Thursday, May 26, 2016

Shades of Green & Lavender

6x6" oil on gesso board panel (click to enlarge)
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The most difficult thing in painting this was deciding what to paint. I encountered what's known as a "block" and simply couldn't paint. Fortunately, once I start I usually get over the block and that's what happened.

Picture 2
Setup: As Picture 2 shows, I was using both a photo and a shadow box. I find that I can see more colors if I do it this way. Also, I'm using my new panel holder designed by Carol Marine's husband so that painting to the edge on a small panel is easier. K. Rike Gallery makes them. They are not too expensive and really work!

Picture 3

Underpainting: Picture 3 is my partial underpainting. At this stage I really felt I might have to throw this one away. However, after getting some of the vase painted, I began to feel better about it.
Picture 4: Jimbo in shadow box setup

Feline Assistance: Of course, cats have to get in on the act as Picture 4 shows. The rather large cat is Jimbo, a very good natured cat who has recently lost weight (after being put on a diet by his vet). He is feeling very frisky these days and jumps around a great deal more. I was a little surprised to see him in the shadow box because it's quite a leap from a nearby stool to the inside of the box.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Vegetable Challenge

 6x6" oil on gesso board panel (Click to enlarge)

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This painting was created for the Daily Paintworks "Vegetable Challenge." This was challenging indeed! My criminal cat Binkie decided that the parsley looked interesting. She tried to eat it and when that was not to her satisfaction, she pulled it completely out of my still life shadow box setup. Has anyone else had this "problem"? As it was thoroughly entertaining, I hesitate to call it a problem.

The items: As the daily painter Carol Marine says sometimes still life arrangements made of food get wilted looking. My parsley just looked pretty beat up by the time Binkie finished with it. Fortunately, I had more.  As you can see from the second picture, I changed my arrangement to include a marble cheeseboard instead of the red plate.
Binkie enjoying the vegetable challenge!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lace & Tea Memories

6x6" oil on Gessobord panel

This painting was created for the Daily Paintworks "Antique Challenge." I was a little surprised that this challenge came immediately after I posted my Tarnished Treasures painting because that made it ineligible for the challenge. However, I knew that I had plenty of antique and vintage items to create another. I love lace and wondered how to go about painting it. I discovered the easiest way to create the lacy parts was to add the darks into the whites rather than the other way around. Everything is old in this painting--except the lemon!

The items: The teacup is a vintage blue (though the company called it mauve!) teacup called Harlequin ware. The same company that makes Fiesta ware made Harlequin ware. The spoon is just one of many silver spoons that I found in an antique store. The lace napkin came from my grandmother and it's part of a set that goes with an old cutwork tablecloth.
Underpainting for Lace & Tea Memories

Underpainting: Here's the underpainting that I did as I started this painting. It really helps to get the tones correct when I do this. Sometimes as I'm painting, I lose the lines, but the tones are still there. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I usually do this with a mixture of burnt umber and medium.