Monday, August 31, 2015

Late Summer Shadows and a Pet Friend Winner


Late Summer Shadows
9x12 inch 
watercolor 
This painting can be found here
 

 


Today is the pet or peony free painting giveaway day. The winner for the month of August is Richard Keller. The next free painting giveaway day will be September 30th. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Last Swimmer of the Summer


The Last Swimmer of the Summer 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 
Matted 12x12 inches 
This painting might work for the "Fog Challenge " this week. I need to think about that. 
The painting can be found HERE

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Day of The Dog


The Day of The Dog 
watercolor 
9x12 inches 
This is a subject I worked on once before. This one I find more satisfying. I found the mid tone patches I wanted to keep identifiable.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Products For Beauty


Products For Beauty 
Watercolor 
7.9x7.9 
matted 12x12 inches 
This painting can be found HERE
 
These objects are all about surface beauty. I never was much of a "girly girl" and as I age I am less and less of one. Not sure why I got sidetracked into these paintings of make-up. I think it will be revealed if I keep painting and see where it leads. It always makes sense if I pay attention to what I am supposed to learn. It might be about painting and it might be about "life" . Right now it is OK not to know. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy Face


Happy Face 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 inches 
Matted 12x12 inches 
Today is full of house chores to do. So I hit this one fast and hard.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Are These Pretty Things?


Pretty Things 
watercolor 
7x10 inches 
Matted 11x14 inches. 
I call this one Pretty Things but it really should be named "Things That Make You Pretty."
This painting can be found HERE

Here are the first two steps. I forgot to photograph Step One.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Hope in a Jar



My mother called beauty creams "hope in a jar". I am painting these items to examine the space between things. I "hope" I can paint them well.

I am interested in temperature more than color at the moment. The minute I can understand more about that I will break it down and see if I can communicate the concept better.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The City Crowd


The City Crowd 
watercolor 
8x9 inches 
This is the Daily Paintworks challenge for the week. My response is brighter than this photograph shows. But I stand by the composition and the value shapes and overall design. I am a country mouse but shapes are shapes no matter where you live. 
This painting can be found HERE

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tiny Welcome Table


Tiny Welcome Table 
watercolor 
9x12 inches 
This painting can be found HERE
Today I am painting slowly and more deliberately than ever before. This was a strategic painting from start to finish. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Vermont Icon


Vermont Icon 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 inches 
matted 12x12 inches 

This is my first landscape since watching Susan Abbott demonstrate her skills first hand.
I tried to concentrate on color value shapes and temperature. This is "Very Vermont" . It is called the "Green Mountain State" for a reason.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Influences


Influences 
watercolor 
7x11 inches 
Matted 11x14 inches

Influences http://www.jomackenzie.com/store/p880/Influences_.html
I went on a field trip to see @Susan Abbott demonstrate her painting process. This threw me into such excitement I could not sleep for a night. The next day I lay around like a "Walrus " unable to move . Today is the day I am ready to recharge my engine and start all over again. I know a learning curve is in the making. While it is happening I am sure things will look "strange " before they look better. That is the process of an artist. You have to find out where the new boundaries are before you can incorporate them into your knowledge base.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Warm Temperature Rose on a Hot Hot Day


A Warm Temperature Rose on a Hot Hot Day. 
7x11 inches 
I had an adventure today. I will write about it tomorrow. 
As I often say "More later!" 
This painting can be found HERE

Monday, August 17, 2015

Shape and Form


Shape and Form 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 

Form and Shape 
watercolor 
7.9x7.9 
Exploring shapes and forms today. Moving in and around the structure of a blooming flower.



Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Cow Challenge


The Cow Challenge Response 
10x14 inches 
Watercolor 
Today the challenge at the Daily Paintworks is to paint these cows. I decided not to over think it and just "do it". I stand by this one. It can be found HERE

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Yellow Temperature Rose


Yellow Temperature Rose 
Watercolor 
7.9x7.9 inches 
Matted 12x12 inches 
This painting can be found HERE
I am still exploring temperature along with value shapes and yellow is my hardest color to determine value of ...so I had to "step up". 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What is the Temperature Today


What is the Temperature Today? 
Watercolor 
7.9x7.9 
Matted 
12x12 inches 
I call this painting "What  is the Temperature Today" because I studied the surfaces and painted the temperature shapes not just the value shapes. It was like being an insect going over the surface and changing the color temperature as I went on my journey. This is from a photograph by the wonderful artists El's Manning and it can be found HERE

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Warm and Cool

Today is an exploration of warm and cool elements and how they play off each other.
I think the value plan is solid. Yup. I stand by this one. It can be found HERE

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Question Mark Cat


A Question Mark Cat 
watercolor 
7x10 inches 
matted 11x14 inches 
I was planning on showing the three steps for how to paint this cat, but I got carried away and suddenly it was done. This painting can be found HERE

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dive In Now


Dive In Now 
watercolor 
10x7 inches 
matted 11x14 inches 
I have been exploring value shapes, reflections and play  this summer. Thank you El's Manning for letting me use the photograph that inspired so many of the swimmers this summer. 
This painting can be found HERE

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Wild Flowers

This week the challenge at the Daily Paintworks is to paint  a field of wild flowers. I have painted this field before but it has been years since the last attempt. This time I just found forms and things fell into place nicely.
I feel good about this challenge response it is 7x 10 inches of popping poppies.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

For Me?


For Me? 
Watercolor 
14x20 inches 
I think I will frame this one  and put it in my living room. Time to redecorate.