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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Composition with Bottles

"Composition with Bottles"
16" x 20"
oil on panel
I got inspired to paint a large painting after doing a couple of small studies of vegetables and fruit from farmer's market. Also I wanted to paint the tall blue bottle that was stored in my studio for a while. There are actually a couple of items in my studio I bought and never used... For the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge I plan to use as many "neglected" items as possible.

I spent more than an hour organizing the set up, changing backgrounds and moving objects. It is an interesting, sometimes frustrating part of the process. Fortunately it worked out well all together. I combined different textures, colors and shapes in this composition which was very fascinating to paint.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Eggplants and Pepper

"Eggplants and Pepper"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
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This study was based more on values than on color. It almost looks black and white, although has splashes of purple and green - one of my favorite color combinations.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pears

"Pears"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
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The color of these pears was so subtle that it almost clashed with the neutrals of the background paper. I loved their shapes which was the main reason I got attracted to them.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Pepper, Eggplant and Garlic

"Pepper, Eggplant and Garlic"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
What a great idea to go to a farmer's market to buy vegetables for still life. I loved it! I ended up buying much more than I planned. Initial idea was to buy an eggplant and hot peppers but I just couldn't walk by some gorgeous peonies, plums and peaches, and some grapes, and of course Asian pears. Now I have things to paint for every day of this week.

If you are thinking about doing 30 paintings in 30 days challenge in September, check out Leslie Saeta's website to join a group of artists. I already did! So exciting to do it together with other painters. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Lemons

"Lemons"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
I was thinking about a pattern of value areas and in this study tried to limit the number of values to three. The lightest value and the smallest area is the center of interest (lemon). The largest area is the darkest value. By making a plan before painting I wanted to create an interesting dynamic image. At least that what Greg Albert in his book "The Simple Secret to Better Painting" said. I also wanted to create a warm temperature dominance since most of my previous paintings have more cool colors...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Green Bottle and Iris

"Green Bottle and Iris"
20" x 16"
oil on panel
I wanted to paint it purple-green, where green was the dominant color, compositionally complex larger painting. It took me an hour and a half to arrange a set-up in such a way it would inspire me. Another thirty minutes - to decide which format - vertical or horizontal, and two days to paint it. I usually finish a painting in a day, but this one had to wait for me overnight. It wasn't a problem, paint didn't dry, just became stiff at some places with thinner application. I guess now it cannot be called "alla prima" (meaning at first attempt).

When I was painting flowers, I was trying to just suggest what was in front of me, trying not to say too much...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tomato and Eggplant

"Tomato and Eggplant"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
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I've been trying all kinds of different stages for my still lifes. I have a couple of small tables, a piece of wood... Today while I was looking for an eye level display, it dawned upon me that I could use shelves. It is wide enough for a set-up and easy to arrange backgrounds. Very exciting!

I bought these skinny eggplants at a local farm and just couldn't find a way to use them. When I finally gave up and by safe and proven method added tomatoes and garlic, it worked!

Pear and Figs

"Pear and Figs"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
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This study didn't come very easy. I spent several hours working on it. I focused on color specifically on the contrast of green and purple where purple was predominant....

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Glass Jar and Oranges

"Glass Jar and Oranges"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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I've been enjoying painting glass lately. Today I've completed another study with colored jar.

I find that painting glass is like trying to put together a puzzle. One piece here, to get another you have to compare its value and color to the previous. The most exciting part is when all the pieces are found and Ta da! it looks like a jar in a mirror (I usually use a mirror to see if the subject looks right).

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pomegranate

"Pomegranate"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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My still life collection got a couple of new pieces. This glass bottle was one of the thrift store items I got very excited about. When I brought it home, my husband told me that it was an old maple syrup bottle.

It was quite interesting to see how red color of pomegranate reflects on the bottle. One speck here and there. I had to be careful not to miss any to create a glass illusion...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Creamer and Lemon

"Creamer and Lemon"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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I got intrigued by this unusual blue-purple-green-yellow combination...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bok Choy

"Bok Choy"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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I love painting something new, something that I've never painted before.

I went to a grocery store and of course was thinking more about my still lifes than about my shopping list. When I saw this cute baby bok choy greens I didn't care about practical part, I just wanted to paint them.

I limited my time to an hour, because didn't want to overwork it and really enjoyed painting it.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Silver Pot and Onions

"Silver Pot and Onions"
16" x 20"
oil on canvas
I don't remember when I last painted on a big (for me) canvas. It was a little strange after painting small for a long time. I almost didn't finish it and was very close to just give up because it looked so chaotic - color spots everywhere and very unorganized.

I learned from my previous attempts I had to continue working on it. I kept comparing values and color notes, and yes, in a couple of hours my pot looked like silver to me.

Onions came from a local farm I visited with a friend of mine. Those greens were just fun to paint...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Cascade Head Plein Air

"Cascade Head"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
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If you have been to Lincoln City, OR you probably went on a hike to Cascade Head. It is a very beautiful place. There are two trails that can take you there. One is an easy one and the second is a longer and more difficult way. I took the first one. I had an excuse after all - my painting box. I hope it doesn't count that it weighs only 4 lbs.
After a 1-mile hike I came to wildflower meadows with views of views of craggy islands and the Salmon River estuary.

I really enjoyed painting there.  The only one thing I don't get is why I don't go there more often, it is only 25 min away...