Personal Art Blog

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pitcher & Apricots


Pitcher & Apricots
8"x6" oil on Raymar board  $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.

I think that the striped cloth
adds a bit of zip to this
otherwise ordinary still life.

Priscilla Hoback made this
wonderful pitcher
and it is my first time painting it.
Fascinating discovering
the layers.

Priscilla does amazing work and
you can see some of her large
 animal art pieces
HERE



Friday, July 21, 2017

Peaches & Stripes

Peaches & Stripes
6"x6" oil on canvas panel  $125.SOLD


Artist Note.
I must have a little thing going for stripes
at the moment. I have done three
still life set-ups and they all
  have the same striped cloth.

Does anyone else notice that they
favor a certain item for a while?
The cherries are still being included too!

When I finished this painting
 it reminded me
in color
 and pattern
of a
Vuillard or Bonnard.

Lordy...had I subconsciously
copied one of their
still life paintings?
This can happen when you have
a lot of art history background.
Anyone relate?

After trolling though
 nearly everything I
 could find on Search
 I could see quite clearly
the differences, but I am
rather happy that
 this one reminds
me of their patterns
and colors.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Why I Like To Fracture Plus A Still Life.

Summer Still Life
8"x6" oil on linen panel $150.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note
After my Fracturing Workshop
I took a few days off to paint
with a friend who is a regular
plein air painter...and 
due to the extreme heat
(thank heavens)
we set up a still life.

I have been asked why 
I like to fracture

The following is a piece 
I did in my workshop
showing everyone
the premise of why I use the
fracturing technique.
It is all about keeping the
viewers eye's interested.

Below is the type of surface
I would get when I 
used a brush in a smooth, flat way.
One glance and you have grasped it


Then here is the same square fractured.


The idea is 
there is more
to entertain the eye!
Hope this helps explains it, Susie.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Workshop Review

Sunflower Demo  sold

Artist Note.
I always really enjoy my
workshops but this one
was extra special due
to the fun and talented artists
who all got on so well.
A true blessing.

On the first day 
I provide all the surfaces to
 do the fracturing exercises
and a black panel is one of them.

I sketched out the placement
with white chalk.
 Then I started adding
 the orange/yellow transition color
alongside the dark center.
Next, I added the
yellow and green shapes only.
Looking at the light and dark pattern
I then fractured 
 randomly 
with the handy tool.
Added background colors
remembering to use opposing
strokes and then I fractured
lightly again.
I follow the fracturing marks
using brush and knife...
Defining certain areas. 

Artists are encouraged to
bring it back according to
personal preference for
the amount of detail.

Here are a few of the paintings
the artists did in the workshop.
Wish I could show them all.
Lindy

Carol

Michelle
Veronica

The next three paintings
show how 
 different artists used 
the fracturing technique
to have their own voice with paint.
Three dogs - all different!

Cheryl 

Connie

Veronica

Thank you, everyone, for
allowing me to show your work.

If you are interested in the
Fracturing Technique,
here is a link
Fracturing Tutorial



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sunlight On Rose

Sunlight On Rose 
6x6 oil on canvas panel $110.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.
This one is for the 
Daily Paintworks Challenge.

The Rose Challenge was submitted by
 an artist whom I
admire greatly and I have followed
her for quite a while.
Her name?
Drum roll....
Kaethe Bealer

She is brilliant at nailing her values
with beautiful, rich colors.
Here is a link to her

Be prepared to have your 
socks knocked off when you 
see the rose she painted 
from the photo.

You will see many other 
beautiful rose paintings
this challenge has inspired. 

 Here is a link to 
her gallery page

You can see she paints a variety
of subject matter
but all of them, magnificently.

Still putting together my workshop post.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Silver, Red & Turquoise!


Silver, Red & Turquoise!
6"x 6" oil on gesso board $125. SOLD


Artist Note.
I am proud of this one.
Big beam and a happy Julie!

Tomorrow is the last day 
of the 
Fracturing Technique workshop. 
(The cherries were painted before it.)

What a great group of
talented artists, I was lucky
enough to have.
I will ask their permission 
to show some of their work
in my next post.

