Monday, October 19, 2020

It Was Better Before

 I thought I'd apply some of the techniques I've learned from other artists over the last year and repaint the face on the guy peering at the newspaper. But somehow things went awry.

For Rent, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Bold Sky

 I toned down the contrast in the clouds; it was too much. Still working on the sky, though.

868 Estate Winery, Virginia Vineyard Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

Another One Down

 Completed!

Île Flottante, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Cake

 This dessert was photographed at an outdoor restaurant and the lighting cast a strange red glow over everything; the cake's shadow on the tabletop, in fact, was a deep red. I'm not sure how to handle that. Should I stick with the red or would it look too weird? Going with the standard grey for now.

 
Six Layer Indulgence, Stress Eating Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

 


Another Pass

 Time to let this dry before I start smearing the paint on the upper desserts. But I'm happy with what I did this morning.

Choose One, Stress Eating Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


Friday, October 16, 2020

Peanuts

 I put in a second coat of paint on the peanuts in the little glass up at the top; hopefully they look more rounded. Tomorrow I'll do more work on this one.

Choose One, Stress Eating Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


More Color

 After spending the morning updating my website (which I've been ignoring for the last three weeks), I played with mixing some new greens and making the sky less anemic.

Veramar Vineyard, Virginia Vineyard Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Sara Does Some More Driving

 Mostly worked on the dashboard today; many interruptions.

Sara Driving Across The Desert, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 
 

Tech Foo

 It seems like I've angered the techie gods lately; there's always some time-eating problem that has to be solved. I had to get into this blog today through a kind of back-door solution, but here's the latest work on:

Two Spoons, Stress Eating Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Foiled By The Wind

I was working on this when the power went out. It's back on now but I'm just going to take a break as it's late in the afternoon. I'm trying to mix greens that don't look artificial; sometimes that's a struggle for me.

 

868 Estate Winery, Virginia Vineyard Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 


Some Additional Wood Grain

 It turns out that floating a layer of glazing medium or Gamsol over the tabletop and then pulling streaks of brown or earth red through it produces a quick and believable wood grain. Which is of great benefit when you have so many other pieces to get to. 

 
Hot Fudge Sundae II, Stress Eating Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

This still needs work on the whipped cream and the spoon. And the plate.

Edge Fatigue

 This one is so close to being done, so close! But I need to let the edge of the plate dry so I can refine it and then add a bluish-white highlight to the upper right side. Taking a break now from the tedium of using a 000 brush.

Île Flottante, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, October 12, 2020

And One More Before Dinner

 This is coming along better than I thought it would; the contrast on the weird little trees makes a big difference.

 
A Bend In The Green River, Postcards Series #13, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

A Productive Monday

 This is going to need several layers of glaze— right now, the color's really flat and dry— but I got the base color done in the area at the top, and worked on the grassy extension.

                Tranquil Pond, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

 

Completed! Banana Cream Pie

 I finally wrestled those blasted green decorative rings into submission.

Banana Cream Pie, Stress Eating Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

 


Variations No. 5

 Made a little progress on this, this morning. The edges are sharpening up on the door.

        Variations On A Theme, #5, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Sunday Fun

 Once in a while you have to cut loose and do something that's not so terribly serious. This is a cat who lived with me long ago. I think the background's too somber for her, though; she was a great cat.

                    Bruce The Cat, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Just Another Thursday In The Studio

 Tightening up on some rough areas on this one:

 

                    For Rent, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

And some more detail on the bushes/trees/grassy areas:

A Bend In The Green River, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Two More

 I tried some new things on this—worked on the pleated attire and shoes; darkened the woman's legs and really tried to make them 3-dimensional; changed a lot on the side wall; it looks like progress so far. But I have more ideas about those shadows, particularly as they recede from the trees.

 
Light And Shadow © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Meanwhile, it's fall, so it's time to get back to this one again. I do this every year, and every year I fail to get it finished in time for the holiday season. But I think after today's session, that beige shirt is done! This might be the year I actually complete this painting.
 
A Quiet Evening In Cambridge,  © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 
 
 


Completed!

 Hubby likes to refer to this one as "The Italian Girl." (It's a family in joke.) Anyway— after realizing there were some problems with the window frames, and a final pass on the hands, I spent the last couple of hours working on this and now it's finished!

                        The Promise Of Evening,  © 2020 (click on image for larger view)

 

Some Dishes

 Forgot to post these yesterday:

 

 
Banana Cream Pie, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Needs a bright white highlight at upper right, near the plate; a last pass on those green rings.

Next:

Two Spoons, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

Picked out the tiny white highlights on the water spots; added some detail to the spoons. 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Moving Along, Slowly

Not feeling terribly motivated lately. I'm hoping that after November 3rd my spirits might improve. Nonetheless, I did work on the sky and the vines today. 

 868 Estate Winery, Virginia Vineyard Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Third Of The Day

 Every day I try to work on three pieces, and after a late start I did meet my goal. Added some tiny adjustments to this; the green rings need some touch-up, and I do want to go over that marble background again since I messed it up around the plate in the last session.

 Banana Cream Pie, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

In That Grey Zone

 This painting is now at the stage in which I need to hang it somewhere and figure out what small adjustments need to be made to complete it. I worked on many small areas this afternoon, cleaning up edges, adding leaf shadows behind the curtains, graduating the color on the face, etc. Now it's time to see how to get to done.

 
The Promise Of Evening,  © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

 

Grapevines

Worked all over this today with various greens, some warmer, some cooler.

 Veramar Vineyard, Virginia Vineyard Series, © 2020, work in progress (click on image for larger view)