Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rose in Glass - days 19-20 in Challenge

Rose in Glass
6x6in oil on canvas panel

Days 19 - 20

Artist Note

It was Page Railsback 
(fabulous with color and design)
who commented on my previous post
that my work was so complicated
it was hard to believe I could do it in a day.
 And that made me think... maybe 
she was right?
I would try something simple.
Whip it out.
So here it is. - a single rose in a glass.
It should have been simple, right?
This little sucker took two days and 
I am still not sure if it is done.

See the amazing, colorful work of
Page Railsback HERE

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pomegranates and Sunflowers - day 18 in the challenge

Pomegranates and Sunflowers

8x6in oil on canvas panel $135. SOLD

day 18

The pomegranates are out in full force, 
and sunflowers are still out and about as well.
I decided to go full force into color
Red,Yellow, Blue and Green.
This what happens after three days of rain...
courtesy of Madam Odile! 
I hear some places are flooded and I feel
so sorry for the people affected.
Lucky here because it has only been a steady rain.

How did I ever stand it when I lived 
in Manchester, England - reportedly (at the time)
 the rainiest spot in England?
I was a swimmer and I can remember the jokes 
when they found out I was from Manchester...
usually along the lines of - I was cheating when 
I won a race 
I was born with web feet (flippers)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Flowers - day 17 in the challenge

Stripes and Sunflowers.

8x6in oil on canvas $125. SOLD
Day 17

Artist Note
This was done a few weeks ago.
It went through some changes today 
as I freshened it up. 
my eyes not only had to get
accustomed to painting
something other than interiors...
but also the result of a visit to the retina
specialist earlier today.
I am attempting to paint
and type with dilated pupils.
A riot! I do know
the blue colors are not quite this vivid. 

Dont forget to check out all the 
wonderful paintings on the 30 in 30 Challenge

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Open Door - day 16 in the challenge

Open Door
9x12in oil on canvas  

Artist Note.
This is a larger size than the others in this Challenge
 and when I started out I had a dog
- took him out -
- put him in -
- took him out again -
 And I still want to see if I can put him in there,
This chair belongs to good friends and I feel
their much loved dog
should be included
Because of the pressure of the daily challenge 
I needed to post before completing it.

This is painted on black gesso canvas. 
You can see where it is not covered.

Tomorrow I start of a new theme - flowers!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Nap Time - day 15 in the challenge

Nap Time
8x6in oil on canvas panel  $125. SOLD

Day 15

This is my Grandcat. He is not longer
with us but left us with many happy memories.
This chair has a woven seat,
and sometimes, when he jumped up on the 
chair, his legs would go right through.
It was hysterical because he would
still nap with a couple of his legs hanging
through. After a while he learned to 
jump on the chest next to it, and 
carefully step down.

Half way through ...
Don't forget to take a look at all the 
other artists participating in the 
Leslie Saeta 30 in 30 Challenge

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Favorite Place - Days 13-14 in the challenge

A Favorite Place
6x8in oil on canvas panel  $125.

Purchase HERE

days 13 and 14

Artist Note

A dear friend's kitchen is where some
of the best Mexican food around
can be found.
I also could feast just on her chosen
palette of colors. Gorgeous!
I asked if I could paint a part of her room.
Received a yes...goody!

She shooed me out before I had finished yesterday
because she was preparing for company.
So back I went today...and as well as painting,
ate the best leftovers you could imagine.
As I said, a dear friend, who incidentally,
sweetly threaten death
if I mentioned her name on my blog.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oh No...A Redo. How embarrassing!

A corrected version of my previous day's post


day 12.

Artist Note
We all learn from others mistakes - right?
I am sharing this in the hope that it
will help someone else.

I noticed the weak design when I saw it with
  fresh eyes this morning.
Groan...and it was sold too.

Here is what I thought was wrong.
Two competing shapes and sizes .
What do you see - chair or fireplace
Eyes flicking back and forth between them
indicating no focal area?
Top it off with  a (floating) brown shape
see below
It did not link to anything - it just was there.

Oh My...what to do?
Can I sell something I feel is not my best
at that given time?

I know others must have gone through this same dilemma.
I struggled back and forth all day and then I pulled 
out the trusty glass and made a shape of another 
chair across from the one painted.
(shown below. - excuse the ratty taped corners on the glass!)

I knew right away that I preferred it this way.
It solidified the intimacy of the setting.
The fireplace becomes the area you 
should see first.

So I set about painting it and it solved the problem
of the dark pot too.
I do hope the person who had bought it 
agrees with my choices, and
if not, I know a neat couple who would be 
delighted to get it.
I did paint this today so I think it qualifies as
a challenge painting - in more ways than one.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By The Fire In New Mexico - day 11 of the challenge

By the Fire in New Mexico

6x6in oil on canvas panel $100
 purchase HERE 

Day 11

Every day this week I am painting interiors
for the 30 in 30 Challenge.

This one is in a friend's home
in Corrales, near Albuquerque. 
The kiva, adobe style fireplace is common
in the old homes in New Mexico and
are so popular that many of the new homes
have them.

Artist Note.
My first oil in the Challenge.
I was going to paint in watercolor for a month 
but started to miss my oils. 
It feels good to feel some texture.
I guess I will be using both.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Early Light - day 10 in the CHALLENGE

Early Light

9x7in watercolor on Yupo  

Day 10

A friend's sunroom is the source of
this painting. It faces southeast
and is flooded with light in the mornings.
Her plants go crazy and put mine to shame.

Artist Note.
Yupo is not the easiest of papers to work
with. I admit I am more comfortable with it 
than when I first started, but still find it a 
tricky surface to get used to. 
I love the watery appearance so it has 
been worth the time experimenting and learning
all about it.
I am gathering 
quite an arsenal of techniques and will 
share them when I know they are solid.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Interiors - Red Chair - day 9

Red Chair with Broom
8x7in  watercolor  SOLD
Day 9

There was a wonderful birds nest tucked up
in the corner of this stable. Naturally I painted it 
long before I painted this chair.

Artist Note.
The next 7 days of the 30 day challenge
will have an interior theme.
I know from previous experience that
 having a whole month of the same theme 
does not work well for me 
so I decided to break it down into 
four, week long segments of a 
different focus.

I want to thank everyone for the 
supportive comments. I am trying to 
get around to all your blogs to keep up
with what you are doing plus seeing the 
wonderful work in the Challenge
I encourage you visit and see them all.
 click on the link