Thursday, July 30, 2015

Original Oil Painting Dogwood Flowers


Dogwood Flowers 
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12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

I love this vase! It is so elegant and the color reminds me of old church pews. I thought the vase would be hard to paint but it was the dogwood flowers. Trying to keep the colors clean became a challenge with all the different tints in each petal. I was so glad when I felt that everything came together. I rushed to photograph it. To my surprise there was the tiniest bug crawling on it. At first I thought it was a piece of lint but it started to move. So I just waited for it to get to the edge and I flicked it away. What can I say? Things like that make me laugh. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Original Oil Painting Screaming Lily



Screaming Lily 

10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord.

 This day lily seems to be shouting at me plus all the radiating leaves helps it scream hence the title: Screaming Lily. The hardest thing was trying to keep the shadow temperatures right. You have this yellow green thing going on in the middle and then three petals are pinkish peach while the other three are a very light peach yellow. My eyes and brain are very tired.   

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Original Oil Painting Winter River Bend


Winter River Bend 

12" x 12" 
Painted on gessobord.

I painted this using a reference photo from my class. I added rocks and adjusted tree lines, etc. Usually when I am painting from a photo that I took or someone else, towards the end I am painting straight with the painting. I turn the monitor off and just look at the painting and ask it what it needs. If my eye movement seems to fall off the page then I know to darken an area, minimize detail or add something to stop the movement. I feel this painting has a nice movement to it. I hope you think so too.

Original Oil Painting Murphy


Murphy

Commission Portrait
14" x 11"
Painted on stretch canvas 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Original Oil Painting Giant Yellow Rose


Giant Yellow Rose 

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12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord. 
I tried to keep the thicker paint and crisper edges where I thought were the interesting edges and focal point. It was working pretty well until I decided the background color was yuck. I changed it to a purple-orche color and I like it 100% better. To bad I did not take a earlier photo with the original background but why? The background needed changing so I just got to it. Boy, that's a huge rose!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Original Oil Painting Hummingbird


Hummingbird 

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11" X 14"
Painted on stretch canvas.
I finished my hummingbird painting this morning, enhancing the lights and working on the edges of the bird. I used my petunias as reference and a photo reference from wet canvas for the bird. This time of the year we see quite a few hummingbirds. They like petunias, so I plant them in the front porch baskets and in the back patio containers. In fact I saw one when I was painting. Never could photograph one myself, they are so fast. Thank the lord for all the nice people who donate their photos to sites like wet canvas, paintmyphoto and others.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Original Oil painting Pathway by River


Pathway by River

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12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord. 
I am really mixing up my subject matter this month. I painted flowers, landscapes and birds. I wonder what I should paint next. I like to mix things up a bit to see if I can incorporate different techniques into different subject matters. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. In this painting I used white wash to push back the farthest horizon line and quite down parts in the river. I did not flick edges in this as I do try in my still lifes and animals. I am not sure why other than I am not sure where to use it.  When I get close to finishing a painting it is more important the brush strokes, thickness of paint and color that are interesting. Subject matter is just the theme in which I paint lovely lines, shapes and paint. Paint the Paint, did I just say that? Maybe I am finally learning something new.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Original Oil Painting Derelict Play House


Derelict Play House
10' x 10"
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This is my current painting. I painted it using a reference photo. It reminds me of the old buildings that kids love to play in.
  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Original Oil Painting Wild Rooster


Wild Rooster 

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10" x 10" 
Painted on gessobord.

I do not get the chance to paint with so many nuggets of pure color to often. So when I saw this colorful character, I could not resist painting him. The background was done very abstractly which complements the rooster well. I was going to just title it: Rooster but with all the colors; wild just had to be added.    


Monday, July 13, 2015

Original Oil Painting Peony Sisters


Peony Sisters

12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord. 

I painted this using a photo I took of my brother's peonies. My brother has two sisters so the title: Peony Sisters really works. The pink on peonies is really intense. I must of mixed a dozen shades of pink and red violet to get the shades I needed. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. 



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Original Oil Painting Royal Iris


Royal Iris
12" x 12"
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I do not know the real name for this iris but it looks pretty regal hence the name Royal Iris. I really love how the peach color glows in the sunlight and the burgundy color looks like velvet.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Original Oil Painting Old World Onions and Eggs


Old World Onions and Eggs

12" x 12"

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This is a still life I painted for my course. I love the old vintage clay pot hence the title Old World...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Original Oil Painting Lily Impression


Lily Impression

10" x 10"

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Here is a more impressionistic painting of a lily. I tried to capture the sunlight and still make interesting brush stokes. Working on soft, crisp and blurry edges is a goal for this year. I hope you like my more painterly technique of painting.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Original Oil Painting High Key Fruit Bowl


High Key Fruit Bowl

12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

This painting is very different than what I usually paint. It is call high-key painting. High-key painting uses a lot of tints and mediums. It is like all the dark and middle values are lightened. It gives the painting a light, airy quality. I painted on a slightly rougher surface, to enhance the sparkle. This is very different from my more dramatic paintings. It is just another way of expression. I hope you enjoy viewing my lighter way of painting.