Friday, September 30, 2011

50 Starts - Start 15, Green Bowl and Green, er, something...



7x7", water-soluble oils

I painted this in response to the Limited Stroke challenge. It was terribly difficult for me to make myself do this, but a very good practice. The result is an awful mess of sludgy paint, but I did come away with a much stronger painting than I usually achieve. Somewhere or other I saw a motto that said "Move toward discomfort" and apparently there's much truth in it.

And speaking of discomfort, that jar in the back turned out a lot more phallic-shaped than in real life! Oh well, I'll only sell this one in the adult section of the art gallery :D

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Gold in the Green




Gold in the Green
6" x 8"
oil on hardboard

It's not quite autumn yet here in North Carolina, but there are a few leaves turning. This is at Tailrace on Neuse reservoir.

I started this painting plein air back in May. It was a study I did during Mike Rooney's workshop. I decided to finish it in the studio yesterday, using a palette knife, for the latest DPW challenge. I like the result, somehow using the knife lets me loosen up more.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

50 Starts - Start 14, Boats at Dock



This photo was all about the warm and cool contrasts - one boat was in the sun (very low sun) and the others back in the shadows. Obviously it's a very loose sketch, but I can see a lot of potential for a full painting—so the study served its purpose.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

DPW Help the Children of African challenge -SOLD



Beatnik Peppers
5" x 7"
Oil on canvas board.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to Doctors Without Borders, as part of the Help The Children of Africa campaign, to aid victims of the devastating drought. Visit the Daily Paintworks page to read more, view artwork, or enter a bid for this or other paintings.

Thanks to the purchaser for her contribution - a check with matching funds has been sent to Doctors Without Borders.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

50 Starts - Start 13, Stream at NCSU

I started this painting immediately after finishing the previous rectangle Challenge. That's unusual for me, to paint twice in one day, but I was all fired up.



Wasn't sure exactly what my boundaries were at first. The rectangle painting was a great out-of-the-box exercise for me, so I started with that in mind (that's why the small trees look like green fudgesicles), but then switched to no restrictions on shape, just the number of them.

I felt like I got too detailed with the first rectangle painting, and it's such a struggle for me to simplify, so I thought "I'll only allow myself 12 distinct shapes in this one," whether they are rectangles, ovals, or amorphous.

Obviously there's a few more than 12, but overall I think I kept true to the spirit of it. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out — feel like I'm on a better, clearer track now.

A little contretemps with the greens: I had phthalo blue on my palette, and I think I have to ban myself from that hue. I've seen Qiang Huang use it to great effect, but it's too wild for me to control right now. I had to rework the trees on the right a couple times; at first they were the exact color of Gumby.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

50 Starts - Start 12, Rectangle Fever!

This painting was SO fun to do. And also incredibly difficult; I could feel my brain cells burning up as I worked. It's only 5 inches square, but still took me two sessions. It's part of the Daily Paintworks weekly challenge: you can see the description here.

As always, I got in too tight, but it was amazing how many different colors and values I began to see as I studied it. I limited myself to only horizontal and vertical rectangles, which I don't think was part of the original challenge, but it was a good experience to do it that way.


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

50 Starts - Start 11

The underpainting for this was gorgeous, and I'm a little disappointed with how it turned out. The reflections can only be described as stupid. Ugh. Will be trying a new direction on the next start, I have a couple tricks up my sleeve that I hope will break me out of the recent rut. But - I kind of like the building on the left, way in the back. See, there's always something good even in the worst painting.



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50 Starts - Start 10

I'm having a bad run, here. I think I'm jumping into too-complicated a scene - for now I've had best results working on a close composition. But I can find something I like in everything I've painted.



By the way, the scan was crooked—the buildings aren't really leaning over that much!

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