Can't Touch This(tle)- MC Hammer. Four separate 5x7 canvas panels. The challenge this week on DPW is to paint an object four times. The first one with as much detail as you want and then each panel should get less detail and be rougher until the last one is barely recognizable. I couldn't find anything to paint that inspired me in my hotel room..until I went on a walk and found this wonderful purple thistle! Which is very prickly! But, close up they are so delicate!Well....the first one (upper left) took me about 30 minutes...the last one (lower right) took about 5 minutes. I think I like the last one the best!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Potthast Study- 6x6 Oil on gessobord. Every year I buy an engagement calendar to keep me organized. This year it is from the National Gallery of Art. I find inspiration in the pages of paintings every day. I have been saving the ones that I really like and this is one of them. I like to write the artists name on the bottom and then later investigate more of what they have painted and who they were. Not all of the artists are familiar to me. This is a small piece of a work by Edward Henry Potthast. I love the brush stokes and spontaneity of the scene.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Shadow Play- Rory Gallager. 6x6 Oil on gessobord. The challenge this week is creating a good composition using Carol's photo. I decided to crop it to make the window with the plant the focus. Deciding where to crop was not easy on this one. I used linseed oil thinned with odorless thinner to blur the outside edges of the shadows.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Morning Has Broken- Cat Stevens. 6x6 Oil on gessobord. Here is another one for the barn challenge. We took this photo near the Stillwater River in Montana nearly 30 years ago! (OMG did I just say.... 30 years ago?) haha. We took our two little kids on a hike and found this old barn/cabin. I have been saving the photo to paint that long. Yikes. I recently purchased Color Theory by Patti Mollica and this crazy color scheme is the result! Yes...giving her a little plug here! It is a great book. The actual photo wasn't taken at sunrise...but the color scheme warranted this title!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Big Red Barn- Mean Mary. 8x8 Oil on gessobord. The challenge this week on Daily Paintworks is barns! I took this photo many years ago of this barn on the road between Columbus and Park City, Montana. It was just starting to warm up and the snow was still on the ground...Signs of spring! I had never listened to Mean Mary...very good banjo player!