Monday, January 31, 2011

"Seeing Double" -Sold

We have a terrific ice storm tonight, so I drove home early from the studio and brought with me stuff to paint with. Well, here is apple number 58, oil on a 6"x6" panel. I painted this using Gamblin oil paint and Liquin medium. Wow, that Liquin really allows the paint to flow. I painted this down stairs in the home studio where I started my "Little Paintings" adventure. Old memories surfaced and oh just like the old times... painting in straight oil, with a set up light source and an actual model, I grabbed a "Gold Delicious" apple that was hanging out in the refrigerator. The only difference from old times is that I used Liquin instead of the linseed oil mix. Can you tell that this painting is leaning against a mirror?

I couldn't help myself...  put that little "58" in the painting...  : )


Sunday, January 30, 2011

This has potential... "First Attempt"

How about this crazy little painting, it is acrylic on gessoed paper and I think it is 6"x9", I forgot to measure it. With this little painting I had no intention or expectation. I just painted and tried, I say tried to keep my left mind out of it. I would let my arm go to a color and then just lay it down on the paper. I actually painted the majority of this image in the vertical and this is the way I'm posting it, horizontal.... hmmm.

I'm trying to put together a movie of my painting this, but it is far too lengthy right now to post, oh imovie woes. It is like 18 minutes long after cutting out a lot, maybe I need to cut out a lot more!

Have a nice day! Think warm if it's cold where you reside.


Friday, January 28, 2011

"Finding My Way #57"

Mixed media on paper 6"x6", apple number 57. Seems like I just need to put a leaf on some of the apples, so I do....

Anything else today? Maybe... it is fun Friday, please have fun!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Especially For You" -Sold

Has anyone seen this before? Well, not really this one, but one (or two) just like it! This is a little softer version of "Center of Attention" that I painted almost a year ago! This one, "Especially For You" is a commission piece, so the title just seems appropriate! It is a 6"x6" oil on canvas panel. It's so nice to work in oil. It has a different workability than some of the other mediums. Maybe...  I just missed painting in oil a little.

Watch for an apple tomorrow!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Leaf Me!"

Apple 56, no leaf. Poor apple, wants a leaf, "Leaf Me!". Maybe it should say please....

There is a golden sheen over the surface of this painting. I watered down some Golden brand, Iridescent Bright Gold (Fine) acrylic paint and spread it all over the surface. Then I wiped out a few areas that the gold did no lend itself well to the effect. You should see it in person... ooooo... shimmery ..... maybe this is really a golden apple!

Another day, another apple, what will I do when all 100 apples are finished? I better not look ahead now, need to keep my eye on the apple!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"55 No Worm"

Green apple, not red and no worm. Funny... it may be time... to add a worm... or maybe not....

Today leigh, my neighbor gave to me an old stenciling brush she had laying around. Just the tool I need for pouncing, it is great! There is a real skill to this stenciling process... I'm having so much fun pouncing, I need to find more stencils!

Watch for worms!


"Perfect 54"

I'm painting along on this apple and I realize that the stem/core is not in the right place. Well, darn it, whose perfect? We all are! I decided to leave it right where it is...  making this apple perfect!

This is a 6"x6" mixed media on paper mounted to a panel.

Perfect! Perfect!

Have a perfect day!


Monday, January 24, 2011

"Happy New Leaf"

Apple #53, has a new leaf! It's small, well, it's a new leaf. It's a good idea to start small when you turn over a new leaf. Baby steps. It's January and a lot of people make those New Year Resolutions, some of them require one to turn over a new leaf, I guess... Okay, enough nonsense, it's apple number 53 and it has a new baby leaf!

I tried something new in this painting, something I've never done before, stenciling. Yes, I've never done it. Thank you leigh for teaching me how, I had no idea! Of course I had no idea, so I had no idea to ask! What is that word "pouncing", I didn't know to pounce!

Happy New Leaf!

pounce.... pounce...  pounce...


Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Small Manhattan"

Oh, we haven't seen this subject in a while! This is an itty bitty 3"x3" oil on canvas.