First, I need to relax.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mums, Picasso & Cherries


Mums, Picasso & Cherries.
8"x6"  oil on linen panel  SOLD

Artist Note.
 The cherries are still
inspiring me, so I went into a 
different color palette
and am happy I did.
I find the color harmony
in this one very appealing.

This is an extra personal painting
because I used 
an old and much loved
Picasso top
as the background.
The challenge of this was
how to do a "busy" painting
but still manage to
keep a focal area.

It was fun to paint.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spilled Cherries


Spilled Cherries
6x8inches oil on canvas panel $140. SOLD

Artist Note
This went thru several incarnations,
starting off with a silver bowl.
It became a fight of reflections!
I know when I am beaten 
so I went and got a white bowl
off the shelf.

This is another painting
 from the big box of cherries
we bought at Nichols Ranch


Situated a beautiful 80 min drive 
from Las Cruces,
the orchards are 
at an altitude of 6,800ft
- much cooler than here!
Leaving, we stopped to admire 
this view
of the brilliant streak of light
below the distant mountains 
created by
 White Sands National Monument.

Hot today with more 
heat on the way.
 My new studio in nice and cool.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Striped Pitcher



The Striped Pitcher
8"x 6" oil on canvas/panel $140. SOLD


Artist Note.

I LOOOOVE my new studio!

 I want to show you my
set-up for painting a still life

 I needed  something that was: 
convenient to get to... 
right by my easel...
      and very versatile...

This fits the bill perfectly.

I screwed two shelving strips 
into the wall
making them long enough 
so I could adjust
the viewpoint from either,
eye level - see below
- or moving it down for 
taller still life set-ups.
 (See last image)
It is so easy to adjust. 

. I used the longer18-inch brackets
to support a good sized surface. 
I used a 20"x20" piece of plywood
on top of the lower brackets
and  placed a piece of
24' foam core over the top
This also prevents my overhead light 
from interrupting a
single light source.
I can have fabric over this 
to drop down behind
And I can also use colored paper
The gooseneck light
 adjusts in any position
from any side.
This shows how 
I can also use the
  sight-size method. 

So there it is. I hope I get a 
lot of use out of it.
Whoo hoo!!






Monday, May 29, 2017

Cherry Time and New Studio Pics

Cherry Time
6x6" oil on panel

Artist Note.
Getting back into painting after
a break is pretty humbling.
I did this one and liked it...
but was told it didn't pop...so I
reworked it and maybe ruined it?

Which one do you prefer?



Cherry Time#2
6x6' oil on panel 


Oh well...at least I am painting
again and loving doing it.

Here are a few shots of
my new studio space.

You enter to this area.
I am very pleased to have
a place for some of my nests
and fav fountain.
Also, I enjoy having
a separate area to eat
lunch or relax with a drink.

The classroom
The room is 24' long  and
I have the whole end of it! YEA!

A convenient shelf runs along
the wall
for the artists to place their
iPad and source material on.
A mirror hangs by each station
so they can check their works
with fresh eyes.
The  corridor turned out to be
 the perfect place to
have the shelves to hold everything
from masking tape to rulers
Also, the above photo is great
because you can
see the difference in the
 light bulbs colors.
All walls are the same gray.
The corridor has LED lights
and they give a pinky cast
The classroom has daylight
5500 with CRL 90
a perfect balance!
and the entrance area
you see at the end is of
 a typical fluorescent
and gives a slight yellow cast.


Meet the Guild's oldest member
- he loves hanging around!!
Look at the great still-life storage!
PLUS
I have a really large room
which holds everything -
including an area with individual
cube storage space for
the Guild members to  store their
large items they do not
want to tote all the time.

And.... best of all....
it gives me space for a permanent
photo area.

This will be a happy creative space
for me and the
members of the
 Artists Guild of Southern New Mexico.

We have a Guild member I have to thank.
RICH.
A retired master carpenter from
Philly, he has generously given
many hours to 
painting walls and building shelves.
It must have driven him nuts
listening to my 
voice suggesting...
"maybe a little bit more to the right!"

Always patient and always good humored
we are grateful and 
thank you, Richard Haggerty!

Here is one of his paintings
Talented for sure!

Thanks for staying to see everything