Monday, May 27, 2013

Whitaker Mill Cottages - sold

oil on panel

You can view this painting here.

This is painted on black gessoed panel. That's not a typical choice for landscapes, although painters often use it for still lifes. It does lend a certain darkness to the painting, even with bright colors on top. I like the way the color stands out on the black, and I find it easier to gauge values this way.

A fairly detailed sketch, in white colored pencil. A few blue lines to indicate shadow areas.

Putting in the light values first. It looks pretty cool just like this, doesn't it?

Shaded areas and shadows added - very blurry photo. Now just some details left and a few adjustments. I had this sitting on the mantelpiece for a full day before I realized I never painted in the walkways!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

"Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

Anyone who has seen The IT Crowd will understand that line :-)

This week my hosting company upgraded my account to a new server, which caused me to have to reconfigure my email client. Which caused me to somehow (still a mystery) lose a lot of emails that were in subfolders of my inbox. Not all of them, and not in any pattern that I could figure out what happened. I did try turning it off and on again, with no luck.

Most of it's not absolutely critical, but I lost copies of the comments people have made on my blog, some communications with galleries, newsletters, and email conversations with some of you people :-( 

So now I'm starting over from scratch, with no past history bogging me down!  If anyone tried to contact me between May 20 and May 23 and received no reply, or had their email bounce back, please try again.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Fundraiser for Oklahoma tornado victims

FUNDRAISER: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of my painting "Haw River" will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Visit the link to see this and other paintings donated by members of Daily Paintworks.

Email: see the About section of my blog.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Farmhouse, by brush and by knife

Each painting 6"x8"
oil on panel

FUNDRAISER: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Visit the link below to see these and other paintings donated by members of Daily Paintworks:

Click here to view or purchase. Sold separately.

This is my entry into DPW's Different Ways challenge—to paint the same thing, in two different ways. I chose to paint this landscape once with a brush, once with a palette knife.

The brush version: I'm using a Cape Cod underpainting approach.

Initial sketch with magenta paint over a pink-washed ground.

Here I blotted and wiped off any extra paint. I just need some loose guidelines.

Establishing the light areas with yellow and orange; cool areas with blue and purple.

Once again blotted/wiped to remove excess paint.
Next time I think I'll just wait for it to dry, too much color was lost.

Putting down simple colors to represent each area.
The trees to the right of the barn have glare on them, they're not really that color.

Putting in the sky and the road. Now just some finishing touches—windows, tree trunks, etc.

The palette knife version. I decide to start with a white gessoed panel.

Sketching with magenta, establishing the tonal range.

I decide to just start at the top and work my way down, putting in a representative color without too much detail.

Most of the first pass is done.

Everything is pretty well established now.
The paint is much thicker than when I use a brush, so there's a lot more glare.

I switched to a liner brush to put in the windows and sky holes in the trees.
I used the palette knife on edge to stroke the tree trunks.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fundraiser for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

FUNDRAISER: 100% of the proceeds from the sale of my painting "Spectator Sport" will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Visit the link to see this and other paintings donated by members of Daily Paintworks.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Airlie Fountain

oil on hardboard

You can view and bid on this painting here.

Airlie Gardens is a ridiculously gorgeous setting in Wilmington, NC. This fountain is at the end of a shaded pergola. It was pretty challenging to paint—the scene was in dappled light, and the fountain itself is made of multi-colored stone. And it's always a pain in the neck painting a symmetrical, geometric shape. No matter how accurate my sketch, it ends up lopsided!

Putting in the shadows on a pink ground.

Adding the sunlit areas and making revisions to the shadows.

Breaking up the shapes with details and adjustments, and revising my revisions :-)

The fun part - painting in the splashing water.

Monday, May 13, 2013

"OMG Julia...!"

8" x 6"
oil on hardboard

You can view or purchase this painting here.

Another in the Virtual Paintout's Lido di Jeloso location. Out in the countryside again, I came across this little flock of geese gathered around a tiny pond—it looks like they have their own diving board and everything. I loved the shape their necks are making against the dark greenery, and the gorgeous Italian countryside.

They are so obviously having an important discussion, and I imagine the subject is the people who live in that farmhouse...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Via Lio Maggiore

8" x 10"
oil on hardboard

You can view and purchase this painting here.

This is my second entry into the Virtual Paintout's Lido di Jeloso location. I found this country lane on a small island. It seems to be the only road, in fact. There's some sort of agritourism hotel just around the bend—looks like a nice place.

Progress photos:

Block in with Burnt Sienna

Shadows on the uprights

Starting the sunlit areas

Amazing how a little bit of sky sets everything in place

Everything blocked in.

Breaking up the basic shapes with light/darks

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Start 27 and 28

I'm not sure these are technically Starts, but I'm going to count them.

It's so grey and drizzly and depressing, I'm having a hard time painting. Apparently I'm not the only one; Mike Rooney writes about the same thing. So I took his advice and did some value studies of other artist's paintings. Since he's one of my favorite painters, I did a couple of his. The top one is hanging in my living room; the bottom is one of my favorites of his larger works.

These are limited-value studies: I used 3 shades of grey; white; and black; so there's not as much variation as in the real paintings, naturally.

I learned that he paints mostly in the mid-tones, with the lightest and darkest values for accent. There's a lot of sense in this: you can draw the eye toward a focal point in the scene, even if the compositional shapes are complicated or conflicting, by using the brightest or darkest spots there. Which is making me reevaluate the painting I was going to post today; I think I need to make a couple tweaks.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spectator Sport

oil on hardboard
6" x 8" inches

You can view and bid for this painting here.

This is my entry into this month's Virtual Paintout in Lido di Jeloso—a small island near Venice. The area consists of hotels or countryside, not much else. Lots of farms, lots of corn. I found this scene at the end of a country road out in the boondocks. A group of cyclists were convened, whether resting, starting, or finishing, I couldn't tell. This dog caught my eye; dogs always think their contributions are valued and appreciated :-)

This was definitely a stretch for me—I don't usually paint humans or animals. Or bicycles.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

VAE entry accepted

My painting "Line of Pines" has been accepted into the show "SCOPE: The NC Landscape" at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh! The show runs June 7–27.

Monday, May 6, 2013

South Saunders Street

oil on hardboard


I like this view of South Saunders in Raleigh. This little slice looks like it's out in the country; in reality this old garage is surrounded by other buildings and housing developments.

I took some progress shots at first, but then forgot to keep up with it:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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