Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Half Peeled Orange

"Half Peeled Orange"
10" x 8"
oil on canvas panel

A friend of mine gave me a dictionary as a gift. I was very fascinated with its blue color and decided to paint it. Although the focal point of this painting is an orange, complementary blue helps to balance its heat.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Purple Mums

Purple Mums 8x10

I keep working on flowers. It is quite hard not to overwork them. I liked the clock as a part of composition. It took a couple of attempts to set up this simple still life. I've heard from an artist that sometimes one needs a couple of hours to get started. Initially I was planning to paint a cupcake. Yum! And ended up with the clock! I have no idea how it happened.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pink Rose

Pink Rose 10x8

Here is another attempt to paint a rose. This one was the the only one of a dozen that survived. Roses usually don't last more than five days. My initial plan was to omit the mug, but then I thought there is nothing wrong with telling the truth. Yes, I used my coffee mug as a vase for this composition.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Red Shoes

Red Shoes 8x10

Well, I'm sorry but my roses didn't come out the way I planned them to. I spent too much time and overworked it. :( I've heard it is many artists' problem. The lesson I've learned from that one - limit your time and take a break every hour. If a small painting doesn't look good in two hours, put it aside or wipe it off and start over. I did it and decided to paint shoes...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Yellow Mums

Yellow Mums 10x10

It was my time dedicated to painting flowers. I was focused on values and color rather than objects. It makes painting process more fun. I liked that analogous color scheme.
I have beautiful pink roses waiting for me in my studio - my husband's Valentine's day gift. :) I'm very excited to paint them today.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Fifteen Minute Challenge

Apples 10x10

What a fun challenge! I noticed that I often spend too much time on a painting and make it look "tired" or overworked at the end. So this exercise was perfect for me. I set my timer for 15 minutes and worked on the first square, stopped when the timer went off, changed the light, set the timer again and repeated for all the squares. I never had time for the details, but that is ok. It didn't really matter. I liked that there was no time to overthink.