An Acrylic Study, White Floral, based off a demo by Will Kemp


“Creativity takes courage,” by Henri Matisse

I have lacked the courage and confidence to paint these beautiful creatures of nature do mainly to my lack of experience with acrylics and paint brushes.

It’s been my desire to paint flowers using acrylics.  Last year I found a video demonstration by Will Kemp painting an impressionist rendering of a floral arrangement – it was exactly what I had looked for!!  There was no excuse – I had to take the opportunity to learn and maybe then I could move forward.

White Floral, (8×10) was done using acrylic paints on canvas paper.  I loved the experience of painting this still life from exploring acrylics, learning several mediums, to painting with a variety of paint brushes.  It was really everything I had hoped for in an exercise and gave me the tools to get started.

Even though after painting this arrangement I had to set my brushes aside for several months, at least I was able to give this a go.  There will definitely be more floral paintings  ahead, that I’m sure of.

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Happy Mother’s Day: The Lone Lily – acrylic painting


The Lone Lily – a tribute to my Mother

“The flower is worn by many mothers, the Chinese also venerate the day lily as a symbol of filial devotion to one’s mother,”  by Living Art Originals (www.livingartoriginals.com)

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When I painted this flower in the Fall of 2017 it never occurred to me that it would become the symbol of my devotion to my Mother.  The meaning of this flower seems to fit perfectly.

You see, my Mother has Alzheimer and over this past winter we had to place her in a nursing home.  Respecting her privacy, I’ll say only that her symptoms started to show about seven years ago and none of us during this time understood what was happening.  It wasn’t until the last two years that my family came to terms with the severity of her situation and began making plans for our Mother’s care.

For my family it has been an emotionally raw and exhausting period, and on a personal note loosing my Mother to this cruel disease has thrown me for a loop – art and blogging have taken a back seat.  Caring for elderly parents has become my family’s day-to-day priority.  I’m slowly being drawn back to my art and this blog, which is a good thing.

I’ve come to appreciate how special each moment is when I’m able to speak to her – they are precious nuggets that I’ll cherish.  It’s taken a long time to come to terms with my Mother slowly slipping away – how does one ever get used to the long goodbye?   I truly understand the meaning of this saying now.

Today is a very Happy Mother’s Day because I got to speak to my Mother and thank goodness, she still knows I am her daughter.   

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Apple and Containers – acrylic painting


It is absurd to look for perfection, by Camille Pissarro

Mr. Pissarro understood, something I need to keep in mind.  Whenever I can’t seem to get the results I expect from a painting, I only need to remember his words.  My goal should be to let the experience of creating art take me on a journey of learning and growing ~

Apples and Containers (8×10), an acrylic painting, was done on a gesso-prepared hard board.  The textured background was created by using a painters knife.  This was an interesting challenge, given that the colors were so closely aligned I had to rely on getting the values right so the elements would come front and center.  I was a bit timid with my darks, but realized they were important to the overall structure of the painting.  I loved painting the fabric – a beautiful piece of peach-colored linen.

The painting is much sharper in person than the image here, but I think you get the idea.  Thank you for visiting ~

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Green Apple on Red – acrylic painting


Apples are the best-of-the-best where fruits are concerned – I grew up with apple orchards all around me and there is nothing like fresh fruit right off the tree.  It’s really hard to resist a good-looking apple.  My all-time favorite used to be yellow-delicious, but the last few years bumper crops of Honey-Crisps have come out of the States of Washington and Michigan – wow, some of the best I’ve ever tasted.

Green Apple on Red, is an acrylic painting (7×6) done on Canson Canva-paper (I love this canvas-like paper to paint on, it takes lots of layers and abuse!).   The green was a good challenge for me in mixing colors and not the easiest to match to the reference,  but was acceptable in the end.  My goal in this piece was two-fold, for the table covering to show as a heavy linen coming over the table, but painted light enough so that the edges faded away, and second, for the apple to hold its own with a bit of substance.  I liked the workout I got with this small painting.

Here’s to a great 2018 and thanks for visiting!