She wasn't in today but I could hear leigh's voice in my head "stop!" it's an itty bitty! Didn't want to overwork it, well, I didn't. From this photo I can see I could have added a tiny reflection to the martini glass stem, but alas, it is now in the record books. Maybe tomorrow I will add it.... maybe... speaking of adding things... I did add a little something to Apple #52 as I said I would... here it is:
Added the "52" on the right side, I think it helped balance out the painting... this painting is 6"x6" mixed media on paper... remember?

Thought for the day, know when to STOP!

Have a great day!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Shiny Enough to Eat" Apple #52 -Sold

"Shiny Enough to Eat", yes, it's a shiny red apple, oh number 52, it's all about you! Oh, I think I see something I need to add.... I'll show the revision tomorrow!

Last night, I was having pizza and a micro brew with a friend at a new restaraunt in BroadRipple. My friend really like the look of this girls hair, she was across the bar from us. I told Michael that I could do a quick sketch. Here is my quick sketch:
We found out her name as we were leaving... is this how Michael intends to pick up girls? Just kidding!

I hope to do a little painting of this.... apples, apples, maybe she needs an apple in her hand!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, January 21, 2011

"Apple #51"

Oh, "Apple #51"... not perfect, but is anyone perfect? Let's hope not! I think Carol Marine just discussed that. This is really one mixed medium painting... I started out with the acrylic, then oil sticks then ink pencils, and finally I finished with a touch of oil paint because nothing else was sticking on top of the oil sticks. It was truly a learning experience.The majority of this painting is acrylic but.... it is mixed up... and I had fun mixing...what a result...  oh yes, I did use my fingers to mix and blend here and there! Love it!

Happy weekend!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Nifty Fifty"

Here it is, number 50! Half way home! And it's a green apple not red, but it's not purple either.... hmm.
Have I mentioned how much I like using my new scanner? Okay, I won't mention it again, but wow.

This painting, I had so many things going on in my mind and so many workshops and artists styles and books that this is a combined painting of thoughts...

Last night, I attended a Wine & Canvas event and painted as a participant, not the lead artist. What fun and I learned other ways of doing things. I loved it. Like using brown to make a shade of a color rather than the compliment. Now I know another way and I get another effect, too cool! I was also reminded that it's okay to use your fingers on your painting when painting! I almost forgot!

It's been a few days since my last painting, I'll try not to stray to far this time!

Another day, another apple!


Monday, January 17, 2011

"A Leaf Apple #49" -Sold

Forty Nine, forty nine! I found a little leaf to add to this big apple. The painting is 6"x6" but the apple looks big!

I may have said it before and I can't help but say it again, the reds just do not photograph (or scan) well.
Oh well, hey what can I say, maybe a green apple next time? Maybe a purple apple... a purple apple.. hmm...


Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Apple Forty Eight"

Oh, another apple. What is one to do? Bite? Cut? Hmm.... I have a few ideas... bear with me, only 52 more to go!

Have a good evening, eat an apple.   : )


"Am I A WineSap? Apple #47"

Even though I've been using a Red Delicious as a model, when I placed paint on the original 10 pieces of paper some of the shapes came out a little more rounded than others. They are what they are and this one seems to say Winesap to me, would you agree leigh?

Winesap's are used for cooking pies and desserts I believe... so I had to post a little sketch of just the person that may be able to bake a little pie for us.
From what I can tell, her expression seems to say "Why yes, I'll cook something up for you!"

Wow, I better open my windows wider when I spray the fixative on my sketches, I'm getting a little delirious!


Friday, January 14, 2011

"Apple #46 For Your Heart"

Apples are good for your heart, aren't they? This number 46 red delicious has a rough heart shape to it, that is was made me decide that this one is for your heart. Eat an apple today for your heart!

Remember yesterday I told you about the oilbar I used? Well, see the yellowish area to the right side of the apple? That is watery acrylic paint beading up on top of the oil bar area. A different effect, yes! It's not the isopropyl alcohol effect! Don't worry Bonnie, I won't go crazy with the acrylic on top of oil idea, my left brain won't allow that!

