Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
acrylic on paper 11"x14"
I loved painting this, capturing the vibrancy and the detail. This was from a book, with step by step instructions, so I could learn to better represent light and distance. This one took a long time to finish - four sittings, across six weeks, and I got in a hurry at the last sitting, so the foreground bushes don't look that good, but you know they're bushes and you know they're in the foreground, so what the heck! I signed it and called it done.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
This was my first plein air painting, which I painted at Dillon Beach a few weeks ago. The lesson I learned here was to buy good paint and good brushes, without them, you can only paint a mediocre painting! It was fun, though, painting outside, and I hope to have more opportunities to try. I'll buy better supplies before I do.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
acrylic on paper 8"x10"
This is a little better, definitely need to work on painting rocks. Unless I say they are sand dunes, which could also be improved! I will be going to Dillon Beach Nov 12 and hope to bring my paints with me and get a chance to paint in the open plein air
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I probably should keep working on this painting, perhaps add more color and highlights, but every time I tried to improve upon it, I just seemed to make it worse. So, I ended up signing it and calling it done. I call this Forest Cove
acrylic and oil on canvas paper 11"x14"
Thursday, July 1, 2010
IIt's been a long time since I've posted any of my work. I've been practicing with paintings I'd already posted, so didn't want to bore you with repeats. Since then, I thought I would try my hand at water colors, but it's a very different medium and will definitely take some practice. Perhaps because I have a little more experience with oils, I find I prefer them and will likely go back to using oils, but I'll keep practicing with water colors from time to time.
Being my first attempt at water colors, I think I did a fairly good job, I like the composition, but need to work on crisping up my edges, and perspective. The two figures on the trail were suppose to be adults, but perhaps they are my two dogs that escaped from the back yard instead.
This painting was an exercise in using just two colors, it's not as easy to mix the right amounts, without knowing how much water to add. I might try this one again in oil or acrylics.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
acrylic and oil on canvas 16"x20"
This was a fun painting to paint; although I should have drawn it so that the creek behind the fall took up more space on the canvas rather than the water in front of the fall, but overall I'm happy with the composition and the colors. It reminds me of a warm day just as autumn is really showing her colors and I can't decide if it's truly warm enough still to go swimming or if I should just sit and listen to the sounds of the water gurgling and splashing...
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
16"x20" acrylic and oil on canvas paper
This is one of my all time favorites. It doesn't look so good up close, but from far away I think it is stunning. This one I did on commission for one of the ladies at work who brought in a photo and asked if I could paint it. It came out wonderfully. I will bring it to her this week and see how much she will offer to pay for it - I'll probably only ask $20, but if she wants to pay more I wouldn't object.