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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Orange Slices

"Orange Slices"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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I discovered that almost all the shadows have some warm color in them. My light is cool, so the shadows are supposed to be warm, but being honest with you I never seem to be able to see it. Today I got very excited when I finally noticed warm in the shadows by the orange slices. Well, it might be reflected light from the orange.

I wondered about symbolism and found out one interesting fact about oranges. These luxury fruits symbolized the wealth of the couple in "The Arnolfini Marriage" by Jan van Eyck. Also known as "Adam's Apples" they represent the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden and symbolize lust, which was sanctified by marriage.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Red Pepper

"Red Pepper"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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I like red and green combination. I also like blue and red combination. I work at a glass gallery a couple of days a week, and when I put a red vase together with a blue bowl, it "makes my eye happy".

Today after work I wanted to get a little bit of energy, so red pepper I found in my refrigerator was a perfect subject. I was planning to paint it with glass, and when I was moving it around I noticed how red of the pepper affected its shape. The light coming from the right made red almost orange and so vibrant. I just love when it happens.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Green Harmony

"Green Harmony"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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I painted this study during our weekly painting session with a group of artists. I usually paint in solitude and I almost forgot how great it was to share your passion. I hope we'll keep getting together.

I felt very green today. I put on my favorite teal sweater and when I was trying to decide what to paint I chose all green subjects (some more green than another). At least I didn't feel blue...

Friday, March 21, 2014

In Love

"In Love"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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Every time I go to a grocery store I buy three or four pears hoping that I will paint them. And it never happened. My pears usually got yellow or brown or simply they got eaten... by me. This time I promised myself that I would paint them no matter what. Here is a little study. I tried to paint them differently paying extra attention to subtle color variation within each pear.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

California Lemons

"California Lemons"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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I got a chance to paint with a group of artists. I must say it is always refreshing and fun to paint together. I felt a wonderful creative nurturing energy in the room.

A friend, an acrylic painter, brought these lemons and said they grew at her aunt's yard in California. I guess the reason that they are round is that a lemon made love to an orange... hmm... I wonder how warm it is in California now... It is rainy, windy and 7 degrees here in Oregon. And these lemons brought some much needed sunshine and warmth to us.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Blossom Study

"Spring Blossom Study"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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My blossom from yesterday's session is still feeling good, and I decided to paint another study of it. I noticed a lot of pink color in it and added just a little bit of blue into the shadow color. Amazing, how colorful shadows can be. I got very excited when I noticed a hint of red in leaves.

Today I came up with a new shadow box for my still life set up. I will figure out how to make a video with my new Iphone and I'll share it with you in my next posts.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

White Blossom

"White Blossom"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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I keep practicing painting flowers, and spring is a great time to find them. I've been looking for a wild flowers. Today I found a neglected lot in a neighborhood with a couple of bushes filled with blossoms. There were pink, purple and white. A fellow artist, Sarah Sedwick, painted a wonderful still life with pink ones and mentioned that they were Camellias. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tulip Study

"Tulip Study"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
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Another study of a tulip. I painted the flower mostly with Cad Red Light and Cad Red Medium, for shadows I used Transparent Oxide Red. I worked hard not to get fussy by reminding myself that it was a study not a finished painting. My goal was to capture the essence of the flower.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tulip

"Tulip"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
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My friend helped me to pick out flowers to paint. I remember a couple of times when I tried to paint tulips and always ended up feeling disappointed. Flowers are not easy to paint. This time I am pleased with the result.

I was reading an article where Richard Schmid, one of my favorite artists, explains how to paint flowers: "...the key to painting flowers is to apply simple, bold brushwork, using as much as possible only white and colors as pure as they come from the tube..."

I did my best following his advice.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tomato

"Tomato"
8" x 8"
oil on panel
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Today I painted a smaller painting. I like the light streak between the tomato and the pan. I included three different greens to balance out red: the warmest of the foreground, cooler green of the background and the coldest of the pan. To make it more challenging I added glass. I just love painting glass.
I noticed how red was influencing all the objects, so I painted it. Even the glass jar has a streak of pinkish red.  It makes me so excited when I can see these nuances.