Saturday, September 2, 2017



Sept. 2, 2017


6x6 oil on canvas

Practicing stopping before I over-work.  I have been away from oils for a while and have gotten rusty.  If I do one small one a day for the month of September it may come back to me. I liked starting this in yellows and violets.
Sept. 1, 2017

                                                   
Still Life with Sunflowers 
9x12 oil on panel

I worked on this for a day, trying to convince myself that I could still paint.  Wiping out at least three times.  I was losing the battle.  The next morning I couldn't wait to get to the studio and throw it in the trash but when I got there I found it wasn't as bad as I thought, or worth rescuing or at least not admitting defeat.  I changed the base from wood-tone to light and moved the lower flower closer to the pitcher.  I continued working until suddenly the painting told me it was finished. I won, its ok but I still won't buy it a frame.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Harris, Yellow Sky
16x20 pastel on Uart 400

This was based on yesterday's study. I am happy with some of it but still like the study better.  I like these portrait style landscapes with masses of trees and light peeking out from behind.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Harris 
8x10 pastel 

I started this with a grisaille and of course I forgot to take a picture of that first step. My plan is to use the same reference photo to try different underpainitng techniques.

I believe this was art spectrum white.  I used graphite for the grisaille. The problems I had with this I am attributing to the surface.  Maybe if I am trying to compare techniques  I ought to stick with a known background.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Casco Bay
5x7 pastel

Trying something new.  I stretched cold-pressed watercolor paper, painted my underpainting, coated it with pumice gel and then pasteled on top. It was interesting to do and I may try it again larger.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On my easel

I had a plan to deal with Winter.  I set up pastels in my old studio, the sun room off the bedroom.  I like to get up early but not to walk down to the studio.  I thought I would use this space to do small studies in the early morning and evening.


For this painting I followed Liz Haywood Sullivan's lessons in her book "painting Brilliant Skies and Water" using my own reference photo.  I am trying to find a method of painting that works for me.This is the first step, an underpainting washed down with alcohol.


At this point I have applied pastel all over matching color to value. The small set I brought up to the house is missing colors and especially brands.  There are no Giraults, my favorites.

The surface of this is Pastel Premier, white. It handled well and did not buckle with the alcohol wash but the tooth seemed rougher than I remembered possibly due to the missing Giraults that I rely on to blend.

It is noon now and I still haven't been down to the studio! This plan may work better for evenings.


Hope
18x24 pastel on Uart

I named this "Hope" because after a rainy week-end the sun was just starting to break through on my way home from the mountains.

This is 4 times the size of my usual work and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed working larger.