Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Farm Haze

A 6x8 oil on board. Painted en plein air on a historic farm near Birmingham, Al. I tried to show this was late afternoon with the sun on the backside of the trees. The cows were laying under the trees ready for evening rest.
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Monday, July 30, 2007

The Bridge Garden

This is a beautiful setting. A fresh spring day. I think I made the water a little too gray and should have made it more blue in the sky reflection. Over all I am happy with it . Enjoy your day! I am heading out for more plein air painting. This is not a plein air, but painted from a photograph.
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sous The Chef?

A little value study with a pop of color in the plates of food. 5x7 oil on masonite. Very fun.
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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Up On The Roof

5x7 oil on masonite. This is another one from my street performer series. I am happy with it. The touches of red make it pop.
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Friday, July 27, 2007

Willy Loman's Walk

When I first saw this photo, I thought of the character Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman. The tattered and torn brief case and the elderly gentleman. The light and shadows in this painting worked out so well. I am thrilled with it. Every once in a while this happens. Thank God for that! It keeps me going. oil on canvas board 8x16
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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Trisha's Garden

This is a plein air painting I painted in my dear friend Trisha's back yard. I think I did a pretty good job with the green variations. They are so hard to work with. The day was very bright and sunny. I think the urn and pedestal in the foreground reflects just how bright it is. Painting en plein air( in the open air) has become a passion for me. I used to paint from photo's almost exclusively. I still like too, but with a photo all of the information is right there compacted in front of you. Now don't get me wrong I like it, and you can still tweak it to make it even more your own in a painting, which is sometimes a comfort for me. But, painting with all of the outdoors in front of your canvas, with nature in it's true colors and all of it's splendor, noises and distractions included is very challenging. The light changes so fast, the bugs swarm, it can be hot or cold. But it is so wonderful! To me as an artist nothing else compares. It doesn't really matter I guess as long as I am painting in some form or fashion.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

You Say Tomato! I Say Ta-mater!

There is nothing better than a fresh home grown tomato in the summer. Top that off with homemade bread and Hellman's mayonaise in the summertime. I just love the way the tomatoes shine and the red color is so beautiful. I enjoyed painting this so much. I hope you enjoy looking.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Movin'

Here is another one of my street performers. I think the complementary colors worked out well here. I like the movement captured.
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Monday, July 23, 2007

Floating Grapefruit

I really struggled with getting this grapefruit to look real. It also seems to float as there isn't a change in value to make it rest on the table. Oh well, I will probably try to paint it again soon.
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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Cracked

This is a 5x7 oil on black gessoed masonite. Another experiment in texture by scraping the paint off and revealing a very thin layer of paint with a cracked looking texture. Next, I painted the egg. I like the effect.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Piece of Cake?

Today is my birthday and because I am a moon child the moon seems to have a huge pull on me at this time. I get very melancholy. I am 55 today. Where did the years go? I feel 25 until I look in the mirror. I have had a blessed life with so many gifts, the greatest gifts are my Lord Jesus Christ, my husband, my son, my family, my friends and the gift of creating my art. And so, I am thankful to be 55. Can I say it was a piece of cake getting here? No.. but I am going to take time today to eat the frosting and do a little plein air painting. I know the values are off here, in this painting and I consider it a failure as a piece of work but like failures in life, something good will come from it. Happy Birthday To Me!! Thanks Mom and Dad.
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Friday, July 20, 2007

The Tube

This is the first in a series of small 5x7 oil on masonite studies of street performers. This is just for fun and something different for me. I really like this little guy. The character came from a photo of someone dancing and the background is my imagination of someone struttin' around in the subway. A kind of "West Side Story" scenario.
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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Trois

I decided to try my hand at painting apples. What fun! I am a big apple fan especially braeburns..yum. I don't know what happened on this background color but I just went with it. I think I will paint some more apples today. The shiny skin has a great painting a-peel (sorry) for me.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ohio

I love this plein air study. This was painted during a Chuck Marshall workshop in Ohio. Chuck is a great artist, teacher and friend. The day was very windy and overcast. I love the muted colors. 5x7 oil on masonite
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Over The Mountain

I love plein air painting. Sadly this little valley with the abandoned farmhouse is being turned into a subdivision. This is the last time the hay is being cut and bailed. 5x7 oil on masonite
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Monday, July 16, 2007

Athens Charmer

This little 5x7 was painted en plein air in the historic district in Athens, Alabama. The light was flat that day and there was not much opportunity to capture light and shadow.
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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Libby's Chair

This little chair to me seems elegant and fragile. But in reality is very strong! It reminds me of my friends daughter Libby, thus the name! I had alot of fun painting this little study. I felt my brush stokes were loose and free here.
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Saturday, July 14, 2007

High School

Here is another painting of my son when he was a freshman in highschool. Needless to say he has been a favorite subject. Sorry for the chalky photo.I do notice that my flesh tones are not deep and rich enough and this venue gives me a chance to look at my paintings in a different more helpful way for myself.
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Robin's Flowers

I started doing daily paintings in March of this year. I have decided to take the plunge and put myself out there.I have a bunch of paintings to post. I will just start them with todays date. I haven't painted for many years and the joy of painting is returning. This painting is from a photo of my son who is now 23. I know the flesh tones are a bit washed out and chalky. I ended up scraping most of the paint off of this 5x7 black gessoed board, to give it a more blurred effect as an experiment, but I kind of like it.
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