Saturday, January 8, 2011

Figure Painting

I love to paint figures but often find them difficult to resolve in a completed oil painting. Haven't figured out why yet, but here is one effort.

Friday, January 7, 2011

By the Ocean demo

No painting is a no brainer even when I think it will be. I assume it will be somewhat routine, done a million beach scenes...and then the struggle begins. The woman on the beach proved much more difficult to paint...she started out too thick. The color of the light side was too light, too dark, too yellow...ahh! Still not sure how I feel but for now it's done.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Florida House

One of my older paintings. I started painting small until I became more comfortable with painting. There was a learning curve for me between the tactile feeling of being right on the paper with pastels and the "distance" created with a brush.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Papaya demo

This is the demo from class yesterday. I don't know how I feel about still lifes, or this one for that matter. I think it isn't completely done yet. I am changing my process a bit to make things looser. I work loosely, create color fields for each part of the still life, and carve them to create their shapes rather than do a detailed value study. Adding the pattern helped with the perspective.

Monday, January 3, 2011


One of my first paintings when I was switching to trying oils and not just pastels. I was attracted to the shapes and abstractness of the image. I believe this was actually oil on paper which is how I began. I felt in this way that the painting wouldn't be "too precious" and therefore I could forge ahead with any mistakes and not sweat it!