8" x 8" acrylic on canvas panelThis 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.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
"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
Monday, July 20, 2009
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
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
TRADED -for a bottle of Cachaca from our visiting friend from Brazil. A pretty good trade I would say.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
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
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
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!
5" x 7" acrylic on canvas board, 15 minute painting time
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.