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Monday, December 19, 2016

"Mr. Wood Duck" Oil Painting

"Mr. Wood Duck"
4x6 Oil in 8x10 wooden black frame

I worked on this little painting during our town's Christmas event ---called Sparkle--- which created lots of people coming and going in my studio.

As a result, I had some very interesting conversations about ducks, including their markings, habitats, behaviors and sounds.

This duck was living the good life in a fish hatchery in Spearfish, South Dakota.  We saw him on our recent trip in October.


Monday, December 5, 2016

" Morning Valley Farm" Oil Painting

"Valley Farm"
6x10 Oil

I re-worked this painting recently ---  by changing the heavy morning fog which I had originally painted ---into rolling hills and a distant lake. This could be anywhere in our area when the early morning light begins to fill in the valley.  


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"Fall River" Oil Painting

"Fall River"
6x9 inch oil

Painted this little painting just before we left on vacation, in early October.

When I saw it today again, I didn't see anything I wanted to change.  So I think it is done.


Monday, October 3, 2016

"Windrows" Oil Painting

10 x 20 Oil

Completed this new painting last week using a grayer color palette than I normally would.

Windrows are formed when hay is cut and allowed to dry before it is baled.

Midway through the painting
I toned the canvas with burnt sienna (a warm red brown) ---

and allowed it to show through in selective areas.
Close-up of tree line showing toned canvas peaking through


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Keuka Lake with Wild Sweet Peas" Oil Painting

"Keuka Lake with Wild Sweet Peas"
8x10 Oil

Completed this painting last week, and tried some new techniques, like using an old fan brush to create the grasses, plus utilizing more detail in the foreground.

This is a popular view of Keuka Lake from the west side.  There was a big swath of wild sweet peas growing near the road this time when we stopped by.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"Layers" Make-up Painting

16x20" Make-up Painting

Finished framing the last of the 4 newer make-up paintings with the new, dark-chocolate-brown mat format.

Unfortunately, they are very difficult to photograph well. Especially with an iPhone.  :)

FYI-- there is separate tab for make-up paintings on my website.  I have now completed 8 and have started a new one this week.

Here is the link to see all eight:   http://barbarahallblumer.blogspot.com/p/make-up-paintings.html


Saturday, September 3, 2016

"Potting Shed" Oil Painting

"Potting Shed"
6x9 Oil

I am enjoying being in "Back to School" mode, i.e., getting my studio in order to begin some new projects this fall, as well as reviewing "what I did on my vacation."

One of the fun things I did this summer was go to back to the peony farm with another painter friend who had never been.  She painted the barn and rows of peonies, as I have done in the past, but I looked for something else.

It took me a while to decide, but I eventually chose this potting shed. I liked the door within a door view, and the rhythm of the green vines against the hard lines of the roof.

Since it took me while to decide, I had little time to paint.  It was really hot and I was very uncomfortable.  The wind blew my umbrella away and flipped my paints onto the ground.  My painting was out of control, even though I had used a limited palette of colors.

So I took my "start" home and stuck it in the freezer.  The whole painting.  It is only 6x9 inches, so it fit just fine.

A month or more later, I took it out and finished it based on the photos I had taken and what I could remember from being there.

I really enjoyed painting from memory and purposely left it very loose.  So I salvaged what I had started.  I had almost thrown it away.

I concluded from this experience that I am no longer cut out to be a plein air painter.  I don't enjoy dragging my easel and the paints and supports and all of the gear to the site.  Then, fighting the elements.

But I really enjoyed going to the peony farm for inspiration.  I took lots of photos, and next time I will go and sketch, instead of trying to do an oil painting.

I have been joking that I was going to name this painting:  "The last time I went out to paint en plein air."  Instead, I have settled on "Potting Shed."


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Old Barn" Make-up Painting

"Old Barn"
16x20" Make-up Painting

I recently framed this make-up painting.   (I am showing it before I put the glass in to avoid glare.)

It is of a very old barn in the area which belongs to elderly Mr. Scudder.  He asked me if I was with the "tax department" when he drove up in his pick-up and saw me taking photos of it from the road from many angles.  I said,  "No, I was just admiring his barn, and I hoped to make a painting of it."  I liked the way the light was hitting on the fence overgrown with vines.  He then told me a neighbor stores his hay in it, but otherwise it isn't used for much.  And that he was born up the road.  I think he said he was 92. And that "he can still get around on a tractor."

Today a very nice couple came in and picked it out to take home.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Farm Field View" Oil Painting

"Farm Field View"
8x10  Oil

Completed this study after I returned from Peter Fiore's landscape workshop, to practice some of the techniques we learned about conveying space, and applying paint.

Peter is a very nice, very interesting, very successful painter about my age, i.e., 60.  We both have an interest in photography, including street photography, so that was an added plus for me.  He and his wife, Barbara, who is also an artist, run very successful workshops about 4 times a year, in charming Milford, PA. Where PA/ NJ/NY intersect, near Port Jervis.

Highly recommend their workshops.  Peter Fiore Landscape Painting:  Beyond the Photograph

I chose his workshop because he uses lots of color, which I like to do, and because he paints from images which he collects in the field, which I also prefer.  A painter friend of mine, Ileen Kaplan, had taken the course.  He has painters who take the workshop repeated times, so you know it is good.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Firefly Summer" Little World Oil Painting

"Firefly Summer"
Little World No. 5

My most recent Little World, entitled "Firefly Summer," comes with a special thank-you to my art buddy, Anne Jennings Paris, who shared a photo of herself, in 1975, and stories of that summer, as the inspiration for this little 1.5 inch oil painting.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Writing Nook" Little World No. 4 Oil Painting

"Writing Nook"
Little World No. 4

The weather has finally warmed up here and people are out and about.  I am enjoying being in my studio and painting again.

Here is my latest little world oil painting.  The round painting is 1.5 inches and it is mounted to a collage of expired money from my international travels and origami paper.

I have another one in the works which I hope to post soon.