Saturday, July 17, 2021
A dear friend of mine gave me an empty wine bottle that is an artistic masterpiece all by itself. It has color blocking and I love incorporating it into my still lifes.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
I am growing gorgeous zinnias on my roof. This one is called Carmine and I feel I did not do it justice by my painting. The color is so vibrant that I don't think there is such a paint color, but I tried my best.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
This color palette is becoming a favorite of mine, possibly because it's summery and happy. The wine bottle is a piece of artwork in itself, having a color blocked motif. The turquoise pitcher is difficult to paint realistically so I simplified it.
Friday, July 2, 2021
I started this painting during my recent online class, and have changed a few things since then. It's always helpful to put a painting away for a few days and then revisit it. I love having the artistic freedom painting gives me. The gravy boat is really white, but I thought that would be too boring. I am just now feeling comfortable changing things.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and be safe!
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
This painting started out as an exercise in side lighting as part of the class I took 2 weeks ago. I have modified it since then. Learning new things takes a lot of time and patience. So does painting and just about everything worth anything in life, I think.
Monday, June 28, 2021
Slowly but surely, and with lots of practice, I am letting loose of old habits and embracing some new techniques for my paintings. I have always painted what I see, but in this case, the pitcher and cup were white and the vase was mostly dark blue. I keep thinking of Chicago local artist/mentor and teacher, Steve Puttrich's saying, "It's a poem, not a police report." I love that idea, and repeat it to myself often when I find myself getting too fussy.
So what do you think?
Friday, June 25, 2021
I got a lot of mileage out of these sunflowers and other props during my week long painting class last week. Sunflowers are such a happy flower and brighten up any room. I am growing them in my garden this year and they are growing to be enormous. I was given the seeds by my friend Roberta and I had no idea what kind of sunflowers they would be, but now I see they are bigger than life! Hopefully they will FIT in a painting.