Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Old dial up" 8in x 10in oil

I am experimenting with a new technique.  Don't know if it will work for everything but I won't know until I work with it a little further.  I am using this on my larger work for my Pyro Gallery show this Spring.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Five Peonies" 12in x 12in oil on linen panel

I was going to paint my regular small painting but then got an urge to use my #12 hog bristle brushes so I decided to paint a 12" square!   The flowers are painted with the big brushes and bits of the background and vase are painted with a #5.   Used a palette knife on some areas.
Had fun with this one.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Peony Duo" 8in x 8in oil

Working on my larger paintings for my solo show leaves little time for my daily paintings which are valuable in keeping my paintings fresh.  Finding these beautiful peonies at Trader Joe's gave me the longing to paint a daily.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

"On the beach" 16in x 20in oil on linen

She has the most beautiful long thick black hair.  It was actually a little longer but I had to have the curls in the picture.  I added the sketchy background for effect.   I know the horizon is a little high but it looks good for the composition.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Town Branch" 6x6 oil

I just love this bottle shape!!  The bourbon is not bad either.   After you have enjoyed the bourbon you could have the top cut off and have a beautiful square vase!

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Two roses" 8in x 8in oil

Thought I would experiment with this painting.   I made the focal point the strongest color and the rest in muted opposite tones.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

"Miranda" 16in x 12in oil on linen

This is something I painted a few weeks ago.  

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

"Hydrangeas in Blue" 8in x 8in oil

One of my students left these beautiful hydrangeas for me to paint.   I used the palette knife with the blue background color to keep the focal point in the light.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"Buffalo Trace" 6in x 6in oil


I love the label on Buffalo Trace.   This painting comes in a black floater frame.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Tomatoes" 11in x 14in oil


http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/claudia-hammer/tomatoes--11in-x-14in--oil/584642

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Monday, June 5, 2017

"Hat from Mali" 16in x 12in oil

I've had this hat for about 40 years, can't remember where I got it but it's construction is so interesting and it is pretty comfortable to wear.   It came from Mali.  If I went there today, would I see people wearing it?

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Weller" 8in x 8in oil


This is Weller bourbon and it is one of my favorite shaped bottles.   This 8" square painting comes in a black floater frame.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Woodford No.28" 8in x 8in oil


Here is a more contemporary approach.  I have really liked using a palette knife lately.   
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

" Maker's Mark No.12" 6in x 6in oil



Here is another popular bourbon.    This 6" painting comes in a black floater frame.

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"Looming shadow" 6in x 6in oil

I love the ominous shadow behind the bright cheery cups, bowls and plates.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Knob Creek Straight" 6in x 6in oil


This 6" square painting of Knob Creek Bourbon comes in a black floater frame.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

"Red tea" 6in x 6in oil


This is such a classic little red teapot!    I love it!  The tea isn't bad either.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Blanton's No.10" 6in x 6in oil


This is another one of my bourbons that did not get published.   Thought I would get it in before Father's day.   This 6" square painting comes framed in a black floater frame.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Pappy aglow" 8in x 8in oil


This 8" square painting of Pappy Van Winkle comes framed in a black floater frame.  Which means that it show the entire painting.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Woodford No.29" 8in x 8in framed, oil


I have neglected to post a few bourbon paintings.   This one reflects my new painting style.  It's about color and texture.  
This 8" square painting comes framed in a black floater frame that is included in the price.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

"Churchill Downs Derby viewer" 16in x 12in oil on linen

He wore his Derby outfit and doesn't he look great!   I sketched it in with a dark brown mixture with Winsor Newton Bt Sienna and Ultramarine blue and blocked the shadows also.   I love the way it turned out.   He wore a beautiful lavender woven suit with some raw sienna woven in.   I think the bow tie makes the look.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

"Portrait experiment" 14in x 11in oil

In order to improve and grow, we artist are always trying new things and experimenting with different methods.   Today I used a limited palette consisting of titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre.   I found that using those 4 colors simplified the color mixing process.   I will have to try it again.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Blue Shoes" 14in x 11 in Oil on linen

The model got into this pose and at first I was thinking that she was holding so much tension.  After looking through a viewfinder I noticed that the pose was so dynamic!    Love the position of the legs and arms so I made it all about that.   In the three hours that she posed, I sketched it in two times too large, third time was the charm.   I had to realize that the center of the canvas was the hem of her skirt, then it worked out.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Stacked" 6in x 6in oil

Lately I have been working hard on larger paintings.  I feel that I need to do some small daily paintings so when I went to my stash of items these little colorful plates, bowls and cups were saying "choose me".

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Red Robe" 16in x 12in" oil on paper

We haven't had this model for about 4 years and I am glad she is back.   The light was focused on her upper chest so her head was in shadow, taking the focus off her face.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Dressed in Pink" 14in x 18in oil on linen

This is a painting I started last Friday and finished today.   I worked on keeping the outer edges soft and detail on the focal point.   It is really hard to keep from overworking the painting.   I had to not be too quick to put the brush work on.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Lavaski, three quarter" 30in x 20in charcoal

I used mostly a chunky vine charcoal on this drawing, refining with a hard charcoal pencil.   He is such a great model!   

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"Blanton's 4" 6in x 6in oil

I just realized today that I had this painting and have not posted it!!
Blanton's is a popular bourbon.    I love the stoppers!  

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Woodford" (#24) 6in x 6in oil

My Tuesday Painting Class asked me to demo a painting using a palette knife.   So I decided to set up an object, I would demo for10-15 minutes at a time and they would then do the same process from their viewpoint of the object.   Everyone painted a Woodford bourbon.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Pappy Straight" 6in x 6in oil

  I just came across 4 little bourbon paintings that I painted about two months ago and never posted!  Here is a small painting of Pappy Van Winkle, Family Reserve. 

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