Sunday, November 30, 2008

$3.46 Per Gallon

8 X 10 inch oil painting on linen panel (by Raymar).

Do you know how hard it is to paint an object that’s moving? Pretty hard! Luckily, these were nodding up and down so all I had to do was wait until they were in the position I wanted to paint them in and have at it….over and over again. Some of the best painters can just snap a mental picture of a moving object and paint from that. I’m not at that point, yet.

In spite of the challenging subject, I am very pleased with this one.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

You and Me Babe

6 X 6 inch oil painting on panel.

I bought some crab apples at the market because they were such a beautiful color that I immediately wanted to paint them. After playing with the set-up for a while I liked how the stems leaning toward each other implied a relationship between the two.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

All Media 2008 Art Show Photo

Here's a quick snapshot from the opening reception of the All Media 2008 show that I was juried into. I was honored to see my work hanging next to a painting by my first plein air painting teacher, Tom Brown. I learned so much from his classes and he always made each lesson fun!

Notice what the ribbon says that I am wearing..."Artist." Now it's official!

If you'd like to see the show here's the info.

Nov. 14th, 2008 - Jan. 17th, 2009

Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604

Mon - Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Unleaded Please - Revised


After my workshop with Greg LaRock he gave me some feedback on this painting. He suggested editing out the path. After holding my hand up over the path I agreed with him, it wasn't necessary. In fact, it was competing with my focal point. It was an easy fix.

What do you think? Which version do you like best?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Unleaded Please

8 X 10 inch oil painting on linen panel (by Raymar) and 5 X 7 inch study on canvas panel.

The second painting in this post is a small 5 X 7 study I did with a palette knife before I started the larger one.

My friend and fellow painter Dori Dewberry told me about this wonderful painting spot near my son’s preschool. Since I get about 2 1/2 hours to paint on the mornings he is on school we have to stay close enough for me to pick him up on time. Well, she found this amazing spot with oil derricks!

This location has so much to paint. I think we’ll work this spot for a couple of weeks because not only does it have these derricks, it also has dirt roads, mountain views, city views and neighborhood views.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Taco Adobe

6 X 8 inch oil painting on linen panel (by Raymar).

This morning I tried a new painting location in Old Town Orange. It’s hard to scout a new location and finish a painting all within 2 hours so I kept this one small. There were several buildings here that I liked but Taco Adobe stood out the most. It would be fun to go back in the afternoon to see what everything looks like when the sun is low in the sky.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Greg LaRock Workshop

A week ago I took a workshop from a very talented plein air painter named Greg LaRock. The workshop lasted 3 days.

The first day Greg demonstrated his approach. He spoke about massing in shapes, composition, color choices, focal point, edges and his decision-making process thorough out. He also mentioned that he keeps a painting journal that chronicles all of the paintings he does. It helps him keep his goal of 200 paintings a year.

The second day we practiced painting simple studies. Focusing on masses with little or no detail. It was much harder then it sounds.

The third day he did another demonstration painting. He talked about perspective as it applies to the shore, people and how their heads all sit along the same sight line as well as working with rapidly changing light conditions. One this last day the winds were blowing so hard all of us had huge amounts of sand in our paintings and on our palettes. **You can see Greg's finished painting above.**

My favorite part of the workshop was when Greg would give a critique. At the end of each session he would line up all of our paintings from the day and offer suggestions and lots of encouragement.

He also said we should bring paintings from home that we had done on our own for him to look at. His advice to me after viewing several paintings of mine was invaluable! Now I’m off to practice, practice, practice everything I learned.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Roma Red Gang

4 X 4 inch oil painting on 1/4” deep panel with notch on the back for hanging.

Because of windy weather here in Orange County my friend Dori and I stayed inside and painted these tomatoes today.

I really like the texture on the surface of this little painting. It almost looks like I painted it using frosting. What a combo, tomatoes and frosting!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

All Media 2008 Art Show Reception

You are invited to the opening reception for the All Media Art Show at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. I have one painting that was juried into the show this year. There will be many talented artists there with their amazing pieces of art. If you can't make it to the reception then stop by the show while it's up.

Friday, November 14th 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Awards presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604

Mon - Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday

Nov. 14th, 2008 - Jan. 17th, 2009

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Chilly Day at Newport

Remember in an earlier post when I talked about finishing a painting that really took the joy of painting out of me for a while? Well, this is the painting I blogged about.

You can see in the photograph that is was a gray, overcast day with no bright highlights or dark shadows. Everything was dull and beige. I worked and worked on this one but am still not happy with it. I decided to post it anyway but, I won't be offering it for sale in my shop because I don't feel like it's quite there yet.

What do you think?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

September Turning

10 X 8 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

So, remember how I said I was tired of painting trees? Well, it was a very HOT day, there was this lovely shady spot next to this tree and seeing as how there wasn’t much else there to make a painting out of….

This was a joy to paint! I didn’t worry very much about detail. My brush was loaded with paint that I pushed into place – what a blast!

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Cyber Tag 2

TheresaJ of Magnificent Obsession Jewelry cyber tagged me. It’s been a week since she let me know she was tagging me and so much happened between now and then that I almost forgot to post this.

Playing tag is a great way to explore all the other blogs out there. The rules of the game are simple:

* Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.

* Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

* Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. (yeah, I’m cheating on this because I don’t know 7 bloggers that I can tag)

* Don't forget to let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

About me:

1. Today I made sugar cookies from scratch for the first time.

2. I don’t like sugar cookies.

3. It bothers me when people don’t look me in the eye.

4. I love energy drinks but have given them up for tea.

5. Touching meat with my bare hands grosses me out.

6. I don’t have a favorite color. I like them all.

7. When I get the mail I always hope there will be a letter in the box and sadly, there never is. I miss handwritten notes and letters so much!

I've tagged...
Dewberry Fine Art
The Art of Alexandre Jay
CMV: paintings in oil
Bear Chick’s Journey

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Tucked Into The Hills

12 X 16 inch Oil Painting on canvas board.

Painting at the same location for several weeks definitely makes you familiar with the subject matter that’s there. And in this spot (which is the same as in the last post and the other tree post) there are trees, trees and more trees. And, I was sick of painting trees. So, I looked up. Yes, there are still trees in this one but they aren’t the main character. Architecture is always challenging and I enjoy a good painting challenge!

This one took several sessions, two outdoors and one in the studio for finishing work. What do you think?

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