Friday, January 14, 2011

New Mini: Tea Cup of Figs

Thought I'd post the pictures of the two sittings on this one. This is a 6 x 8, oil on panel, just like the others. I work on them in two 3-hour sittings. On the first sitting (above) I just try to get the objects round. I don't worry about color, just form and value. I try to get as much information in as I can. The more I get done today, the less I have to do tomorrow!

The first thing I do on the second day is coat the entire panel with a thin layer of oil or medium. (Make sure it is completely dry)

After that I begin depening the darks and strengthening the colors with straight paint, painted thinly into the wet oil. This gives the painting a wonderful depth and shine. I painted in the background right before the pattern of the tea cup, which was the last area to be painted. The pattern on the tea cup was painted with a very thin watercolor brush to get the detail right.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Shoulder To Cry On

"A Shoulder to Cry On" 9 x 20 Oil on Panel 2008 SOLD

"Grapes and Berries" 9 x 20 Oil on Panel 2008 SOLD

In late 2008 I went out to Arizona to teach a workshop. I was there for three weeks. There wasn't much room in the hotel room where I was staying but I had my portable easel and my light so I set up in the corner and went to work. I did many paintings while I was there but only two in the room. The top one sold almost immediately, the bottom took a while longer........

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Prize Winner at The Salon International In Texas

This painting was painted early last year in 2010 for the Salon International show at the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. It is a 10 x 24, Oil on linen. It won a green ribbon, "Jury's top 50".

I liked the little animated stems of the grapes best. They were fun to paint.