Monday, May 31, 2010

Landscape Study of San Viglio

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Another Sargent study- always something to learn. With this one, it was that odd, soft grey-green, almost leaning towards a purple, figuring out how to mix it and where he decided to put it. I'll have to start watching more closely, but I don't think that's a color we have around here, except in certain lights. I'll be sure to use it in my next dusk landscape, though!

A Mountain Stream

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
And another Sargent study. I love this one, it's simple and still immediate, somehow. You have to wonder how much of the composition was really what he saw in front of him, and how much was him rearranging what was in front of him with the canvas in mind.
I know in one of the books I have on him it mentioned how he would go out painting with his friends, and they would go all over hill and dale trying to find the "perfect" spot, and would get frustrated because he would set up just any old where and still produce the most gorgeous pieces.... of course he also gessoed over a lot of them in order to reuse the paper, so we can't see them to judge, but still. I am more than willing to believe they were all beautiful :)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sushi IV

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
aaaaaand, SUSHI! I hadn't ever tried to paint the pieces with the fish draped over the top, soft pinks, slightly shiny, with the stripes of paler color running through them, and I quite enjoyed it. With the greens all wrapped up inside each roll, the colors reall sing together :)


Friday, May 28, 2010

Lemon on Blue

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Pretty colors :) No, really, with this one.... sometimes I lean towards making the subjects of my dailies too big for the canvas size, so I thought I'd go in the other direction for this one, see how the reseult felt. Besides, I really liked the blue, and it's a really strong yellow, so maybe they balance each other better this way.
Other than that.... happy Friday, everyone! And I'm plotting on another sushi painting tomorrow :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Favorite Mug

6x6 acrylic on canvasboard
Ever had a composition that feels familiar somehow, you just can't quite place it? That's the way this one is feeling for me, even though I don't think I've ever even painted this particular mug before :-/ Probably just a teacup paintings thing- I've been missing that as a subject.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arab Stables

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
... and probably the last one by Sargent for a little while. More realistically, for a couple of days- I really, really enjoyed this one! Really studying something makes you realize the pattern of the light area, how he positioned the darkest darks, how wonderful that red saddle right there in the middle is and how much he must've enjoyed painting the butts of those other two horses, especially all the colors on the middle one. And something I'd never noticed before, the durn chickens on the ground! Barely even there, and somehow they add just the right touch. I've got so much to learn, but that makes me feel more hopeful than anything.
I mean, I'm coming up on post #900 now. Can you imagine how much my work will have grown when I get up to post #1800? Crazy.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

White Ships

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
And another one studying Sargent- this one is much better in person. It really surprised me how much the eye fills in, as always, and how our eyes can accept something like a few scribbles of white paint and turn that into sunlight reflecting off the water and onto the side of a boat. Amazing things...

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Boat in the Waters off Capri

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Something different today- and probably for the next few days. This is study of a painting by John Singer Sargent, who is hands down my favorite painter, and you know, you can lern a lot by copying works of artists you admire- thankfully, Sargent has been dead long enough that this is legal, and I believe I can learn a lot of big-picture stuff- composition, color balance- by studying his work in my dailies. Like this one- that is a really fantastic blue-green, and it fades to, of all things, a dull purple. And he didn't feel like he had to absolutely spll out where the water ended, you know, he didn't draw lines around every freaking thing, but it still feels like water.... thanks in part, no doubt, to the boat shadows. Aren't those the coolest thing?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Avacado Half

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
These things are surprisingly addictive! Something about that creamy, pale green and the way it contrast with the round, shining.... nut? no, seed, I guess.... and it's also a great contrast with that freaky, nubbly skin, but I haven't really explored that yet...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Green Bottle on White

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Same bottle, switching around the diretion of the light and the background- the color comes out a lot more this way, but I'm not really sure which I prefer. Even though I do really, really like the way the color from the bottle comes through into the shadow :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Green Bottle on Black

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
I thought colored glass would make for an interesting challenge- I was trying to think of other pretty translucent things after I did that grape suspension, remember? And this is just a beer bottle, but it has that pretty sleek shape and nice green color....


