Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2 Egg Yolks, Glass Bowl & Shells 6" x 8"

There are a few things I wish I had done differently but am pretty happy with this one.  I hadn't really thought much about that little membrane in eggshells before--the way it bubbles up.  It got even bigger toward the end of the painting.  I guess that was caused by the heat of the light.  Other action during the course of the painting was one of our many resident ladybugs taking a stroll on the rim of the bowl.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Delta Ponds First Take 14" x 11"

I've been working on an idea that will take a while to follow through.  I'd like to make larger paintings of my little 6"x 8"'s.  My original idea is that I would try to do somewhat abstract landscapes that would have texture and layers of color.  I doesn't seem like I am able to make them abstract at this point so I'm going to work on texture and layers.  I worked on these 2 days ago and they still aren't dry so I'll put them aside for a while and work on ther stuff.
This post is for both of the paintings I put on today.

Golden Gardens First Take 14"x 11"

Friday, February 10, 2012

Golden Gardens February 6" x 8"

It looked like the sun was about to come out and it was 58* so I thought I'd try painting.  It kept getting grayer and grayer.  By the time I quit my hands had gone from being cold to a sort of tingly clenched up.  I'll make sure I have my gloves next time.
The purple of the background trees seemed so bright outside but here at home it looks brown.  I'll try not to grey it so much next time.  The shape of the water was actually to the right of the background scene so I was pretty happy that I was able to alter the composition.  I got lost when it came to those foreground trees.  Still not sure how I should have handled that.
Heading up to my dad's in a couple days so won't be able to paint for a while.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Amanda 10"x 8"

Figure painting at Maude Kerns last night was a fun experience.  It felt like I had the drawing right but the head is too small.  Too bad.  I love painting flesh colors next to each other and look forward to getting more practice.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Delta Ponds Looking South 6"x 8"

There must be hundreds of paintings at Delta Ponds.  This one has lots of things to do better next time but some things I think worked.
This scene was too complicated.  I need to think about having only 3 or 4 masses.  I wish I hadn't made a peak on that mountain to the right.  I suppose the one on the leftt (Spencer's Butte) leads you out of the picture but that doesn't bother me right now.  I pretty much like the grey of the distant trees and especially happy with the trees that are creating the main reflection.  I've been working on how to paint trees that don't have leaves and I think that worked here.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Winter Cottonwoods at Delta Ponds 6"x 8"

I tried doing a color correction on this painting that I had posted a couple days ago.  Can't figure out how to replace a photo without deleting the whole post.  Anyway the colors are more accurate, but in looking at it so much, I realize I want to have stronger contrast next time.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Orange Sections on Teal Silk 6"x 6"

I thought I would try something easy but there seems to be no such thing for me.  Still took a little over 3 hours.  Some changes I plan to try next time:  Start the initial drawing with raw sienna instead of burnt umber, paint the whites of citrus with horizontal rather than verticle strokes.
I am loving my new Canon G12 camera.  The colors seem very true. 
I hope the fog lifts so I can paint outside this afternoon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Darcy 8"x 10"

I went to the figure painting at Maude Kerns last night.  Although I didn't quite get the drawing right I'm pretty happy with the result.