Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Apple, a Rose, and the Pince Nez

6x6 Oil on Gessobord panel (Click to enlarge.)
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The white rose: I am still in my infancy when it comes to painting roses; however, this one is a big improvement over my previous ones. I wanted to stay loose and I think I achieved that. Watching some You Tube videos has helped me with this skill. For those struggling like me with staying loose, putting your strokes down very quickly is the key. However, "detailitis" people are fearful of quick, seemingly random strokes. But, I was amazed at how much fun it was!

The apple: I really love painting apples and I prefer painting apples that are not "Snow White" perfect.

The pince nez: This is the second time I've painted this little pair of vintage glasses. The stamp on the very old case says they were bought in Huntsville, Alabama. Though my grandparents were not from Huntsville, they did live in Alabama.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Three Peaches

6x6" Oil on Gessobord panel (Click to view larger.)

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In this painting I hoped to capture the softness and subtle gradations in color of a plate of peaches. Though daily painters often try to paint in one day, I was interrupted during this endeavor and had to return to it several days later. That was a good thing because the painting still needed more work to bring out the color and highlights. I also found a nifty tool at Keeton's in Bradenton. It's called a grainer. This brush creates a broken line and I used it for the stripe on the towel. However, I wish I'd also bought the smaller size because I had to turn it on its side because the stripe was too large.

Value study or underpainting for Three Peaches

Value Study: I did a value study for this painting after reading about this in Carol Marine's book. I find that by doing an underpainting for most of my paintings, I've already been doing this. It is a big help to establish the lights and darks before adding color. As usual, I used burnt umber and mineral spirits.