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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Summer Pear.

This is one of the few paintings I made time for this summer. Pretty sad that painting is something I love to do but I have not been disciplined enough to make it a regular practice. I am working at replacing some not so productive habits with some regularly scheduled painting time and see what I can produce

Monday, May 13, 2013

Balloons, clouds and rocks.

I painted this for my grandson for his room, using this challenge rules. This was a fun painting! I have been watching some videos by Tim Gagnon on painting clouds so it was fun to experiment with some of the tips I gleaned from his YouTube videos.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pear on the rocks


Well I did not feel like painting, so I got out my coloured pencils and fine point marker and went to town in my sketch book. I really enjoyed getting lost in the meditative and slightly mundane actions of cross hatching and shading.

Some times getting started on a painting seems like a huge chore but picking up my sketch book and a couple of coloured pencils feels more light hearted and not quite so daunting.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Red Pepper


This is the first semi successful painting I've worked on since this fall. I have not done myself any favours by not painting regularly and I will be dedicating part of  my day hopfully everyday to painting.

This red pepper was all done in acrylic but I would like to go in with a touch of oils here and there where I had trouble blending the colours. I love the way oils feel and the natural glow that comes from them but it seems a tad bit easier to jump into a painting session with acrylic, I think it's because I am more familiar with them and they dry so quickly that I can apply glazes and build up the painting quicker.

Anyway now that I have a game plan lets see how well I can stick to it!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

10 Minute Pears


This is my response to the Daily Paintworks weekly challenge, to set a 10 minute timer and paint what you can in that time. I had a lot of fun with this challenge and learned a lot too! I will admit that three of the pears were over the 10 minutes, but not more than 5-7 extra minutes and usually for the background and shadow.

A very worthwhile exercise and I hope to remember to practice this again.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October Pears


I had a flat of pears given to me by my neighbor and upon my daughters suggestion, painted a bowl of them. This painting was a little more complicated than most of my still life set ups up till now. I was quite happy that I was able to paint all the pears in the bowl with just a quick sketch in an under painting. This photo turned out a little darker than the original and I hope to find the time tomorrow to correct it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tofino Beach Value Study


This was my response to the Daily Paintworks Challenge this week. I sure enjoyed leaving colour out of the equation, as this photo is one I've wanted to paint for sometime but the colours in this sunset were a little intimidating. Now that I've done the value study I feel a little more confident about approaching this in colour.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tin Wis - Calm Waters


I painted this in response to one of the Daily Paintworks Challenges, painting with only rectangles and each being a different colour. I did not submit it to the challenge as I didn't really follow the rules all that well:)

I really enjoyed painting with a different technique. I have wanted to paint some of these photo's for a couple of years but kept putting it off as the colours that inspired me also intimidated me. I am quite happy with quite a few areas on this little painting and will probably touch up a few once dry enough.

This painting was painted from a photo my husband took while staying at Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, BC, Tin Wis means "calm waters".

Monday, July 25, 2011

One Tree


I was painting last night to some music (One Tree by Mishka) for the Daily Paintworks Challenge and this little tree popped out. It still needs some TLC once it's dried a bit, I really loved the soft colours and edges and the calm mood.

I used Winsor Newton w/s oils and they are terrific, very soft and buttery and do not seperate or get gummy when you thin with water. The other  w/s oils that I have painted with are very sticky and don't accept much water to thin them out before they start to gum up and seperate.

There seems to be alot of debris that got mixed into this painting, I was using a old wash cloth to wipe my brushes as I had run out of my blue disposable shop towel that are so handy to have around, so I'll have to try to pick that out!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Coin


I did not have a lot of spare time tonight so I just did a quick little study of the coin, only had about 20 mins or so but it was fun.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Good morning Marble

I jumped right into this painting this morning before I even got dressed, thus the title:) I love Saturdays, a nice change from the 9-5 Monday thru Friday!

This is my first complete start to finish oil paint only painting (at least that I can remember). I have been playing with oils for about three months now on and off again (mostly off) I usually block it all in with acrylic first as I find it difficult to not make the colours into "mud". This marble isn't the greatest, I had a few areas that started to get muddy on me and I will be working on them once this paint is dry, sure is fun to work with oils as they are very forgiving.

I used Lucas water soluable oils and I find that when I use water to thin the paint it starts to gum up so I bought some Liquin and that worked just great, a little harder to clean up though. I just used some linseed oil to get most of the Liquin/paint off and then Murphy's oil soap for the final clean up. I placed an order yesterday for some Winsor Newton w/s oils and can hardly wait to try them, I also ordered some walnut oil alklyd from M. Graham and Winsor Newton slow dry medium for acrylics, I have alot of materials to play with......just need to schedule the time in.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ancient Artists


I went kayaking today to find a new pictograph site that I have wanted to explore for quite awhile now. I always find it exciting to find these spots just from some vague directions from a map, this one was quite neat as there was a small cave with pictographs inside and it took some investigating to find it. I have always been intrigued with cave art, it's interesting to see through out the ages there have always been individuals that feel compelled to make marks. I would like to research this a bit more as we go from cave art to graffiti is there really a difference, other than the fact that graffiti is usually on someone else's property. No painting for me today, too busy playing around, maybe tomorrow:)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

M&M's

This is the first time I have painted this subject and it won't be the last, I quite enjoyed painting them and desposing of the left overs:) I tried my hand at a plein air painting today as it was a beautiful day but encountered nothing but trouble. I think that's why I chose this subject, I knew it was something I could render and build my confidence up a bit after the plein air disaster this morning.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Tequila & Limes

This was a challenge and a half, but once I got past what I thought I saw and just really took a good long look at what was really there, it got easier. I am finding as I paint on a regular basis it is getting easier to recognize my bad habits and create some new ones. Little by little hey!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mono Chrome Glass Fishing Floats


This weeks painting challenge from Daily Paintworks was painting monochromes. I really enjoyed painting this glass float earlier this week, I had painted it using acrylic and full colour. With the monochrome I really enjoyed just concentrating on the values and edges. This painting also reminded me how much I enjoy painting in oils, so forgiving:)