Sunday, October 19, 2014

Just Because

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Painting white is one of my favorite things. I have one whole shelf in my studio devoted entirely to white cups of various sizes/styles.

Here's another peek into my book. --> This one lists the top 6 mistakes made by students (again, IMHO), and includes a lovely painting by David Lloyd (not related to the 6 mistakes!).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Standing Still

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Unfortunately, wide paintings never look good here. And it's too bad because I really like this one. It has everything awesome - cups in a stack, bottles, polka dots, a spoon AND a lightbulb! So please, click on the image and look at it big. For me. Thanks.

And click on this book-peek too. <-- This one is a list of things to keep in mind while painting (IMHO).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bad Intentions

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I've caught the still life bug again. I got burnt out with them for a while. 8 years will do that to ya! And not that I'm going to jump back into only still life. But I totally remember now why I fell in love with it in the first place.

Here's another peek into my book. --> This part's about why I like putting down a ground. Can you tell from the painting above that I put down a orange/red ground? I love the colored bits showing through in a few places.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pink House 2 Again

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I painted this same scene, years ago, in Colorado, from life, here. I guess I took a photo, because I found it yesterday and decided to give it another go. I didn't look at the old painting until I finished. What's amazing are the similarities!

Here's another peek inside my book. -> This page is about using a viewfinder. I'm amazed at how many workshops I've taken from people who don't use one at all. Crazy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Path Less Taken

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Last weekend my family and I went on a little "adventure," trying to find access to a particular creek up in the mountains that a friend had told me about. We eventually saw the creek, but couldn't find an easy way to it, as weird as that might sound, but we did have lots of fun along the way! I took tons of pictures (because while my family is great, they are not patient enough to wait while I paint outside). When we got home my son asked to see them. When he saw the reference for this one he said, "Wow, great light!" So I painted it. And I love how it turned out.

Here's another peek inside my book. This one is the beginning of chapter 5, about color mixing. -->

And speaking of, tomorrow I'll be interviewed about the making of (my book) on Artists Helping Artists! Give it a listen live, at 9am PST, or listen to the recording later. I'll try not to make a fool of myself. : )

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rocks Water Rocks

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Another little intimate landscape from Sweet Creek. I spent more time on this one, really focusing on the rocks under the water.

Here's another peek inside my book. Chapter 3 is about different subject matter for Daily Painting. This page has two of the landscapes I feature, from a couple of my favorite artists, Robin Weiss and Barbara Jaenicke. They were very kind to let me use their images in my book!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Means Business

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I found this guy in Lake Tahoe, on a trip this summer. Do you take a pink truck more seriously when it's carrying giant logs? Not that it was going anywhere - I'm pretty sure it was all just for show. I had to paint this twice to get something I really liked. Number 2 was way better than number 1. I'm thinking I should do that more often and then just wipe whichever one didn't work.

Here's another couple of pages from my book (in the section that highlights other daily painters and their stories):

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Magic Floor

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This is another scene from NYC, inside the Trump Tower. The floor is a giant expanse of polished granite. I got the photo reference as I was coming down the escalator, looking towards the front doors. I love the contrast between the orange reflections and the cooler colors coming from outside. I used the same loose style/brush hold that I've been using lately, getting a little tighter as the people started shaping up.

Here's another little peek inside my book -->

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Serious Shadow

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This is another little scene from NYC. I'm still playing around with my brush hold, and really paying attention to where the darkest values are, and not going as dark anywhere else. Do you see how the dark values on the right side of the street are not as dark as those on the cars and left side?

Since my book is coming out in less than a month, I thought I'd tantalize you with some shots of the inside. To start with, here's the table of contents (click to see larger) -->

Click to pre-order on Amazon (save $8 by buying it ahead of time)

Friday, October 10, 2014

City Grays

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I've been experimenting with different holds on my brush. Usually I hold mine like a pencil, and I think I get more controlled marks with it, but for this one (an NYC rainy day scene) I tried holding it near the end. The result is a bit messier, but also looser in a certain way. I will keep experimenting. Perhaps a combination of the two, depending on what kind of marks I want...

