Personal Art Blog

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

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Pincushion


 The Pincushion
6'"x 8" oil on canvas panel $150.  SOLD


Artist Note
This was a fun guild project.
The pincushion lesson wrapped up 
a busy month of reviewing
Shapes, Values and the Principles of Light.

We started with SEEING the simple 
base shapes in everything  
For a mushroom it would be 
the shape of
half a ball, ellipse, and cylinder stem.

Everything painted from life.

Drawing first on gray paper 
with white and black charcoal pencils.

Finding how the light gives it the 
volume and values.

Next we did the white tulip.
A rectangle or cylinder -
both worked.

The emphasis was also on
the principle of how...

White in the Shadow 
moves into a middle value
AND
Black in the Light 
moves to a middle value.

This was a black container
set on middle value gray paper.
The light hitting the top
was a similar value to the 
middle gray behind it.
(I deliberately made the area between
the bottom handle lighter to show
how light white would go.)

I find this is the hardest principle for
most artists I teach to grasp.
It is very hard for ME
 to get it exactly correct.
I have to " intellectually" do it because 
as 
I am looking... 
my mind says 
black is black!
White is white
LOL. they sure ain't!
Like an apple is not always RED!

Anyway, after having 3 weeks of  that 
it was fun to going into bright color. 
Same simple shapes...ball 
(a bit squished) and cylinder.
plus single light source.

Everyone did a great job and I have 
several of these demos to enjoy finishing.

Enjoy a peaceful time in your studio...
or happy place!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Stacked Lemons


Stacked Lemons
8"x 8" oil on canvas board  SOLD

Artist Note
These lemons were fresh when I started 
and rather shriveled by the time I finished.
Doesn't matter...I still enjoyed time
with the paint!

I remember doing a whole series
with lemons
a few years ago
and some of them were very difficult.
Guess what...they are still not easy.
Interesting how painting is like that.

Enjoy a wonderful week.



Friday, January 10, 2020

The Original Feather Comforter!



Original Down Comforter
24'x24" oil on Gallery Wrap canvas. Sold

Artist Note
This is a painting full of 
painting love, frustration, then
back to love.
It is one of the hardest nests 
I have ever painted
and I have done hundreds.

Did you know that is is the early egg laying
birds who use feathers to
keep the eggs from getting cold?
Mother Nature thought of everything!

Obviously, it was the influence for the title.
An friend's husband came up with it.
(Thank you Carlos.)

My first efforts were fast and painterly.
I liked it.
But it did not describe the nest and 
all the careful work the birds 
had put into it. 


Out of all of that work I had to make some sense of order.

24"x 24" is large for me
 and it has taken a long time to paint.
I did take my time and tried to capture
the different textures and subtle colors.
Not easy for an impressionist
who loves color so there are delightful 
spots of color here and there.

The person who found the nest 
after a huge wind storm gave it to me
but did not know what type of bird made it.
Neither do I, plus it is the first one 
I have seen of its kind.

 The young lady who bought it
had seen it in progress on a visit 
to my studio and it "spoke to her heart."
When I emailed her a pic of the 
finished painting... 
she wanted it.
And that made me very happy....
going to a home where it will be loved.



Sunday, December 22, 2019

Snowy River



Snowy River
8'x10in oil on canvas  SOLD

Artist Note
This is such a busy time of year
and it will most likely be my last post
until after Christmas.
I am grateful to all of you who follow
my blog and provide such wonderful support.
Thank you.

Hope you don't mind a posting
of an older painting. It remains one of my favorite
landscapes. I hope to get back outside
and do some plein air painting in 2020.

Is it too much to hope for 
Peace in the World?
Wherever you live -
 I know we must all wish for it.

May everyone's 
Christmas or Holiday
 be full of joy and love for 
those we care for, as well as those who 
now are only memories in our hearts.
Be safe, be warm and be at peace.
Blessings!



Friday, December 6, 2019

Turquoise Nest, New Mexico.

Turquoise Nest NM
11"X 14"  oil on gallery wrap canvas.  


Artist Note
New Mexico Turquoise is a much beloved
and prized gemstone and its color
 is reflected everywhere, here in New Mexico
...leading up to why
I want to add a turquoise colored nest
to my Avian series.

