Thursday, May 18, 2017

Siletz Bay

Siletz Bay
6" x 6"
It was a nice non-rainy day today on the Oregon Coast. No wind. Perfect for plein air painting. I painted this particular area a couple of times and don't seem to get enough of it. It is never the same.

I went to the bottom where not very many people go. I like being left alone when I paint outside. I get so involved in the process that I can't stop. It was very quiet, didn't feel like I was near the ocean. Very nice to be back painting.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

30 days of painting Day 30!

Into the Mist
6" x 6"
I did it! So proud of myself. It turns out when you are a single busy mom, you can find time painting almost every day.  I learned a lot. I would highly recommend that challenge to anyone who wants to get better at painting or at anything else (I would like to do a 30-day-yoga challenge). It will definitely get your creative juices flowing.

Today was a beautiful plein air painting. My friend Andrew and I decided to meet every Thursday and paint. So today we went to the beach. It was foggy all morning long, luckily no rain. The scenery looked a little uninspiring at first. I knew it was deceiving. When I started looking and mixing colors, I noticed subtle color variations.

I was standing very close to the ocean, on a wet sand. I felt like the water could get me. Oh well, it was worth getting a little wet for a sake of painting. At some point, a big wave came and got the legs of my tripod. I noticed it just in time and ran away. It wasn't strong enough to take my equipment:

And here is the collage of all my 30 paintings:
Something tells me I enjoy painting flowers :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

30 days of painting Day 29

Still life with Watermelon and Daffodils
16" x 20"
I felt proud of myself today. I normally paint no larger than 8" x 10". Today I totally got out of my comfort zone with a big 16" x 20" format. I still had daffodils from my previous (Day 27) painting, so I arranged the rest of my composition around them. (Can you believe my back yard daffodils are sill blooming?) I spent my whole day painting. I think I'll order bigger panels. It was challenging to paint bigger. I still used the same synthetic brush that I use for my 6" x 6" paintings, and it worked fine.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

30 days of painting Day 28

Purple on Green
6" x 6"
One hour is what I usually allow myself to paint a 6"x 6" painting. I thought that particular still life would be easy to paint. A simple flower,  the cup that I painted many times before and a simple vase. It wasn't that simple after all. I spent way too much time on the flower. I just couldn't get the temperature of purple in the shadows and lights. Not only values need to be right, also temperature to get the likeness. I tried very hard to see but couldn't, so I used my logic. The source light was warm, so the lights needed to have some yellow in them. I added yellow, still something wasn't right. After an hour of struggling I wiped the flower completely off and started over. It usually helps. My favorite part in this painting is the palette knife - just a couple of strokes and it looked convincing.

Monday, May 1, 2017

30 days of painting Day 27

White Daffodils
10" x 10"
I think it is my largest painting in that challenge. The funny thing that I didn't think how much more time it takes. My two-year-old daughter usually takes 2-hour naps. It is usually enough time to find something to paint, set it up, paint and clean up, all together to finish a 6" x 6" painting. 10" x 10", I learned today, takes longer to paint.
The daffodils that grow in my backyard are not traditional if I may say so. They remind me of a rose. And painting roses doesn't come easily to me.
My kid woke up when I almost was done, she wanted to join me paint. So I gave her kids paints and a brush and two of us were painting for a while. It was nice...