Sunday, February 19, 2017

forcing ...

 (5x7)
(5x7)

Little simple still lifes to help me get back in the practice of painting regularly.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dark background homework

 (8x9)

One of the best things about taking class is having to do things you normally wouldn't (... or does that sound masochistic?)
If you search the Internet you will find many luscious paintings of desserts and pastries, but the subject never appealed to me much: what would I do with a painting of strawberry shortcake? But, I have to say, I found it fun to paint it.
I was debating whether I could/should go in and add some darker darks to define the shortbread and the cream, but 1) I don't want to lose any more of the white, which I've already lost too much of; and 2) I couldn't settle on a color, or combination of colors, for the darks. 
Decided to do nothing and wait till Monday to see what my teacher says.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dark backgrounds

Getting back to painting class when I can. It inspires me and makes me feel like I'm learning, progressing. And it's fun too.
We've been practicing putting in dark backgrounds.
I have trouble getting darks that are dark enough and interesting.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

plein air, the red store

8x8

Our plein air group has been braving the 90-plus temps once a week.
Last Wednesday we met in Cape May Point for a morning of painting.
Worked on this too long, but it was still fun.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Plein air, 2nd ave., cape may

A pleasant morning out...last week!
These old wooden storage lockers on the beach caught my eye.
Have yet to finish for ground.
I don't seem able to finish a painting on location!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Plein air

Trying to get a little PA group together.
This morning's location was the Cape May-Lewes ferry terminal.
I arrived at 8:30 but was packing up by 10: too hot!
Still, I'm happy to have made the effort.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Salvage

Cleaning out my flat files, I found a couple of old, unfinished paintings that I thought I might be able to salvage despite their problems because there were passages in each that I liked.
Generally I don't like to work too hard on anything because I can't keep the " work" part from showing.
These still arent, and will never be, the best, but I'm happier with them now.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Palettes

These are the two palettes I use most frequently, with my messy notes on what the colors are.
I also have two little plastic travel palettes that I like...they don't get all rusty like the metal ones!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Trumpet vine

Fourth of July weekend turned into Fourth of July week.
Did a little painting... These are trumpet vines I picked in an empty lot. I have a large vine in my yard, but it has never produced flowers!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Flowers and Smilla

I painted these last summer on the deck: very pleasant painting days.
In the third, unfinished, one, I'm really having trouble getting Smilla right.
At first, she was facing me, but I messed up her face, so I painted over it, as if she were facing away from me.
But now her body's too small fo r her head.
Hoping I can fix it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer flowers

Had an unusual weather event here this week: a microburst, which, if I understand correctly, is a small area of dangerously high winds. My back neighbor's maple blew over into my yard; another neighbor's cedar was struck by lightning! I was lucky: my insanely huge and close to the house elm was unscathed.
Lost some deck furniture, and some deck, but otherwise, all's well.
Getting my exercise these last days seeing and hauling broken tree limbs.
A few flowers here and there in the yard.
Hoping to paint the lilies before there all done.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Birds

American goldfinch and scarlet tanager.
I actually had many goldfinches at my feeder this spring, first time. Have yet to see a tanager.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

More fishing boats

These are hanging, along with four more of my paintings, in a group show in Cape May; the show opens tomorrow.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Fishing boats

I had always been afraid to paint fishing boats: all that stuff rising from the deck.
But I tried one--just trying to paint what I saw simply and without feeling I had to include everything--and now I can't stop.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Plein air

A day (half a day, actually) of plein air painting in Cape May, NJ. Cloudy and breezy conditions favored smaller paintings; these were done on a 12x18 block. Trying to get the curve of the shoreline to lie flat, primarily. Decided to avoid the issue entirely in my third sketch.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bouys

I bought a couple of these glass bouys to paint. I love the color of the glass and the shapes and rhythms of the line.
Need to work on the transparency.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sparrows

Have been wanting for some time to do a series of sparrows. Started with chipping and white-throated, two I often see in my yard.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Spring flowers

The daffodils are long gone, the irises nearly done.
Next, hoping for my peonies and lilies to come through.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Value studies

A few little value stdies I did in a tent class.
I'm not a great one for value studies, but doing these, more than helping me plan values, helped me simplify the subjects, which was extraordinarily hel0ful.

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