If you depend on my blog posts to see the latest work, you might think I've been up to nothin'. BUT, it's actually been quite busy here in the studio!
First, there was a house portrait done in pen & ink and watercolor. This was my client's childhood home. (We also had giclee prints made for his siblings.) It was like putting together a puzzle as I worked from 2 sets of photos - taken in the early 50's and the early 70's. It was pretty satisfying to see it all come together!
Then I was on to an M48 tank done in acrylic on canvas. Mr. B. got this for Christmas from his children. He rode on this tank when stationed in Vietnam. In order to capture the details on the tank, the position of the figure and the surrounding landscape, I worked from a combination of several photos (Including some I took at Cantigny Park nearby.)
Mixed in with those two commissions, I discovered mini 2"x2" canvases - which I turned into hand-painted ornaments. I painted about 50 during December!
Under the Canopy, 5x7in., oil on board, $50.
I find it comforting to be under the canopy of a tree as the sun breaks through...
After 20+ years, I met up with my high school art teacher, Mr. Williams - Jim and I visited his studio/gallery in Door County, WI.
Behind his inspiring studio, there is a gorgeous garden (planted and cultivated by his wife) and a forest stretching out back. This little painting was inspired by one of the photos I took on our walk in the woods.
Visit Rob William's gallery online or in person! http://robwilliamsstudio.com/home
When I entered Mr. William's art room my junior year of high school, I had my feet firmly planted in the math and science track.
By graduation, I was heading off to college as an Art Major.
Sweet n' Tart - Cherry, 8x10in., oil on canvas, $100.
Thinking about Door County
has got me thinkin' about cherries.
Lessons from a Light Bulb #3, 6x6in., oil on board, $50.
Lessons from a Light Bulb #3
Painting transparent glass, in the shape of a ball, is crazy. Colors, values, shapes, and reflections warp and bounce all over the place!
I know, I've got it so hard!
(The new owner of Light Bulb #1 is going to hang it in her office - as inspiration for new ideas. I like it!)
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Basking in the Sunshine, 6x6in., oil on gessoboard, $50.
At times, I wonder what the neighbors think.
I take my camera outside and walk around the yard just to see what I can see. I often end up on my knees or bent over with my head down close to the ground. "Oooooo..." I say to myself (okay sometimes out loud), "That is NICE! Well done God!"
This little gem was blooming out by the fence in our front yard.
Lessons from a Light Bulb No.2, 6"x6", oil on gessoboard, $50.
Lessons from a Light Bulb #2
While painting my first light bulb (highlighted in my last post), I felt like I was starting to 'fiddle-faddle': a highly technical term meaning 'noodling & doodling', 'fussing about'.
I decided to grab a bigger brush, move the bulb to a white surface, speed up my pace and loosen up.
Which one do you prefer?
Light bulb #1 or #2?
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Glorious Day, 6x6in., oil on board
I have this nagging expectation in my head that says 'real' painters paint 'plein air'. Wikipedia defines plein air: "a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors." Doesn't that sound artistically official?
While I can appreciate the tremendous value of painting on location, painting outside has not yielded great results for me. But, the weather was gorgeous, so I felt like I should give it a go - for the practice.
(Secretly, I was hoping I would be victorious!)
I scouted out a few fascinating blooms in our Rose of Sharon bushes, noting how the light was making the petals glow. It took several trips back and forth to get all of my paraphernalia out to the spot I had selected...Then a couple more as I realized what I'd forgotten. I was optimistic that this time I would succeed!
After an hour or so, I headed back inside with an awkward looking bloom. Last night, I finished the painting in my studio while referring to the photos I had taken earlier. (sheepish grin)
As for painting outside: I will try painting plein air again another day (It really is good practice for seeing shapes and color.) Today, I think I'll go back outside to paint the trim around our garage. Now, that I can do!
I would love to read your thoughts...
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