Ok I finally caught up but now I have to get my paintbrushes ready to begin again in the morning…
This has been a very fun challenge so far. Although I love the dog challenge and I still have one more dog portrait commission to finish up… painting still lifes has been a breath of fresh air… I had been working so much from photographs lately that I forgot how much fun I have setting up little kitchen vignettes .., Dean has been very cooperative and doesn't seem to mind all that much that my easel is smack dab in the middle of the kitchen or my paints and canvas share the dining room table when we eat.
I still have to work on a few new pieces to put in the upcoming show at Maple and Main Gallery that opens on January 25th…. I'm no where near ready…. looking forward to my nice comfy bed now, it's been a very long painting day today...
Pink Lilies, Tea and Limes 12 x 12
We just can't help it, color influences and effects our everyday life even on grey days. The background color in this painting was inspired by the Pantone 2012 Color of the Year Tangerine Tango.(see Pantone page below)
Years ago when I was a graphic designer I carried a Pantone color book around in my purse. Why you ask? First to check printing jobs when on the printing press but second I just loved having access to so many colors all in one fan book. I would take it out, fan through the tabs and make dozens of difference color combinations.
Lilies, Tea and Limes gessoboard 6 x 6
I LOVE COLOR... no, really?
Even as a child I would walk around with my box of crayons or package of rainbow markers and couldn't put enough color on the page.
I love exploring new ways to combine colors on the canvas.
Below is another favorite art website called Colourlovers.com.
I'm not an active member in their color community but I find it so much fun to go on create new color palettes, change patterns around, etc. It's more a game than an artist's tool for me... but then again...isn't art suppose to fun.:)
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:
Blue Bottle Study oil on canvas 6 x 6
As I can hear my sweet little step-daughter’s voice in the background
saying “Linda, I think it’s time to leave for school....” my thoughts today were on this still life that came together unexpectedly on the kitchen counter.
This tangerine could have been the one I grabbed for Allison snack but when I saw it peaking around the blue bottle playing so nicely with fork it.... see it’s reflection... well you guessed it.... I just had to paint it.
Oh yes... as for Allison.... we made it to school that morning just in the nick of time....
Rose, Pink Ribbon and Orange oil on canvas 12 x 12
The lazy girl’s plein air painting is what I should have named this one.
plein-air |ˈplān ˈe(ə)r|
adjective [ attrib. ]
denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French Impressionism.
ORIGIN from French en plein air ‘in the open air.’
Today the sun was shining so brightly through the kitchen window I felt compelled to venture upstairs from my controlled lighting environment art studio - in other words, I’m the master of the lamp that shines the light on each still life I paint. I decide how bright, where it’s going to light an object and it never changes...unless a) I change it or b) the bulb burns out.
Today I was willing to turn that control over to the sun like the plein-air painters do. With the exception that... this is where the lazy part comes in..... it’s still March and it’s still way too cold outside so inside painting at the window is my version of plein-air painting. The challenges were the same - the sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds and the longer I fussed with the details the further the shadows shifted.
All and all.... the process was joyful and the pink ribbon and roses had a spotlight again today... which brought thought and prayers to Hannah as she recovers from Tuesday’s surgery.
Glowing Grapefruit with Wings Oil on canvas 8 x 10
My original intention for this still life was to paint the grapefruits and raspberries from a bird’s eye view but when I rested the half of the grapefruit in the glass bowl as I cleared off my work table... I looked up... an the inspiration light bulb went on... “ah-ha...looks like the grapefruit has glowing wings... what would happen if I placed this raspberry on top... whah-la... an Angel of Light appeared ... and a still life was born.... time to take action!
Yellow Pepper Demo Oil on canvas 8 x 8
Here’s another quick study I did based on a video instruction by Carol Marine.
I love the freshness of the yellow pepper and the simplicity of the design.
It was a delight to paint.
White Roses and Oranges Oil on canvas 8 x 8
I was inspired to create this small quick study after my husband and I came back from grocery shopping on Sunday afternoon. As I passed by these beautiful white roses the scent linger around me crying “take me home”.... and later when I cut up this orange the two fragrances dance in the air like a graceful duet.
Pineapple in Paradise, Oil on Canvas, 11 x14
Enjoying the day at Pineapple Paradise... the family fortune was found in the treasured moments as they shared a special day together!
Linda S. Marino Art
Branford, CT 06405
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