Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. It's a journal of sorts. It gives me a place to show my work-in-progress for my painting and photography. Comments are welcome --- add one at the end of an entry or email me at BarbBlumer@gmail.com.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

New Work: Going Bigger & More Colorful

In Progress -- Drying in the Studio Window
24 x 32 Oil on Panel

I've started some new paintings.  This is the first -- which is drying in the window of the studio.  It's bolder. It may be hard to tell at this point, but it is a floral arrangement on a table in front of a window in our kitchen. 

This is the gold frame for it.  And how it looked before I worked on it yesterday.  
And it's larger -- 24 x 32  --- when compared to my usual work.   It was one of my goals for this year --- to paint bigger.

I chose the subject because I was interested in the shadow under the flowers and using the square tabletop to create space.  Now I am kind of hooked on making the vibrant colors work.  It it starts to fall apart I can always use it as underpainting.  That's the beauty of oils. 


Friday, March 15, 2013

"Three Fruits" Still Life

"Three Fruits"
8 x 10 Oil on Panel
This is the last of the still lifes to post.  And it is the most difficult to accurately photograph.  It really depends what light it is in.  This photo makes it look too vibrant even though  it is taken in natural light on a cloudy day.  In person, it looks more like the bottom photograph. 
It may have to do with the underpainting which is a very bright rose pink.  You can see it showing through the background on the upper left.  And in areas under the pear. 
To me, it is interesting that it is the same color underpainting as "Snapdragons" which I posted yesterday, and they came out so differently. 

At the beginning this is how it looked, if you recall.  I painted if from a black and white photo so I had to make up the colors. 

Here is how it looked for most of the winter.  I put it in this "old master's" type frame and had it hanging in my studio, and would work on the apple from time to time. 

Last week, I tweaked the apple and put it in the simpler black frame  -- the one I used for "The Barletts". 

So, that's it for the still lifes --- I have finished them all and put them in frames.  I am now working on three large panels -- a 24x28, a 30x40 and 32x40. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Snapdragons" Oil Painting

10 x 8 Oil on Panel

Finished this painting on Monday.  It is softer than some of the others --- probably because I let the edges drift away and made up passages instead of trying to be exact.  This is the painting that was supposed to be a throw away --- just play --- the ground I used was slick and wouldn't hold paint at the beginning -- but I am glad I stuck with it.  I've grown attached to it.  Feels like we have been through a lot together. 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Anemones II Oil Painting

"Anemones II"
14 x 10 Oil on Panel

I popped this painting into a frame to see if it looks finished.  I want it to be.  It isn't quite dry, but I hope the anemones (windflowers) look like they are dangling but graceful now.  On Monday, I worked at separating the blossoms so that you can see them individually and I made the open faced one the crispest, and brightest , so that it would be the focal point.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tom Buechner's list of "Why I Paint"

From Tom Buechner's book, How I Paint, he says in the chapter Why I Paint, he made this list of what painting means to him:

  • being alone with myself
  • being part of an enormous family of painters, living and dead
  • being amazed by reality
  • seeing how strong or weak I can be
  • seeing the evidence of passing time
  • just seeing
  • facing infinite possibilities
  • mastering a medium or failing to do so
  • showing and telling
  • bringing pleasure, making money
  • thinking
  • transcending myself(very rarely)
  • plus I get to travel, paint with friends, visit museums and buy art books as legitimate business expenses!
Still wish he was around so we could go up to his studio to paint with him as Lin and I were doing on Wednesdays.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Heather Basket" Oil Painting

10 x 8 Oil on Panel

I let the charcoal drawing show through in parts of the basket.  Not sure if it was the best decision, but I am putting this one in a frame and moving on to something else.   Working on a title for it.  Suggestions welcome. 


Saturday, March 9, 2013

"The Bartletts" in a new frame

"The Bartletts"
10 x 8 Oil on Panel
Tweaked The Barletts and put them in a new frame, to provide more contrast. 


Friday, March 8, 2013

Sunflower in Art Glass Vase Painting

12 x 9 Oil on Panel
I have been toying with this painting for months --- and I have decided to stop. Will order a frame now. And work on a title for it. Suggestions?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Acrobats Still LIfe Oil Painting

10 x 8 Oil on Panel
Here's how the apples painting turned out in the end.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Anemones I - Still Life Oil Painting

Anemones I
Oil on Panel 10 x 8
This week I am putting all my household and genealogy projects on hold, in order to give myself time to focus on painting and photography. 

Thought I'd start by posting the work which I have completed.  This is a still life of anemones (wildflowers) from our garden last fall, in a vase that I bought from a fellow vendor, during my jewelry selling days.  I used to trade jewelry for pottery, and have some nice pieces as a result. 

Although it's not really coming across, I am trying to find ways to personalize what I paint.  And to think about it from the perspective of the viewer.