Personal Art Blog

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

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Santa fe Adobe

Santa Fe Adobe
8x6" oil on canvas panel $150.  SOLD

Artist Note
I started this plein air last year 
and finished it off in the
studio recently
when I discovered it at the bottom
of my plein air carrying box!

What more could I want...
an adobe home with a blue gate
- the subjects I love.

These people must get a lot of mail. 
This has a sturdy post and big box.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Tulip Pleasure

Tulip Pleasure
8x6in oil on canvas panel $150.SOLD

Artist Note.
I love to paint the flowers that are in season
and at the moment that
means Daffodils and Tulips.
I bought these tulips into the
studio for a fellow guild member
who loves tulips.
She has taught me
a lot of neat things about them
they move all the time...
and they can grow extra petals!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Market Day.

Market Day
6x6in oil on gallery wrap canvas  Gifted

Artist Note

I never seem to tire of doing the market paintings.

I am fortunate that the 
Las Cruces Farmers Market
happens twice a week...
 and it is right outside the building 
my studio is in.

In the cold weather - yes, we do get cold weather,
especially early in the mornings - I use a camera 
and then pick the elements I like to 
sketch a few compositions in my sketch book.
By the time I do that the painting is well and truly
in my head.

This is a gift for a friend.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Blue Gate

 Blue Gate
8x6in oil on panel SOLD

Artist Note
This certainly is a tried and true painting.
I wonder how many blue gates 
I have painted?

It is a genuine love affair...
They always sell but that is not 
why I paint them. I see them
 and there is a tug in my art-heart.

I have never been attracted to a 
brand new, 
smooth as can be, perfect blue gate.
I feel the pull of the slightly askew,
weathered ones with texture galore.

The sun out here is brutal on any
wood and  paint 
so lots of my type are around.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Watering The Glads, Vermeer and a series of changes

Watering The Glads
8"x6" oil on canvas panel

Artist Note
This is the second in the 
month-long focus of 
painting the figure
inspired by, but not copying,
 a famous painting

This one is inspired by
The Milkmaid
Johannes Vermeer.
The position is what I am after.
I saw this painting a long time ago
and the milk coming out of the jug
blew me away.

This was the start -
a demo for the class.
First, a sketchy start
 from an image in my mind
of my daughter watering her Gladiolus.
some interesting changes...
Someone asked what she would be like
if she had a fuller figure... like
Vermeer's woman.
I scraped it down leaving a ghost
and started to paint.
adding some weight on her,
I altered the hat, added
more paint everywhere
and developed the watering can.
Remember this is a demo.
Group opinions!
And then the next remark was
what would happen if I
had a white dress and darker background
Unfortunately, I did not photograph
that one so please pretend the one below
had a white dress first.
Verdict...much to stark
 even though I loved the
colors of her dress in shadow
I went back to the warm
 color harmony but the dark
background changed the light.
Sheesh - all under the scrutiny of
The guild members.
By this time I could have
thrown it out of the window...
except for no window in the studio!

So I scraped it off again and did a sketch
Me in my apron!
and that is what led to this painting
All inspired by Vermeer's Milkmaid.
Guess what...
I scraped this off!

Sorry I did it now, but for some reason
the receding hairline on the woman in
Vermeer's painting fascinated me 
and after class
 when everyone had left
I scraped it off and 
painted this on the same board.

 What did I learn from all these changes?
I did better when I posed myself
in front of the mirror and drew
a value sketch.
(More contemporary.)
Knowing the color harmony
ahead and sticking with it
would have helped and although
coping the idea of a pose from a
master painting
is a great learning experience,
it is not as easy as it sounds.
One thing remained constant
during all these changes...
and that was what blew me away
after seeing the original.
Did you notice it?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Knitter

The Knitter
8”x6”   Oil on canvas panel. $150.

Artist Note

The figure is the focus
this month at the Artist Guild.
We started off building
from the stick figure
for the first week, moving into
incorporating the figure
in a painting inspired
by another artist’s work.

The one below on the left
is by Norman Rockwell.
I know it is
totally different from how I paint
but that is one of the goals -
to look
for inspiration
and not an exact copy.

I liked the position of the woman
at her task and the chest behind.

I have memories of my
mother knitting most evenings
and that influenced
a lot of my version. 
Without showing them 
side by side
would you have ever have guessed
the source of
my inspiration?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ron's Aspen Trees

Aspen Trees
8"x 6" oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note
This was done for a friend.
Painted from memory of a spot
I have painted many times
and in all weathers.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Another Long View.

Looking toward the Jemez, NM.  
6”x8” oil on canvas panel. SOLD

Artist Note
Like in the previous post, 
this is another “long view.” 
This time it is a high dessert
area between 
Santa Fe and Albuqerque. 

I love the drive. The views are amazing. 
and throughout the many years of traveling
I have never got tired of it. 

This was painted on a overcast day. 
The view was so vast I could see it raining
in several areas at the same time. 
Sometimes the rain never touched the ground.
Interesting ground shadows 
were cast from the clouds
Best of all... there were no trees to block 
the beautiful long view!!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Long View

The Long View
6"x 6" oil on canvas wrap 1 1/2 wide  $140 SOLD

see below

Artist Note
One of the joys of a high spot 
is the lovely long view you get.
This is Colorado.

I usually paint on panels
but had a couple of these gallery wraps
canvases and you can see, I
actually painted around the edges.

The advantage of these type 
of canvases is they do not 
have to be framed or hung 
but can stand on their own 
anywhere you want to put them

Back before I started fracturing 
I used to paint Calla Lilies 
in this format. I would paint the edge
or pop them in this floater frame.
The 6"x6" size you get 6 of them for 40 bucks
less than 10. a frame.
I would spray them a color to match 
the painting or even leave them natural.
They were very popular.