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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Yellow Lilies and Bread

Yellow Lilies and Bread
20" x 16"
oil
I normally paint 6"x6" or 8"x10" paintings. Today I decided to get out of my comfort zone and paint a larger painting. I enjoyed working on it a lot. The most challenging was to work on the background. It was white, so I mixed up a couple of piles of different purples and grays to cover that area. I painted on an already tinted panel. Usually I use a mixture of Transparent Oxide Red and Gamsol to give an undercoat before painting, didn't this time and noticed the difference. My brush didn't glide as easily as when the panel is wet.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Yellow Lilies

Yellow Lilies
6"x6"
oil
Several years ago I painted a yellow lily. I took a picture of it and wiped it off because I didn't like it. Today I remembered it and I found the image to see my progress.

painted in 2013
 I totally see improvements. That is very encouraging. :) Keep practicing!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lilies

Lilies
6"x6"
oil
How much I love flowers. I think simple bouquets attract me the most. The only place I can buy flowers near is Safeway and I rarely can find something that I absolutely love. I'm very picky when I choose my flowers, have always been. One store that always has flowers I like is 1.5 hours away. They usually have simple arrangements and I think that's what I tend to enjoy the most. Orange lilies are perfect to look at in the winter on the Oregon Coast. Not only they brighten my day, they became a great challenging subject to paint.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Perfect Together

Perfect Together
6" x 6"
oil
I was interested in shadows in this setup. I tried to see different color variations. My background was magenta, so it influenced the shadows somehow I assumed. Every time I saw some red in the green bowl shadow I got very excited. I wanted to keep my shadows very dark, so occasionally I had to turn off my over the canvas light because it was too close and made the shadows lighter. If you guys know how to keep your setup intact while you have the studio lights on, please share.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Butterfish

Butterfish
6"x 6"
oil
Visited an Asian market the other day and bought this fish. Have no idea how to cook it. Really enjoyed painting it though :)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Late Bloomer

Late Bloomer
6"x6"
oil
I planted a dozen gladioli last spring. All of them bloomed months ago, and I was very surprised to see one flower in bloom last week. It's the end of October. I considered it a gift from the Universe, and of course, I wanted to paint it. We had a strong storm a couple of days ago, and that's what was left from it. Because of the gorgeous sunny day today, I decided to paint outdoors. It was very still and warm at first. In about 15 minutes the wind started knocking down my setup and I was freezing. (Oregon Coast is known for its unpredictable weather.) So it made me paint faster. I must say that I almost gave up in the middle of painting but I'm proud of myself that I didn't. I like how fresh it looks. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sunlit Pumpkins

Sunlit Pumpkins
oil
6"x6"
It's been a beautiful sunny day at the Coast today. I wouldn't have forgiven myself if I spent it indoors. I like challenging myself, so today's challenge was sunlight from behind the subjects. I absolutely loved the shadows and how sharp they were. I added the glass bottle to see the difference in the shadows. It definitely made them cooler. I loved painting in my backyard. I was outdoors and also had privacy and felt at ease.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Sunset Challenge

The Sunset Challenge
oil
6"x6"
I checked out this week challenge on Dailypaintworks.com and saw a beautiful picture, that Carol Marine took in San Diego. I really liked the silhouette of the building and I figured that purple and yellow complementary palette would be a good choice to capture a sunset. So while my daughter was taking a nap, I painted it. One of my favorite things to paint is the negative spaces in trees.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Clouds

Clouds
8"x10"
oil
This painting is about the clouds that I see a lot living here on the Oregon Coast but don't get to paint often. It was a great challenge. I mainly used reds and greens. I mixed a lot of grays using complementaries to add variety. One of my favorites grays is a mixture of Alizarin Crimson and Veridian. I keep going back and forth between bristle and synthetic brushes and keep coming back to the synthetic. It seems to work better on a panel.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In Pacific City

In Pacific City
6"x6"
oil
I took a picture a couple of weeks ago in Pacific City on a sunny day. It keeps inspiring me. I like using photographs to study color, values, perspective etc. I was focusing on perspective and how to translate it using color and values. The color of the sunny sand up close and in the distance looked almost the same. I painted it less contrasty and cooler in hue in the lit area on a distant cliff and warmer in the foreground. There is so much to learn...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pumpkins

Pumpkins
6" x 6"
oil on panel
These two pumpkins were found by my two-year-old daughter last week when we went to a pumpkin patch. We both had a really good time. It was wonderful to jump, feed animals, lay in a box full of corn kernels and walk on a patch full of different sizes and kinds of pumpkins to look for the ones we'd take home.

At times when I have time and don't know what to paint, I go the Dailypaintworks.com and find challenges. They renew them every week. So this week's challenge was to paint fall. Here is my version. Every time I'll look at this painting I will be reminded how much fun it is to be a kid again.