Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Trip News! It's time to plan for our family's summer vacation. We voted and the decision is to go to Colorado and New Mexico this June. We will fly into Denver and drive down to Santa Fe and Taos for a few days then back to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and then to our own cabin with a private hot springs pool near Nathrop Colorado. Finally a drive over to one of our favorite places...Ouray. No trip to Colorado is complete without a stop here! I am planning to take a lot of photos and do some plein air painting. I got a great deal on air tickets this morning so the trip is official!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Here is my latest painting that I am doing as a work in progress to show the steps I usually go through when I paint. This is another one of my homework assignments...I am taking a painting I did before and doing something different, I am documenting each step and I am using different colors for me...that actually covers 3 of the assignments! I painted this same scene exactly a year ago. I thought it would be fun to revisit it and see how much I have learned this past year. This time I am doing it larger 18 x 24 and on white Wallis paper. The first thing I did after my value sketch (not shown) was to draw the major shapes with a pastel pencil. Then I took some nupastels and blocked in the darks with some blues and purples and oranges. I was tempted to do an alcohol wash but instead I just rubbed the pastel into the paper with foam pipe insulation. It kind of looked like a watercolor minus the drips. Then in step three, still using hard pastels, I reinforced the darks and added the lightest light and the most intense color (orange). The fourth step I just continued with hard pastels building up more colors. I try to make these first layers as colorful and vibrant as I can...I can always tone it down. Now I will let it sit for awhile and start another one. I have 2 or 3 big ones I want to get started on.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
This is another one of my homework assignments...to paint on a toned surface using a color I usually don't paint on.....this was a purple toned piece of gator board. It is a painting done from a photo I took out the car window on my trip to the South Carolina Low Country. I loved the vast expanses of marsh and all the ribbons of greens. Unfortunately there wasn't a good place to pull over for photos!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Today's homework assignment was to paint using only black, white and gray pastels. I decided to paint my cat Jazzpurr. This is on black LaCarte paper using mostly nupastels. I found that I had a small set of gray nupastels. Now onto the next assignment!
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I finally had a chance to work on this commission this weekend. It is a scene from the French Countryside and there is a wonderful story behind it. I actually have been asked to paint two of the same scene as it has a special meaning for two people. I am waiting for the go ahead to start on the second one. This one is 9x12 on Wallis paper. Today I am going over to Jaynes to paint one of my homework assignments...not sure yet what I'll be doing but I will post the results later.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Here is another art card I painted while on the cruise. It is from a photo I took this past summer on Sanibel Island. I'd like to try to do this one larger but to keep it as loose and colorful as this one. I have a big list of art homework that I forgot about so I really need to start working on those paintings. Jayne & Holly how are you doing on your homework??? Maybe we need a painting session to work on some!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Happy Valentine's Day! I really want to paint some candy but it will have to wait until tonight. I am having a Valentine's party with the children and we have a busy day. Here is a quick one on canson paper. I haven't painted on canson in a long time and it was strange. It is good practice though. This one is 9x12.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Today's painting is another little bird. I hope to be able to attract bluebirds to my yard this year. I am starting to work on a plan to bring my gardens back to life. Years ago I spent a lot of time in my yard gardening but raising kids limited my time in the yard. This year I really want to enjoy my yard again. I have been so inspired by Jayne's beautiful yard and all of her birds. It would be wonderful to attract birds to my yard so I can take photos with my new digital slr! Yes, I decided to get a canon rebel xt so I can use all my canon lenses. I can't wait until it arrives so I can play!
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Seashell on St. George Island
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Thursday, February 08, 2007
I had a chance to finish the hibiscus painting. This one is just 5x7 but I am thinking that a hibiscus would make a wonderful large painting. My son Corey who is an art major has been after me to paint larger. We went to the art store last weekend and he convinced me to buy a huge piece of canson board. He is working with pastels now in his drawing class so I let him use some of my nicer pastels...the Terry Ludwigs, Great Americans, Schminkes....his teacher liked his project and wondered what kind of pastels he was using. He responded that he was using his mom's 'Fancy' pastels! I had to laugh at that one! Now I really need to work on my commissions so back to the easel!
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I haven't posted a work in progress for awhile and I thought it might be fun to show how I have been working lately. I have been painting a lot of 5x7 paintings becuase they are easy to fit in during naptimes and evenings. My favorite set up for these is to use LaCarte paper on foam core and sit at my desk with my pastels and a towel...another towel on my lap and it works out great. For this hibiscus painting, I did the initial sketch with a pastel pencil. Then I went in and blocked in my painting with a mix of nupastels and polychromos. My goal is to try to keep the freshness of the underpainting and not over work the flower. Stay tuned for an update.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Today I had a wonderful day with Jayne and Holly. We got an early start and watched the new Bob Rohm dvd on painting water. We watched two chapters...water with ripples and moving water. We also had a wonderful lunch and we managed to paint some. Holly finished a beautiful sunset scene with rippled water. Jayne is working on a large scene with rocks. I worked on this one of moving water. It's from a reference photo I took at the Albert Handell workshop I attended last May. I should have a look at his interpretaion of the scene. I forget what his looked like. I'll have to paint more water...I'd love to do a harbor scene with boats like Bob Rohm did in his dvd.