I have not been painting due to my hubby 
having his second heart attack 
just over a month ago which has left his heart
rather damaged 
and our routines totally changed.
The good news is 
he is a man with a lovely disposition
which makes everything nicer
and easier for me.

I am getting back into the studio 
for one or two hour blocks of
emotionally important time.
I am always amazed at how difficult it can be 
to get back into the flow. 
Fortunately, I had started the study before
the, you know what, hit the fan!

The above nest is a study for a larger painting.
When I say larger...
how about  30"X 40" For me that is huge!
Below is the unfinished one.
I started the large one with the intent to complete it 
for a show I was having, back three years ago,
when I unfortunately tore my meniscus and
had to put it on the back burner.
Since then, the house went on the market, 
the beloved studio was cleaned out 
and this was put into storage.

When coming back to a painting already started
I find doing a smaller study 
helps me get back on track.
The paint quality of the background 
on the large one consists of thin washes 
of colors and I had to 
figure out if I should glaze, texture or both.
I did both on the study.
Still pondering...

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Aspen In Snow



Aspen In Snow
8"x 6" oil on linen panel $150. sold

Artist Note
A bright sunny day illuminated
the wooded area and it became
such a different place from
 the previous, snowy day.
Sunshine is a warm spotlight
and even the snow adapted 
into a warm glow.

Want to know how I would love to 
be able to paint the aspens -
or the Silver Birch? 

I think this painting 
by the amazing Russian artist,
Isaac Levitan,
 is awesome.


Have a wonderful and Blessed week.






Thursday, October 10, 2019

Poms From a Friend


Poms From A Friend
8"x 6" oil on Raymar panel SOLD

Artist Note.
The red and green color
combination - although a recognized
color harmony
is hard for me to handle
without
adding blue or purple.

So why paint the leaves at all?
Well, that's the way my friend
gave them to me... right off her tree
and it looked wonderful.
Just hard for me to paint!

It seems the paintings of pomegranates
 I like have no leaves... or just a few.

Julien Merrow Smith did this one
and I love it.

How about the mastery of  Duane Keiser!
Have you seen his new pomegranate painting?
It is only 33 seconds so treat yourself.
Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZgkUtLN0no
Check out all his videos - they are a real treat.

Do you have a favorite pomegranate painting?
If so, please give me a heads up where
to look so I can check it out.
I want to be inspired!!





Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Apples & Monet

Apples & Monet
6"x8" on canvas mounted on board  $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.
Still having a great time using 
colors from one of  Claude Monet's paintings.
It happened like this...

A friend gave me some apples from her garden
(They were greener when I got them)


What to do? 
Which color harmony did I want?
I painted them Saturday quickly without a set-up

I wanted to go high key 
meaning -
only a small amount of dark below a middle value.

But on Monday, at the guild,
we all worked 
on finding the colors Monet
used in his beautiful painting below.
The Japanese Bridge.


Work on the easel
shows the print in a plastic sleeve.
(top)


After doing an exercise of mixing
then matching the
Monet colors on top of the print,
I was left with really
beautiful colors on my palette.
I started a new water lily painting
(lower left)
then worked on the top of the
apple painting. (lower right.)

I like the colors surrounding the apples
MUCH better.
Thanks to Monet for the inspiration.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Waterlily Pond

Waterlily Pond
6"x 8" oil on raymar panel $150 SOLD

Artist Note
We are still using Monet's color harmonies
as the focus at the guild this month.
In the one above, I have used the
Analogous Harmony of blue and green.

This is painted from a photo I had taken in
 Cloudcroft, NM, but I have a good friend
who has just returned from a trip
to Giverny Water Gardens
and I am excited to see her photos.

It means my series of lily paintings
will get a shot of inspiration
in my painting arm!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Abstracted Landscape plus Monet Inspiration


Cloudy Skies
8X6" oil on Raymar panel $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note
In this painting my goal was\
abstracting to only the
main shapes
of what I saw in the landscape.

I used colors from one of
Monet's Landscape themes.
It is a great way to learn how
 he really used a LIMITED palette.
The same few colors mixed
in different proportions
make for an interesting
 harmony.

 Below, left, is another Monet waterlily painting
You can see how I matched the colors 
on the plastic sleeve overlay before
using them in a still life of my own.
Scraped and gone, the painting exists no more
but it was a terrific lesson on the green
because I found it was mixed
from yellow and purple.
Reddish purple and blue purple.