Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

All the leaves are falling

In the painting class I teach; I gathered up an assortment of fallen autumn leaves. Light, fragile, but full of shapes and value. Here's my go at it. First we did the leaf, then with a piece of colored paper to add interest to the composition. 6x6 on panel.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Counted Strokes

Count each stroke? Now that's a challenge! 6x6 panel, a vase of flowers, a big brush, and 25 strokes to complete a painting!! Can it be done? Yes, if you load the brush, think about getting the very most out of each stroke and not worry about being too perfect. Let yourself go... with intention! Fabulous. Thank you Page Railsback for a day of good painting with wonderful people.

Friday, November 15, 2013


The second exercise was still in 3 values, using the same dark chromatic grey we had mixed earlier, but now bring color into it. Page had flowers everywhere around her beautiful 1800's house; I chose pale pink roses on the deep windowsill.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Railsback Workshop

This is the first in a series of exercises we did at a one day workshop I attended taught by Page Railsback. This was about simplifying, using three values, and finding a pleasing composition. First we mixed a chromatic gray from just red, yellow and blue. This is on a 6x6 panel.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Gray and Continuing

A color chart we did in Tuesdays' class; showing the range of colorful chromatic grays that can be made without black. And a few more changes to the autumn still life.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Making still more changes to this painting  reminds me why I love plein air!  Paint the painting, leave the scene. I have gone back into a plein air in the studio to make minor adjustments, but this one has gone through major changes. Am I satisfied yet? Time will tell. Turn it to the wall then return a few days later.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

There's A Lot Going On Here!

I have been working on a larger still life in the studio, wanting to abstract it as much as possible. Bottom left is first one, top right is last one. I'm not sure it's done though. Title is my husbands reaction. LOL.