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.

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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.

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Seeking Solitude – a graphite drawing


I step onto the path and as my feet sink into the first grains of sand I can feel the salty sea breeze hit my face, the smell of the sea water and screeching call of the gulls – it’s at that moment a sense of quiet solitude comes over me like a soft warm wrap.” by Mary

Seeking Solitude, a graphite drawing (10×8) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using loose graphite powder and graphite pencils (2H, HB, B, 4B and 6B) as the medium, and tortilium, Mono Zero Tombow’s and kneaded erasers to bring magic to the scene.   This was one of those ocean scenes that I could feel before I even began drawing it ~ a sense of peace fills the air.

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Inspiration for this drawing came from a wonderful artist and photographer on pmp, Rose Herczeg.

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Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, Maine – a charcoal drawing


“Weary sailors search the horizon for a glimpse of light, the beacon that will take them home.  It’s been a long, cold and rough journey at sea as they long to set foot on land again ~ families wait anxiously for these sailors to return.   They take comfort in knowing the lighthouse will guide them to their hearts destination ~ ”  by Mary

Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, Maine – a charcoal (and graphite) drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using both hard, soft and loose charcoal.  A lot of tools were used to obtain the different textures seen here from a cotton ball for the sky, to a tortilium and sponge applicator for the vegetation.  Both kneaded and Mono-Tombow erasers were used to work the textures and highlights in the vegetation.  Graphite was used for the foreground grass (to soften the look of the grass, both a tortilium and sable brush were used).  It was a joy to draw this very special that I used to call home.

Two Lights is the name that was given two light house structures, that stand by each other, in Two Lights State Park of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  The structures over look Casco Bay and the Atlantic ocean.   The lighthouses were built in 1828 and both remained in operation until 1924 – one was sold off and is now being used as a private residence (how cool is that?) and the other lighthouse continues in operation.   In 1929 a famous American artist, Edward Hopper, painted this lighthouse Lighthouse at Two Lights that hangs at The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 900.  It is interesting to see how much vegetation has grown around the lighthouse currently from when Hoppers painted it in 1929.  He painted the scene from a different angle than I did my drawing, both give interesting perspectives of this idyllic place.

Hope you enjoy a little history behind this famous Maine Lighthouse ~ a quick side note.  If you are ever traveling through Maine and are looking for a delicious lobster roll, the Two Lights Lobster Shack fully delivers!  It is located right next to the lighthouses.

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Magic Hour – charcoal drawing


“The sounds of sea breezes, waves coming ashore and seagulls squawking overhead slowly fade away; I look to the horizon and wait for the brilliance of a setting sun.  There is magic in this hour ~ “  by Mary

Magic Hour, a charcoal drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using a mixture of soft and hard charcoal.  In 2015 I painted this scene in oil pastels (you can see the painting in the gallery above) and recently thought it may respond well to charcoal.  I was looking to capture the contrast of dark and light that shows itself during the early evening, when the sun sets and colorful light rays bounce off the water.  It is a special moment to watch unfold ~

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