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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Snow time like the present...

Erik and I took a very needed day off to go hiking and get some fresh air. We decided to go up to Palomar Mountain. If you have not been there before, it's a pretty darn big mountain range quite close to escondido and north county. The elevation is over 6,000 feet. It once boasted the world's largest telescope. We left our house in Carlsbad yesterday, which was gloomy and overcast. At a certain range in elevation, you are above the cloud line when you head up the mountain, and it is sunny and gorgeous! We did not plan, nor think about the fact that there would be snow there. What looks like very little snow can become a lot of snow when you are lost on the trail and wearing adidas sneakers. We did not wander lost for very long...I thought we were following a previous hikers walking stick marks, but they proved to be deer tracks. The trail was covered in snow in many areas, making it difficult to see where we were going.

We took the Chimney Flats trail, looping that into the Doane valley trail. It was beautiful and so clean and refreshing. If you hurry out in the next few days, you will get a chance to take a snow day yourself!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Painting Demo-Step by step-part 3-pansies

Getting there on this piece-just some of the finesse work to be finished. This is the stage to sit back and see where your eye goes in the piece. You can play up or play down areas by varying edge work and values. I like to add some thick paint in areas too. I will have the final piece in the next post.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Painting Demo-Step by step-part 2-pansies

Painted a little bit last night on the Pansy piece. Started on the small pansies and the ground plane. Lace will follow shortly!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Painting Demo-Step by step-part 1-pansies

Please forgive my bad photos on this post. My painting is very wet, and I did not use a polarizing filter. I am working with oil on linen on board. The image size is 8x10, and these are pansies and Hellebores (Lenten Rose) from my garden. I sketched in the drawing with some thin paint in a mix of transparent maroon and winsor violet. I don't usually use the violet for a lay-in, but wanted to star with a purple theme. The panel had a light stain on it (former bad painting wipe-out) You can stain with any neutral-burnt sienna, burnt umber, etc. I usually use transparent maroon and olive green mixed. I begin to layin the dark pansies on the left,
darks are hard to keep, and want them to be rich.

I move to the right side and star to test the water on one of the more complicated pansies. I move to the right corner and start on one of the hellebores-they are green flowers, and really interesting. I start on another one at the upper left area, and then block in some dark warmth at the bottom portions. This will have some lace fabric on it later, and it is good to have a dark underpainting there first.

I start to block in the little footed bowl, and put in some abstract background shapes. This is my stopping point for the night. I will post some more pics as I get back working on it.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Painting teaser/experiment-spring part 3

A sobering finish-
Here I have the finish to my painting "Rustic Daffodils" 6x12" oil on panel. I did finish this painting without any wine. I think I will try a small glass of wine when I am done with painting for the day. This way I can avoid the dreaded sleepiness that wine likes to impart after about an hour.
On to the next painting! I will be gearing up to do another large piece...but in the mean time, a couple more small paintings are in order. Perhaps a step-by-step blog post.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Painting teaser/experiment-spring part 2

Here is an update to my painting experiment. I am getting close to a finishing point on my painting. My verdict of drinking and painting is thumbs down. Well, more like thumbs half way up for about an hour and then thumbs down after an hour. Good music, good wine, sounds so nice and relaxing...and that is the problem, after about an hour, the deadly sleepy feelings take over.

It makes for some sloppy brushmanship as well-which might benefit one who tends to get a little uptight-feeling with their brushmanship.

The beer goggles definitely take over too-and that is simply not allowable. You want to wake up the next day and like the painting you see...not go-where did that painting come from -who painted that?
I should post the finish-sans booze-soon.