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Monday, October 17, 2011

"Catching Rays" Oil Painting

Catching Rays
8 x 10 Oil on Panel

Finished and framed another painting from the grid yesterday.  David chose this one.  I painted it from a B&W photo I took with my film camera many years ago.  As a result, I had to create my own colors, since I did not have a reference. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkin on Pillow -- Almost Finished

Almost Finished - Week 5
approx. 12 x 13 Oil on Masonite
Pumpkin on Pillow

Today I liquined the pumpkin painting to see what I painted last Tuesday night in Marc Rubin's class.   Liquin (or varnish) brings back the color and vibrancy.  Oils go flat and change value when they dry.

Marc added a 5th week to give us a chance to critique our work and then fine tune it one last time.  The critique of each other's work was one of the most valuable aspects of the class so far.  It was fascinating (and inspiring) to see how everyone chose such different approaches to the same subject, and to get advice from each other. 

In my case, I decided to add a shelf for the pillow to sit on instead of leaving that part of the painting so vague.  Also, I  cleaned up the background where I got orange mixed into the gray, and really worked on the highlight (where the brightest light hits the surface of the pumpkin).

I am pretty happy with where I ended up.  They only things I want to change now are 1) the stem, which I can do from my week 4 photo.  (I messed it up trying to put a highlight on it --  lost my place, but  I think I can get it back) and 2) straighten the shelf.   Then, I will feel I learned as much as I can from this painting.

Week 4

Week 3
Week 2

Week 1
Marc's class will be starting a new still life next Tuesday. It will be pears, a much smaller size (10 x 8), and last only 2 weeks.   I won't be able to join them.  But, I encourage anyone who wants to see Marc's technique to try out the class. You could learn a lot in just 2 weeks. 171 Cedar Arts now allows you to buy drop-in passes for classes. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pumpkin on Pillow Painting - Week 3

Pumpkin on Pillow Painting - In Progress
Week 3

I will be going to Marc Rubin's class tonight for the 4th Tuesday (and the last time) for the pumpkin painting.  So, I thought I'd assess where I am after three classes.

I am satisfied with the look and feel of the pillow. And my colors. But I continue to struggle with how to render the pumpkin.  I pretty much feel like I am at the same place as I was at Week 2.  I spent most of last week's session on it and ended up in the same place as I started. 

Week 1 - painting with lots of turp, directly on the masonite

Week 2 - oils only (no turp or liquin) -
we painted the background, corrected our initial drawings and started to develop the pumpkin and pillow

Week 3 - Trying to render the pumpkin and make the pillow look soft. 
Marc paints much thinner and more carefully than I do.  He takes his time and enjoys the process of studying every bit of the still life. Looking, looking, looking.  Tonight I am going to try to zone in on exactly what I see, like he does, and hope if I can make a breakthrough.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

"The Bluff" Oil Painting from The Grid

The Bluff
8 x10 Oil on Masonite
Back to work again after being away. 

This one is leaving today with our son-in-law who picked it out earlier in the summer.  It's a painting I "freshened" up for him.  I started it a long time ago while out plein air painting around the lake with a group of friends.

From up high on Silsby road, you can see the bluff straight-on where Keuka lake divides into its famous Y-shape.  The Branchport side on the left and our Penn Yan side on the right.  It almost looks like an island from this vantage point.

The Bluff has a mythical mountain feeling which I exaggerated in this painting.