Near the Sheep Shed
4x6 Oil on Canvas
Through the Birch Garden
4x6 Oil on Canvas
Last week I had the pleasure of an invitation to visit Bloedel Reserve
on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. What a treat! I took hundreds of photos and enjoyed every beautiful moment of the adventure. Above are a couple of little oil studies I completed after returning home. I created several others, but the paint is still wet and difficult to photograph. These studies will serve well as notes for creating some larger paintings in the future. Can't wait! I better order some more canvases.
This week I've been practicing mixing paint from a limited palette to create a full range of values. A cup from my kitchen was a great subject for this practice. I used Cadmium Yellow Light, Ultramarine Blue, and a tiny bit of Alizarin Crimson, and a tiny bit of white. A great little exercise to do inside when the weather is spitting rain and lying about springtime.
Yesterday I raided the pantry for bottles, arranged and rearranged the set up, and painted from life. I prefer to paint still life subjects from life rather than photographs. Photographs hide the subtleties of color and shadow that are so crucial to an attractive depiction. The two paintings, 8x8 and 6x8 inches will take a while to dry since they were rendered in oil paint. While they are drying, I like to let them sit for a few days in a place where I can get glimpses each time I pass by. It helps me to get some perspective. Sometimes I will have a wonderful time painting a subject and fall in love with the experience only to find a few days later that the painting really isn't very good. Then I either paint over it, wipe it out, or restretch the canvas and start something new. On the other hand, sometimes I will struggle with a subject and want to wipe out my work only to find that with a few days sitting on the easel, the work is actually not as bad as I thought. Finished work sitting on my easel needs a gestation period before it is released into the world. These little paintings are still in that gestation period. I think they will probably be hatched in a week or two when the paint is dry. What do you think? Wipe out, paint over, or birth?
Lately I've been working in a larger format. It feels good to change sizes from time to time. This week is the week of big art. I just finished some 24x30 inch landscape paintings and have ordered some 30x30 inch canvases. It is liberating to use a big brush and a lot of paint. This 24x30 inch original landscape in now for sale in my Etsy Shop
. I'll be adding some more large works in the near future. Of course that doesn't mean I will be giving up smaller works, it just means painting is a whole lot of fun.
I had some fun this week playing with paint, paper, and digital mixed media. A mixture of oil painting, acrylic collage, and a photo of a crafty raven merged to create the contemporary composition. I love the colors, the shapes, and the design. Pure fun. Below is an image of the design framed with a simple black frame and white mat. My print shop
also created versions on canvas and metal. Hope you will stop by and see the possibilities available for display. They've even come up with it on a throw pillow. Some wonderful options. Visit my print shop here
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