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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fruit in Glass Bowl

I wanted to explore some ideas in this one: reducing detail, losing edges, and using strong color with gray. It's funny that it takes so much gumption to give up the first two - it actually feels hazardous, like there will be chaos if you allow it.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Radishes on Striped Dishcloth

I made an attempt to reign in the whorish color here, truly I did.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pear on Plaid

I'm trying to work out how the plaid can be painted without anal retentativeness and still be plaid - wanton plaid, maybe.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tomatoes on Blue Dishtowel

I worked on a larger painting today, not post worthy, but I am learning a lot. More complicated compositions, more space (yikes!), more stuff I don't know and can't control.
The paint goes fast, too - I am down to about a tablespoon of ultramarine and of course all I can think of to paint is blue stuff.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I made a last attempt to find some bluebonnets today and rode my bike out to some fields near my house. Nothing. These are the wildflowers I gathered from the snake filled ditches.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bluebonnets on Black

I didn't think I had anything postable today but as I was cleaning up I found a little painting I had done of these sort of desiccated bluebonnets - no rain this year. Also, because the painting is dry, I could scan it, and behold! no glare on the black! I don't know that I can discipline myself to paint a 4-5 days ahead though, it seems too big a mountain.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dogs Playing

Just dogs playing, a little break.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Girl in Plaid

Well, I have to do something that is purely fun tomorrow, because every last brain cell I have is fried. Last weekend I bought a postcard of a head Velasquez had done of the Infanta Princess Something, I can't remember her name. She has elaborate hair, but the whole thing is very simple, even the form of the hair is simple, with an indication of pearls and curls within it. And I approached this determined to simplify (except for the plaid) and yet.....sometimes it just exceeds my grasp. I take my hat off to him, again.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Brianna, study

This is my neighbor's grandchild. I have a shot of her in a - yes - plaid dress. I thought I'd better do some exploratory stuff before I tackle the big one.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Man and Dog with Plaid

No kidding, this plaid just sort of came to me unbidden, so I had to go with it. I liked the outward and opposite gaze of these two beings, and the sense of comfort between them. But oh, the plaid was the fun part!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jean on Plaid

Nothing to be said here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Screwdrivers

I wanted to do this subject again and paint more vigorously and less cautiously, which I did do, but it doesn't show here - could it be the camera and not my whining? I'm trying to find a way to keep the whole surface going without stopping to correct. To correct with the next application of the paint on the form or surface next to the mistake. To make friends with mistake making and have a lot of ways to re-state that are not cramped or fearful.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Baby Screwdrivers

This is my entry for the April challenge, Tools, at Some Texas Artists Like to Paint. To see what everyone else is doing, click here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Portrait of a Cabbage

Thank you, Plaid Supporters. I went looking for some new ones, but plaid is not a summer thing apparently - fall is for plaid. I DID find though a few interesting prints and also this movie star of a cabbage at a small community market. The pink and blue in the cloth were sort of florescent colors, delicate but pop-strong at the same time. To keep it from being too dotty, which is ok too, but I took a broad piece of cardboard and dragged it across some parts of the painting to obliterate some edges. I like this tool and process -- it kind of binds everything together.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fish on Plaid

This plaid thing is starting to feel Steve Martin-ish. Didn't he wear those plaid pants in "The Jerk"? In any case, it's been fun. I tried to keep the color very quiet here and I guess fish are the best subject for greys, so many variations. I am off for a few days to celebrate a birthday with a sister and maybe break the plaid cycle.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dogs on Plaid

Yes, dogs on plaid. I took this photo 10 times, could not improve the color or reduce the glare.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fruit on Plaid

This plaid is a lot to grapple with. It is silk taffeta, so it has sheen and shadow right next to each other that are different colors altogether which is maddening. Then it has LOTS of up and down stripes that are regular. I think plaid is such a strong element that it has to be softened somehow otherwise it shouts over the rest of the painting rather than being integral to it. I tried various methods of softening them, one over the other, therefore, lots of paint. I learned a lot though, and am getting more comfortable with it. When you can get plaid to work ---bashment!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Onions on Blue Napkin

I had big plans to do lots of painting stuff today, but there was house stuff and grocery stuff and yard stuff all needing attention, so I only did two quiet onions.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pink Still Life

First: This is seriously pink in real life, but what can you do with that whole photo process, so frustrating. I tried to keep it all sort of dark and close valued, to crowd the forms and tie them to the bottom edge, leaving a big slab of space at the top for all that ----well, pink. Initially, I split that area in two and planned to use another red, more orange, in the top space, but it was interesting what that did to the composition - it made it unreadable as a whole image, so I had to consolidate and unify with the single pink. The plaid cloth I lifted straight from Catherine Kehoe's painting of a dishtowel, which is exquisite, and maybe the standard for all painted plaids in the entire galaxy. Click here. I worked the dishtowel a couple of times before this version above, putting in every check and line. Awful. Then I painted some checks and lines and shifted the values on every square. Finally, I painted the values of the cloth, then threw caution to the winds and jabbed in some lines. That worked best. I learned a lot on this painting.