Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Peony #150

     Brought out my new, bigger brushes for this one.  They make such a difference.   Bigger, sweeping strokes, like I love to do.    Expensive, but worth it, I think..... (plus a 40 % off coupons !)
     This tree peony is a 30 x 40, too.   

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My tree peony #149

     I tried working bigger today.  Actually, I couldn't sleep last night, and got up to paint, sketching the whole painting in by about 5:00 in the morning.
     I started with the color, and worked from about 10:00 to noon, when I had to leave to go out to take down some paintings from a gallery in town.  (The owner wanted me to just move them, and leave them there, so I was happy about that.) 
     I came home, and I worked on it before dinner, and I think it is finished now.  I don't want to overwork it.   

      I'm so used to working in the 6 x 6, and 8 x 8 size, I decided to go with a 30" x 40" today !!

p.s.- this is a tree peony from my yard.  Sometimes the blossoms can get as large as 7" across !

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fruits of my labor #148

My paintings today.....  I did wipe one, too.  (got an early start)  ha ha


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunflower/gerbera demo #147

     Here's the painting I did yesterday, as my demo.  I was working outside, with my new easel, at the Webster Groves, Mo. 'Art on the Town' event.  It was fun, with music, art, kids' activities, and lots of food.  The local dance studios participated, and entertained the visitors.  It was the first time I had done a demo and I didn't realize how much stuff you have to bring along.....
     I had lots of traffic and great people in my booth.  I made some sales, too, and even got a couple of commissions.   A really fun experience, that I plan on doing again next year !

Monday, October 7, 2013

Plein-air #146

     Since I'll be painting on site next weekend at the 'Art in the Town' in Webster Groves, I thought I'd better get my easel out (I'd yet to use it) and see if I could set it up.... Good idea, right?
     I also needed to see exactly what I will need to bring along.... I discovered I'd better pack a pair of gloves and some kleenex, if  it's chilly like it was today.
     Here is my very FIRST attempt at plein-air painting.  I see why it's so challenging.  The light keeps changing !  I suppose that's why lots of artists take reference photos, along with their painting, so they can go back to the studio and tweek the shadows and highlights, if necessary !
     I enjoyed the whole process, and plan on doing a lot more plein-air work !



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunflower trio #145

     I'm working to get back into the groove of my daily paintings.  I've been busy lately, and haven't been at my easel, except for my travel paintings.  I did enjoy painting them.  They gave me some unique challenges, that I learned alot from.   I think there is another travel series of some kind in my future....
     Nevertheless, I DO love painting flowers, and they are readily available at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, not too far from my house, so I'll do my best to get reaquainted with them.... ha ha
     Here's the first 'keeper', since I wiped out the first two.   Painting is certainly a life-long learning process for me !

SOLD-Someone's Christmas gift this year.....

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Husky the Muskie... #144

     Husky is a giant fish sculpture in Kenora, Ontario.   I never saw it in person, but my son says it's pretty cool.....

  His official name is "Husky the Muskie"