Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rose Buds

Rose Buds
6x6 Oil on Canvas

Another limited palette study.
Titanium White
Ultramarine Blue
Cad Red
Chrome Yellow

This time I substituted Chrome Yellow for the Cad Yellow.

I am working through a bit of a slump in my studies. There are times I just dread the setting up and tearing down. I have done a lot more looking at art than making. I have been consumed with the idea of parallel universes and quantum physics.

I know.. a little strange.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A Happy Pair

A Happy Pair
6x6 Oil on Canvas

Here is todays apple painting. I struggled with this one a little more than I thought I would. It is the same palette as before. The same kind of canvas. I put myself to the challenge of using two subjects on a square format. I only have about 18 of these canvases to go, so I bet by the time I get done painting all of them I will have learned a thing or two about composition.

The colors are a little off on this. I tried to compensate for the fresh paint glare. It is pretty close. I am going to go ahead and call this one done and put it in quarantine.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

An Apple A Day..

I have taken some time off my studies to spend time with my son. He came home for a couple weeks and I really enjoyed spending some time with him. It always feels a little empty around here when he goes back to Virginia.

Now that he is gone, it is back to the sketchbook for me.

Since the canvases I received for my birthday will not paint themselves, I decided to start painting something. I bought a couple bags of apples for the kids. When all else fails, apples are a beautiful subject. I placed them on a stool near the window and began painting.

I kept my palette pretty simple. Ultramarine Blue, Cad Red, Cad Yellow Pale and of course Titanium White. I avoided using white except for the very lightest of places and was quite pleased with the results. I really like the variations of browns that can be achieved with this particular palette.

I did not fidget with my brush strokes nearly as much as I have done in the past. Rather than try to fix a brush stroke, I covered it with a better, more efficient brush stroke. I have a tendency to be very economical with paint. I am not sure why.

I really enjoyed painting today. I haven't painted in quite a while. As I was cleaning up, I realized that my overall approach was much more confident from start to finish. All the sketching I have been doing has really helped get over my fear of where to put that first mark. Making adjustments is the easy part once I get that first mark down. Giving myself permission to be wrong allows me the opportunity to be right more often.