Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Getting Going with More Poppies

MORE poppies - using UART sanded pastel paper
instead of watercolor paper - making watercolor.
glue gun stencil, and saran effects...but
found that it just didn't pop
like it should.
Next lesson (I had just an inkling of what it might be and...)
I went ahead and added Derwent and pastel pencil.

Like it, oh so much, better.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Organically Speaking

"Poppy I"
watercolor - with a variety of tweaks
In my online class with Tonja Sell, part of our lessons for this week
is watercolor on different papers using
our own hand made glue gun stencils, gauze, and saran wrap.
This is the precursor to a poppy done on UART
pastel sanded paper..which reacts a little differently 
to this method watercolor paper vs. pastel sandpaper.
I see that this was an important
lesson, so I could push the technique to
look similar on the sanded pastel paper.
It will probably take more layers than 
about the three that I have here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More Experimenting

This time I am playing with watercolor swatches 
and complimentary colors in pastels - on top.  
Some of the colors added literally POPPED off the surface, creating an optical illusion.
The class I am involved in is "Merging Watercolor and Pastel" 
on with Tonja Sell.
Lovin' it!

Sunday, March 5, 2017


Experimenting with watercolor, stencils of all types, even ones made with 
glue from a glue gun, gauze, waxpaper, saran fascinating and fun!

Taking an online course, MERGING WATERCOLOR WITH PASTELS...stay tuned, we are 
about to get down to the nitty gritty.

In the meantime, one studio cat had to be 'shaved' the other day...her fur was 
so matted and full of knots, it was beyond our capability to help.
Had to be sedated and shaved at the vet.

She looks so cute..shows her tubbiness, however, the
other studio cat now HATES her..guess it's the 'cootie' smell
of the vet clinic and maybe because she looks so different and cool.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Keeping At It

I have decided that even if I don't PAINT, I will be drawing and sketching..
with water soluble graphite, sharing some gesture drawing..

and some black and white charcoal on charcoal paper.

Did a few watercolor color charts..

taking an online course with Tonja Sell on

Saturday, February 4, 2017

I Sell on ETSY

Check out some of the new additions to my Etsy shop.  Several of the 'now' dry and varnished 30 in 30 works are now 
for sale!  
Enjoy the special pricing while it lasts.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DAY 31 - the Finale Poster of Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days for Jan. 2017

As you may have noticed in my sidebar are OTHER seasons and years of 
"Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days"
Here is this years poster.

I would be remiss in stating that I have LOVED every minute of it.
When one stands back and looks at the breadth and depth of an
undertaking like this, it blows you away.

The very best part of looking at these posters collectively
is to notice the growth and change that has occurred over 
time.  This year, I wanted to just paint, but got caught up
in painting more floral paintings then I ever have.
Along with landscapes, florals have not always been 
very comfortable to me.
But now they are much more welcomed.

I have my favorites (there are 3 or 4) they pop right out at me on the poster.
There are others that make me cringe to add them to the mix.
It's hard for me to paint something in one day although it didn't
used to bother me - I find
I wanted to have just one more day to finalize and develop a piece
on some of these.
but then the spontaneity and freshness would have surely failed.

As a whole, I am pleased with my efforts...I know what I have 
learned - mostly - I continue to pull my subject matter
up into the light and give it more color. I am more confident
at color mixing and using acrylic paint as a medium.
But my very kindred medium is still OIL paint.
One of my pushes was to LOOSEN up more on the 
brushstrokes to not be so exacting and precise
in my depictions (it has always been that) to be more painterly..
and I think I achieved that
where it was wanted.

A final note of thanks to those who regularly visited and 
left encouragement and supportive comments.
It was nice to have the company with this
undertaking..I have enjoyed seeing your
paintings and reading about your efforts.

Monday, January 30, 2017

DAY 30 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days (Pye)

"Auspicious Art Critic"

6" x 6"
oil on birch panel

YAY!!  I did it!!!  Another year of January 30 in 30 painting!
I wish to thank all my friends, my blogger friends, my painting friends, 
my daughter and my husband for their support!!
AND...this little sweet girl. Most of the time, she (as you may have read)
makes her presence known by sitting in a box
on a desk
just behind where I work.

It's always comforting to know that there are a 
pair of eyes, watching my every move,
in case I need some help!

Her name is Pyewacket, PYE for short.
She is a rescue kitten..who stumbled on my property
as a wee little thing, on a very cooold November night.
I have never figured out exactly where she and
her sister came from.  But it's not important.
What is important is that they enrich
life in the studio..they keep us full
in LOVE from cats,
and make great models for occasional
pet portraits.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

DAY 29 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days (#29)

"Number 29"
10" x 10"
oil on Raymar canvasboard

OK, I have to admit, I have run out of creative ideas on
titles for today.

