Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kiwi snack - oil on 6" x 6"

I had a nice visitor the other day and discovered the blog site Paint and Draw Together, through them. Thank you. So I thought I'd try this one, as it has very tricky lighting. There is a bit of glare and most of my photos I post up here are from my iPhone, so bear with me. This is a small painting and it was fun.

Meanwhile, I am still struggling with two larger paintings. I will post when I make a bit further progress.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Odd Man Out - oil on canvas 20 x 24

I worked more today with my flowers. I can see the appeal of working with sunflowers! I was inspired to try them in oils today after my play with watercolors yesterday. When I tried to arrange the flowers in an interesting way, I noticed there was one looking like it wanted to jump out of the vase. Being an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person - Check out Elaine Aron's work if you are curious) I felt this perfectly described how I usually feel in social situations. It is something I battle routinely.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Watercolor sketches

Well, I needed a change from working on my canvas paintings. I have two in the works that are fighting me or I am fighting with them. I have been inspired lately by some of the blogs I follow on watercolors and sketching. So, I went out and got myself  a couple batches of beautiful flowers and a cheap heavy weight watercolor sketch book. I am having fun letting go and playing with the watercolor set from Japan. I have not done a whole lot with watercolors, so I have quite a learning curve. But I do like the idea of this being a more portable tool for me and I plan on making sketches part of my daily routine (beside my oil & acrylic paintings).  Plus, just having some fresh color flowers in my house help me to feel like Spring is on its way!

PS: The sketch book I found was at Hobby Lobby 11" x 8.5",  50 130 lb sheets for $15. If anyone else has info for better deals on these heavy weight sketch books, please let me know. I could make it myself, but I'd rather not as I'm kind of lazy and have a myriad of other things on my list...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Japanese watercolor set

I'm going to work on some watercolor paintings again. I decided to put a sample out of my colors for reference and thought I'd share. I bought these in Tokyo and I do wish I had picked up a bigger set. Next time hopefully. These colors are straight out of the tubes.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Portoferraio - Just Around the Corner, oil on canvas

This is my best try this month on Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout Challenge for the month of February. This time we are on the Mediterranean Island of Elba. Beautiful Island and cool old streets and architecture. This one is in the town of Portoferrio. I was attracted to this scene because it had some interesting corners and street view. was a struggle for me. I have not done much in the way of architecture. I wanted to chuck the painting. But I gave it my best and here it is. The Google Map link is below as well. I only wish I could be there now enjoying the beaches and towns. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Snow on Olympic View Drive - oil on canvas 18 x 24

My posts are coming a bit slower these days as I'm working on larger paintings. This one has been a tricky one! Over our snow break, my husband took some beautiful shots in our neighborhood of the snow at night. He suggested I try painting one of these. Here is my attempt. Not sure if it is done (I never am). The trees are a bit thicker in the real photo, but I liked seeing more of the sky. I wasn't sure how to capture the tire tracks in the snow and painting snow is not an easy task. But this has been fun and I've glopped on more paint than I usually do in my work. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Deception Pass - oil & oil pastel

This is a work in progress. I'm trying to paint larger landscapes. This is an 18 x 24 painting. Deception pass is amazing and this one was actually taken up on the bridge that looks down (180 feet above water). This is one of the main passages from the Straight of San Juan de Fuca into the Puget Sounds waters. We are usually on our boat going through this interesting passage. The currents run incredibly strong through here and it can be dangerous (they can reach 9 knts). Most boaters, including ourselves, time our run through it on slack tide to avoid the thrill of crazy currents. Ko-kwal-alwoot watches over the entrance of the path. I'm including a link to her story here - Maiden of Deception Pass. You can see her kelp hair floating in the water along with the current.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Kitty Tea Party - oil on canvas

Our cats are pretty spoiled. Having a tea party for the cats, which did include kitty treats of course, was my daughter's idea. She loves to make them happy. This is great, because it gave me a fun photo to paint from. As you notice, one of the cats is finished, but is very patiently waiting while the others finish up.