Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I have five different types of peonies in my garden, and this one is the most prolific. It's a Sarah Bernhardt peony, and I have three of them planted in various places in the yard with differing amounts of sun. The bushes with the least sun have fewer flowers, but they bloom considerably later and that gives me a much longer peony painting season each year.
I always check out and often buy what's available at the supermarket, but I'm quite partial to painting the flowers from my own garden. I enjoy watching over them, anticipating when they'll be ready to go and picking them at various stages of development, which usually makes for a more interesting grouping to paint. I'm sure my husband wishes I would do less watching and more of the work, but he's the real landscaper at our house. I usually manage one good-sized spurt of yard work in the spring and then it's over for me.
This spring we--I mean my husband--planted four new rose bushes and they struggled throughout the summer. Then this fall they went crazy. Cooler weather, I guess, but we still had roses last week--even after several frosts and a couple of light snows. I didn't get around to painting them this year, but next year look out. It's tough to beat peonies, but some rose paintings are definitely in my future.
I hope you will be able to join me at the Abend Gallery Holiday Miniature Show where this painting, along with five others, will be on display. The show starts Friday, Dec. 3 with a reception from 5-9. I will also be doing a demonstration painting on Saturday, Dec. 4th from 10-4.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I did the set-up for this still life over a year ago, and even though I was excited about painting it for some reason I couldn't make myself get started. I got as far as completing a rough drawing on the panel and there it sat, staring at me for months.
Still life has primarily been what I've painted--especially florals. Early this summer I was feeling like I needed to change things up a bit and I started looking at painting videos posted on YouTube. I came across Karin Jurick's video* that shows her laying out her palette, which if you haven't seen the video is extensive. I loved her comment in reference to a limited palette that, "People, there's a world out there." I got inspired by all that color and immediately bought some new tubes. What fun!
Here are some of my new favorite colors and why I love them:
Greenish Umber (Rembrandt) A transparent cooler dark. Add white and it becomes a warm green/grey (cooler than Monochrome Tint Warm below) (Note: This is nothing like Grumbacher Greenish Umber. When you add white to that you get a grayed viridian color. Both are good.)
After adding these colors (and a few more I'll talk about at a later time) to my palette, I took another look at the Hydrangea drawing and decided to give it a go. The entire painting is primarily these colors with the addition of Gamblin Titanium/Zinc White, a touch of Windsor Newton Yellow Ochre Pale and Ultramarine Blue, plus a touch of Rembrandt Transparent Oxide Red and Viridian.
What I discovered was that while I could certainly come close to mixing all my new colors, I not only saved time but it gave me a cleaner color with which to start. The more colors you mix together the more grayed down your mix becomes. Rather than mixing from several primaries, if you can start with a color that's already close in value and hue it gives you more room to make additions to get what you want and still keep it clean.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Expo will be open every day from 10am to 6 pm and is located on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax Roads. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
I painted this last September while participating in the Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival in Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado. If you have the time, I would suggest checking out the info for this year's festival. It's in September again, and if you've never been to that part of Colorado during the fall I highly recommend it. The Aspen are turning, the weather is usually gorgeous, (but it is Colorado, so anything can happen...,) and the people running the festival are some of the friendliest I've ever met. Not only did they take us to all their special painting spots, they took the time to put together an interactive map with pictures of painting locations throughout the region.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I spent quite a bit of time this past summer plein air painting. "Sunday on 17th" is part of a new series I'm working on based on my summer outings in downtown Denver. I'll be posting more of these in the next few days.
By the way, I'd like you to notice a link I added to the right for Jason Smith. I've had lots of issues with photographing my artwork over the years and it's still a work in progress, but Jason has helped me quite a bit. The link will take you to his e-book, which is aptly titled "Exposing Yourself: An Artist's Guide to Digital Imaging." I found his site through Carol Marine and immediately purchased the book. Boy, did I learn a lot! I've since purchased some new lights and a polarizing filter per his recommendations and have been amazed with the results. (By the way, Jason likes to do things as cheaply and pragmatically as possible, so his advice is not only accurate but reasonable.) I hope you'll check it out.