Personal Art Blog

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gray Poupon



Gray Poupon
7x10"  Oil on canvas  SOLD

Artist Note.
The wonderfully versatile artist
came up with 
this weeks
The Daily Paintworks Challenge 
The Name Brand.


I love the Gray Poupon jar
and have painted it several times.
So well known it doesn't need 
more'than a suggestion 
of the name.
To see the other entries
here is a LINK

Have a great week. Think of
me and please send positive energy
as I work on clearing up 
my home studio ready
for the garage sale 
to beat all garage sales.

I have never had one before 
so if any of you have any
helpful tips, please pass them on.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Peony Time




Peony Time
8"x 8" oil on canvas panel SOLD


Artist Note.
Cherries and Peonies,
what could be more classic than that?

I always remember what 
Ovanes Berberian
told me...
Paint in  the NOW and not in
the ways of the past.

So did he mean the brown type
or dark backgrounds?
He certainly has never done 
one remotely like a Chardin,
The Dutch School or Rembrandt.

He was true to his beliefs
and I love his colors...but I wanted 
a dark cloth behind these peonies
so
I added the
 non-traditional striped cloth.
I think it gives it a little more
of a contemporary flair.

Going to have a "packing" weekend.
This is just so we empty
the house of too much "stuff"
to get it ready to show.
My studio will take at least a week to tidy up.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Farmers Market - The Red Hat.

Farmers Market - Red Hat

8"x6" oil on canvas panel SOLD
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

Every Saturday morning
the market is right outside 
my downtown studio. 
I have all the reference material
I could ever need.
BUT
this market scene is from a visit to 
Santa Cruz, CA.
I needed those striped awnings!
Personal stuff...
After fabulous 16 years
 in our Las Cruces, NM home 
it is time to move.
Anyone want a beautiful view...
a 1700sq ft studio or workshop.
As well as a 2600 sq ft house?
Oh, yes, and a swimming pool!

 I am going to be one busy lady!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fig Trio



Fig Trio
6x6' oil on canvas panel  SOLD

Artist Note.
A friend gave me some figs
and I do not think
 I have painted them before.
Surely I would remember
their funky shape.
and coloration.
Yes,...and the striped cloth
is still holding my interest.

It is monsoon season
and the clouds are quite amazing.
It is my favorite season because
the skies are so amazing.
It is possible to see multiple storms
at one time due to the vastness
of the horizon.

We need the rain and we are getting it.
The purple sage is blooming
and the desert smells so fresh.

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Copy of a Mancini.



Copy of a Mancini
 6x8 oil on canvas $150.\
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

Carol Marine
came up with a great
Daily Paintworks Challenge

The idea was a fabulous one...
copy a painting you admire 
and  then do a painting 
using what you learned

details HERE

BUT... after I copied this one 
I found I had no heart to do another.
How can I ever match what this 
guy does - he is brilliant!
Took me forever to do this little urchin!


I saw this piece in a traveling show at the
El Paso Art Museum. 
I took the photo on the left.
 I eye-balled the proportions 
so there are  
several areas that are not quite right.
Doesn't matter - I learned a lot.

I have followed Antonio Mancini's 
work for years.
Sargent was an admirer and has
been quoted as saying,
Mancini
 was the worlds greatest artist

The great Richard Schmid has said
 he, too, was heavily
influenced by Mancini's work.

If you are not familiar with 
his paintings here is a link.

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.