Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Rose, blue" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard


Arrrg!!   I try and try and still cannot accomplish what is in my head.  This is a good lesson for me.  And this is one reason why doing these daily paintings are so valuable to do as an artist.
Side note:  Steve Worthington has put some of my "mouse" painting series on his blog and has been so kind in his statements about my small paintings.  Thank you Steve!


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Rose Julep" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Today I attempted to paint a rose again.   I might be improving.   Each time I try to paint one I can see how I want it to look in my head but often over work it.  Today I tried to be very conscious of each paint stroke.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Newest best friend" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Nosey and Sprightly were on their usual hunt for cheese when they heard a whirring sound.   Then they saw it, an Atomic Robot Man, they could not believe their eyes!   They had heard stories from their grandparents about these wind up toys that walked around on the floor.    They wondered if it ate cheese.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

"Bethan, sketch" 9"x12" oil on canvas

 Bethan will be posing for two sessions, this is what I accomplished this morning.   I had hoped to get it more finished, when I saw that I was not going to get that far along I slowed down and decided to take my time and finish it next week.   The challenge is getting it all back into place.   The stockings are what I most wanted to work on, they are black and white stripe.  All I did today was block in the white shadow value, I'm saving the best for last, the stripes!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Red Whatnots" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Nosey was thrilled that their new shoe home was working out so well.   She went around the next day to find some things to decorate with.   Sneaking through the flowers she spied on these red whatnots and thought " My, wouldn't they look great in my new home!"   Soon after she got five of them home she realized that she could eat them.   Now she has to find something else to decorate with.
Bronze mouse by Steve Worthington.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"I found a home!" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Nosey was wandering around the Giant's house when she came across these large black things.  She hollered to Sprightly, "Do you remember the thyme about the old woman in a shoe?   Well, I think I found a home just like that one."  Sprightly looked at the two large black objects and thought, she might be right!  These two big shoes look very roomy so he said,   "Could we move in tonight?"   


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"The Stare-down>" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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The Peppers were just hanging about waiting for the chef to arrive when Nosey came along.   She stared at the peppers, they stared back and she wondered what they were waiting for and wondered if she could eat them.
Wonderful bronze mouse by Steve Worthington.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

"I love this cheese! 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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 "It has taken me days to figure out where the giant keeps the cheese and the answer is that it is not always in the same place twice. Unless you count the large cold metal box that that she keeps all the food in.   I have tried and tried but can't find a way in.  I have to depend on the giant putting the cheese out on a plate and hope that she leaves the room so I can make my move."
Bronze mouse by Steve Worthington, for more information view his blog, his sculptures of turtles,mice and frogs are amazing!


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Saturday, June 19, 2010

"Ah Ha! I found it!" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Nosey leaped with joy when she finally found the cheese.  I think this is my favorite.  It took a while to set it up but I think it was worth it.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

"Sarah M. #2" 8"x10" oil on canvas

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If you have ever used a live model, I'm sure you can identify with the "relaxing into the pose" that is only natural.  Within the first 30 minutes I sketch in the basic attitude of the pose.   In this case I saw part o fher back and she had her chin stretched out.    As several hour pose went on each time she got back into the pose, which was not comfortable for her, the pose changed a little as did the shadows etc.   I loved the shadows on the skin or should I say highlights.  Oh!  I just liked them both and did the best I could.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Sprightly tells all" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Sprightly felt sorry for Nosey because she had been up for days after eating those chocolate covered coffee beans, so he decided to tell her where she most likely would find some cheese.   She was very grateful and couldn't wait to get going on her search.
As you see I couldn't resist in putting both of Steve Worthington's bronze mice together in one painting.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Uneeda Biscuit?" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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"Yeah, I need a biscuit alright!   Preferably one with some cheese on it!  If I have one more of these chocolate covered coffee beans I'm going to explode!  As it is I haven't slept in three days."   Poor Nosey, just could not resist the temptation and now she was at her last frazzled wits end.    

I love painting this bronze mouse by Steve Worthington to view more of his work click here.


