Friday, August 16, 2019

Time To Stop

I look forward to a weekend free of painting. Tried to paint the hose back in on the fire extinguisher, after I'd overbrushed the edges when I adjusted the background; not a disaster, but it is time to stop.

In Case Of Emergency,  © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

A Minor Adjustment

The upper right side corner always looks off square to me when I take a photo of this painting; I checked it with a T-square, and while my camera lens is partly responsible for the distortion, the corner actually was off square. So I peeled the canvas back, knocked the stretcher bars into place, and stapled the linen back again. It looks better now. I might get back to painting it after a break.

The Gauntlet,  © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Hot Color

I'm getting carried away with the glowing oranges of the sunset and am afraid I've gone too far with the shutters. Perhaps it's time to stop.

L'Auberge Provençale, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Finished?

I'll put this one aside for a few days and then take another look at it, but I think it's done.

Sky Series, B-2, © 2019 (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Many Straight LInes

What I don't like about the architectural stuff is the need to draw absolutely straight lines. Despite my 2-cup-a-day coffee habit, my hand is very steady; however, the slightest bit of drag on the brush can create a wonky line, and then I have to make it wider to fix it.

My cat loathes the fact that I paint. He shows up and demands that I leave the studio, and then he's happy when I do. He doesn't seem to want anything; just to get me away from the easel. This is how far I got tonight on this one (mostly the area behind the waitress and a few things on the bar in front of her):

Tuesday, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
And this is my sad little friend:





Filling In The Blanks

This stage of things is a bit like paint-by-numbers; the base coat has to be applied before I can get down to seriously building form.

Grace, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Working The Bar

Had every intention of doing some more tiles, but got waylaid by the hanging glasses and then the rest of the bar.

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Buckling Down

I did actually manage to get some decent work done despite the car activity. Have worked on all 12 of the dessert pieces in the last two weeks, so I'm feeling virtuous about that. Time to get back to some other pieces, though.

 Pot de Crème, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
  Cherry Cobbler, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
  Vaiations On A Theme #5, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 

The Tale of The Flat Tire

Went out late this morning to run a quick, simple errand; upon leaving the parking lot, discovered I had a flat front tire. Luckily, I was only a block from a tire store. Somehow, the one flat quickly morphed into the need to replace all four tires, to the tune of $860 bucks. I'm back home now, waiting for the call to pick up the car, but this has put a serious dent in my work hours for the day. I'll try to make it up later in the day, but for now, here is the start of Île Flottante.

Île Flottante, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Last One For The Day



Crème Brûlée, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

More Dessert

Worked on the crispy rolled cookie in the center, and the little dessert just up and to the right of it.

Choose One, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

A Watery Morning

It's been raining here, which is a good thing. I'm tired of having to water everything daily. The TV has been on in the studio and I listened to a show about how to plant native plants that help the butterfly population. We already have  butterfly bushes and Joe Pye Weed, but is Joe Pye the same as milkweed? If not, I'll have to find some.

Worked on the water, below, trying to delineate the difference between the light and dark areas. Will have to let it dry for a week before I can pick up on it again, so I tried to get as much done as possible.

Coming Of Age In The Year 2018, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Whipped Cream

True photorealists don't allow raised brushstrokes on their paining surfaces; the strokes detract from the illusion of reality. I happen to love whipped cream, and thinking about its fluffy texture when I'm painting it tricks me into making thick strokes of paint to mimic the airiness. So despite my original intentions to make these little dessert works hyperreal, I bow instead to the gods of expressionism.

Banana Cream Pie, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Hot Fudge Sundae I, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Six Layer Indulgence, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 

And So It Begins

After all the fun of the last two days I'm determined to get a lot done this week; have to head into town briefly to run a few errands, but after that will settle down at the easel. Last night I finished the pencil sketch of Grace, and it looks SO much better than the previous attempt that I'm mad at myself for not re-doing it sooner.

Grace, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Nothing Beats A Day In The Country

One of my favorite paintings, and my only "museum piece" sold on Saturday to a buyer whom I know really and truly appreciates it. And a smaller one sold about ten days ago! So today we drove out to the country to celebrate with friends at Cana Vineyards. We had a wine tasting with a generous cheese and bread plate (including prosciutto and a tasty fig spread!) and a good time was had by all. Tomorrow, back to work!

Some vineyard shots:








It was a rare day of decent weather and temperatures. The sky shot I took on the way home; might use it for one of the B Series Sky re-dos.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saving Grace

Things have been very busy around here. However, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a new panel for Grace. I always fret and mumble about how unhappy I am with a piece that just isn't working, and then when I finally chuck it and start over again, I'm happy. So here is the beginning of the pencil sketch, and she already looks much better. I told you she was cute.

