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

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.