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Merry Christmas ~


My very best wishes to everyone for a beautiful and special Christmas

and a wonderful new year ~

Thank you everyone for your visits and encouraging comments throughout the year, and mostly for your valued friendship.  See you in 2018!

Merry Christmas 2017

 

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Two Studies – acrylic paintings that were based on demonstrations by Artist Mark Carder


Several years ago I found an artist online, Mark Carder, whose work and methods I’ve come to appreciate and admire.  He’s an established oil painter who specializes in realism from portraits to still life’s – his wife Emily is also a painter.  Mark has generously shared his knowledge and techniques through a wide selection of youtube video’s.  They are inspirational and have helped me grow tremendously as an artist.

Below are studies that I painted using acrylic paints, The Jar with Oil and The Pear based on several youtube video demonstrations that Mark Carder did.  Both pieces measure 5.5 x 7.5 and were done on Canson Canva-paper.   Mark has a slow and methodical approach to painting, continually stresses to get your values right and spend time in mixing/matching colors correctly.  These studies were excellent exercises of the concepts, because no matter your medium the technicals are the same – I’m learning to see, be patient and appreciate the nuances of my paints.

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Dish of Limes – acrylic painting


My time continues to be limited, but every once in a while I am able to paint and have recently completed several pieces.  My dear and amazing blogging friend, Theadora Brack, has encouraged me to post some of the works that have been on my easel.

Dish of Limes, an acrylic painting (5.5 x 7.5) was done on Canson canva-paper.  This paper held up well to the thickly applied wet layers of acrylics and some scumbling – so far I really liked the response of this canvas paper.  My goal with this piece was to give the bowl substance, but at the same time leave the viewer with an impression of soft infused lighting.  It was an interesting still life that let me continue my exploration of painting with acrylics ~

Thanks for checking in ~ to all my blogging friends that celebrate the holidays, Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018!

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Bowl of Plums – acrylic painting


A couple of months into painting with acrylics ~ I love this medium.  I’ve really enjoyed learning the nuances and technical mechanics.  While only at the beginning of building my knowledge base and comfort level, acrylics is becoming a paint of choice.

Bowl of Plums, an acrylic painting (8×10) was painted on a thickly coated gessoed hardboard using primarily liquitex acrylic paints.  A wonderful photographer on pmp did a great series of plums and one photo caught my attention, so I used it to construct and base my painting off of.  I love still life’s and this one was perfect to work up in acrylics – offering rich and deeply colored plums against a substantial glass bowl.

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Yellow Apple – acrylic painting (study of Will Kemp’s youtube painting)


I’ve had to step back and re-directed my energies on family matters – one day I’ll explain.  But for now, I’m back to say hello to all my friends on WP!

I haven’t done much with art, but recently began painting again it was so long since I worked with color – trust me, I was rusty.  So I looked around the youtube for some inspiration and came across Will Kemp’s video’s – for me, it was time well spent.  He’s a good instructor both for acrylics and mixing colors, I learned a lot and decided to do a couple studies of his tutorials.  Yellow Apple is one of the studies I recently painted.

Yellow Apple, an acrylic painting (8×10) done on a heavily gessoed hardboard using Liquitex and Windsor Newton brands.  My personal twist on the painting, was to create a heavily textured surface by using a palette knife and scraping heavy layers of gesso onto the hardboard.  The painting was completed with many layers of acrylic paints, from the underpainting to the background and apple – it was a lot of fun playing around with color again.

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The Tree – a graphite drawing


“Trees are the real drama queens – they standout, demand attention and if one forgets, the mightiest will sway their limbs and shake their leaves putting on the grandest of all performances.” by Mary

The Tree, a graphite drawing (10×8) done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using loose graphite powder and graphite pencils (2H, HB, B, and 4B) as the medium, and tortilium, Mono Zero Tombow’s, kneaded erasers and a camel hair brush to bring a softer atmosphere to the scene.   You can see how the tree controls the scene, nothing else competes for your attention – this is how it spoke to me.

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead, perhaps I can finally catch up with everyone’s blog posts.  Thank you for visiting ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

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