Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Original Oil Painting Harvey's Bloody Mary

Harvey's Bloody Mary
12" x 12"
We had a little get together a couple of weeks ago and my brother in law, Harvey was kind enough to serve his " Bloody Mary's ".  Harvey also brought some of his brother Bobbie's canned mushrooms. Since I am not a Bloody Mary drinker, I decided to take photos with the help of my niece, Amy. It was quite a family affair. Unfortunately Harvey had to wait to drink his because we were taking many photos with different compositions and lighting. This is the results! Thanks Harv for being such a good sport and letting me photograph your drink!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Original Oil Painting Old Man of the Sea

Old Man of the Sea

12" x 12"

Here is a close-up.
I painted this for my class. All the time I was painting it, I thought of the movie: Old Man of the Sea. I hope it was ok to name my painting after a movie. If not I will probably change it to Old Man of the Sea with a Motor Boat. In the movie it was a row boat. I did add the sea gulls. I could not resist adding them.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Original Oil Painting Romantic Carnations

Romantic Carnations

12" x 12" 

This is a close-up of the carnations.

My goal for this painting was to make it romantic, rich and playful. I really concentrated on variety of brush work and thickness of paint. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Original Oil Painting Orange and Egg

Orange and Egg

9" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

I painted this when I was also painting the portrait Jeff listed below. Here again I worked on reflective colors and glow. I soften the egg and orange to give them a glow look. I painted some reflective color in the egg and orange also. If you look closely you can see the orange half reflected in the whole orange and a hit of the table color in the egg's shadow. I painted this from a still life I created and photo I took. The idea came from my class. I decided to use the same objects given in the class photo assignment but use my own camera. That way I got a different perspective than the class photo.

Original Oil Painting Jeff


9" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

I have been working on two paintings at once. The portrait you see here and the Orange and Egg painting above. There are a lot of similar techniques you use in both still life and portrait painting. I was trying to focus on receding colors and advancing colors. Even thou Jeff's face has a warm shadow, I used cool colors to show receding colors on the lighted half of his face and warm colors to show advancing colors. I also try to show reflective background color on both sides where the face recedes. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Original Oil Painting Franklin's Sunflowers

Franklin's Sunflowers
16" x 12"
Painted on a box frame. The edge is painted and it is 3/4" thick.

I painted this using a photo from Francis Klinkemallie. He is a popular photographer and artist on the Paint My Photo website better known by Franklin. Unfortunately he passed away this last February and PMP has a challenge going on now to honor Franklin. I have painted from Franklin's photos before, "Street Musicians" from Praque naming one. His photographs are amazing. Franklin solves a lot of the composition problems for you which I greatly appreciate. When I painted from his sunflower photo it was if the painting just fell together. I love the strong light and shadows I saw. His generosity will always be felt for many years as other artist will definitely be using his wonderful photo references.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Originial Oil Painting Pink Zinnia

Pink Zinnia

9" x 12"


This painting was 100% fun! Getting to paint with wonderful shades of pink and to top it off adding a golden crown. I have always loved zinnias and this was painted using one of my garden photos. I guess I will be planting zinnias again this year.