Thursday, April 22, 2021

House Paint

 I tried to eliminate the greenish cast on the house in the background as it didn't seem to work well with the pinks and peaches of the roses. That was a mistake. The color I used to cover it was too grey, too somber; I ended up wiping off as much as I could and using a lighter blue but it still looks sad. Maybe I'll make the house color yellow next time.

                      Somerville Roses,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Meanwhile: I painted the tree back in on this one. Maybe it's done now? Or maybe it needs just a few more touches of bright yellow?

                      A Sunset For Karla,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

 


Forgot About This

 Did more painting on this one yesterday; again, the learning process is ongoing. Here I'm using washes of blue across the mountains in the background. And everything is a matter of choice regarding warmer/cooler, lighter/darker. I'm conscious of making the areas further away lighter and bluer, and adding some cooler tones to the golden foreground where it meets the sloping edge.


     After Cindy Baron,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)         

The Eyes Need Work

 I'm trying to utilize all of the good advice I've gotten over the last two years about painting the face. It's been working well on the Waiting At Le Diplomate painting (below) but I'm struggling withthis one. Part of the problem is that the model was looking up, and I really wanted a side glance; trying to redraw the eyes the way I want them to be is proving a challenge, as I'm having to fake it concerning structure.

Meanwhile, I made a useful discovery yesterday: Permanent Carmine is much better for flesh tones than the cadmium colors I've been using. I especially like the way it mixes with ochres and siennas for anybody with a tan.

     Untitled Mulberry Street Piece,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)        


Stopping Before I Screw Up

The eye on the left needs more work, but I'm going to let the paint dry before I get back in there with a fine brush. Overall, I'm pleased with the way this is moving forward.

                Waiting At Le Diplomate,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

Monday, April 19, 2021

One Of Those Days, Part 2

 Finally, I decided to resuscitate the fire extinguisher painting, which has been languishing for a very long time. I wanted to lighten the background wall of the box, behind the extinguisher. I'm not sure it worked. I'll let it dry and then see what to do next.


           In Case Of Emergency,  © 2021 (click on image for larger view)  


One Of Those Days

The sporadic technology problems drive me crazy. And today there were two separate issues; no, three, actually... and I am so tired of it.

So I tried to calm down this morning and get into a Happy Zone, because it is impossible to paint when I'm riled up about something. I queued up some soothing music and got down to it at the easel, starting with one of the Hot Fudge Sundae paintings. Paying strict attention to the lighting on the whipped cream rather than slathering on the white paint proved beneficial; the cream looks more believable now, so that was satisfying.

Hot Fudge Sundae I,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

Moving on, I got tired of trying to tell myself it was okay for the raised brush strokes on the little sunset painting (the ones where the poplar tree had been) were okay; they were really not okay, and every time I looked at it it bugged me. So I bit the bullet and scraped off most of the most egregious ones with a tiny sharp blade, then repainted. I'll post the images below.

 

          As Far As The Eye Can See,  © 2021 (click on image for larger view)  

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Planting, Not Painting

It's Spring. I have bought a lot of annuals and perennials that need planting, also some seeds; time is of the essence, and I'm spending a lot of it outdoors lately. Got to the easel this afternoon (since it started to rain), and worked on the painting below, mostly on the figure and its reflection in the mirror. 


Baby Needs Shoes,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Thursday, April 8, 2021

And Some More Color

 Am I getting carried away with this? Should I tone it down a little?


             A Sunset For Karla,  © 2021 (click on image for larger view)      

Figure Work

 Finally got to the shirt and apron on the waiter. Inching towards the finish line.


                Waiting At Le Diplomate,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

More Landscape

 I guess I'm just into Nature today.

Resting Place,  © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

 

Middle Earth

 Not from the Hobbit series; rather, I concentrated on the middle portion of the picture plane.  In looking at the original, I'm struck by the amount of subtle detail in the distant trees. It's what makes her painting so wonderful to look at and explore. 

The hazy blue glaze I added a week or two ago has worked well, so once the painting's dry I'm going to try a few more, especially in the lower areas of the mountains.


       After Cindy Baron, work in progress, © 2021 (click on image for larger view)   

 

 

Back And Forth

 More experimentation on this one. I painted back some blue sky, brushed on a lotta white, changed some ground color, and, oh yes; added the Washington Monument in the background. Waiting now for the paint to dry so I can put in the ripples in the water.


         Postcard 15,Tidal Basin, work in progress, © 2021 (click on image for larger view)  

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Another One To Set Aside And Mull Over

 The lure of the garden is very strong, especially on days like yesterday and today, with glorious sunshine. So I've had to force myself— after 3 p.m. today!— to sit down at the easel and paint. But this one might be finished. I have to think about a few areas and then decide.

                    Variations On A Theme 5, work in progress, © 2021 (click on image for larger view)