Ok, the struggle continues. This morning I spent a couple more hours. I just could not let this painting stay the way it was. Yes the shadow work I did yesterday was better but now the background needed more contrast and the flower's highlights needed to be lighten.
The brightening of the pieces of blue in the upper part of the background really made the whole thing pop. Now I think I can go on but I thought that yesterday too. So you know I am not kidding, I am posting it to Daily Paintworks today if my computer will let me. Computers can be finicky just like artist. Sorry for the long post but I thought you might what to know what goes on in my crazy art world.
I have not done a waterfall in awhile. I forgot how much I love painting waterfalls. I really enjoy the challenge it is to create a wide variety of brush strokes, splashes of opaque color and streams of transparency in the water. Just what I needed to loosen up. This was inspired by a photo by Cindy Crooks from a Facebook page: Photos for Artist. Thanks Cindy for the wonderful photo. I posted Cindy's photo below.
Worked on my painting some more. I used a photo from Jacqueline Francis a photographer who donates photos to be painted. I thought it was a seagull but found out it is a tern. Terns look like seagulls so you can see why I thought this was a photo of one. So now the title is: Your tern to be Life Guard or Tern?
I also noticed last night that I did not lighten up the dark hues. When a camera takes a photo it has the tendency to make all the dark hues the same value. The shadow on the back of the bird of the birds head was the same value as the dark grey on the wing in the photo. It just did not look right. It looked more like a spot of color instead of a shadow. I posted Jacqueline's photo below.
If you are wondering why I flipped it, I just thought it looked better having the focal point ( the tern's head) in a better position in the composition. I wanted the viewer to enjoy all the grass colors before leaving the painting.
Here is a question for everyone: Should I change the title to just Tern?
I took some photos before devouring this sweet treat. I had to swipe a cherry from my husband's eclair to balance the composition and it was well worth it. I think all eclairs should come with two cherries, don't you? Yummy to eat and fun to paint.
I found this little, lovely by the pond. I love how it was basking in the warm, sunlight. The top of the iris was a very peachy, pink while the bottom petals were a soft, light violet. It had such stark contrast of light and dark that I was afraid I might over state it. I will think on this and come back to it tomorrow.
I could not wait until tomorrow. I took a two hour break and I was back at it again. I added a little more contrast to the background to balance the strong contrasting values in the iris. Then I checked all my colors one more time looking for any muddy shades and adding more color to my hues. Increasing the saturation of color in the iris helped warm it up and made it less washed out. The photo below is what I posted first. I hope you can see the difference.
I found this copper kettle at the local antique shop. I am starting to become a pack rat when it comes to still life objects. I hate dusting so they stay in the basement on shelves until I need them. I wonder what other artists do with all the still life objects. Do they eventually end up at Goodwill or in a rummage sale? Maybe I should look into antique shops that rent objects. Well for now this copper kettle was painted once and will probably be painted again. Thanks for viewing my Copper Kettle painting!
I painted this from a photo I took of a tulip in the shadows but captured by a spot of light filtering through the tree buds above. As the wind blew the tulip went from sun to shadow. Since I first saw it in the shadows I decided to call it Shadow Tulip. It was luck that I captured the tulip when the light was hitting it. Thanks for viewing my Spring Tulip of 2017!
This was HARD!!! It took longer and a lot of adjusting. Today I put the finishing glazes on. I used a linseed medium to apply them and opening windows is a must. I do not know what I hate more the odor of varnish or mediums. I tried to use walnut oil but it didn't quite work as smooth as the mediums.
Glazes are made with lots of medium and a little oil paint so they are transparent. Glazes can be used to unify areas where there are lots of color changes in them like the cloth. I used a low key warm violet glazes on the shadows of the cloth. That way they still have color changes in them but they do not stand out as the highlighted areas do. I also use glazes to push areas back. The background color has a white glaze over it. The glaze dulls and lightens the dark color making it recede. So now I am going to take a long walk and breath in some fresh air. Thanks for viewing my painting: Veggies.
Here is my blue bird of happiness figurine again. This time I painted it with some spring blossoms from the tree outside my window. I never get tried of painting this little figurine. Happy Spring Everyone!!
It has been a gloomy few days here in Wisconsin. I decided I needed to paint something light and bright so I went through my photos. I found a daffodil photo I took a week ago on a sunny day and I love the way the flowers captured the sunlight and how their white petals reflected all the color around them. It was not easy to capture the sunlight. It took a lot of premix colors but I am happy with the results. The time and effort was well worth it. I posted the photo I used below. The green spikes in the photo were so dark and stiff that I used other photos to suggest them.
Rain, rain go away and let the sun come through!!!
These photos were taken at Evergreen Manor in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Evergreen Manor is a rehab/ retirement home.
Here are a couple of the roses I received for my birthday. Thanks for the flowers guys!
The composition combines a variety of textures: glass, cloth, worn wood and soft petals. All these items have some reflective color in them which helps create unity even thou they are so different in many other ways: shapes, size, color etc. If someone asked me what the focal point of the composition is, I would have to say the red/orange rose. If you stare at the painting your eyes should always find their way back to that part of the painting. The dark background and the strong light and dark contrast gives that rose the front seat of this tandem.
Doily Merry-Go-Round 11" x 14" Painted on a linen board. It was sunny today so I revisited my doily painting. I cleaned up some colors that were dirty or the wrong temp. For example: if a shadow color is cool when it should be warm the color looks dirty. Also if a color is not mixed well or painted with a dirty brush the same affect happens. I worked hard to give the doily a more textured look, too. It is not necessarily the focal point of the painting but there is so much of it I had to give it a little more detail. My favorite part is the silver creamer. The reflection in the silver turned out pretty good if I don't say myself. I hope you agree.
This is the painting I am working on now. It is very complex with all the variety of elements / patterns. I will leave it for now and revisit it later. I relate it to doing a difficult puzzles. You leave it for awhile and when you return you magically see the missing piece. Please feel free to leave suggestions for the missing piece.
This still life was constructed using my mother's vintage jello bowl, serving spoon, grey bandana and glass jar. I love how the left complimentary colors of blue and orange play off the right complimentary colors: red and green.
I painted this as a challenge from Daily Paintwork site. The challenge was to paint a stack of items. I used items from my studio to create this little balancing act. Posted below is a photo of the still life I painted from.
It has been awhile since my last post. My father passed away January 30. He had a long wonderful 94 years for the most part but the last five were very challenging like these mountains. I tried several times to pick up the paint brush but could not seem to focus. I thought so much about all the challenges he had to fight the last few years. He was in and out of the hospital so much that the emergency room employees knew us my name. Right up to the end he fought. He knew how precious life was. My niece put together photo pictures that would play through a digital frame. Dad would spend countless hours looking at all the photos he had. Those photos and his favorite painting I made for him were such a comfort for him. What was a surprise to us all was when the photo frame froze on his baby picture during the last 48 hours when Dad was in hospice care. It was Dad's time to go. My biggest fan and loving father will always be in my heart.
I painted this from a photo challenge on DPW. Thanks Carol Marine for posting it. Your timing was perfect to get me started again.
I put the final touches on my painting early this morning. The temps here in Wisconsin are below freezing with wind chills making it bite. Good time to paint inside. For this painting I used a photo from Rosemary Clark. I posted the photos below. I decided to let the water show through the patches of snow. I thought it made the compositions stronger and a nice contrast with the white snow.