Mississippi River in Winter

Riverlands_2018_January

I painted with MOPAPA this morning and only lasted two hours. We were near the Audubon Center at Riverlands. It is so cold by the river – froze my fingers and toes! This painting was completed at home from memory. I had all the color notes completed on site, but could not work the brushes well enough with my cold hands to complete it. Shawn Cornell suggested I try finishing it from memory, which I didn’t believe I could do. Once home, I gave it a shot anyway, mostly for the challenge. It’s surprising how much you notice and store in your (albeit frozen) brain when you’re outside. This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel…c’mon Spring!

 

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It’s Cold Outside…

House Finch

We took all of the Christmas decorations down, except for this wreath! This House Finch has been resting here under the front door light every night since the cold snap started. I used reference photos to make this painting. He wasn’t afraid enough of the cold to stay there with me gawking at him. The painting is an alla prima oil on 12×16 Arches oil paper. Friends and family – this may be my Christmas card next year!

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Still Life with Fruit, Flowers and China

Still Life with China Platter

Another still life for the New Year; yellow Chrysanthemums, apples, and painted china vase and platter. This is an alla prima 12×16 oil on panel.

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Portrait Drawing

Grace

Charcoal and Conte pencil on paper.

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Still Life, cont’d.

Still Life with Pear and Apples

Another still life playing with yellows, golds and neutral, patterned fabrics in the background. This painting is an 11×14 oil on Centurion panel.

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Still Life with Green and White

Green Dream

Another 11×14 still life with some things I had and some things from the second-hand store; french fabric, a candle, a green and white painted bottle and a white luster vase. The flowers were in the clearance cart at the grocery. I am trying a new (to me) green on my palette, namely chromium oxide. I like it, but am not sure it’s really needed. I have always enjoyed mixing my own greens. It’s fun to try something new, though and this might be handy in the Spring when green really dominates. This is an oil on Centurion panel. The majority of the piece is painted alla prima, but I made a few adjustments to the shapes today (i.e. corrections).

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Back in the Saddle

Still Life with Apples and Clementines

Hello Friends! Well, it’s been awhile since I posted any work – had some health issues, had to take some time off and am now doing well. Feels so good to be painting again. Here is an alla prima still life from yesterday (Saturday). The painting is an 11×14 oil on Centurion panel.

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Another Still Life Painting

Honeysuckle and Pottery

A few last things gathered from the garden, along with a collection of pottery. This is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Choosing a background to set the mood for your still life painting

Single Rose in a Glass

I’ve been looking at the work of different painters I admire (Manet, some contemporaries and Emil Carlsen in particular) to understand not only how they achieve realism, but also a sense of harmony or quietude in their work. I notice Carlsen often repeated colors taken from his subject, but changed the temperature or texture to move them back and to bring the subjects forward. I made this little study with his technique in mind. Originally, I used a very warm orange/brown underpainting, some of which still peeks through to keep the greens from going dead. This is an oil painting on panel and measures 9×12.

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Alla prima still life with Roses and Wine

Wine and Roses

Tom bought these white roses for me last Saturday. As if ellipses weren’t challenging enough! Painting roses adds to the difficulty, I’m beginning to understand that simpler is better. This still life is an 11×14 oil on panel – painted today.

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