Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Water shadow painting #75

     Here's a different version of my sunflower... love the vase.  So fun to paint...

     These have turned into a series, without me even trying.  HA !

Monday, October 29, 2012

Eddie painting #74

     Here's Eddie, our sweet mail carrier, on the day he told me he was retiring.  I ran inside and got my camera for a snapshot I could paint his portrait as a retirement gift.  I still had the photos, so I thought I'd try it again, in my new style.   Actually, I worked on a white ground this time, and just REMOVED the lights !!!!  Pretty fun !

Sunflower 6 x 6 painting #73

     I had the setup, so I decided to do another version, with the square format.  I really do enjoy these flowers... (can you tell? ha ha)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dark background painting #72

I thought I'd try a darker background today.  Hopefully I got enough contrast of values... Here's the progress during the process.
     I DID forgo the polka-dots for the sake of simplicity... ha  !

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wedding centerpiece painting #71

     This is from a picture given to me years ago by a teacher at school.  She showed me this centerpiece from her daughter's wedding, because she loved the flower combination.   I just saw her at a happy hour this week, and started to search for this picture and found it.....  Since I've painted so many hydrangeas lately I thought I'd try it.  
         I discovered a cool method to compare my paint mixture to the photo.... I just painted a dab on the edge of the card, moved the card to the photo, and checked for intensity, hue and value.... woo woo !  it really worked !   try it !!!  (this picture of the chart and photo looks a little 'yellowish' because I took it with the light from my lamp, instead of a flash)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Complements painting #70

     These persimmons were a natural to fit into this periwinkle bowl of mine.  I've always loved this color (bowl) and it makes the persimmon color 'pop', I think....

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


ran across this while cleaning out my files, yesterday..... it gave me a chuckle !  (maybe only art teachers will find this funny... !)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Balancing act painting #69

They kept falling over, so I had to keep changing my painting... ha !  I had fun with the composition, though.  I need to shake it up a bit. !

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Persimmon trio painting #68

     I've seen these in the stores, but never bought any until now.  I bought them particularly for painting, so now I'll have to see how to fix them so we can actually eat them ! ha !  I really had fun painting them !

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Up Close and Personal painting #67

     Funny, how changing the light on the same subject can alter the look sooo dramatically.   So many different ways of looking at something !  LOVE IT !  (my daughter and I just had this conversation 5 minutes ago on the phone, how her photography, and my painting are similar in that respect)  
     I painted another version, and posted that one, too...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Autumn Tea painting #66

   I love to sip on hot tea when the weather gets cool.... My favorite is Ginger-Peach..... This pot is one I got quite awhile ago. I love the two-toned coloring and the shape. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Yellow Centers painting #65

     These had yellow centers, unlike the dark ones I'm used to.  They have an interesting green to the center, with a texture, too.  This one is a little one, measuring 6 x 6...