Monday, July 30, 2012

Red Barn

4x12, oil on stretched canvas

I had trouble getting the photo to show the colors correctly.  The roofs are more blue gray and not green.

When I taught elementary school art, I could always get a delighted look or sound when I gave out paper cut to different size than the standard.  High schoolers, who are not nearly so transparent, also liked it.  How did I know?  I taught high school for about 20 years, so I suppose it was intuition.

This was my chance to use a different format for a change.  There was a big sale on canvas several months ago and I bought, not exactly with abandon,  quite a few different sizes.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Deep Water, Number 3 (sold)

12x12, oil on canvas panel, 120.00, Daily Paintworks

The third one of the series..I'm trying to push myself to present the same scene in unique ways.  This one has quite a bit of palette knife work.  If you click on the Daily Paintwork site--see right hand column--you can run the mouse over the painting and see it magnified.  I think the next one will an experiment in pushing the color and using arbitrary color.   Or I may paint the entire canvas a dark transparent wash and then "pull" the images out of the darkness.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bridge over Cowpasture River (sold)

11x14, oil on canvas panel, 140., Daily Paintworks

This weekend I kept my daughter and son-in-law's dog, Olive.  Olive quickly became a studio
dog and kept me company while I painted.  I finished this one up this evening--another one of Cowpaster River in Virginia.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Haybales, Virginia (sold)

12x12, oil on canvas panel, Daily Paintworks

Haybales are a little tricky to paint.  We know they are light and warm on top because of the sun.  And we know they are dark and cool at the bottom when they turn away from the light.  But what about the inbetween space?  I use orange to make the transition and add warmth.  I also use blue which is reflected from the sky.  Soft edges keep the bale from looking like a cut out which is pasted on the landscape.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Cottage, Nimrod Hall, Virginia

8x8, oil on canvas panel, 85.00, Daily Paintworks

This is one of the cottages that houses workshop participants at Nimrod Hall in Virginia.  The first building was build in the 1700's,  but others like this one were added later.  They all have porches--which is splendid since there is no air conditioning.  The rooms are sparse, but comfortable.  It's good to get away from our decorated, air conditioned, automated houses for a change.  These rooms with the boards instead of sheetrock reminded me of my grandparents' homes.

Oh, and the cottage is not pink--just the roof which is a pinkish red tin-I used artist's license on this one.  Just seemed more attractive in the painting to me.
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