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Monday, September 30, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 30

"Avocado" 6" x 6" oil on panel

I loved the color of the plate when I saw it at a thrift store. Peachy color is very easy to mix - add cad yellow light to permanent rose and maybe a tiny bit of white. I thought that without an energetic color my avocados will look sad, so I added color.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 29

"Sunflower" 6" x 6" oil on panel

Sunflowers are fun to paint. I had to finish this painting in an hour. I spent a little bit extra time on the flower. Its petals and shadows needed to be painted with the right values and color in order to look right.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 28

"Oranges" 6" x 6" oil on panel
I had 45 minutes to finish this one. I just love how fresh it looks...

Friday, September 27, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 27

"Apple and Pear" 6" x 6" oil on panel
Ok, I have to confess. There is a huge problem I have. I usually overwork my paintings. In order to stop it I used a timer to paint this one. I had to make it in 25 minutes, no excuses. And it was so much fun! I really enjoyed painting in such a rush. I think my mind stops criticizing and I don't have a chance to overthink what I'm doing.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 26

"Almost Twins"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
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I saw these onions across the grocery store. They just stood out contrasting with other vegetables in the produce section. They are called grilled Mexican onions as I recall. As I mentioned in my previous posts I'm having hard time painting white, so this subject matter was a good practice...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 25

"Sunflower and Copper Kettle"
12" x 12"
oil on pane
$150
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The easiest for me to paint is this composition was the sunflower. It is quite a challenge to get a copper kettle right. I had to be careful about painting all the subtle changes of values and color to capture likeness. I'm using cool light for the set up and sometimes it is hard to see what color shadow or light are. I know that shadows need to be warm and light cool, but I need some more practice with seeing that.

The clear red tea cup was fun to paint. Especially the pure cad red light in the left reflection. I got very excited when I saw it.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 24

"Lemons"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
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I have lots of things that I need to work on, but lately I had problems painting whites. I cannot figure out what I'm doing wrong. Maybe there is a secret that I don't know of...

I don't know how many paintings I painted during the challenge that I had to wipe off. The most important thing I kept going back to my studio to practice some more. I have to say that painting is very hard. I go back because I committed and hopefully will be able to make 30 paintings in 30 days.
 

Monday, September 23, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 23

"Chanterelles"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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I haven't been mushroom hunting since I immigrated to the US. I know we have lots of wonderful edible mushrooms here but I don't dare to try. Who knows if I pick the right mushrooms... However I got very excited when a friend gave me this chanterelles he picked here at the Coast. The dilemma what to paint today was solved. I love when that happens...

Sunday, September 22, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 22

"One Out"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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I've been playing with my set up today. I have different colored paper that I use for backgrounds, so I was trying different versions and of course orange pepper looked brighter with its complement blue.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 21

"Coffee for Two"
oil on panel
16" x 20"
I've been working on this large painting for a couple of days now. And I have doubts again if it is finished. I can see a couple of things that might have been done, like some turquoise in the shadow to the left etc...

I bought this flower in a pot a week ago and was enjoying them but noticed that they started to fade, so I decided to cut them and use in my composition. I incorporated a couple of challenging items for me in this arrangement like metal, glass, flowers and white. I have to say that the flowers were the easiest to paint.White was the most difficult. I still have no idea how to paint it...

Friday, September 20, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 20

"Egg"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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I've tried to paint an egg a couple times before. It is so easy to overwork it. I did give it a try today and maybe because it was an egg from my friend's farm or something else happened, I actually was pleased with the result.

To paint the yolk I used Cad Yellow Light and Cad Reds - Light and Medium, and of course it couldn't live without a touch of gray, almost nothing can. And I just love the greenish blue paper I found in my set-up backgrounds.

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 19

"Pepper Glow"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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I didn't have much of a value contrast but rely on color intensity contrast of the bright yellow pepper and grays of the background. I used an orange ground that added some glow to my grays. I tried to be as accurate as I could with my values, mixing colors next to each other on my palette and comparing them before making a stroke.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 18

"A Couple"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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This low key painting is the opposite of my yesterday study. I created the center of interest by value contrast and color intensity. The pears is the most intensive color and dark, almost black background contrast with the lightest value of pears. Although the table cloth was white I toned it down so it looks much darker and quieter.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 17

"Slice of Orange"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
$100
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I noticed that my paintings became kind of tired and overworked. I needed to change something. I had a choice to get depressed and stop painting or to get inspired and continue working on polishing my skills despite my failures.

I did find an inspiration. I have to say that I never met this artist but she helped me a lot. And I'm sure she does many people. Her name is Carol Marine. I cannot stop thanking her for art lessons on Daily Paintworks that taught me a lot about painting. Her clear, logical style of writing and explaining is very helpful and encouraging. I found out that she is going to teach a workshop in Springfield, OR in January, but it was already booked with 30 people on the waiting list. What a shame! Well, I'm grateful that I have an opportunity to view her written lessons. Thank you so much, Carol!

Monday, September 16, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 16

"Yellow, Red and Blue"
12" x 12"
oil on panel
The main challenge of this composition was the table cloth pattern. I didn't focus on it just suggested to create an atmosphere.

I love painting white. It always makes me adjust values since it is the lightest in the composition and everything changes accordingly. I also made sure my yellow-orange light was unifying.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 14

"Studio" 8" x 8" oil on panel
A casual set up of my studio stuff attracted me today. I use this red mug to store my brushes and never painted it before. Something told me to give it a try.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I like how red affected almost everything around.

