Friday, January 29, 2010

Hanging Moss (sold)

6x6, oil on canvas panel

For some reason, photographing this painting was quite difficult--the colors would just not come out true, and this is the 3rd time and day I'm tried. So, haha, I decided to post the 3 best ones, and perhaps, you, the viewer, can make your mind take an average. I really do think it's a nice painting, but I couldn't seem to do it justice. Any suggestions on "how to photo a painting"?
If you'd like to see what I have for sale on eBay, please click on the icon on the top right column.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In the Neighborhood

6x8, oil on canvas panel
This is a rather common scene in a neighborhood, but still I was struck by what good composition potential it had. A small opening always moves the viewer into the painting, while the geometric lines of the house is a great foil for the organic lines of the trees and shrubs.
Often we look for something extraordinary to paint when an everyday scene can be be more interesting and absorbing.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fall Leaves at the Lake (sold)

6x8, oil on canvas panel
I made some sketches and photos of this scene while visiting in Marietta, Georgia a few months ago. The leaves had just begun to turn. I generally do not like to do a riot of fall colors--I tend to prefer cool colors to be dominate in a painting with just some warm color accents.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Small Red Tomato

4x4, oil on canvas panel
This little tomato was rather tasteless (as a winter tomato always is). but it was a joy to paint.

Friday, January 22, 2010


8x8, oil on canvas panel
I spied this scene while walking on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art. Everywhere I looked there was a painting opportunity.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Myakka Park, Florida

6x8, oil on canvas panel
This painting will go on Ebay Monday night. One of my painting goals for the year is to use Ebay more often--specifically to put 3 or more paintings on each week.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Painting Exercise, Marc Hanson Workshop

Thought you readers might like to see one of the painting exercises from the Marc Hanson workshop. A larger canvas was divided into 4 areas. All the paintings are of the same scene. (I chose that one because it afforded me a little protection from the wind, as it was extremely cold that day.) The two paintings on the left are just value studies, using black and white paint. The top one is nothing but dark, middle, and light value, and the one below it has has halftones added. This kind of painting promotes a strong composition! The two on the right are in color--again the top one is just dark, middle, and light value. For example, you'll see that the fence and trees are combined in the first painting, but separated in the one below. Again the bottom color one has had halftones added, and is the finished painting.

Here is a close up of the finished painting.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sarosota Workshop

My blogger dashboard decided not to work properly for a few days and I was unable to post. However, we were so busy, and tired, posts would have been quite short anyway. I'll take photos of my work when I get home and post. Marc posted some pictures of us painting in the cold and wind. I'm the one in the turquoise hat and every shirt I own.

Click on to see the photos.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Marc Hanson Workshop, Monday

Marc Hanson talking with student, Karen. Today's work was working in black and white only.
I'm posting from sunny (but cold) Florida where I'm participating in a 5 day painting workshop by Marc Hanson. This morning we met at M Gallery in Sarasota, where Marc discussed materials. This afternoon he did a quick demonstration, and then we painted. Will show some pictures of the work ona later date, like Wednesday. Tomorrow night (Tuesday) we will stay late todo a nocturnal painting, and I won't be back in time to post.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Garden Sheds (sold)

5x7, oil on canvas panel
I pushed the color a little on this painting. My friend, Beth,
will be proud of me...she always encourages me on using color
and I always think of her whenever I dip into a bright color.
On Monday I will be in Sarasota, FL for a workshop by Marc Hanson.
He is an outstanding painter from Minnesota, and I am so looking
forward to the workshop. I'll be posting some of my work and some
of his demonstration paintings each night.
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