Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Red Cedar Secret - SOLD


Red Cedar Secret
6" x 8", oil
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Obviously there are no cedars in this painting, but the name of the lake is Red Cedar. The photo is taken from my "secret" path (deer trail) that follows along the lake for a bit.

I'd been avoiding using this photo because it seemed so dull, but a good one to try out the Zorn palette (white, ivory black, yellow ochre, cad. red) that my mom has been using recently. It was a really nice vacation from my usual pallet of 7-9 colors, it felt more spontaneous since I wasn't spending so much time thinking about all the options normally on my palette. It was more about values and trying to get the most out of what was available.

I'm very lucky that my mom does a lot of the leg work looking up artists and sending me links, this is a link she sent recently to Stapleton Kearns, a wealth of knowledge. I found this quote on his blog:

PAINTING SHOULD GET HARDER FOR YOU RATHER THAN EASIER. THE BETTER YOU GET AT IT, THE HARDER IT WILL BE.

I am sorry to have to be the one to tell you that cruel truth, but you will be a better painter if you accept that, and look for evermore expressive ways of doing things rather than more effective, or tried and true means.
At first it was a bit disheartening to read, but then it was sort of a relief to find out that it should be hard. Now when I feel like I must be really bad at this because it's so hard for me, I'll have to remember that it's SUPPOSE to feel hard! Hooray! ...I guess...



Saturday, February 13, 2010

Up Early


Up Early
5" x 15", oil

This field is what I look at every morning standing at the kitchen sink. I finally got out there with a camera as the sun was coming up, and the school bus pulling away a few days ago. Tho I'm still learning how to paint snow, this one was very fun. I used walnut oil as a paint medium this time, and it seemed to worked nicely.

I also like the panoramic format, somehow the 15" width is not as scary as a 15" height would be.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Shout It


Shout It
6" x 8", oil

I've been wanting to do a painting of my (rock star;) husband Kurt to celebrate the release of his first -all original- CD, "Shout It Out Loud". I'm very proud of his work, he's a great songwriter and musician.

I'm always nervous doing figures, since I'm pretty new at it, but it was fun.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Meet Me

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Meet Me
6" x 8", oil

Help! I don't know what I'm doing!! After neglecting the painting half of my studio for over three months, I finally tried to paint something. My favorite thing to paint used to be snow, but feeling so rusty, it was quite a struggle. I liked this subject because of the footprints leading to a nice little meeting spot along a X-country ski trail.