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.
Charcoal and Conte pencil on paper.
Another still life playing with yellows, golds and neutral, patterned fabrics in the background. This painting is an 11×14 oil on Centurion panel.
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).
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.
A few last things gathered from the garden, along with a collection of pottery. This is an 11×14 oil on panel.
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.
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.
This is a plein air piece from last year’s University City Plein Air event. That evening after the event, I painted with Sandy Graeser Haynes on the grounds of the Community Center. It was pure pleasure. This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel. I’ve been going through some of my older paintings trying to decide whether they are worth saving or just junk!
I read that dark pink roses symbolize ‘gratitude’ and that’s what I’m feeling lately. Grateful for friends, family and other special people I’ve had the good fortune to come across in my life. This painting is a 12×12 oil on panel. The name of the rose is ‘Topaz’ and these were painted from life in two sittings.