Friday, September 13, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 13

"Salmon River"
8" x 16"
oil on panel
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I painted this quick study outside in the morning. It was the first time I painted a panoramic view and enjoyed it very much. I mostly use standard formats because it is easier to frame them if the painting turns out fine. It worked very well for this landscape. By the way it is the same view that I posted for the days 9 and 12.

P.S. Sorry for the confusion. I was browsing artist's blogs and noticed that my painting with coffee mugs looks so much like Carol Marine's. Somehow I almost copied her arrangement. It wasn't my intention. Sorry Carol. So just so you know I got inspired by Arthur Stern and his book "How to see color and paint it".  It is his fault! :) He suggested to paint similar objects
and I thought why don't I paint all my coffee mugs...It is a wonderful book on color by the way.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 12

"Salmon River Landscape" 16" x 20" oil on panel
The plein air workshop is over. The main goal was to paint the same scene and really connect with it. Four days I was looking at the same part of a landscape studying it and trying to get to know it better. I've been working on this large painting for three days and still feel it is unfinished. Please let me know what you think. Thank you very much for taking your time and visiting!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 11

"Peppers"
8" x 8"
oil on panel
$100
I was playing with this composition trying to balance out the red pepper with a dark spot of dark jalapenos. When I almost finished I noticed that the study was very heavy on the left, so I had to emphasize the shadows to create a more balanced composition...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 10

"Blue and Orange"
8" x 8"
oil on panel
$100
I bought a dozen of flowers at a flower stand for the first time. You choose flowers and leave money in a box. This orange one was the last to survive. I liked its bright color and wanted to experiment how it looks with a compliment. The combination of glass, ceramic and a flower seemed to be quite interesting and I gave it a try...

The shadow of the blue vase was bright purple. I painted it the way I saw it but it attracted to much attention, so I grayed it down. It took a while to paint the flower. I had to pay attention to the dark spots of the vase showing through to capture its shape and character.

Monday, September 9, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 9

"Salmon River View"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
I'm taking a plein air workshop and very excited to paint with a group of artists. It is sunny and beautiful here at the Coast and supposed to stay that way for a couple of days. I'm supposed to work on a bigger painting next. I've never painted large outside. So excited to try.

A little pick of the scene. Could you see a blue heron? 
Salmon River

Sunday, September 8, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 8

"Red, Orange and Blue"
8" x 8"
oil on panel
I left the same set up from the day 7, but replaced the brass vase by a blue bottle. Interesting how the whole composition got affected by this. I was excited when saw blue reflection on wooden surface... 
 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 7

"Metal Vase and Onions"
12" x 12"
oil on panel
I didn't have an initial plan for this still life. I had different color onions in my studio and this metal seemed to look fine with them. Even without an initial plan the painting was flowing. Everything was so easy, non-resistant. Pure joy of painting. It happened once or twice before and I have no idea what it is and how to make the flow happen more often...

Friday, September 6, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 6

"Begonia" 8" x 8" oil on panel
This flower looked so beautiful in a nursery. It was the only one left, so I had to take it home. Don't worry. It is not going to spend winter outside, it is now a house plant.

Usually I buy my panels, but these 8" x 8" I decided to prepare myself. The first one I sanded too much and it became too slick (see the day 4). To prime this one I used a roller and didn't sand it at all. As a result it turned out being too absorbent. I didn't notice it at first, but in a couple of hours colors lost its "oily" look. Today I will sand it slightly and see what happens...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 5

"Coffee Time" 8" x 10" oil on panel

 I really liked this arrangement. Different shapes, textures and colors. Green and orange are really interesting together. I had a timer set up for this study - sharp an hour and finished no matter what. So I had to paint quite fast...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 4

"Polka Dot Glass and Apples"
8" x 8"
oil on panel
The other day I felt bad because the painting didn't work out the way I wanted it to be. I had to wipe it off after 3 hours of "fighting" it and as a result was very frustrated with the whole idea of making a painting every day.

A friend of mine told me not to be ashamed of unsuccessful paintings, after I had shared my despair with him, because it is a part of creative process. "Sometimes, he said, in a couple of weeks you'll return to those paintings and will realize that they are not as bad as you thought"... Ok, I'll do it. And the challenge is not called "Make 30 Perfect Paintings in 30 Days" after all...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 3

"Pears"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
Can I ever get tired of painting pears? No, I probably won't. I goal was to create a warm dominance. I have hard times painting white? The more I paint the more I find out that I don't know much about painting...

Monday, September 2, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 2

"Blue Pitcher"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
$120
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Today I painted a couple of new objects: the blue pitcher and the wooden bowl. I really like the idea of painting the objects I've never used before. In such a way they won't feel neglected and painting something new every day will challenge me as well.

Interesting that wood also gets reflection and its colors are warm, even shadows. And strawberries came from a farmer's market. I wish I picked them myself...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 1

"Chinese Vase and Peaches"
10" x 8"
oil on panel
$120
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I decided to do the challenge again. This time with a group of artists from all over. That is very exciting!

As I mentioned there are a couple of items in my studio that were never used. Today it was this Chinese vase. The reason was its pattern. I learned thought it doesn't take much to suggest it.