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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weekend Open Studio

Long Barn Oil Painting In Progress
10 x 28 inches
Spent the weekend supporting Glassfest here in Corning.  It was windy and cold, so not as many people as last year --- but I really enjoyed opening my doors to the public. 

I painted while people browsed. 

Here's what I was working on --- an elongated panel--- fairly big --10 x 28 inches --- of a barn with the focal point being the light hitting the silo.  I am using a palette of warm and cool browns, oranges, reds and yellows.  I've started to add color --- the green in the foreground --- but I am moving slowly and using thin layers to see what effects I can create. 

It was fun to meet so many nice new people.  And to chat with friends who stopped by to say "hi."  I appreciated the interest and enthusiasm.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Pansies" Oil Painting

6x6 Oil on Panel
Took a photo before I left my studio today of this painting of pansies I just finished.  It's small  --- 6 x 6 inches --- so I have to pin it to a piece of foam core to be able to fit in on to my easel. 

I was excited to see these pansies survived the winter, so I decided to paint them now, while I am able to take a close look at their colors.

Still wet but done

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"Moon" Oil Painting

12 x 9 Oil on Panel

Now that our house projects are mostly over, I am looking forward to painting this summer.  I have been gesso-ing surfaces in anticipation of a prolific period.  We'll see if my optimism pans out!  In total, I have 26 Masonite panels and 6 stretched canvases ready for painting, in a variety of sizes from small (6x6) to quite large (30x40). 

The "Moon" painting is one of the "winter" paintings I finished up last week.  Like the "Apple on the Windowsill," I painted it from a black and white film photograph taken years ago.   It's a view from our front porch through the trees.  The moon was irresistible that night.

I enjoyed making up the colors and figuring out how to use "dashes" as paint strokes to create a sense of broken moonlight.   


Friday, May 3, 2013

"Cool over Dark, Warm over LIght" Lesson

After - Warm over Light --the background receded and enhanced the flowers

After re-reading Tom Buechner's book, How I Paint, I decided to repaint the background of this painting to test what he says:

"All colors look cool over dark, even red and yellow:  all colors look warm over light, even blue.  It is the secret of the old masters, maybe the most important thing in this book."

Before - background was cool blues, purples, pinks and somewhat chalky
I don't think I did it correctly, but what I did do definitely helped the painting.  I will continue to experiment with this principle until I really understand it well.