Saturday, July 25, 2009

8" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel
This apple gave me fits. I repainted it 3 times, each time trying to simplify more and more. I did end up with something that I am happy with. When I compare it to my first apple, I can see that it is much better. I love the yellow-green and bright pink together.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cherry Red

8" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel
I wanted to paint these cherries one last time before they were too shriveled. I love the bright yellow background. The two touching cherries are supposed to draw your eye. It is a composition trick I read about in the book, "The Simple Secret to Better Painting ". It is a great book, and I recommend it to anyone trying to make more interesting paintings.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lemons and Plum

8" x 8" Acrylic on Canvas Panel
I wanted to paint more loosely here, and to finish the entire painting in one hour. I really like the color combination of red-violet with yellow on a pale lavender background.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Frankoma Plate with Plums

8" x 10" Acrylic on canvas panel

I ordered some new paints and they came today. I love them! They are M. Graham Acrylic colors. They are so much more saturated and true than the paint I have been using. I really was not expecting to see such a difference. They also have a longer "open" time and blend so smoothly. Anyway, I am hoping it will improve the look of my paintings. Here is a Frankoma Plate with some plums.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Frankoma Pottery Sugarbowl

8" x 10" acrylic on panel
I collect Frankoma Pottery. I really wanted to paint this sugar bowl but I knew it would be challenging because the glaze is multicolored and multi-"tonal". I think I pulled it off. This pattern is called Plainsman and the color is woodland moss. If you would like to see pictures of this pottery for comparison, just do a search on e-bay.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hot Banana

8" x 10" Acrylic on Canvas Panel
I love the active colors in this one. Mostly warms with just a little touch of blue and green. Again, my goal was to complete it in under one hour. I love painting bananas, I think because they are an easy fruit to get the shape correct. So much easier than a round fruit.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Orange Impression

8" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel
I had two goals with this painting, 1. To finish from set up to final brush stroke in one hour, 2. To make a much looser painting. I did accomplish those goals. My favorite part of this painting is the color combination of the teals and oranges. The hardest part about this painting is that the red and yellow paint is extremely transparent, and I had to keep going back over to cover the canvas.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cherry Bomb

8" x 8" acrylic on canvas board
More cherries, more purple. The next time I paint transparent glass, I am really going to work on simplifying the shapes that I see to create the illusion of transparency. I repainted this glass several times and each time I left out more detail. TRADED -for a bottle of Cachaca from our visiting friend from Brazil. A pretty good trade I would say.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mug O' Mum

8" x 10" acrylic on canvas board
I painted this purple mug on a purple background with a mum peeking out the top on Thursday of the Carol Marine workshop. I just love these two colors together. The hardest part about this painting was getting the shape of the mug right.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Punch Cup with Cherries

Acrylic on Canvas Board, 8" x 8"

In this painting, I focused on the composition. I think the handle of the cup came out particularly well. I also love the shade of green in the background. It reminds of those antique green mixing bowls. I did this painting on Wednesday of the Carol Marine workshop at the Coppini Academy. It was so nice to be able to ask for help from such an accomplished painter.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tea for Three

8" x 10" acrylic on canvas board

Another painting I did on the second day of the Carol Marine workshop. In this painting we could choose our subject. This is the same teapot I have painted before, and I think it is much better than the last time I painted it. I love the acid green and pastel teal of the background.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Carol Marine Workshop Day 2

Day two of our workshop, Carol gave us an assignment in painting values. The parameters were to use one color ( I used burnt umber) to create three paintings, each with a different value being dominant. The paintings were timed. The first painting was done in 30 minutes, the second in 15, and the third in 5! The idea is to try to simplify the painting enough to capture the essence of the object using value. My first painting of the mug is light-value dominant, the second painting of the pitcher is mid-value dominant, and the third painting of the egg cup is dark-value dominant. This worthwhile exercise was challenging and fun!

8" x 8" acrylic on canvas board, 30 minute painting time

5" x 7" acrylic on canvas board, 15 minute painting time

8" x 8" acrylic on canvas board, 5 minute painting time

Carol Marine Workshop, Day 1

8" x 8" Acrylic on canvas board

8" x 10" Acrylic on canvas board

I have been having so much fun this week taking the Carol Marine workshop at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio. Carol is of course wonderfully talented, disciplined, and an excellent teacher. The first day I painted these bell peppers. I like the color scheme of red-orange and teal blue, and the reflected blue light.