Here are the six I have left... I'll try to finish them before the weekend is over... hope you don't mind all of the apples. Hey, they're good for your heart!!

Have a safe weekend!


"Delicious Apple #45"

Today, I brought in a red delicious to model for me. He/she did very well. No complaints about hot lights, needing a break or anything! Apples... ya gotta love 'em!

Forty-six is around here somewhere!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

"Apple #44" and "Sarah the Ballerina"

Well, I happened to finish this one... so I decided... why not post it! Number 44... 6" x 6" mixed media on paper...

After posting "Apple #43" I thought I would check in on "the art of dance is like chocolate". Well she has this video of a little ballerina teaching us how to put on ballerina make-up and how to tie your hair back into a ballerina bun. I started laughing a bit then I decided to sketch her. As I'm sketching, a light bulb goes on in my brain and it's like... this is the ballerina that Myra drew a portrait of! It has to be! Oh, my goodness, little Sarah inspired both of us!
Good night!

"Apple #43"

Apple Number 43! Is it Monday? It feels like Monday.

Today, I started 10 new apple paintings. All 6" x 6" on paper. They will eventually be mounted to a panel and they will all be mixed media as this one is.

Yesterday I purchased a few Winsor & Newton Artists' Oilbar's. I couldn't stand it I had to try them out today, so I used them just a little in the apple paintings. Don't know what is going to happen I used oil on top of acrylic then put acrylic on top of the oil. Hopefully they will all get along. Time will tell.

The intention for the oilbars (or sticks) is to  use them for bigger paintings. The sticks are 1/2" in diameter so it's not a detailer for 6" x 6" paintings. I think they will have to be used for the Huge Apple painting that has been at the back of my mind for some time now. Thanks Myra for the nudge in the big apple painting direction. It only makes sense that I should create one as big as the coffee cup!

Talk with you Friday!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

"Apple #42"

Apple number 42, I tweaked it a bit. I feel better about it now. Oh, so many apples!

I've been using oil paint pens to sign some of works lately. Trying to get consistent with my signature. In my quest, I've tried several brands and I feel I have found my favorite with the DecoColor brand.  Now, I just need to find a place to purchase them. I've checked Dick Blick's website, I think that may be my answer!

Have a great day!


Friday, January 7, 2011

"Apple #41"

Here it is #41. I decided I must go on! This image is missing some of the original paintings color because the camera would not pick it up. I scanned this painting first, it didn't look right so I photographed it and it is a lot closer to what it really looks like, but the reds... and hot pink....the color just doesn't come through. I really don't have all day to get the image exactly right (that would be crazy time spent) and I'm not sure if it's possible.

Anyway, "Apple #41" and only 59 more to go... can I have them all finished by April 22, 2011? I'm gonna try!

Have a safe weekend!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Apple's Not Quite There...

Worked on these two today, I think I will work on them again tomorrow or sometime in the future. They seem like they are just not quite there yet. Maybe it's the weather. Yes, it's the weather!



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"First Star I See Tonight"

Small, 3" by 3" aquamedia on canvas. I say aquamedia because the image is made up of pieces of paint, from my palette of dried acrylic paint. Robert Burridge calls them "skins". There is gold oil paint from a paint pen that I used to dot in a few stars in the sky and a little highlight (at least in my brain) around the figure, so does all of that make this a mixed media painting? Hmmm, could be!
The sideways or diagonal affect is almost Bauhaus, I think. Maybe I'm making things up again, my brain does that too!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"Too Hot To Handle"

This is a 7.5" x 5.5" aquamedia on paper. I'll mount it onto an 8" x 6" canvas later this week.

These three, I think, are still out on the town since New Year's Eve! They are havin' a good time!


Saturday, January 1, 2011

"Happy New Year 2011" -Sold

Another version of this celebratory drink! Let's ring in the New Year with a celebration that we all made it through the last year! Whew!

Happy New Year Everyone!!

PS: Have not sign this yet, think I need to invest in a gold paint pen!