Monday, November 20, 2017

Coffee at the Ritz

20x16" Oil on linen panel
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Subject: This still life oil painting depicts a bit of nostalgia. Though most of us didn't grow up having coffee served in silver pitchers, many of us owned one and saved it for special occasions. Today's young couples would rather have a Keurig so there's no need for a coffee server. I personally prefer my trusty drip coffee pot--though I don't pour it into a silver pot. I still like small tea cups, though I stay away from the beautiful gilt-edged ones that go "crackle, crackle" when I warm up a cup in my microwave. Dishwashers and microwaves were the death of fine silver and china, but who wants to live without these?

Note: This is an unframed painting on a 1/8 inch Senso linen panel.

"Peared" Down

8x6" Oil on linen panel
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This simple pear study began as a grisaille in black and white. After doing it, I decided to practice glazing and voila! color. Glazing works for me sometimes--and then sometimes, not. This was a not, but I still liked the final result.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Moody Blues

14x11" Oil on 3/4" stretched canvas

Hydrangea Redux: If you think you've seen this one before, you have. These were originally white hydrangeas that never set me on fire. So, they've been transformed into my favorite blue ones. If you are an oil painter, you probably know how I did this without completely repainting: it's called glazing. I mixed a thin glaze with ultramarine blue, cobalt blue and medium (I used Neo-Megilp by Gamblin); then I painted over each flower. Note to beginners, glazing can only be done over a dry layer. This keeps the glaze layer from blending with the previous layer. The old masters used many layers of glaze to add luminosity to their paintings. I used only one to change the color. After glazing,  I added more darks and lightened up the lights. It was fun and I'm pretty happy with the result.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Silver Reflections with Roses & Grapes

20x16" Oil on 1/8" Senso linen panel

Method: This silver vase showed such beautiful reflections! The first time I painted silver it was just a simple spoon in my first small daily painting.  Since I didn't know what I was doing, I went to my favorite art resource, Carol Marine's Daily Painting book. What I read made all the difference: there's very little white in silver! This tip saved me a lot of grief.

Roses: I've been working and re-working the roses in this painting for many months. My small rose painting that I posted yesterday was actually painted after this and I can see improvement from this one to that one.

Grapes: Why do artists love to paint grapes? Personally, I don't know because they are challenging. My husband doesn't even like to eat them because they remind him of eyeballs.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rose Trio Study

6x6" Oil on linen canvas
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This is a small vintage-looking rose painting. It is signed--and for those who've been reading my blog--Yes! I've finally managed to make my signature look like my own! This was no small feat. It required a lot of practice and the right brush loaded with lots of medium and paint. The subject of this painting was inspired by some beautiful silk flowers, along with flowers from my garden which had sadly passed away last year. I still have roses in my garden but they are wild climbers that have already eaten two trellises.