Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
8x8in pastel on paper
I was visiting a friend who works in pastel and she pursuaded me to try her pastels.
I find them messy to use but enjoyed the companionable time together.
I liked hers a lot better than mine!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The Little Blue Jug.
6x6 oil on canvas 75.
I really enjoyed painting this sweet little jug partly because the shape is so neat.
As I was working on it I saw several different shades of blue in the glaze which were not apparent to me before.
A little bit of lavender, some cerulean, working gradually into a cobalt. All very subtle variations The potter who made it must have come up with his own recipe.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
8x6in oil on canvas 100. SOLD
The hollyhocks are blooming all over Santa Fe. They are so colorful and tall that they appear to be nature's perfect counterpoint to the earth colors and structures of the adobe walls and buildings.
Yesterday I posted the painting I did of the hollyhocks before I did this study. There is a huge difference between painting something close up like this and the more distant landscape. Close-up observation makes for a more confident, and swifter brushstroke.
I am gaining a lot of respect for the ability of the artists who specialize in painting miniatures. I can already tell this painting-a-day commitment is going to be a valuable experience for me and should help my painting skills in different ways.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Playing With Color
6x8in oil on canvas 100.
I am still doing the red studies and on this one I surrounded the jug with sheets of colored tissue paper.
If this were a white jug then all the colors would have reflected back into it but this red, being a deep value, absorbed the paler colors. I did discover that the cool light from the window reflected a lavender color onto the plane facing it.
This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed doing it.
One more red study to do and then I am off to Santa Fe, NM. to paint with some friends for 5 days. I will be sure to keep up with my Painting-a-Day...it will be a good excuse to do some really small plein air pieces.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Out of Tea.
6X8 in oil on canvas 100.
Another in the red series. I love this little metal, tea tin.
The reds were easier this time. I used orange to lighten so it did not get chalky. I enjoyed painting the metal inside of the tin and then in contrast, the china cup.
I asked my husband if it is called "a tin" over here and he said, "no...a container."
I have been in this wonderful country for a long time now and I do remember one of our sons
coming home with a rintintin joke so I think maybe he could be wrong.
I do not understand why after all these years I can still get mixed up over the spelling differences...colour etc, pronunciation...tomato etc, and items like this red tea tin. And I still call the car trunk, the boot!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
6"x8" oil on canvas 100.
A friend gave me this teapot and I love its brilliant color.
This is the second piece using the color red as the feature and I had to really
examine the colors in the shadows and then work out how to achieve them.
It kept me interested, then frustrated...then interested.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Dijon and Onions
6"x8" 0il on canvas $100.
The Farmer's Market here in Las Cruces has been named one of the top ten in the country. It also has crafts.
I went with our guests and found these brilliant, red onions to go on the grill. The more I looked at them I found I wanted to paint them as red is always an interesting challenge. I really enjoyed doing this piece so I have decided to paint some more red things. I appears to be one of my favorite colors as I have collected quite a few still life items in red.
I have painted this mustard jar quite a few times because I love the red, white and blue lid.
Regarding my nest series....I am out of nests to paint in this small format (done them all) but am doing some larger ones and having a fabulous time.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Church at Three Rivers, NM
8"X6" oil on canvas $100.
A new plein air painters group has been formed here in Las Cruces and I was thrilled to join them on a trip to Three Rivers.
Several talented artists participated and it was a lot of fun. We all worked hard and I did three small paintings - this one was my favorite.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
$100. 6"X 8" Oil on canvas
My friends know my favorite flowers are Freesias and Calla Lilies
and when my amazing god-daughter and her mother arrived for the weekend they came bearing gifts, one of which were these beautiful, yellow freesias. Even more of a gift...they allowed me the time to paint them!
Colors are "following the color wheel" from oranges into the yellows and then into the greens.
A wee bit of purple added to calm things down a bit.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
This amazing home has been intricately woven with fine strands of threads torn from the yucca leaves. Inside it has plenty of feathers glued with spider webs, lining the bottom. It is very deep and I can see how protective it would be for the eggs. This one I found outside after a strong windstorm. I live in New Mexico and have seen nests like this in the cactus so that is why I named it Cactus Nest but if anyone has the actual birds name I would appreciate them letting me know.
Friday, July 1, 2011
6"x8" oil on canvas 100.
Another completely different nest. I expect to most viewers they all look the same but as I carefully study them before I paint them I am struck by the differences in nest construction and the materials used.
My friend found it under some pine trees and mentioned that the oak leaf suprised her as there are no oak trees for miles around.
Neither of us know what type of bird built this nest.