Grace, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

It Was Just One Of Those Days

Had to, again, take care of something for someone else; then made a visit to the art supply store. Worked on one piece this afternoon and got pulled away by housekeeping. Tomorrow, have some errands to run, so probably not going to get a lot done then, either. But I picked up and tried out a new color: Raw Umber, Green Hue.

Chocolate Mousse, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

In Which I Again Attack The Tiles

The work I did today might be hard to see; it's in the lower right hand corner. I'm trying to vary the color in the tiles. It's not as dark as it looks here; the light was fading as a storm approached.

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Did just a little painting on this one— the caramel drips off the sides of the meringue.

Île Flottante, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


Background Color

The table top here is a deep reddish color with darker brown wood grain. I'm experimenting with various reds, oranges, and Burnt Sienna and Van Dyke Brown. Those diagonal lines are a bit of a challenge; can't rely on a ratty brush for these.

Two Spoons, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Also, started the next one; penciling in the details.
 
Île Flottante, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Forgot To Post This

Today, I got a decent amount of work done, so it makes up for yesterday. And the day's not over!

This is beginning to come together. The light area around the figure is beginning to separate from the darker water in the corners.

Coming Of Age In The Year 2018, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Give Me A Chance And I'll Overwork Anything

I should have left this alone, but I really wanted the back wall of the box to be lighter, so now I have to blend, and re-blend, and wait for stuff to dry and then blend again.

In Case of Emergency, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

It's A Start

The table surface in this painting is black with a wavy pattern; I guess it's meant to simulate wood grain. After painting in the ripples, I have to put it aside to dry— otherwise I'll end up smearing all the black paint. So the delicious looking strawberry glaze will have to wait.

Strawberry Shortcake, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, August 5, 2019

Someone Else Is Making Dinner Tonight

Because I am PAINTING.

Hot Fudge Sundae 2, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Having some trouble figuring out the structure of the cone.

Meanwhile: sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking every little brush stroke must precisely define the wood grain when all we really need is an old, ratty, stiff-bristled brush.

Mocha Treat, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Hair

I was so upset this morning that I forgot what it was that I'd intended to work on: the hair! Went back to it a little while ago.


The Gauntlet, (detail) © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

On The Plus Side...

We visited Le Diplomate yesterday where I had a fine brunch of eggs vol-au-vent (NOBODY can cook like the French!) , gougeres, and for dessert, Île Flottante. Of course the dessert will figure into the series! Here is a photo of the dish; I'll get started on the transfer grid tonight, as I've got a brand new panel ready to go.


13 of 15!

Venting: Why Were There So Few Women Artists?

I'll tell you why. Because they were always taking care of everybody else's needs, that's why. Why did my career get off to such a late start, and why am I so upset today? Same thing: taking care of everybody else's needs. The painting gets pushed off to the side, because, hey; it's NOT IMPORTANT. Right?

Don't ask me.

After this morning's work, I had to leave the house to take care of someone else's needs and as
a result lost my momentum, concentration, whatever. I got back to the easel afterwards but have just been making mistake after mistake so I'm taking a break. Sorry for the crankiness, it's just been a lifelong problem and I just needed to vent.

The Gauntlet, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Worked the right side, many of the feet/shoes, and the little sign on the easel. Oh, and the camel coat.

Trying Not To Overdo

So, this morning I thought I'd finally get to the fun part of this painting: putting in the stars and transitioning to fireflies or moths as the eye travels to the lower part of the sky.

But first I wanted to even out the subtle halo around the moon a little more:


And here it is with some stars in the sky. I'm putting it aside for a couple of days to see if it needs more or if I should just leave it alone. When it dries down, that dark ring should be invisible.

Variations On A Theme #5, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)




Friday, August 2, 2019

Daniel, Grace, and A Sunrise

As in the previous piece, I concentrated on the skin, and still need to refine the eyes. But it's coming along.

Daniel, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
However— as hard as it is to admit to myself, I have to give up on this version of Grace. No matter how many times I redraw, the stance is still wrong and it looks like she's getting ready to pitch backwards. Plus, she's much cuter than I've been able to paint her. So I shall buy a new panel and start over from scratch. I'll probably use this panel for something textural.

 
Grace, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Last one for the week (and it's been a productive week) is a re-do of one of the B Series sky paintings; almost done.

Sky Series, B-26, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)



Cheyenne

Concentrated on the skin tones; tried my best to get the tones right and gradually fade one color/value into another. Looks better in person than in the photo, but I still have to define the eyes.

Cheyenne, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

What Was I Thinking?

What made me think I wasn't biting off more than I could chew with this tiled wall? I should be embarrassed to even show it; I made such a mess this morning I had to stop painting and put it aside. My guess is that it's a year away from being finished.

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)