Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Orange Mosaic #3

"Orange Mosaic #3"


Palette knife oil painting on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper for oils, 
mounted on Crescent mat board. 
You're probably thinking "this girl is in a serious rut" at this point.
I assure you, there's only one more orange to come, then I'll get 
on to other subjects. They have been so much fun to paint!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pink Lady - Destroy & Rebuild

"Pink Lady"


Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper for oils, mounted 
on Crescent mat board. This is one of my absolute 
favorites - using the destroy and rebuild method results in such 
a lovely soft look.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

In Honor of Pi Day 2016

"Cherry Pie"

Painted in honor of National Pi Day.
6 x 6 inch palette knife oil on Arches paper,
mounted on Crescent mat board.

Prickly Pear Close-Up

"Prickly Pear Close-up"


Palette knife oil on 6 x 6 inch Arches paper, mounted
on Crescent mat board. Absolutely love the delicately colored 
blossoms on prickly pear.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Why You Should Finish What You Start

"Prickly Pear"


8" x 10" palette knife oil on canvas panel, unframed.
Started on site, finished in the studio. I posted earlier versions of
this painting as I worked and have just, finally, finished it this week.
Why should you finish what you start? It feels so good!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016




I get a little anxious with this "destroy and rebuild" technique as I'm never
sure what will happen after I pull a brush through a "finished" painting
in every direction, really messing it up. However, interesting things occur
during the rebuilding process. This one worked, and there's a definite
sense of movement through space.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Broken Color #2

"Broken Color #2"


I'm getting good at using these techniques with pieces of fruit, but am
still struggling to do it successfully with other subjects. I'll keep
trying though, as I love the effect.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Painting Progression - Prickly Pear

Yesterday I started a "Self-Study" workshop with Meredith Milstead. It meets 4 Sunday afternoons in May and I've chosen to work on my "unfinished plein air" pile of paintings which is getting rather large. I'm starting with the one I began a few days ago. The top photo is my subject at a plein air paint out with Tuscon Pastel Society at Tanque Verde Ranch. Next is the block-in, value study, done that morning and the bottom photo shows what I accomplished in class yesterday - still a lot to be done, obviously. I'd like to achieve more of a broken color effect on the prickly pear pads, but am not sure I can manage that. 

I'll be working from photos in class, though she prefers we work from life - thus my homework will be studying reflected light, and I'm tasked with painting something each day and sending her a photo - to prove I'm working! It's getting hot here in Tucson, and I'll be working from a still-life setup, so I bought 3 pretty Bartlett pears this morning.