it with water lifting most of the paint, leaving ghosts of color.  Then I just had fun, placing streaks and swishes of color, negatively forming a couple of containers.  Again I used a palette knife, brush and spray bottle to move paint and to place stronger bits of color.

The purpose behind this was simply to not plan but to place color and make marks to see what formed, if anything.  It loosens my brain and my hand and is such fun to simply relax and watch the paint play.

On a different note, yesterday's celebration of Mom's birthday was so enjoyable.  We visited with family (30+ people) that we rarely get to see and loaded up on good food and wonderful desserts such as homemade coconut cream pie and other goodies.  Thanks all of you for the birthday wishes for Mom.