Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Flower Stand

This idea came from the Daily Paintworks site. They post painting challenges and I liked this one so I gave it a try - this challenge came from Carol Marine, one of my favorite artists.

Lots of fun to paint!

Flower Stand
12x12 Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Painting White

It's been almost a month since I posted. I've been pretty busy painting, looking for a job, (hire me! paint supplies running low) working on a new web site that will include a blog (stay tuned) and getting ready for my son's high school graduation this Friday. I'll try not to cry on the big day.

Here's a painting I did after I painted the other white pottery still life. It is my wedding china that I think I've used twice, so I'm happy it has found new life as a model. I liked the challenge of finding the colors in white that you don't see unless you pay attention, and I wanted to try a white background as well.

Wedding China
Acrylic on 8x10 Canvas

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Glass Shaker

Wanted to try painting glass - I did it once before when I first started. It was a salt shaker and my first "good" painting.

This is a cheese shaker I think. I've had it in my cabinet for years and I don't think I've ever used it for anything. It finally found a purpose.

Cheese Shaker
Acrylic on 6x6 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More Reflections

This is the same pitcher (which I think is really a coffee carafe) that I mentioned a few posts ago - the one I painted a long time ago and inspired me to do a series of reflection paintings.

This painting went through a lot of iterations because I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it - I ended up simplifying the background significantly - it had lots of shadows and folded cloth and it was too busy. You would think that the lemons and the reflections would be the hardest part, but I had more trouble with the background.

I've been averaging a painting every day or two for a while now - it's a fantastic feeling!

Pitcher and Lemons
9x12 Acrylic on Canvas

Self-Portrait re (over?) worked

I attempted to get rid of the chipmunk cheek, which I did, but in the process I overworked it a bit. As I mentioned in an earlier post, acrylic dries darker than it is when you first apply it, so I find it very difficult to match the color and correct tone. I couldn't do it on this painting, so I had to adjust all the color on the face. But it is a good exercise, because I need to figure out how to do that.

I like the before best, stuffed cheek and all, what about you?

Self-portrait w/o chipmunk cheek