Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Red and tan" 5"x7" oil on gessobord

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I like the red against the neutral background.   It was such an overcast dark day.   I find it hard to paint when the light is not so good.  
I have been spending my nights and weekends on making very cool Project Bags and you can view them on my other blog, click here.   This latest venture has been taking up all my extra time and I can't wait to make the next one. 
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Monday, November 29, 2010

"Green glow" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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This one looks almost abstract in the way the paint and colors play off one another.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Orchids tiptoeing" 6"x6" oil on gessobord

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I hope all of you had a good Thanksgiving!  I ignored the studio for a couple of days and was surprised when the orchids were still there looking great.   It might be that the room is cool.  Each time I go to work on these I think I won't be able to do anything interesting but I fiddle with it long enough until something happens.  So this is my effort today.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Side by side" 6"x6" oil on gessobord

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I was straightening up my stack of paintings and came across this one that I hadn't posted.   Since i had so many things to do today I thought I would post it as my daily and take a mini break.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Orchids to the left" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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These orchids just keep hanging on so I keep painting them.  This light green pot is my latest thrift store find, don't you love it!
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Monday, November 22, 2010

"Orchids diagonally" 6"x6" oil in Ampersand Gessobord

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When I started the painting the light was fine but soon it became overcast and I had a hard time seeing what color value I was using.  Had to hurry to make sure I got a photo in time.  Whew!
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Floating Orchids" 6"x6" oil on gessobord

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Those two orchids that look like they are floating on the edge of the bowl are actually hooked on with the stem of each.   Isn't it strange how each of them look so very different but actually have the same petals.   And you might say "What have you been smoking?"  I would reply "Nothing! I swear!"
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Friday, November 19, 2010

"Pepper head #2" 11"x14" oil on canvas board

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Today has been just one of those days.  The model did not show up, I called and she missed her ride so I had to go and pick her up.  By the time we got back and set up an hour had passed.   It all worked out fine and we worked later than usual.    

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Two orchids, five buds" 6"x6" oil on gessobord

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Looking at this right now the two buds out front look like a pair of ballet toe shoes.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Orchids to the right" 5"x7" oil on gessobord

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This series started by accident, I swear!  There I was painting movers and shakers then along comes these beautiful orchids.  What is a person to do?  I have to paint them before they disappear, don't I?
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Green bowl, red orchid" 5"x7" oil on gessobord

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It is amazing to me how long orchids last.  I was asked to talk a little bit about my lighting.   I work in a room with two tall 8.5 foot north facing windows.   Most days that is great light for painting, seeing my colors and so forth but today was an exception.   Today was dark, overcast and dreary and most of the time I could not even see what color I was putting on the canvas.  I think that is why the shadow of the bowl is so dark on the one above (now that I look at it... why didn't I see it earlier?!)   I had to set up a spot light for my painting and palette but most days I don't have to do that.   Now with my set ups I have two main surfaces that I work from one is an old hospital table that raises and lowers so I can get different heights.  That is where I do most of the ones I look down on.   The other one is a tall lie flat storage cabinet that stands 46" high and that is the surface that I use for eye level, I usually sit on a tall stool for either set up.   Now the lighting,  I use a regular bulb in a telescoping stand and I usually have the light low so it cast nice long shadows.  On the tall table I have an old desk lamp from the 40"s that is a goose neck.   I think the bulbs are 60 W and one of them is a new florescent, you know the swirly kind.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

"Red orchids" 6"x6" oil on gessobord

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After working on a larger work involving these orchids I thought I should use the orchids before they wilt. Doing this grayish, purplish background is not easy for me, I keep wanting to add more color.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Dots" 6"x6" oil on gessobord

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Many times when I set up a scene I am looking at the shadows as much and sometimes more than the objects themselves.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Shake rattle & roll" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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On this one the title came first.   I had to use it as a title!  I like the sunny lighting and atmosphere.  
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"The stare down" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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The salt shaker and the marble are having a stare down because the marble found the salt and the curry in a compromising position and the marble used to have a thing for the curry.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"In the spotlight" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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I like this line up with the two of them in the spotlight.   I wanted to call it "caught in the headlights" you know, like a deer, but it was too long to put on ebay.  What to they know.
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Monday, November 8, 2010

"The Shakers" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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I love the way that the curry is reflected on the glass surfaces.   Also the glow of light coming through the bottom of the curry jar.  The lack of color in the background makes the yellow of the curry and the white of the salt stand out.
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Two down" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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I was going to have all of them on their side but the curry stains and I did not want it to get on the sides of the jar because it would change the way the glass looked.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

"Red sequin dress" 9"x12" oil on canvas

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If you look at last weeks painting you will understand about the dress wearing the model.   With all the netting you can see why she might get lost.  All you women will understand and all you men will have to imagine how this dress can overtake ones person.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Laying down on the job" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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I like the absence of color except for the red rubber gasket.  These are challenging with the ellipses.   I like this one. 
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Salt & curry" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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After many days and hours of fretting and pulling my hair out I finally decided what this next series is going to be.   Are you ready?   Jars and shakers.   I'm not sure how it will pan out but I'm going to give it a try while I let my hair grow back in.
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Monday, November 1, 2010

"Sake & miso" 6"x6" oil on Ampersand gessobord

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So when you go to a Japanese restaurent you might order hot sake and miso soup to start.   This is what you might see.   
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