Saturday, July 3, 2021

"Orange House Sunrise" 10x10 oil


Experimenting with color and technique.   The house was a light shade of orange so I used a double complementary scheme, orange/blue and yellow/purple.   The colors I used were  Thalo blue lake and a mixed orange( quinacridone magenta and Cad yellow pale) , with Cad yellow pale and ultramarine violet. I needed a violet mixture for the roof and foreground walkway shadows.    

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Friday, July 2, 2021

"Red Crocs" 12in x 12in oil on linen board

 

I am experimenting with something new.    Trying to get away from hard edges and detail.   the idea is to work with color, shape and feeling.   This was done today while the model was posing.   I did work on this a little while after the model left.   I like the way the figure is outlined with the north facing window.

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

"Red Ball cap" 12in x 12in oil on linen


While the model was posing I thought she needed a red ball cap, so I painted one on.   If life were only that easy.   I painted this on a Senso panel that has a clear gesso coating so the linen shows.   The only think I don't like about it is that the linen texture is not fine, but rather coarse.     I like to have the drawing show some and this panel is good for that.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

"5 Peonies" 8in x 8in, oil


Today I tried something new... at least new to me.   I painted this without sketching it in first and limited myself to one hour.   I realized that when I sketch in first I end up getting very tight with the painting.  So my not sketching in my painting is looser.    I also used a limited palette, Titanium white, black, indanthrene blue, and quinacridone magenta, but did use some cad yellow light in the white to warm up the light on the surface.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

"Derby Day, betting on the horses". 12in x 12in oil on linen panel.


Derby Day, May 1 is when this was painted and used a racing form from the newspaper here in Louisville KY.    This is a larger painting 12" square, painted on a Centurion Linen Panel.   Lots of controversy over the winner.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

"She was here a minute ago" 8in x 8in oil


Miss Pink Lady was tired of all the attention so she decided to hide out in the bowl room.   Her friends were confused, they thought she just went to make a phone call but there were no phone booths anymore....  she was here a minute ago.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

"Green linen shirt"


Our model rode her bike to the painting session and wore this lovely green linen shirt.   There is a lot of enjoyment for everyone during these 3 hour sessions.   So glad to be doing it again even tho it is every other Friday.   But I will take it!

12in x 9in, oil on linen panel

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

"Cherie's Overlook" 6in x 6in. Oil


Cherie struggled to reach the top of the cup handle so she could see how many of her friends were trapped in the bowl.   Now how was she going to help them escape and how was she going to get down without leaving cherry juice.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

"A Celebration" 8in x 8in, oil


All the cherries came out for the celebration but someone had already eaten the cake!   Now, they wonder what is in the box and will it be something for them?

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Exploring New Territory. 8in x 8in oil


This past year was not much of a painting year for me.   So as a result I am very rusty and out of practice! Trying to do little paintings again and thought I would start with something I like to paint, cherries.  They are such happy little things and are so excited to be out of captivity and exploring the neighborhood.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

"Christmas Bouquet". 12" x 12" oil


A very good friend gave me the gift of flowers delivered to me for three months!   
What a wonderful treat!    So I decided to paint them and here is the first with all it's Christmas colors.

I am a little rusty because I have not painted very much this year.    A lot of time was available but I chose to do other things.  The main thing is that I am happy and healthy.   

I took this picture with my phone, usually I use my digital Canon but I have not been able to locate my camera for 9 months!!    I have looked everywhere, probably an equivalent of 2 days.   It must have dissolved into dust and I have vacuumed it up.  I am going to forget about it and maybe it will turn up.

Christmas was solitary for me, streamed lots of movies, cooked and baked.
I hope all of you had a good holiday and that you have a nice New Year to come.
As the 2020 saying goes, Stay Positive and Test Negative.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

"Out having fun" 6in x 6in oil


To me the cherries on the cloth look like they are having a party and are pretty tipsy!   I cannot figure out why I am not painting much during this pandemic.  All I know is that I am glad I painted today.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

"Fresh Tomatoes" 8" x 16". oil

The first thing I noticed about these tomatoes at the grocery was how beautiful they were!   The check out person noticed that they came to Kentucky all the way from British Columbia Canada.     I painted this a couple of weeks ago and waited for it to be dry so I could put a re-touch varnish on it so the color would look vibrant.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

"Analogous Figure Painting" 12" x 12" Oil

Last Friday I tried something new, well, new to me!    Atelier Dojo Austin (Texas), has open studio available by Zoom, so anyone in the country can see the model and paint along with others painting or drawing the same image.  I hadn't painted a figure in about 3 months also I wanted to see how it worked.    You join up at their site and pay $5 to join one of the open studio sessions and they send you a link and at the time of the session you join the group.

The dress she wore was a middle grey with black polka dots and the background was bright Kelly green.   I decided to make the dress a color that would represent the grey and choose colors that were close together on the color wheel, analogous colors.   Teal, green, blue/violet, with the skin tone, boots and chair being brownish.   I decided to tie everything together with the circle and not have the green bleed off which left her floating.    All was painted in about 2.5 hours.   I am an hour later than Austin and by 10:00 I was ready to stop, it was past my bedtime!

