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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.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Water Lilies

Water Lilies
6"x6"
oil
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Another day I had a conversation about Monet's wonderful water lilies and how it was an amazing experience to see it in a museum. I was captivated by the poetry of the piece. It was just beautiful, perfect.
Anyway, I got interested in studying a little piece of a pond covered with water lilies here in Lincoln City and to see what colors I can spot. It turns out there is so much more than just green and the blue of the water with some green showing through. One leaf was red, one more green than another.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pacific City Dunes

Pacific City Dunes
6"x6"
oil

I was looking at the color variations in the grass and in the sand. I noticed that adding grays really helps to "make colors sing". I chose the warm color palette to capture a beautiful sunny day on the beach.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sunny Morning

Sunny Morning
6"x6"
oil
I've been exploring different color palettes. This study was done with one is my favorite blue/orange complementaries. To capture sunny warm day it worked perfectly.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In the Woods

In the Woods
oil
10"x8"
Felt like painting trees today. I used a photograph I took a couple of months ago at the Breitenbush hot springs retreat where I went after a painful breakup in order to find balance. It is an amazing place with several pools and amazing vegetarian food. I'm an omnivore but if I knew how to cook vegetarian food that I ate at the Breitenbush, I would definitely consider vegetarianism. I only spent a couple of days there, I wish I could stay longer. It was very relaxing to live in harmony with everything and everyone... I wish our world would be like Breitenbush.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Halved Red Pepper

Halved Red Pepper
6"x6"
oil
My goal was not to overwork it. I tried to capture the essence without too many details.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Easy Peel

Easy Peel
oil
6"x6"
Was humbled with this simple setup. I just couldn't get the peeled orange right. I was really looking hard to see all the color variations. I knew that temperature was crucial. My light source was warm so the shadows would be cool. I saw mostly warm. I couldn't figure it out. To mix the right orange for the peel was challenging. At the end, I stopped analyzing and just painted what I saw comparing color spots as accurately as I could. There is still so much to learn.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Rocks

Rocks
6"x6"
oil
I went painting at sunset, and it was a treat! The light was changing so quickly that I hardly could remember where the shadows were when I started.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dubois, WY

Dubois, WY
oil
6"x6"
I went on a road trip to Wyoming and Montana and came back feeling very inspired. We visited Yellowstone and a couple of different towns on the way. We spent two nights in Dubois, WY and this was the view from my window.
I painted it with a very limited palette. I only used Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Titanium White.