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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Antique Oil Can

"Antique Oil Can"
6" x 6"
oil on panel
sold
Today I took my bristle brushes and started painting without hesitation, without worrying about small details. I finished a study in an hour and was surprised how little it needs to say what I wanted to say.

I borrowed the oil can from a friend of mine, an illustrator artist. She collects all kinds of interesting subjects for future use, say, for her drawing classes. The can has a great long spout which I couldn't fit into my composition, so it was cut off.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pepper and Green Onions

"Pepper and Green Onions"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
sold
Every time when grocery shopping I cannot walk by those gorgeous colorful peppers. Today wasn't exceptional. Before making a salad or stir fry them (I bought home a yellow, red and orange ones) I made a little study adding some onions I also brought home. To capture the onions I mixed different greens - warm and cool and kept the shape intact with just a little value variation.

I enjoyed having a little break from painting flowers. Being honest I never thought I would get tired of them, but here I am. Does it only happen to me? It seems like there are artists out there who are focused on one subject matter, and wish I could do that.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Poppies

"Poppies"
oil on panel
6" x 6"
sold
I had so much fun painting the background of this small painting. I mixed all kind of greys - some cooler, some warmer, some reddish, some bluish, greenish etc.

I've been focusing on color lately, and flowers as a subject are a great way to study color. The flower itself is so interesting and complicated, and the challenge to simplify it in order to capture its essence makes me very excited.