Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Autumn Cluck" The story of a painting!

How does a painting begin? Where does it lead? What happens? Well, I can tell you that it doesn't always go where I think it will and the result is quite often a surprise even to me!

This painting began with a sketch from one of my reference photos. (I'm always looking for good chicken photos!) It's a simple sketch and of course I thought that I'd have a simple painting! Weeeellllllllllll...........I started last night. My first issue was the tail feathers in the upper right hand corner.........too dark.......too weird...........wrong color..........wrong angle.........OK, I finally sorted that out and then the shadow in the lower right......too dark......wrong color......hmmmmmmm......Figured out how to make that work and then of course came the background. After I found the right balance of color, it just looked empty!!!!! Keep it simple, I'm thinking...well, it's TOO simple!!!!!  Put in a fence, a building, a line, what????? This morning, since it's Fall and the leaves are falling—I like to hear them crunch when I ride over them on my bike—I thought, maybe I'll work some leaves in. Well, you know, that was just right!!!!!!! So, here it is—Autumn Cluck!
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This is the sketch for the painting.

 "Autumn Cluck" • 8"  8" • Sold • acrylic on 3/4" cradled clayboard

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pear Design in Acrylic Workshop!

Today's workshop topic was Pear Design using Acrylic paint and collage. We had a great time stencilling, collaging, and just applying COLOR!!!!! We worked with pears for the design because pears are EASY to draw! The time went incredibly FAST! Below are photos of our work today! Thanks to everyone for making this a GREAT DAY!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A wonderful painting day!

Fuchsia Hangout • 8" x 8" • $100.00


Today I finished "Fuchsia Hangout." Using a mixture of fluid and heavy bodied acrylics in my brush lends a different look to the paint strokes. Color sparkles through this piece, gems and jewels of different sizes and shapes.
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