Atelier Dojo Austin has several open studios to choose from.    Check it out!

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

"At Wits' End" 6" x 6" Oil

Missy Blue was at her wits' end with all her kids running around in the house, so she went to the grocery to buy some cherries and thought to herself.... this would make a nice hat!  While riding home she felt so much calmer... and chic!  Even though the stem stuck out of the sun roof.

Maybe it is me going a little bit crazy!   And it is starting to feel normal, which is the scary part!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

"Mostly Out & About" 6" x 6" Oil

Things are opening up a bit and the cherries are out and about looking for places to eat and play, but a few of them are staying put and not risking it, waiting to see what happens.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

"Cherry Visitors". 6" x 6" Oil

The family of 15 were staying inside when their friends visited.   All they could do was lean out and waive to their single friends and the cozy couple.

So glad Trader Joe's had fresh cherries this week!!

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

"Pink Daisies" 8" x 8" Oil

These daisies are so happy in the green blown glass vase.   I just could not squeeze all these on a 6x6 inch canvas.    I am going to offer it at a 6x6" price though!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

"Rex and Curly" 6" x 6" Oil

Rex was tired of playing alone so he asked Curly if she would like to play blocks with him.

Acquired this dinosaur a few weeks ago and have been wanting to put him in a painting.  So I combined my little robot with a doll head.  Looks like a sweeter version of the neighbor's doll in Toy Story.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

'The Iris and the Marble" 6" x 6" Oil


The Marble is lusting after the shiny turquoise glass vase. 
This Iris was just a bud yesterday and that is the last of the one plant that I have. :-(

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Monday, May 4, 2020

"Iris in a silver cup" 6" x 6" Oil

I worked on setting this one up yesterday, Sunday, because the bloom was huge and beautiful with 3 buds and one almost bloom.   I had some difficulty because the stem was so long it was hard to find a vase that did not make it flop forward so the bloom was facing down.   I thought I had a great idea, I would gently wrap some floral wire around the base and stem and gently angle it upward.  The bloom broke off!   So much for that.... I decided to do laundry.    I saved the bloom but it did not last the night but the bloom that was almost a bloom looked fabulous this morning so I painted it.  

This iris is very dark, almost black so when lit with a spot light it brought out the purple, red and blue.   I used to have numerous ones in the garden but now only this one blooms.  Sadly my irises send up leaves but do not bloom.  Sup with that?

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Friday, May 1, 2020

"Standing Alone" 6" x 6". Oil

The composition came together fairly easily but getting the colors right took some doing.   I still need lots more brush milage to get back to my painterly self.   I will keep trying!   Tomorrow's another day for a fresh start!

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

"Social Distance Hugging" 6" x 6" Oil

Blue went for a walk and saw his friend Pink and she wanted to give him a hug but needed to keep the social distancing.  So she just fluttered around.

I painted this on Tuesday and kept forgetting to post!!   I need to work on my follow through.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

"Hanging Over" 6" x 6" Oil

The Grape family, the whole cluster of them, leaned over the edge of the bowl to hear what the twins were saying.    The twins were just saying that they loved them and to stay healthy.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

"Clustered" 6" x 6" Oil

Everywhere the grape family went they went together wether they wanted to or not.  This painting looks very patriotic with all the red, white and blue.  Funny the things you don't see until it is reduced to a small square.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

"Visiting" 6" x 6" Oil

Pear One and Pear Three thought they would go and visit Pear Two who is in isolation because he is sick.   They can wave, wink and holler, but no touching.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Two lumps please! 6" x 6" Oil

These sugar cubes remind me of a by gone era when sugar was measured in cubes for your sugar or coffee.   However, when I grew up no one sweetened their coffee everyone drank it black, which is the way I like it, but I love the idea of the cubes.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Ahh, Coffee! 6" x 6" Oil

Coffee in the morning is one of my pleasures.   But I have found that I don't want as much as I used to want.   These days I only make half a pot and that is fine as long as get two cups.  Sunday I make it a little extra special and put in almond creamer.   Yum!  I am allergic to the Casin protein in dairy which makes me stuffy and can give me headaches and sinus infections.   Maybe some of you have experienced this.  I cut out dairy back in 1978, and there were no good substitutes at that time.   I used to put grapefruit juice in my cereal.  

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Little Red Dice. 6" x 6" Oil

When I look at this I feel that the dice is telling the ribbon a secret and the ribbon is absorbing it all!

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Singled out. 6" x 6" oil

Decades ago when I was in school, my fear was to be singled out, to be called upon to answer a question or heaven forbid, give a oral book report. Most of the time I was not paying attention, but even if I thought I knew the answer I would say that I did not know.   I never gave an oral book report, I knew I would get a bad grade but I preferred it that way.  I would rather go unnoticed, to slip through the halls and classrooms and never be seen or called upon.   Maybe that is why I am totally comfortable staying at home involving myself with chores and my many other creative outlets.

I hope all of you are getting the comfort, love and support you need during this crisis.
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