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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Taking a chance" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Nosey decided to take a chance and tiptoe through the marble mine field so that he could take a peek inside the top drawer of the cabinet that the Giant liked to use.   "Surely there is cheese in there, why else would the Giant have any interest in it.  Drat! It is something called charcoal pencils and doesn't smell anything like cheese!"  Nosey was very disappointed and now she has to go back through the mine field! 

In this painting I broke from my usual color scheme and used muted colors.  I rather like it and it makes the glow of the marbles seem bright.  I don't think it would look like a cabinet except for the detail in the lower right corner.  The bronze mouse is a sculpture from Steve Worthington, to view more of his sculptures click here for his blog.


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Monday, June 14, 2010

"Is that cheese?" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Nosey was quite hungry and was told that there was some cheese that was square with some hole like shapes in it, and was quiet tasty. She came across something that looked like it could be cheese but it didn't have the right aroma like cheese and when she bit into it she realized that indeed it was not.  Darn!



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Saturday, June 12, 2010

"Nosey's precarious perch" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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Meet Nosey, can you see her on top of the round box?   She kind of blends in and how she got there is anyone's guess, must have had some relatives in the circus.  She is eying the shiny objects.   Nosey is a little bronze mouse made by Steve Worthington and Steve just made a few bronze turtles that need to be named so he is having a contest and who ever wins gets a bronze mouse. To find out more about the contest and how to win click here.


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Friday, June 11, 2010

"Sarah M." 9"x12" oil on canvas

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This is Sarah's first time modeling for us on Friday.   She showed up in this fabulous outfit, we all liked it immediately.  As I tend to over do these portraits I decided to post it today even tho it is not as finished as I like.   I think it is better to stop when ahead rather than to overwork the piece.


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

"A bite of pie" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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I have learned something valuable about taking and saving photos of your art.   If you are going to use them for printing you need to take the digital photos at a high resolution and don't adjust in any way except for cropping.   Adjusting in your iphoto section such as a lighter or darker exposure, sharpening or any other thing make the pixels look messy or noisy.  

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Serves six." 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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This pie is all tart cherries from my tree.  The other ingredients include lemon zest, lemon juice, a little flour, a little corn starch, sugar and butter.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Desert!" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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The last piece of the cherry/blueberry pie.   To achieve the color of the pie crust I had to get out my Mars Yellow paint which made it much easier.


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Monday, June 7, 2010

"Lets eat!" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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The aroma of fresh baked pie filled the air this morning during class and when the pie cooled we each had a piece.  This particular pie was made with tart cherries from my tree and some blueberries.   The only cherries left now are the ones that are too high to reach so the birds and squirrels will eat those soon.   



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Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Bethan the performer" 12"x15" charcoal on Canson grey paper

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Bethan was our model tonight at the 21c Cabaret Life Drawing session.
Bethan has performed and directed circus productions around the country and is a member of the Circus Performance Group at Warren Wilson College. She recently directed her own circus production with 35 performers about a journey across the world told through folklore. To see a sample of her performance click here.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

"Who's the fairest..." 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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I enjoyed the silver cup yesterday so much I wanted to repeat it.   The cherry branches are tricky since they hang down on the tree, and the cherries which are heavy hang below the leaves so when setting up in order to see the cherries you would have to turn over the branch which then would show the underside of the leaves which, I think, is not as attractive.   Besides I like the light coming through the leaves and making them luminous.                                        



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Friday, June 4, 2010

"Pink Turban" 9"x12" oil on canvas

Today we painted in a new location which I think will work out very nicely.  I hope to have classes there in the near future.     Our model today was fabulous as usual and we had lots of fun with the turban on her head.



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Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Five red cherries" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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The cherries are ripe for picking and I guess I will do that this weekend, might be able to get one more painting.   Then I will do a painting of the pie!  This is a "pick them yourself" situation if anyone wants some tart pie makin cherries.



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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Three red cherries" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard

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This cute little glass bottle that I got from Dee's Crafts has been invaluable to me of late.  I love the way the water distorts the colors and images in and around the bottle.


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Two red cherries" 6"x6" oil on gessoboard


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While painting these twigs, leaves and luscious cherries and their shadows it feels like an abstract where I'm just painting shape and color.   The green has quite a bit or red and orange in them to grey them out sufficiently so they are not a bright green.

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