Sunday, November 30, 2008

On The Easel, Still Life Painting Demo, Step 2

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. -William Faulkner

Step #2

Raku Pottery with Rose and Lace

Added a 2nd layer of paint's to the background....added 1st layer of glazes to pottery, rose and starting to work on table top. Have masked the holes in lace that are overlapped by the folds draped over table edge. Starting to add color to table. Will continue to build & deepen color of rose with several glazes and start adding color to the lace cloth.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

On The Easel, New Painting Demo, Nov. 27,2008

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters
compared to what lives within us. Henry David Thoreau

I enjoyed the first painting I completed last month with this pottery vase, so I'm painting another! Same Rose, have added lace to this one and made it a larger size.

Step 1: Added 1st layer of paints to the background. Colors used are: Verditer Blue, Blue Apatite Genuine and Ultramarine Blue, all Daniel Smith Paints.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

On The Easel, Peppers & Lace...Completed!

"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."

Title of Painting: "Salsa Line Up"
Image Size: 7.75" x 11.5"
Retail Price: $150.00
(This painting has been UV Varnished, no glass required)
This painting will be on display at the Painted Turtle Gallery, as part of the "Small Gems" show.
Nov.28 to Dec.25th, 2008
*If you are traveling through Creston, stop in and visit the gallery.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On The Easel - Peppers & Tomatoes, next step.

Continuing to build color by glazing layers of transparent paint on the red and green pepper. Dropping in more light washes of color across the lace falling over the table edge. Starting to build the cast shadows of the vegetables and folds in the lace. I have strengthened some areas of the background. (disregard upper left corner, this is a shadow of my notepaper!) Moving slowly on this one, as I find the green peppers shape tricky!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

On The Easel - Peppers & Tomatoes

I helped a friend make "Salsa" in September. As we chopped the tomatoes and peppers, I was intrigued with the different shapes, size and colors of the peppers. I decided to create a painting with the few peppers and tomatoes left from the garden. I wanted the background colors to reflect those of fall leaves, so I used the following colors - Quinicidrone Gold, Sap Green & Anthaquinoid Red, all Daniel Smith Watercolors. So far, so good!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Raku Pottery Painting - It's Finished

“Creating a painting is a journey and returning with discoveries worth sharing and exploring, makes the journey worthwhile.” ~ Terry Gilecki

Raku Pottery Painting -It's Finished!

Title of Painting: "Strike It Rich"

Image Size: 8" x 9.5" Framed: 11.5" x 13"

Retail Price: $150.00

(This painting has been UV Varnished, no glass required)

I confess, I was not happy with the first painting. Upon studying it, I found the table with it's underbar made the lower half of the painting too dark, distracting from the beauty of the pottery, that I wanted to capture. So, I finished the painting and tucked it away......then I started a new piece shown here. I like the simplicity of this painting. The slimmer table edge, creates a better overall balance. Bringing the background's blue tones below the table edge, helps the rose to shine. What drew me to paint this set-up, was the richness of colors & textures in the pottery vase. Also, I was very much drawn to the "masculine/femine" balance represented in this piece. In the vase, (the upper half ... soft & smooth, the lower half, rich, dark, textural, heavy looking). And also in the vase against the rose, (the rose being pretty & delicate, with a light femine scent).

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