Monday, February 15, 2016

More Apples

Top: #44 - "Pacific Rose" - color breaking. Who knew there were so many varieties of apples!
Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 Raymar canvas panel.

Bottom:  #45 - "Pacific Rose II" - destroy & rebuild. Palette knife oil painting
 on 6 x 6 Raymar canvas panel.

Someone recently gave me a copy of "American Places" - gorgeous photographs by Elliot Porter, text by Wallace Stegner and Page Stegner. I thought I would be most interested in the photos, but Wallace Stegner is such an amazingly good writer, especially about place, that I find myself reading a page or two every time I sit down to a meal. (I know, I know - I should be putting my attention on the food.) 
I've always enjoyed his novels and think if my history courses and books had been taught and written by him, I might have enjoyed them much more.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


At the top is #38.  "Opal" - destroy & rebuild. Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 Raymar panel. I used Winsor Violet (dioxazine) to mix the colors and am not sure I like them - will do this one again and eliminate that color to see how it changes.

On the bottom is #41 - "Opal II" - color breaking. This time I didn't use the violet for mixing and I like it much better. 6 x 6 palette knife oil on Raymar canvas panel.

Though I've finished with the 30/30 Challenge, I seem to be embroiled in the 366 Days of Art in 2016 Challenge started by a sketchbook group. So, I'm keeping the momentum going as best as I can for as long as I can - it's certainly a great habit!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Results of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!

I had such a great time painting these, and, for the first time, I managed to get 
30 paintings done in the allotted time. All are just palette knife oils, 
6 x 6 inches, on canvas panels, or Arches paper for oils. 

Another group issued a 366-day challenge to do art every day throughout the year. 
Not sure if I can do that successfully, but I'll sure try.