This one turned into a paint fling after awhile.
It was 'OH so tight and precise'..not what 
I wanted at all..
so I conjoured up
my previous many sessions of learning - ala 'Kaye Franklin' -
and was very pleased with the outcome.

Too bad it didn't start that way, could have
decreased the angst through the afternoon.

Anyway, there are so many things calling to me from
all angles to be done or 'get to it' around the farmstead..I need
to be done for a few days..tomorrow is NUMBER 30!!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

DAY 28 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days (Muscari/Tulips)

"Haley's Comet and Muscari"

12" x 12"
oil on wrapped canvas
  As I started today, I anticipated taking 'go along'
photos, got a few, then completely got
lost in the venture of painting
these tulips and grape hyacinth.

Here are a few at the beginning...
Discovered I needed to take out that 'blocked in' color
of the sky, it dulled down or mudded the sky
color as you can see in the next one..wipe, wipe...

 I got really excited about the muscari - they were what
kept me going on this one.

ONLY 2 more - I hope I am ready to slow it down now.

Friday, January 27, 2017

DAY 27 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days (Hen)

"Chickenator at the DMV"
5" x 7"
oil on canvasboard

Have you ever had one of those driver's license 
photos taken where you
look like you are a 'deer in the headlights'?
I have - and looking at this source photo of
my Banty hen, Chickenator, I imagined she
was taking her driver's license photo
and that happened to her, as well.

DAY 27 !!  Whoot!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

DAY 26 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days (Reptile)

"Iguana Make America Great Again"
8" x 8"
watercolor on coffee stained Strathmore MIXED media paper
source photo credit to SCARLETT!!
Zip and zip - I should paint more reptilians..they are
easy, colorful and fast!
Couldn't resist the pun today.

(truth be told, this is actually a Komodo Dragon, I have
been corrected - but I like the title)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DAY 25 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days (Jennys)

8" x 10"
oil on wrapped canvas

Couldn't pass up the paint left on the palette from
yesterday..these Jennys were at the Litchfield Wild Horse
and Burro Sanctuary in Ca. too!

They had them separated - those that were DUE to foal and
those that already had.
The babies were so very cute, but of course, couldn't
get a very good shot, even with my long range lens, they 
were kept by their moms SO far away.
Also noticed by the time I took the burro photos, 
it was high noonish, the sun was SO bright and
definitely added some colors to those browns.

These two were in the 'soon-to-be Mommas' paddock.
They were so mellow.
Very at ease with my being there. 

This is one of those I will revisit or
do over some day when it is dry.
The paint on the one in the back is so 
thick and wet, no chance for a change
right now.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DAY 24 - Painting 3- Paintings in 30 Days (Mustangs)

"Litchfield Homies"
9" x 12"
oil on canvasboard

This is the 9 x 12, I was going to try yesterday.
Glad I waited a day, because I knew yesterday
I didn't have the time.

I love the colors...I planned carefully on that one.
I knew I needed to mix a lot of pigment to get those
different brown and red tones.

These two wild stallions in the painting,  came over to me
this past spring while we 
were visiting the BLM Wild Horse Facility 
near Litchfield, CA.  

They were the only two of the 3 to 4
who were inquisitive
enough (or maybe just more on the 'tamer side') to come closer
to see what I was doing.
I knew right then that they would be painted within the year.


Monday, January 23, 2017

DAY 23 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days (Daylily and Roses fix)

8" x 10"
oil on wrapped canvas

Today would have been a complete bust, and I wouldn't
have painted had it not been for my husband
who is truly an encourager sent from above.

I spent the morning - varnishing some works that are going "bye bye".
I got my substrates ready for today and tomorrow with
some Quinacridone Azo Nickel Gold acrylic undertone.

Then, I wanted to go to a faraway town for Mexican food.
So we went and THEN we spent too long out and about.
By 3:30 I was still muddling over what to paint - as
it was going to be a 9" x 12", then I lost my 
momentum and decided on something smaller
than I had originally planned. Again, I would have
walked away from the studio at this point,
but was nudged back into my challenge mode.

THEN - - - -  it didn't work..I don't seem to have the colors to mix
that crazy magenta-y pink I see in this Daylily.

It is, what it IS.

I also fixed a previous painting this morning..which had
too much paint on it the other day, and I just couldn't
bring up enough contrast.
It was dry enough today to do that.

Sometimes a few more added brushstrokes and a lighter color
can move a 'meh' painting into something
more to my liking.

Ready to be done with 30 in 30.  Harder and harder to paint everyday this go round.
My heart is just NOT into it.