Friday, February 21, 2014

Sketching Again

It's a grey day and I'm doing a little bit of everything trying to get a feel for ...something?  I thought if
I did some sketching I'd feel like I'd accomplished something worthwhile today.  Now I have the
desire to do more....which was the point.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Emilie at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Here is the final version just waiting to be varnished.  

Started this the week before Christmas and didn't get back to it until now.  My husband's favourite painting by Winslow Homer and my daughter.  Will post a proper photo as soon as I tweak the little things I'm seeing that will bug me if I don't!

Here's the link to the start of this painting.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Single Pear From Above

Single Pear From Above
6" X 6" x 1.5"
Oil on Wood Panel

The last of the four pear paintings from last week.   I've enjoyed this colour palette.  I may shoot some more set ups with this tablecloth and perhaps some blue bottles.  I will be putting them up on
Etsy tomorrow.
P.S.  I've just noticed that my page is loading a little crowded looking.  I'll look into that tomorrow.
I had been trying different page templates and in returning to my original, I may have disturbed a few

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Pears and Pallettes

Blue and yellow is such a pleasant colour combination.  Perhaps that's why I felt compelled to do four of these in a row.  I was thoroughly enjoying painting the yellow pears.  I so often put my palette aside when I finish painting but sometimes I notice how wonderful the paint looks just as it is.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Three Pears on Linen

6" x 6" x 1.5"
Oil on wood panel

This is one of those paintings that is deceptive.  It's the third one I've done of this pear series so I felt confident going into it.  But...the lighting was subdued and therefore it surprised me how dark the "white" of the linen had to be painted.  I knew if I kept going, it would work out and it did.  I knew the pears would really come forward against the sombre background and it did.  I can still see a tiny bit of tweaking to do but otherwise I'm happy with it.

I also generally avoid wiping out portions of a painting but I did this time.  I had to wipe out two of the three pears because I used a brush that was too small for the area.  I had forgotten one of my
intentions was to simplify and work more loosely and that means working with a larger brush and
choosing my strokes carefully rather than fussing.  So that necessitated wiping out.  And I'm glad I did.  The switch to the larger brush kept the pears more interesting than they started out.   I will
remind myself to not hesitate wiping out and re-working.

As always, comments, critiques and constructive criticism is always welcome.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The best place to be....

To the left of my table and easel is our old trusty Vermont Castings wood stove.  It kept us going in the great ice storm of '96.  And with nasty weather in the forecast today (just the usual winter weather stuff) Laycie and Louie know where to be.