6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
You know, this thing has been hanging by the door for I don't know how long, and I can' believe it hadn't ever occurred to me to paint it! And something about its shape, the way it makes the shadow so visible, makes for a startlingly three dimensional appearance, so I'm trying to think of other objects that would provide similar opportunities, visually. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cherries VIII

6x6 acrylic on canvasboard
More cherries- dramatic lighting, even more dramatic reflected lights. Gotta love any fruit with such intense color, I suppose :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Marbles in Box

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Thought about calling it "Treasure Chest", but went more matter-of-fact. And this, my dears, is "Geometry":
16x20 acrylic on gallery stretched canvas
With the spiral of the nautilus section, and the spheres, and the box, that title just felt right somehow.... at any rate, I'm thrilled to pieces with this one. The two reflective balls and the box you may recognize from recent dailies, the glass marble I got last year at the Festival for the Eno from Iron Mountain Glass- they heated silver and gold to some kind of smoke point and caught it in the glass, it's really wild. Happies!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Three Marbles

6x6 acrylic on canvasboard
The same silver ball, with two littler marbles next to it, and reflected in it. Transparency, with the glass, and then I guess something reflective like that is the opposite of transparent, even more so than just "opaque". Fun :) These guys are popping up in some larger compositions, too- I'll have to share one tomorrow...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Self Portrait in Silver Ball

6x6 acrylic on canvasboard
As you're probably suspecting, this is inspired by Duane Keiser. I love his dailies, the subtle way he uses color, and his absolute mastery of surface texture, and I wanted to try my hand at something he's done a few times, a self portrait in a reflective sphere. I got these kind of oil-slick colored metal balls a little while ago, chinese halth balls I think they were called. They make this lovely wind chime noise when you move them around, and the oil slick colors combined with the reflective properties make for a really cool surface- I'm really looking forward to using them more in paintings!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Green Tomato

6x6 acrylic on canvasboard
It's been a wonderful day! Didn't get hardly anything "done", no, but we went to the museum and had a wonderful time. The new building is lovely from the inside, and I'm loving all the suff that must've been hiding out in the basement or something previously- looking forward to visiting again, that's for sure! And her Royal Tininess had a great time as well, crawling all over the place- she wanted to explore on her own, independent little bit of perfectiong that she is :) It sure tired her out, though! #866

Friday, May 14, 2010

Gold and Grey

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
.... and it's Friday again! Wow, the week has gone by quickly here. Planning a trip to the newly reopened North Carolina Museum of Art tomorrow, and really looking forward to that. Seems like the durn thing has been closed forever :) I'll let you know how it goes!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gardenia in Turquoise Bowl

6x6 acrylic on canvasboard
A somewhat cloudy portrait of my favorite flower.... for me, it is one of the most difficult to paint, but I'm not sure why. Maybe the white on white thing? Or the unusual feel of the petals?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Grape Suspension

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
.... and for today :) I'm so proud of myself with the backlighting on this one! Trying to figure out what other somewht translucent things I can backlight....

Green Grapes

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
Sorry about the late posting! Hr Nuggetness seriously deviated from our routine last bight, but that hopefully is a good thing- who knows, maybe m little night owl will start going to sleep at a reasonable time :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Halved Avacado

6"x8" acrylic on canvasboard

Bought this just for painting, and then had to do something with it, so it would up on a quesadilla.... they don't really taste like anything, do they? More of a texture thing. Pretty, though, and I guess that was really the point :) Loving the strong side lighting, too...


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Strawberry Suspension

4"x9" acrylic on paper
Pretty colors :) The blue is Phthalocyanine Blue and my ubiquitous Titanium White, and I am loving it.... It's funny, bcause I know I've used it before, I just haven't for ages, and had forgotten about it. Thats what comes pf having so very many tubes of paint!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Green Pear inWindowlight

4"x9" acrylic on paper
Same fruit, a little bit of a different setup... inspired by Barbara Kacicek, yes, and the fact that I actually have a window in my studio area now :) Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pear Half

4"x9" acrylic on paper
Sometimes I feel silly putting these little bitty paintings in boxes to ship them, especially when they're on paper.... so I got to wanting to just stick a stamp on them and ship them. I like the idea, but I'm not sure about it, so here is a compromise- standard envelope sized daily paintings. It certainly presents compositional challenges, if nothing else :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


And another one of the sculpey pieces.... I dunno, I just really wanted to share this one.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Artichoke Half

6x8 acrylic on canvasboard
My first attempt at... is it still a vegetable if it's actually a flower bud? Pretty, anyways :)

Strawberry Half

This is an odd little one... something I'll want to try again, I'm thinking :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Study in Purple

5x7 acrylic on panel
Back in my little groove, and happy about it!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Black Bikini

And another one. I can just see somebody putting it in the kitchen or somewhere as whimsical diet inspiration or something... Maybe I'll make another one to keep :)