Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Adoration" SOLD

Thank you for purchasing "Adoration". I hope you enjoy this cat painting as much as I loved painting it.
Thank you, again.
"Adoration" SOLD

Uppity Beach Boutons Available In Crescent City, CA

My Uppity Beach Boutons are currently available at The Perfect Yarn located at 124 Hwy 101 N Crescent City, CA 95531. 
These buttons come in variety of earth colors and are high fired to cone 5. 


Friday, April 26, 2013

The Details Are In The Car

The sun was out and the landscape class met in the park. This is my plein air study. The detail is in the car since it is my focal point. I put a purple and magenta under painting in the dark areas. I was reminded to put the mirrors on my car. (I wouldn't want it to get ticketed).
Nothing is better than painting on a nice day except fishing. 
"Car Detailing"  8"x10" Oil on Linen NFS

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Am I Done Yet?

When I get towards the end of a study, I want to be done. I don't want to finish it. This is one of my worse tendencies. I would rather hand it off to someone for proofing and let them finish it. 
So, I asked the question in yesterday's class.  How exactly do I finish a study? Here are the answers I remember.
Mid-Values Study

Compare the values.
Compare the brights and dulls.
Compare the warms and cools.
Do you have sharp edges at your focal point?
Look at the shadows, the background and foreground. Is there variation?
Make slight adjustments. Again - slight adjustments. 
I think of it as checking your answers to a test before turning it in.  Remember to go over each question and answer to be sure they are correct. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Going Gray

I saved my mixed colors from yesterday's paint out to make a big, gray, paint puddle.  Using just the gray, I blocked in a composition from an art book onto a small 8"X10" canvas board.   I added dark and light colors trying to keep it  loose and abstract while keeping in mind values, planes and distance. It was a wonderful way to loosen up.
"Going Gray" Study

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Wah Hop Store, Coloma, CA

Yesterday was a fun day. I attended the CAC paint out in Coloma, CA and painted this historic Wah Hop Store. Then off to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday at a Chinese restaurant, the Green Jade, and then 3 games of Lazer Force and arcade games.  He will always be a kid at heart. I love it.
"Wah Hop Store, Coloma, CA" Oil On 8"X10" Linen Canvas $80.00

Friday, April 19, 2013

Two Minute Pose

When figure drawing, a two minute pose can seem too short or too long depending on how well you are doing with the drawing.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yesterday's Palette Painting Today

I hate wasting paint. So my solution is cleaning my brush and palette knife onto a recycled canvas. You know, the artwork that you stack in the corner - hating to throw out but you don't know what to do with it.
When I am painting, I put one of these recycled canvas to use.
This is yesterday's palette painting that was created while I was working on yesterday's value study.
It is painted on a linen gallery wrap canvas and is 8X8.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Studying Value Through Payne

I painted Edgar Payne's work  as a lesson in value today in Randy Blasquez's class. I was given two copies of boats.  One to paint and one to cut up by it's grouped values. Then I mixed the mother colors, drew my composition and blocked in the mother colors.
This is the result of my study. I should mention I used an alizarin crimson under painting.
Great lesson. Fun study.
Value Study 8"X10" Oil on Canvas Sheet

Monday, April 8, 2013

Some Days I Need A Push

There are some days where I need to be pushed to finish a study.  I just want to be done with it. This was one such painting and I was pushed to finish it. There were things I saw that I could do but I wanted to pack my gear and go home. Silly.
I am glad I was pushed. Here is my still life study of  yellow bottle.  Notice the brushwork carefully layered to keep the beautiful under painting.
I love this method. I am also grateful for the push. Thanks, Susan.
"Yellow Bottle" Painted with Brush on 9"X12" Canvas Sheet.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

"Green Flash Sunset" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas

This is a large 16"X20" abstract, oil palette painting I have read  a momentary green flash occurs at sunset when the sun meets the horizon. I reflected this flash into the water.
"Green Flash Sunset" By Eva Marie Tanner-Klaas 16"x20" Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Art For Sale At The Manley Art Center

I am having a studio sale at the Manley Art Center in Brookings, OR.  I am sharing panels in the classroom with fellow painters Kathy Huxley and Verna Pooler.  Come by and see the work.  It will be available until the end of April.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Uppity Beach Buttons

For the life of me I cannot find my camera... again.  I have two and I normally toss on in the car and the other in a side table basket. Neither were available when I needed them. So my dear spouse took these pictures for me with his fancy phone.
Now for the drum roll. Here are my latest new Uppity Beach Buttons. They are designed from a homemade clay stamp from a beautiful brown clay and high fired to a cone 5 with food safe glazes.
I love to buy sweaters and jackets at the local thrift stores and these buttons are fun to dress up my thrift store finds.  They are also perfect to add to hats, purses and scarves. All you fiber arts people know what I am talking about. (No offense to the spouse and his fancy phone but better pictures will be coming soon).

Uppity Beach Buttons