Saturday, March 18, 2017

Always Learning Something New

Petunias on Green Gingham
12" square

Although I've used acrylic paint longer than I can remember, it was rarely for fine art and usually for decorative purposes.  I decided to paint this image from photos I had taken at the end of summer 2016 using acrylics instead of oils.   The lighting was adding quite a bit of interest to this arrangement.  I enjoy painting white flowers in particular and petunias have such a flare and flounce that make them fun to paint.

Playing Catchup

16" square

Since I had not been posting regularly toward the end of 2016, I thought I would post some of the paintings done towards the end of the year now.

I painted this teacup twice.  Once as a profile (not a very dynamic image) and from this angle which turned out to be much more interesting.  Painting the golden highlights in this shadowy lighting was a bit of a challenge but I quite like how this turned out.

A Busy Year Ahead

I had painted Missy's companion, Jessie, a year or two ago and now her owner has asked me to paint Missy too.  A bittersweet memory of a loved pet.
These are actually two separate paintings and not a closeup of the first one.

Getting Back Into My Comfort Zone

Here is a little recap of the latter part of the year as captured from Instagram (#pinestreetstudios).
I even managed to squeeze in a little paper maché in the form of Christmas decorations.

Well Hello Again

I can't believe I skipped over the entire Christmas season 2016 and am well into 2017.  It didn't feel right not being here so here I am jumping back in again.  Probably the main reason I haven't been here is that I've been using Instagram a lot more and October through to the end of the year is always so busy preparing for shows and exhibits and finally family time.

January of any year means to me a time to indulge in new pursuits and do tutorials and experiments with new media.  I'd have to say needlework was probably what I spent time with this year and I want to get comfortable with some of these new approaches so I can easily transition between textile work and painting.

So here is what I did a little bit of last month....some wet felting and wool embroidery.

Color, no matter what format, is so enticing whether it comes out of a tube or from a spool....I love it.