Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day Roses

This is a very limited palette, only burnt sienna, yellow ochre and ivory black.  When I feel like I'm getting bored or not feeling inspired, I switch to a different palette and mix it up, literally.  Something new, exciting, happens.  Happy Leap Year everyone!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rose #432

Another day, another flower!  This is ultramarine, alizarin crimson and cad yellow medium.  It's just a small painting, 5x7 but it's just a good size for a flower that has blossomed.  

Monday, February 27, 2012

Rose #254

I am working with the yellow ochre palette, including burnt sienna and black.  I did touch up my green with some pthalo green because it is difficult to get the rose petal green with this palette.  Instead you get a more muted green which is very conducive to Southern California landscapes but not so much for the greens of the garden.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"I'll light the fire, you place the roses in the vase that you bought today..."

I'm deliberately working on these flowers from the impressionistic perspective, keeping it loose and attempting to convey the petals and volume without overworking it. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pink Rose


An exercise in getting loose.  This is an 8 x 10 gesso board, and just loving working on the boards.  For the small paintings (less than 12 x 16) I usually use Raymar panels with canvas, they have both cotton and linen.  I like them just fine but this is like playing with a new toy.  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lean on Me

I can't describe how much fun it is to paint.  It feels like child's play at it's purist.  Play golf at the most beautiful course in the world and then multiply that by a million.  No, wait.  Shoot par at St Andrews - and that times a trillion.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Bartletts

Switching up palettes from the last few paintings.  This is the purple, green and orange palette.  The last few days I've been working with burnt sienna, blue-black and yellow ochre.  Again on gessoed board. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Apple Wine

I stopped in San Clemente this weekend on my way to Laguna Canyon, there is a pretty good art supply store on El Camino Real which also hosts workshops.  I took a workshop there from Marc Whitney with some good friends a couple of years ago - I loved the workshop, loved the paintings I did that weekend and remember that the stock in the attached store was pretty broad.  So, I needed to pick up a tube of paint and of course it never stops there.  I needed a palette knife, a rigger,  and there was a sale on gesso boards.  This painting is on a gesso board, which is so much fun to paint on - the paint moves around like I haven't experienced.  I've gesso'd (is that a word?) boards myself before but this was better.  It was like being in a canoe on a river, with the slightest angle or push of the brush, movement happened.  Fun stuff.  I think I'm just lucky there isn't a "COSTCO" for art supplies. I would get into big trouble.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wine Pearing

As I paint tonight, instead of listening to music I am catching up on episodes of the internet radio show Artists Helping Artists (AHA), which is hosted by two artists, Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry.  Wonderful interviews with some of the best artists, and many shows on the every-dayness of painting and marketing.  Very inspirational.  On another note, I'm trying to work on composition - working and learning.  I get the feeling about some compositions, as if they paint themselves which usually happens en plein air, it is challenging to set up a good still life composition.  I guess that's because we all recognize a a great view, a landscape that moves us, we know what we like when we come upon it. However, when you have to set it up - that's a different story.  I'm glad I didn't get the task of setting up the compositions on this earth, mother nature's compositions, just the lifelong task of seeing and appreciating them.

Monday, February 20, 2012

'All the leaves were brown, and the sky was grey...'

'...I went for a walk on a winter's day'.    This is a scene from the canyon just outside Laguna Beach, it was an overcast day with the sun starting to break through just as I was wrapping up.  

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lying Down on the Job

Switching palettes again, waiting for the paint order to arrive. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Red Pot & the Wooden Spoon

Still playing with this new palette and keeping it simple.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Rose in Full Bloom

I'm experimenting with a new limited palette, new to me.  It is known as the 'Zorn' Palette, which includes Cadmium red light, yellow ochre and black (and of course white).  It's very interesting, and I found it a real challenge to get a good green for the leaf - I may have to experiment with different paint brands.  But I like the overall color and the ability to harmonize.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Torrey Pines - Winter Storm


More clouds and rain on Sunday.  Trying to make the most of this weather and feeling like a Judy Collins song while I'm doing it.  I really don't know clouds at all.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Del Mar Winter II

Second painting from my day at the beach in Del Mar yesterday.  Wonderful winter day compared to many other winters in other parts of the world.  Not so wonderful for friends from out of town who didn't get to see San Diego sunshine - but then again when with old friends, who notices?  They bring it with them.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Del Mar Winter

It was overcast and sprinkling on an off today, with a very, very high surf at 19th street in Del Mar, although the sun was trying to come out.  I had to paint fast because the waves were making their way back to the wall, and I don't have waterproof plein air gear.   All in all a beautiful day at the beach!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Still Life #4598

Some paintings name themselves, or concepts are firing in my brain,  but other paintings - at other times... I can't think of a thing other than "Rose with Apple and Garlic".  Still Life #4598 will do.  'Santa Claus' from Cocoa Beach gave me a stack of canvases, which I am starting to dig into - this one is 11x14 and works nicely for this composition. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Still Life #361

This low angle of the light dramatizes the composition, which I am really enjoying.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cup and Pear

I changed up the source of light on this composition and I like it - I want to play around with this a bit more.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

And Your Bird Can Sing


Two swans in a small pond in Rancho Bernardo.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Point Loma Lighthouse in Shade

For the second painting of the day, I moved to the back side of the Lighthouse, with the ocean to the right,  I was painting overlooking the tide pools.  

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Point Loma Lighthouse

Today I joined some fellow painters at Cabrillo Point, this is the first painting of two that I managed to complete.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful place to paint.  Kathryn Law, who is the artist in residence stopped by to say hello, she has a wonderful show there, well worth seeing. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Button Farm

Everybody has a button jar with a collection of buttons that spans the years.  My mother had one of the best, I came across her jar in my daughter's room and just wondered what could be done by throwing some up on a canvas.  It's fun to play around. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Jam and Bread

Pomegranate Jalapeno Jelly and Sourdough!  (With just a bit of butter).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Red Door

Quick sketch of my neighbor's front door, I love the color of it, surrounded by vines and shrubs. (I apologize for the wet paint glare).