Personal Art Blog

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

Monday, August 19, 2019

Violet Time

Violet Time
9"x12" oil on  raymar panel
(Not sure it is finished)

Artist Note.

I was at the garden center
and walked into a room which had a table
full of all colors of African Violets.
Gorgeous... I knew I wanted to paint
them so I bought a few pots.

You are all sharing my journey
into fracturing in new ways.
I have to be open about it because
It takes a long time to develop
something so it becomes 
completely natural. 
 and you would forget me.

It takes a lot questioning,
 asking if ..."I like that" 
or "I don't like that"
 most importantly...
understanding the " why " of the answers.
In the violet painting, for example,
there are two areas I am not sure about.
Be good to mull it over.

I have found TIME is the only way
to discover if it is
possible to incorporate
something new
into what is already a natural technique.

I am not sure that trying to paint
small flowers at this stage of
experimenting was smart because
it was very frustrating.
Put them in - take 'em off
repeat... until feeling quite inept.

I have signed it but am not sure
until I have
lived with it for a while
if it is going to
Or ...come to think of it...if I will either!
only kiddin'

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Crape Myrtle Bouquet

Crape Myrtle Bouquet
8"x 8" Raymar canvas panel $200.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note
The Crape Myrtle trees are blooming like crazy
just a few steps outside my studio.  
Loaded with blooms they are so beautiful.

How fortunate to be in a downtown which
has flowering trees. 

You can see my experiments with
fracturing the paint and mark making 
are still continuing. 
It is an interesting process.
Bit by bit I am taking note of what 
I respond to and in what way...
positive or negative. 
I have no idea how it will all end up
but I am enjoying the freedom
and interest.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Clouds & Sunshine

Clouds & Sunshine
6"x 6"oil on Ray-mar panel  $110.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

A small plein air painting.

We are focusing on color and values
in class this month so I wanted to 
jog my memory a bit on the difference
between painting from a photo
and getting out and seeing it.

Shadows are MUCH lighter
and transparent outdoors 
but look darker on a photo.

Verticals are always darker than horizontals
(The same color will be darker as a vertical
when light source is above)
...and the distant, horizontal ground
is the lightest area after the light on the clouds.

We all see color differently and I like to
punch up the actual colors I see
so below is the plein air painting
and you can see how it started
with a strong light dark pattern
of neutral colors...

I know some of you will prefer it
one way over the other
and that is why it is important to paint
what YOU like best for yourself.
I love a bit of color

Enjoy your weekend
and thanks for visiting.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Cloudcroft, Aspens, NM.

 Cloudcroft Aspens
8"x 6" canvas
 Mounted on 10"x 8" painted board  $160.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.
When I was in gorgeous, Cloudcroft N.M.
earlier this summer, I had chance to really
absorb the details of aspen trees.
(I almost called this painting Crooked Aspen
but thought twice about it!!!)
I was fascinated how some grew tall and straight
but others would take a foot or two one way
and then a foot or two a different way.
I wonder why...and if anyone knows
please let me know.

Anyway, I knew I wanted to paint the trees
but with more of my exploration
into the different fracturing and mark making.
How busy could I get without losing the
forest for the trees?

This one is quite contemporary
with a different color palette for me.
Loved doing it and I have a small series going.

...and while I am experimenting...

I had a lady complain that my regular
6x8 paintings were hard to frame 
because it was not a regular size.
Here I have glued the canvas onto
a painted Masonite panel, the
same as I usually do but this time
it is a larger board so I took the paint out
over the edges and rather like
how it looks 
It will slip easily into any frame of your choice

I have a frame I like it in Sorry not quite straight.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Raven’s Nest

The Raven’s Nest 
8”x10” cradled panel  $225.  
Purchase HERE
A floater frame is available for this piece. 

Artist Note
This one is an experiment in
mark making. I enjoyed the freedom
of just feeling the paint, 
moving it around and not 
trying for anything other 
than the pleasure of discovery

The summer is almost over 
and classes 
begin next week. 
I am looking forward to seeing 
all the artists back in their 
happy place of doing something 
just for themselves. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

White Raven

White Raven
8"x8" Raymar square panel $200.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note. 
As we are not allowed to copy any image
 off the internet, I took a photo of the 
White Ravens
from a video when it was playing.
I am sure you understand that 
it was not crystal sharp so 
this painting was difficult to do.
I abstracted the background and that was fun.
Pleased I managed to get 
something I like.

Still experimenting with the 
different fracturing techniques 
and that keeps me from
stabbing myself with my knife when I 
want to pack it all in!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Grace’s Warbler

Grace's Warbler
6"x6" oil on raymar panel $125.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note
Such a pretty little bird 
and the first time
I saw one, my heart skipped a beat.

They live high up in pine trees 
so you have to be on a cliff
or something high to usually see them.
But guess what...
I saw this little family down 
by the ground at a lake we have
just an hour away, enjoying a bath.

If not for the bright yellow, 
you would never see them 
as their blue gray feathers 
match the color of the sky 
peeking between the pine needles.

I tried to get that feeling of camouflage
in this little square..

Monday, July 22, 2019

Roosting Dove

Roosting Dove
6"x 6" oil on raymar panel $125.SOLD. 

Artist Note
I will be doing birds, nests and related
things until I can get this 
new extension of the 
fracturing technique down.
Experimenting is much easier with
subject matter you know and love.

The white dove is a positive symbol
of kindness, peace and forgiveness
Cannot go wrong with painting 
them so another 
one is bound to end up in the mix.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Western Tanager

Western Tanager
8"x8" oil on Raymar panel $200. SOLD

Artist Note
Isn't nature a marvel? 
The different colors in the avian world
always surprise and delight me...
and I do not live in a tropical place.
This is from a trip to beautiful
Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
Less than a two hour drive from Las Cruces 
and up to an elevation of 9,000ft.

My technique causes a quandary
when  I paint something with 
important details like a bird. 
In my former life as an illustrator
it would be easy to paint every feather,
but I do not want to paint like that anymore
(- in fact it is now impossible.)
So getting the impression 
of a bird in its natural habitat 
requires "suggested" imagery.
Something which I find harder 
but more engrossing to capture.

This from a photo my hostess took.
The nest was not in it...
just a personal love I have for the nests.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bluebird Of Happiness

Bluebird Of Happiness
6"x 6" oil on gallery wrapped canvas  $135.SOLD

Artist Note
I am so happy, happy to be painting birds,
nests, feathers and eggs.
What could be more appropriate than the 
Bluebird of Happiness!

Painted on a wrapped canvas 
which I do not usually use. 
The sides are painted a dark blue

If interested in the origins of the 
"Happiness" part
 here is a link to a safe site