Friday, December 28, 2007
I've really enjoy painting fruit so I thought this pear would make a nice still life when I found a whole bin of them at the grocery store. I kept the brush strokes a lot looser than I normally would and really enjoyed the simplistic, organic quality of the pear. With the new year coming, I'd like to paint some larger pieces as well as continue with my small paintings. It will be difficult to work on more than one piece at a time. If I don't post another painting before New Year's, than Happy New Year's to everyone. I've appreciated all of your comments and support since I started this blog back in September.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I finally finished this the other day but I didn't get it photographed until today. I took too long on this painting but I think a lot of it is just the time of year and the fact that a week ago I didn't have any heat in my studio so that certainly put me behind. I'm hoping I can get more work done after the new year. We shall see because it really depends on how much pain and swelling I have in my hands. As for the cherry painting I just finished, I'm happy with how the cherries turned out but that's about it. Hopefully, my work will continue to improve the longer I stick with it. If I don't post again before Christmas, then Merry Christmas to all of you.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I finished this last night but decided to wait for natural light this morning to photograph the painting. I used a few different reds, cad. yellow light, thalo green, white and some greys to create this small painting. The biggest challenge for me was getting that dull shine on the tomatoes. I think I'll continue with more still life paintings.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I've painted a few miniatures over the past couple of weeks and decided to paint another marsh painting because it's such an incredible area.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I finished this pastel landscape of Schoodic Point last night. For those of you who are not from Maine, Schoodic Point is downeast on the coast in the town of Winter Harbor. That whole region is one of my favorite places in the state. The day I visited was foggy but I thought it was beautiful. I'll be working on a landscape in oil today and will get that posted as soon as it's finished.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I was happy to have finished this pastel landscape of rural Maine. Am I happy with it? No! I'm usually never happy with my work because I'm so critical. There is always something in a painting that I could have done differently but there is always next time. If I decide to frame this, I will not spray the pastel with fixative. I don't like fixative on the final layer because it really does alter the final colors. Usually a good tap is all that is needed to get any loose pastel dust off of the surface. When framing a pastel, I also use spacers and a mat with a reverse bevel so if any pastel dust falls it will not end up in the corners of the mat.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sorry I haven't posted in a week but I've been taking care of some art related items. Friday I went to the Westbrook gallery to drop off new pastels and an oil landscape. They seemed to like the work. I've also been preparing my entry for a juried show which is always fun. I finished this quick olive painting to go with the series. After I finish posting, I plan on working on my pastel that I had started and working on a new artist statement. There is always so much to do and very little time.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Yes, I'm finally finished but not without problems. Yesterday when I took the painting outside to photograph, a huge gust of wind blew the painting down on my garage floor while I was setting up my tripod. HOT TIP: Never photograph wet paintings outside on windy days. I actually cried when I picked the painting up because the background had dirt, debris, etc...stuck to the wet paint. It took me about three and a half hours to clean off the ruined paint and then repaint the background and the upper part of the glass. Yes, I know I'm an idiot. Since Halloween is pretty serious around here, I'm not sure how much I'll get done tomorrow.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I actually painted and finished this yesterday but didn't have time to get it posted because it was late when I finished. I have a mixed opinion on this one because there are some areas that I like in the painting and other areas that I'm not happy with. It does go great with my other marsh painting. I'm not sure what I'll attempt next, maybe another still life.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I wanted to paint something a little different and ended up doing this cloud study. I really just loved the colors when I looked up in the sky.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I'm happy with how my new olive painting turned out! I'm seriously thinking about doing a series of these because they are just so fun to paint. I'm also grateful that it wasn't raining here this morning so I was able to photograph the painting. I get frustrated if I'm not able to list a new painting as often as I would like but I'm realizing that painting and keeping up on a blog is a lot of work. I really commend all of the daily painters out there who are successful at keeping up their pace.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Here's a better photo of the coffee painting. Today will be a busy day as most of the day will be spent getting ready for my trip to the gallery in Westbrook tomorrow. I need to get some of my pieces framed...this is usually put off until right before I need to drop them off at the gallery or a show as I hate framing.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Fall is my favorite season here in Maine. I found this simple, small gourd at a roadside farm stand the other day. Gourds, pumpkins, squash, etc... make great subjects to paint. I actually finished this yesterday but I was too exhausted to get it posted. Hopefully, I can get outside to paint some of the changing colors of the trees because this time of year is just unbelievable. Hot tip: To help you judge the colors in nature you can create your own color isolator by punching a hole in a white, grey or a black piece of cardstock. You look through the hole to evaluate a particular color.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
It stopped raining long enough to get a photo of this outside today. I tried photographing this last night but the artificial lighting made too much of a glare on the painting. I'm not sure what I'm going to paint next but it will probably be a still life. Well, it's time to get into the studio and I'm hoping my next painting will be better.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I hope everyone likes this one even though it's kind of simple. I've also been busy working on a small landscape; however, it may end up in the garbage...I'm not crazy about it! I've also been preparing my own pastel paper with Reaves BFK and a pumice ground...I'd like to keep up my pastel work. I would like to take the time to thank all of the visitors and other artists who have left comments here on my blog. You've all been so supportive of me and my work. I would like to say that oil painting has been a wonderful experience; however, I have arthritis and I'm having a difficult time gripping paint brushes. Some of them feel so long and heavy. Does anyone out there know of a brand of paint brushes that are more lightweight/shorter? I plan on continuing with oils but the pain and stiffness is slowing me down. I've found over the past few years that some of the best advice I've received has come from other artists.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Here's my recent painting...obviously I love M & M's. Capturing the look of the package was difficult but I hope I pulled it off convincingly. For my daily paintings, I will probably attempt subjects that are less detailed because I end up spending way too much time on it or I can work on changing my style and trying to paint looser. At this point, I'm not sure which way I will go. I'm open for comments or suggestions from viewers. I will be adding a link to this painting to Ebay.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
This is the landscape painting I finished two days ago of the Scarborough Marsh here in Maine. As you can see from the photo below, even the folks in the canoe were enjoying the beautiful day It's a scenic state to live in until you hit January then you feel like you're going to freeze to death every time you go outside and the only thing you're going to see are snow flurries. The marsh painting will actually go to the gallery in Westbrook in a couple of weeks. I also finished my still life for the painting a day today. I will list that painting tomorrow. I would like to list it on Ebay only I'm not sure of how to link it to my blog. Maybe there is a blogging for idiots article somewhere on the Internet that I could research.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I found this vintage water pitcher at an antique store here in Maine and fell in love with its simplicity. I hope to paint more still lifes with reflective surfaces. Let me know what you think!
I just started painting with oils about two months ago and the paintings that I will be listing are some of my first in oil. The strong sunlight of a window was really my source of inspiration for "Three Amigos" and the title just seemed to fit! Eventually, when I learn how to create a blog a little better, I will be creating a painting a day or nearly every day. I will be creating most work on a small format anywhere from 6" x 6" to 6" x 8". I may on occasion post images of larger works. I may even throw in some of my Maine pastel landscapes. As I am so new to oils, I welcome all feedback!