And speaking of brushes, I learned something that will save me (and hopefully some of you) money!! I know for certain this works on the brushes I mostly use (Silver Bristlon brights, and Rosemary Ivory short flats), which are synthetic (and wonderful) but can't say for sure about any other kind. When they get frayed at the end, brush them back and forth on the bottom of a pan full of boiling water. This pulls them back into shape like magic. I tried it the other night and was amazed. I'm so glad I put off throwing away my old brushes!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Golden Garden Gully

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On the last day of the workshop I just took, after class, a few of my friends/classmates trekked over to Golden Gardens park here in Eugene to paint just a little more before the sun set. This was by far the best one I did all week. Apparently something clicked.

Having said that, I would like to report a little more thoroughly about the workshop now that I've had time to think about it. I have to admit I expected a lot. I've admired Scott Christensen's work for a long time, and I have friends who've taken his class and loved it. I was a little disappointed that he didn't demo more outside (only once, at the end of the last day). And the things he had to say were pretty high level. I wouldn't recommend this workshop for beginners, or those not well versed in plein air lingo. The things I got out of it were mostly gleaned from watching him make decisions, and trying some of the things he was doing (like holding the brush by the end, which leads to more organic mark-making). He was very encouraging, and I really appreciated that. The thing I enjoyed most was his taking student work and doing paint-on critiques for the whole class. Over-all it was a positive for me, but for those who are considering it, I just wanted to give a more complete review. My 2 cents anyway.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Bottled Up

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I just finished up taking a 4-day plein air workshop from fabulous landscape artist, Scott Christensen. I learned some really unexpected things, and got a lot of ideas. I think you'll see some changes in my work going forward as I try some new things. Meanwhile my weird hives have improved. Unfortunately the prednisone is making it hard to sleep, and I'm finding that unfortunately, sleep is rather important for sanity. Who knew?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Red Ford

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Well, I know I said I would post a few paintings while I was in Maine, but the internet connection wasn't good enough, alas. But it's a good thing I'm still ahead because I am having some sort of allergic reaction to ... something, not sure what. I am covered in itchy hives. Ack! I saw the doc yesterday and she gave me Prednisone, which will hopefully help with the itching, because it makes me feel terrible otherwise. So while this sorry sack that is my body tries to recover, I don't think I'll be painting much.

This is another little scene from around here in Eugene.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Big Bush

This is a cute little scene from Eugene. Meanwhile, in the same town ...

Tonight was our second annual bad art destruction party! Basically a few of my friends and I brought the bad art we had sitting around our studios (making us feel bad every time we looked at it), and ... destroyed it! We tore, slashed, mangled, wrote on, broke into pieces, etc. Wine fueled, of course (on my part, anyway). It was very cathartic. Here are a few pictures:

Tomorrow I am headed to Maine to see a friend for a week. I won't be able to ship any paintings during that time, but if you're really desperate, let me know and I'll beg my husband to do it for me. I'm a little ahead with paintings, so I'll still post some, when/if I have time.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Almost Fall

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This one is definitely on the border between landscape and abstract. The little bits of green and orange are fallen leaves among the rocks and water. I am loving playing around with these. Wait, do I say that every time? Doh!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rocks and Shadows

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I realize now, as I'm posting this, that the photo isn't great. It has some glare on the tops of brush strokes. Ugh. Anyway, another intimate landscape from Sweet Creek. I'm really enjoying these.

Meanwhile, I wanted to post the second in my Pam series. It's not for sale - Pam took it home tonight - but I really, really love it. I spent the first 4 hours on her face - painting it over and over again until it looked fairly like her. And the last 6 or so hours doing the rest.

"Pam and Marmalade" 12x24in. oil on gessobord (click to see larger)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shadowy Street

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This is another scene from NYC. I love how the buildings cast shadows on each other. It's the main reason I wanted to take pictures there!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Polka Dotted Scarves

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I spotted these two cool gals just outside of Central Park this spring in NYC. What were they doing? Waiting for their cool guys?  Discussing what to do next? Or simply chillin'?

It's been a while, but I posted a new abstract on my other blog, in case you're interested.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paint the Roses Red

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I've been wanting to paint this one for a while. The reference came from the Eugene rose garden, last year I think. I knew it wouldn't fit well on a 6x6, so I used a larger panel. On a side note, my friend Patti makes fun of me because I think of 8x8 as big - ha!