Sunday, September 17, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

D'Anjou #4

Day 11 of the 30/30 Challenge - seems like I'm on a roll with pears at the moment. 
This is a "destroy & rebuild" technique. I paint the pear with my trusty 
palette knife, then pull a brush through it in every direction. 
I always have to take a deep breath and hold it when I do this. 
Then I pick up the palette knife again & rebuild it, just somewhat. 
If I'm lucky, it works; if not, I scrape. 
Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch gessobord.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!

D'Anjou #3

Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper 
for oils.

I just knew there were going to be more pears!
More to come - I'm behind on posting.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

"Farmers' Market"

Painted from a photo taken at the farmers' market
at Steam Pump Ranch in Tucson, AZ.
These squashes looked so delicious and colorful,
they just had to be painted.

Day #2 of the 30/30 Challenge
Watercolor and pen on 6 x 6 inch 
Pentalic 130# paper.

Friday, September 1, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!


As I was painting this, it occurred to me that two of 
the pears were quite cozy, while the third was kind of
separate, leaning against the wall in a corner. It
reminded me of dancing class all those decades ago!

Day #1 of the 30 in 30 Challenge: 
6 x 6 inch palette knife oil on Arches paper for oils, 
mounted on Crescent mat board.

Friday, August 25, 2017



My lovely cat, Bijou, again
I liked the result in pastel, so figured I'd try the same idea in oil.

#1 - top left: I did an under-painting in pale green, and tried some 
colors in the other areas,

#2 - top right: Painted the cat, but too dark, I think. Should have matched
the value of the under-painting which is now showing up
just as whitish spots, so ....

#3 - bottom left: ... I covered up the under-painting completely. Well, that's 
better, but it lacks the punch of the pastel version. So ....

#4 - bottom right: .... proceeding with the advice & encouragement of my 
friend Linda, I made a really thin wash of sap green and painted 
it over everything, but the cat. Better - at least it looks like it
all belongs together now. 

Result: I learned something new. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

I just signed up for the September 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge
 I think this must be the 4th or 5th time for me. I feel I've been totally lazy 
about painting this summer and the September challenge really helps to get me 
in the painting groove. So, here we go again!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

D'Anjou Pears - Another Series?

D'Anjou #2

6 x 6 inch palette knife oil on Arches paper, 
mounted on Crescent mat board.

Ah! Another pear. I guess the series is really underway. 
I really like the blush of pink on this one.