Welcoming Spring oil on canvas 8 x 10
This painting sold while it was still wet!
My friend Joy purchased this painting after just viewing it in an email I sent her. Her and her husband Scott framed it and sent me a photo of her piece. It's beautiful! Thank you Joy and Scott for all your support and help... I really appreciate the both of you!
Welcoming Spring Study, oil on gesso board, 6 x 6
Every year it just surprises me so when I see these sweet little green steams emerge from the brown soil. And over night out busts a beautiful blossom. These daffodils were cut from our garden yesterday and when I brought them inside they just brighten up the kitchen so much!
Just a few days ago I watch a mini art lesson by Richard Robinson. Richard is a young and extremely talented artist from Australia. His mini art instructional videos are so informative and definitely worth viewing several times.
The video I watched was on The Spotlight Effect and how to create a visual focal point in your painting by using this technique.
This Week's Studio Tip: Painting Lessons by well-known artist Richard Robinson delivered right to your inbox! How Sweet!
I'm not sure how I came across this website, www.livepaintinglessons.com but I love all the freebies Richard has to offer. It's worth signing up for his mini art lessons delivered right to your in-box. Here's a sample lesson...
Brown Bottle, Green Apple and Rose oil on canvas 9 x 12
My husband loves to collect glass bottle and I enjoy painting them. This time the bottle was a delight to paint and so was the apple... the rose, well that was a bit of a challenge. It’s taken me a few hours to decide I like it and not to fiddle around with it, again. Many times when I can’t quite get something to look just so... I pull out my art books or watch a video, look at other artist’s work..... this time I did all three!
Later this evening I watch a painting demo on roses to see if I could get a few tips. The video was from ArtTVClick and the artist was Heidi Moran, here’s a link:
her technique is very loose and I love the way she dances the brush across the canvas. What she did say that intrigued me was every painting she paints she starts off very enthusiastic to paint and then there’s a point where she she questions herself and final she gets to the stage where she accepts the fact she’s not as in love with it and says (I’m paraphrasing) “I’ve just learned something for the next painting”. I really this philosophy... it’s saying every painting is a stepping stone for the next painting.
And each painting teaches you something .... so the moral of the story is... keep painting and painting and painting.
Studio Tip: Art Lessons in your pajama?
I found Art Click.TV a while ago when searching for video art lessons. I just love the wide variety of lessons and diverse instructors they have to offer. For on a small monthly fee you can gain access to a wide variety of art lessons... or pay as you go. It was worth it for me because I learn so much from each video and the best part.... I can watch any video at any time and EVEN IN MY PAJAMAS!
Canary Melon, Strawberries and Grapes oil on Canvas 8 x 10
Ok so maybe the strawberries are just a little too vibrant... even for me... and I certainly love bright colors. My initial inspiration was to paint the very yellow canary melon I purchased the other day at Stew Leonard’s in Newington, CT. I had never tried canary melon before and oh so curious to see what the insides looked like. We sliced it open to find a very pale interior that was so mildly sweet compared to the cantaloupe we’re use to. Too bad the strawberries stole the show... maybe next time they’ll stay in the refrigerator!
Ocean Sounds oil on Gessoboard 6 x 6
Last Sunday my step-daughter and I ventured out to the Christmas Shop in Milford. I wanted to poke around to get some inspiration for an Easter painting. but all I could come up with is a bag of sea shells. What shells have to do with Easter, I’m really not sure. But what I do know is, these shells would be delighted to be out of their plastic bag and under a hot spotlight... it might even feel like home to them. So I added a few pebbles and offered them a glass of water while they were “sunning” themselves. I think they’re even smiling?
Of course there’s a story behind this one....
Learning the withering light lesson this week, I decide to move this bouquet away for the spotlight when I was done for the day and I placed it on the desk closer to the window light. Smart decision, I thought. What I didn’t plan for is my cat Jac’s ferocious appetite for fresh cut flowers. See proof photos below:
How tempting those flower looks to Jac. And he probably thought to himself... “Oh look... Linda took them down off the high shelf and place them on the table to eat... how sweet”
Sure enough right before my eyes Jac jumps up yesterday morning, nibbles on the petals, knocks the entire bouquet over onto the couch... water every where and the song that was playing on the radio....Francesca Battistelli’s... “This is the stuff that drives me crazy. This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately. In the middle of my little mess I forget how big I’m blessed..”
Practice, Practice, Practice, oil 12 x 16
Trying to put yesterday’s fiasco behind me I decide to dedicate this day to practice. Going back to the basics. I downloaded two “Artbytes” which are online tutorials from www.dailypaintworks.com . Carol Marine does a great job with these educational and informative tutorials.
I created a color mixing chart and painting this pear 8 different ways. It was fun, relaxing and of course... while under the spotlight the pear said, “see I can be so much more playful, animated and colorful when you don’t go after me with the butcher’s knife.”
Studio Tip: Daily Paintworks ArtBytes are fantastic mini art tutorials... two thumbs up!(click on the image below to link to tutorials)
A bomb is a bomb is a bomb..... and this painting is a bomb. Well, at least in my opinion. I guess I carried the decayed look just a bit too far.
That’s the funny thing about art... it certainly isn’t a science. It can be highly
unpredictable, some days it clicks and other days, well, let’s just say, that’s when I dig into my private stash of Toblerone Chocolate bars and not feel guilt for eating half a bar.
So what went wrong here? First the set up kept falling over, that should have been a sign right there. But no I was being stubborn and persistent that I had an idea in mind and I was going to make it work! Next, I fiddled with the background so much it became overworked and really muddy. Lastly as you can see the lemons were looking sadder by the minute and I refused to hear their cries... “Help!It’s too hot under this spotlight!”
Three hours later...
My next idea was to throw this painting like a frisbie out the backdoor to see if it would land on the parkway.... Stop! I hear a voice from within... Stop being so hard on yourself... you’re your own worst critic and so what if it is lousy... at least you had the time, the energy, the health and the ability to paint. Be grateful for that. Remember it’s the process and not product.
Such a sobering thought... now where’s that rest of that chocolate bar... just kidding...;)
Third painting of the day... just on a roll I guess. Realizing this nectarine will turn faster than the avocado and apple. I went to town... no fooling around here... I’m sure that afternoon cup of coffee what the just the right jump start to get this peachy thing rolling!
And my husband’s responds: WOW
A little side note:
I just recently signed up to auction and show my work on an online gallery called www.dailypaintworks.com I love this site. If you have time it’s worth checking out. Great artwork, dedicated painters and the owners of the site/business are Carol and Dave Marine who do a wonderful job helping artists promote their work. Thank you to everyone who participates on this website it’s a wonderful community.
Below is a posting from their facebook page on Wed. of this week:
Apple Sliced oil on Gessoboard 6 x 6
This was the second painting of the day today. I waited to posted it because I wanted some feedback from my husband and dear friend Joy.
Oddly enough the yellowing of the apple didn’t bother me enough to stop painting it and the longer the apple stayed under the heat of the spotlight the yellow-ier it got. See the original painting below.
Here’s the feedback from my sweet husband:
(he’s master the art of answering “loaded questions”)...
“I love it... so you’re going to do a series of decaying food? That’s different, I’ve never seen that before.”
Here’s the response from my friend, honest Joy:
The apple looks sunken around the corners where the flesh meets the skin. It also looks decaying and not
appetizing with the darker yellow.
So to a completely untrained eye as mine, that's my take on it.
Honesty is the sign of true friend... so on that advice I brightened the apple with the magic of titanium white paint.
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