A Special Thank You


A special thank you to all who follow my blog, with much patience I might add, for your generous comments, support and encouragement.  I don’t know where my art will lead, but I do know I’m having a great time learning and exploring – it’s fun and rewarding.

To those who celebrate the blessed holy day, Happy Easter to you and your families.

I’ll be off until Monday – my gardens are full of rose buds waiting to open, so please enjoy a batch from last year!

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Thursday’s Drawing: Grand Slam – final


Grand Slam has been a really enjoyable project to work on these past five weeks – it was a first for me to combine charcoal and graphite in a seascape and was surprised to find how easy the process was.  I’m happy to present the final workout of Grand Slam ~

Grand Slam, charcoal/graphite drawing (9×12) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper was completed today with making a few minor changes and additions to the crashing waves, darkening the left-side and foreground rocks where the splashing water is hitting them, working the incoming water and putting some finishing touches on the background trees.

My goal with drawing this scene was to give the viewer a sense of the seas power and energy – a place where natures thunder quiets our voices and takes us down a path that is greater than ourselves.

Thank you for checking in and following along with the project ~ check onto the image for a larger view.

Grand Slam, final with text

The reference image was taken by Ron Ford of pmp.

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Roses Close-up, #8


Continuing on with this challenge – a complicated rose reference photograph was selected, and oh my I should have simplified the components in the painting and taken everything out except the large middle rose.  I’ll do that the next time if I paint this particular scene again, I was just thrilled to get a rose painting under my belt.

#8, Roses Close-Up is an oil pastel (8×10) painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper using mainly Senneliers, Mungyo-Gallery and Holbeins.  No underpainting was used because the paper couldn’t tolerate it so to get as thin layers as possible for spreading, smoothing and blending the OPs I put OPs onto a piece of foam pipe insulation and then scrubbed and spread it onto the surface.  It actually looked like watercolor, it was very cool and was a nice way to get thin layers without filling up the tooth too quickly.

My main objective in painting this was to confront my intimation of painting roses because of the many layers of petals (our David Austins have 120 petals!) – so this was a great practice exercise.  There are lots of areas for improvement, but I finally gave roses a try and will do more now that the first is done – using a couple of my own roses for the subject.

Thanks for checking in on this challenge – click onto the image for a larger view.

Roses Close-up,#8 with textReference image from Christina Frenken of pmp.

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Orange-Red Tulips, #7


I rarely paint on the weekends, but this group of tulips were interesting enough that I wanted to have  little fun ~ it’s better than pulling weeds that I need to get at.

#7 Orange-Red Tulips (7×5) an oil pastel was painted on Poppy-Red tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper – I was worried about the surface color being too bright for the overall painting, but it provided just the impressionist effect that I was looking for.  I wanted the entire piece to be vibrant, w/a rich feel to it.  I used mainly Senneliers and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels, and clay shapers and a razor for spreading and blending.

Magenta, Celestial Blue, Midnight Blue, Indigo and light Cobalt blue were used to cool the piece down, and while it looks to have a spot of white in it really is a light Salmon that is showing up lighter than the actual painting.

Thanks for checking in, I’m on my way to check your blog posts (I’m very behind in my Reader work) ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Orange-Red Tulips, #7

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15 Paintings – Flowers: Wild Purple Day Lily’s, #6


Do you love purple flowers?  I do, they are refreshing to see standing tall in Texas’ blazing summer heat.  Well as luck has it, we have wild purple day lily’s that are more than abundant in our yard – they’ve taken over.  Not that I’m complaining, they are gorgeous and fun to watch, opening in the early morning and then after a long day of trying to beat the heat, the little purple guys fall off – the next day the cycle starts all over again.  So I thought why not ~

Wild Purple Day Lily’s (7×5) oil pastel is of an area in our yard where purple lily’s grow thick and wild hugging the wrought iron fence – so pretty (I’ve taken more photographs than I can count).  The painting was done on an ampersand board, using an acrylic underpainting and several coats of clear gesso for additional tooth and primarily Senneliers and Holbeins OPs.  For textures a painters knife and a razor blade were used.

A quick story about this particular spot in our yard – at the beginning of summer last year my husband was working in the yard, happy about the area he cleaned out.  So I went to have a look, well don’t you know it he plowed all the day lily’s down thinking they were weeds!  LOL, I mean to tell you ~ so what do you think happened, ha, they grew back thicker!

Enjoy my gecko friend who was on the fence while I was taking photographs, cute isn’t he?  Have a great weekend  ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Wild Purple Day Lily

Gecko Watching Me Take Photographs

Gecko Watching Me Take Photographs

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Thursdays Drawing – Grand Slam, #5


Today the seascape starts to come alive with energy as this Thursdays drawing takes a new turn – the power of Mother Nature takes over.

