Thursday, July 14, 2016

Geraniums Red and Yellow

8" x 8" x 1.5" Oil on wood cradled panel

A few geraniums from my container garden with a little yellow dahlia thrown in for good measure.

I enjoy painting geraniums.  I think I do better by them as paintings than in real life.  I tried a less structured approach with these this time.  Rather than starting out with a detailed drawing, I thought I'd "wing it" and just pencil it in roughly and let my eye do the measuring.  A lot more fun this way.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Moody Teacup

This is just before I punched in all the highlights and lightened the background.  I'll post the finished
image tomorrow.  This was the second approach to painting this teacup.   I really overworked the first one and also made a bad decision to paint from a photo that I didn't set up very well.  Not enough
contrast in the lighting so of course the end result was less than pleasing.  That's what happens when
you launch right in to a painting without doing a few "lesser" works to warm up with.  This one
came right after and is much closer to what I wanted the outcome to be.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Art Quilts

Forest Lake
16" diameter
bowl shape
hand dyed and commercial fabric

Spotted Robin
16" diameter
bowl shape
hand dyed and commercial fabric

Every so often I make a complete 180 and create something very different from what I've been doing.
I've been trying to find time to do some art quilts.  Nothing too labor intensive because I can never be too far from my painting projects.  This was the perfect project.  Involved enough to be a bit of a challenge and interesting in a tactile way.  I also had a collection of hand dyed fabrics that I was looking forward to using so all of this came together in a very pleasant way.  I never want to leave
a project with newly acquired skills too soon or else I worry about losing the thought process that led me to this so at least one more before I return to my painting.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cut paper design....

Design and painted textures are important no matter what I'm creating so I've been designing lately with cut paper from my growing stash of painted papers.  A spin off of the collaged birds of last year (which I fully intend on returning to) will be posted here in the coming days.

Spending less time at my computer...

means creating more.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Sensible Quote

Having fun pairing up handwritten quotes with artwork and playing with my watercolours at the same time.  I can't stress enough that taking time to play can lead to great new discoveries.  This is unlike what I usually do with oils and something I'd like to do more of.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gouache Love

I started these with the idea that they would just be informal sketches so I would've composed these a little better but I was in a hurry to apply this new found love of gouache.  I think this media (for me)
is here to stay.  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Now why hadn't I tried this before?

Gouache seems to be the best of two worlds and for some reason I never really explored the possibilities.  The convenience of watercolour with the ability to do fine detail and work in layers
like oil paints.  I originally thought I'd work with them for illustrations but am pleased that I can
do more fine art work with them as well.  

New Year, New Projects

The start of a new year means the opportunity to work on new projects and so early in January and in collaboration with the Deka team, I created these handprinted menus and place cards.  I'm brushing up on my calligraphy because I had way too much fun in 2015 working with this team.  Photography is by Emilie Olson (my daughter).