Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yellow BIke In Progress

Had started this 30x30 painting with a burnt sienna toned canvas, using a palette of cad red, alizarin crimson,ultramarine blue,cad yellow and titanium white. After doing the challenge seen on my previous post, I decided to use the burnt sienna as my red, and ochre as my yellow. I'm liking the range of greys,warm and cool, and will hold off introducing any of the cadmiums as long as I can. I am so in love with color so this is a challenge in itself; will see what direction this goes in.....!!

Monday, February 21, 2011


My latest effort from The DPW Challenge.   Michael Naples came up with the challenge of painting this Zippo lighter (my Dad had a big collection of them) using only Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, and Titanium White. A limited palette to be sure, but a large range of values and temperatures can be made from just these 3. A fun challenge that makes me want to try a few of my Dads' old lighters and paint them from life, rather than a photo. I love it when a painting leads you to another painting!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Rose Study 3

Turned the rose so that I could try to capture the light coming through the petals. I am planning to build a frame for the 3 rose studies so they can be side by side,6x18. I learned how to build frames at The Lyme Academy, at  their state of the art wood shop under the direction of  Lou Fuchs.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Full Frontal

As the rose, in a little bud vase, sat in the sun on the south facing windowsill, the petals unfolded in a glorious, sensual manner. Had a second go of painting it, the title came to me in a flash as it was uploading! I really enjoyed  painting this one.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Birthday Rose

Here's my entry for the new challenge from Daily Paintworks posted by Qiang Huang. A Valentine's Day Rose . My husband gave me an amazing bouquet for my birthday on the 9th; I took one rose out and put it in a little vase on the windowsill this morning to paint. Definitely a challenge!! Love to all.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Red Bosc 8x10

This weeks challenge from The Daily Paintworks, choose one subject and paint it for 10 minutes- and 10 minutes only. It helps that these are small studies; I divided the 6x6 into 4 squares and did 8.  Carol Marine suggests to paint what you see, not what you THINK you see. I'm going to use this exercise again, learned so much from 80 minutes of intense focus.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Yellow Bike Study

Started a large painting in the studio of this yellow bike. Thought it would help to do a small study before I get too far into the bigger painting. This is much looser than I generally paint as I had my eye on the clock to get it done within an hour.Sometimes I feel in over my head, who do I think I am? That nasty critic in my brain wants to discourage me, thankfully I (usually) know to just ignore it and paint on!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Imperial Challenge

Found a "challenge" on Daily Paintworks; a photo Carol Marine had taken in St.Augustine of an old Chrysler Imperial. Decided to give it a try and really enjoyed interpreting this photo and making it mine!  I have been admonished by some purists NOT to use any photo reference that wasn't my own. Well, it's a new year, I'm being flexible and doing some new things. Feeling good.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cutting Board

Natural light coming in from a smallish kitchen window that faces west. The days are getting longer but spring feels far away, we've had so much snow. Keep saying I want to paint it, but haven't yet. Thinking of trying to paint from my car. Anyone have any experience with that?