Monday, June 06, 2016

Spring Study


sold. (6x6in.)

I love little close-ups like this in photographs, so I thought I'd try painting one. The reference came from a hike in the Wallawas (in Eastern Oregon). You'd think I would have just popped into my backyard. : ) But no, I like to do things the hard way.

I also have a fabulous tip for you! Sigrid Junold K├Ąppeler sent it to me after struggling with painting an ellipse. In order to see where her mistake was, she painted concentric circles on a piece of glass/plexi and held it up (tilted) in front of her painting. It sounds confusing, but a picture's worth a thousand words. -->

You could also try holding a glass cup up in front of your ellipse. Also, my husband pointed out that you probably need to close one eye when looking at it. Happy painting!

9 comments:

Catherine M said...

Gorgeous painting! I'm blown away by the simplicity of the ellipse trick -- ellipses are a huge problem for me! Why did I not think of this brilliant approach?

robertsloan2art said...

This is a FANTASTIC tip! It makes so much sense. I have been improving my ellipses freehand for all my life, constantly working on it - and this is a way to check the results fast, every time. This rocks. It'd work to get a sheet of acetate for it or anything clear.

KnotKnut said...

Wow, Carol, great tip! I try to learn something new everyday...this is it! Now I'll go paint!

Jacqueline Davis said...

Genius!

David Wyman said...

I love how this art appeals to the emotions, reminds me of Clara Berta's work. Keep up the good work! You've earned a follower!

emmapittsonart said...

Why are the best tips so darn obvious (smacks head)? The plexiglass trick is such a great idea!! Thank you for sharing!

lata said...

WoW!!.

Pat Bollin said...

That's a great ellipse tip! Thanks for sharing.

maura fine said...

Thanks so much for sharing these gems!! I still struggle with the ellipse.