Saturday, March 25, 2017

Good Omens


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None of these flowers are from our garden, but I take it as a good sign that they are appearing at our local grocery store. It must mean that spring will be here soon.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lazy Daisies

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These daisies are all that are left of a small bouquet that was purchased last week. They're still pretty perky!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Promise


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I believe tulips might be my favorite flower. It's still a bit early for tulip blooms in my part of the world, but their green foliage is beginning to poke through the brown earth - it won't be long before they appear. These tulip blooms came from my local market. I love them so because they bring a promise of spring.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lavender Blue

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This morning I read that spring has arrived earlier than ever in much of the country. Here in the Pacific Northwest, however, we still contend with rain, sleet, and cold dreary weather. On the up side, there are some harbingers of spring. Crocuses and tulips are beginning to pop up everywhere, and we're seeing more birds sampling the seeds in the birdfeeder.

The lovely thing about painting is that one can contemplate spring on the canvas at any time. I found these primroses at the local grocery store and thought they looked great in front of a lavender-blue background. They brought springtime to my soul.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Simple Gifts


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Thankful for simple pleasures.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Springtime Blooms

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Tulips bring a promise of spring on this cold, dark day.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Grapes and Mandarins


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Recently I've been using larger canvases. This is still a small painting -10"x8", but bigger than my usual 6"x6" size. I think the larger canvas is a little easier to paint.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Yellow Daisies with Lemon and Grapes



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This painting is another value study. I used a more limited palette then normal and painted  primarily in hues of yellow.  I used cad yellow for the daisies and the lemon. The yellow ochre is a mix of cad red light and cad yellow with a touch of ultramarine blude.  The shadows are a mix of transparent red oxide and yellow ochure. I used magenta and doxy purple for the grapes. It's a bit bright, but I kind of like the way it turned out.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bosc Pear

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This is another values study. I'm following artist Paul Foxton's instructions for mixing color. This method employs the use of the New Munsell Student Color Set book as an aid to selecting the appropriate color, value, and chroma. I love this way of painting. It has caused me to slow down and give thought to each brushstroke. Lots of fun!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Two Lemons

TWO LEMONS

After a long hiatus from painting that lasted from spring through the end of 2016,  I am finally back to painting. In addition to a busy summer that included painting walls and remodeling the kitchen, I also hit a painter's block that knocked me back on my heels. I wanted very much to paint, but felt fearful about picking up a paintbrush and actually applying paint to canvas. I wouldn't even check out the blogs and websites of my favorite painters; something that I normally enjoy. What that was all about, I don't know. It made me feel sad and angry and guilty, and was entirely self-imposed. My husband was supportive and encouraging. His suggestion was to just paint without judgement and without attempting to produce anything. That became my New Year's resolution and I'm happy to say it was enough to get me back on the horse. 

For the next little while I'm going to focus on values as I paint. I've recently been following a first rate blog,  Learning to See, written by artist, Paul Foxton. The blog contains a treasure trove of information on color and value and is well worth a look. 

It feels so nice to be painting again. I wonder what took me so long!