Oiling out and varnishing

I am still struggling to paint orange. In my procrastination, I found myself cleaning paintings. Then I decided to oil-out some paintings that looked wonky. It felt great to clean up the work. I don’t have a show for a couple weeks. Hopefully, these will be dry by then. I also varnished some pieces. IContinue reading “Oiling out and varnishing”

Painting form and color

I didn’t paint anything last weekend. I am still working on the ‘saffron’ portion of my series, painting orange objects. My love brought me some salmon roses. The buds bursting with rosey goodness, but try as I might, I could not paint them. Meanwhile, the online class in form and color from The School ofContinue reading “Painting form and color”

Painting details

Details can separate a realistic render from an impressionistic one, but how much is too much? Should the brush strokes be visible? These questions are surfacing in my recent painting practice. I have been on a mission, since October, to simplify my painting process. My hope is to produce a cohesive series following the colorContinue reading “Painting details”

Original

I have been working on a simplified painting practice. Limited palette, limited brush selection, and limited subject matter. It has been a great experience. I couldn’t be happier with the results. I completed 10-12 paintings focusing on still life in crimson or red. The last week or so I focused on still life in orange.Continue reading “Original”

Cleaning and retouching

My paintings get dust and ‘fuzzies’ on them as they slowly dry. I do not like to see vivid white cat hair clinging to ivory black. I am not 100% sure about how to temporarily varnish them and then remove that varnish later (after the paint has dried for at least a year!) only toContinue reading “Cleaning and retouching”

Golden

Feeling like it was time, as my new studio space is all set up, I moved on from crimson and red paintings to orange. The first rendezvous with orange was a steaming hot disaster. I am too embarrassed to show you…trust me it was BAD. So, I decided to step back and paint something IContinue reading “Golden”

Tiny Desk Studio

Today I completed the final step from my mentoring session. I set up a permanent place to paint. Painting in my kitchen was not ideal for many reasons but after making the changes to my palette (simplifying mostly) and changes to my brush load (another simplification) it was time to make the final change. AContinue reading “Tiny Desk Studio”

Imperfect

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about perfection.  Sometimes I find myself paralyzed due to imperfection.  I may rerun a loop in my head of an imperfect encounter. Or I might toss out a painting because I can see  something in the piece that makes me nuts…a glaring imperfection. This desire for perfection hasContinue reading “Imperfect”

Pomegranate

Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition.  In Greek mythology the pomegranate symbolized the ‘fruit of the dead’ growing from the blood of Adonis.  It is traditional to consume pomegranates on Rosh Hashana as its numerous seeds represent prosperity.  I like pomegranates for the vivid crimson arils.  They glisten withContinue reading “Pomegranate”