Grand Slam, #5 a charcoal/graphite drawing (9×12) is quickly coming together.  By adding the large splash from a crashing wave the seas energy pushes back the tree line and brings us to ground level – the act of placing us at the feet of the turbulent water.  Here is what was worked on today:

  • Background trees were smudged slightly, so they wouldn’t be uniform and shows evidence of stiff sea breezes
  • Rocks in areas being hit with water were darkened
  • The remaining frisket was removed and the splash was formed.  This was done with a lot of give and take using a touch of charcoal, mostly graphite and a kneaded eraser.  Layers were added, then removed by the eraser – this process continued until gentle variations of values within the splash could be recognized.

One more week of refining and I think this drawing will be completed.  Thanks for checking in – click onto the image for a larger view.

Grand Slam, #5

Grand Slam, #5

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Gentian Violet, #5


I didn’t intend to paint a Gentian, but my art friend Christel, who has me doing the challenge with her wanted to know if I could mimic the color of a Gentian Violet with oil pastels.  I love these little darlings in a Spring garden, and we had plenty of them until our local rabbit decided to devour them each year!  So now I enjoy through others photographs ~

Gentian Violet (7×5) oil pastel.  This tiny flower, while center stage here is small and delicate – I tried many different hues in the blue and purple families, blending as I went along (cobalt blue, sapphire blue, pale blue, indigo, ultramarine and several violet/purples) working towards the blues you see here.  Oil pastels range are limited and I couldn’t quite find the right mix to give the bluish/violet glow that I remember.  To give the scene a little break from blue, a few streaks of burnt sienna were drawn in.

Onto #6 and also back to work on Grand Slam drawing ~ click onto image for a larger view.

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15 Painting Challenge – Flowers: Orange Flower, #4


Wow can you believe I am only on #4?  Going to take a lot of tenacity and perseverance, so let’s plow forward ~

Orange Flower (7×5), an oil pastel painted on artist canvas board – this is not the greatest surface for oil pastels, as the OPs tend to glide and bleed rather than stick but it gave me the look at I was after.  Mainly Senneliers and Holbein oil pasetels were used.  No underpainting with this painting, just straight oil pastels using the OPs sticks, clay shapers and pieces of foam insulation.  A razor blade was used to get some of the texture in the background.  You’d laugh today, the temperature outside is around 80 and the OPs are melting in my fingers faster than I can hold onto them ~ my fingers are very colorful!

The reference image was taken by me of a flower from one of our gardens last year.  Onto #5 – click onto image for a larger view, the details show a bit better.

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15-Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Yellow Tulips in a Vase, #3


Oh my I can see that this challenge might take me forever – there is a great deal of texture in this painting, but my photograph is about as bad as it gets.  Please bear with me on this one, for good or bad, it’s part of the 15-painting challenge so it’s being posted – I’m not excited about this painting .   .   .   but I’ll explain a bit later.

Yellow Tulips in a Vase, is an oil pastel (14×11) on a gessoed prepared hardboard.  I did an a very wet and runny watercolor underpainting for a little looser feel to the piece.  I used subjects from three different reference photographs and combined them in a way allowing all subjects to be touching – the tall vase and tulips are my favorite aspect of the piece, in person they are brilliant yellow full and the flowers/stems have lots of textures.

If I was to paint this scene over again I would take out the round blue vase and tulip laying on the table and use in some combination maybe marbles, cream or purple satin ribbon, or perhaps a brass clock.  The table top doesn’t appeal to me either.  This painting became too static and doesn’t grab me emotionally – what about you?  You won’t hurt my feelings ~

So why post something I’m not happy with, it’s my way of staying true and honest to the challenge and to let you see that sometimes a whole painting can fall apart.  Nothing to do except get back at it and start painting again ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

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Thursdays Drawing – Grand Slam, #4


Working away on the Thursday’s Drawing project – this particular subject has all kinds of decision points and having just hit one I thought it would be a good place to stop for the day.

Grand Slam, #4 (9×12) is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum with graphite for the water and rocks, and charcoal for the background trees.  Work was done on all exposed areas (even removed two areas covered with Frisket).  Here is a quick summary:

  • The trees were lowered into the main body of the scene, they will be lowered even more once the remaining Frisket is removed.  Also the depth was worked on and some of the tree tops were exposed.
  • The rocks in the middle of the scene and bottom-right of the tree line, both added-on and extended out.
  • The beginning features of the foreground splashes and water flowing in from the right-side and lower-right had the first layers of graphite applied.

Next week the remaining Frisket will be removed and work will start on the grand splash.  The decision here will be whether or not to develop it with charcoal or graphite (shine or flat).  Also, once the Frisket is removed the lower rocks in the middle will be made higher and the rocks at the below the tree line will be extended out into the middle of the scene.  Value management is going to play an important role from this point forward, especially with the foreground rocks and the entire middle of the scene which will be the Grand Slam.

Thanks for checking in on the progress of Grand Slam ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Grand Slam, #4

Grand Slam, #4

 

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