Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fall Reboot - SOLD

Just Turned
6 x 8, oil

My paints sat all summer untouched, so this fall Mom and I took a plein aire class in September. I came away from that with nothing worth posting, but my goal had really just been to paint regardless of the results.

Today was gloomy after a heavy rain and I had planned to paint from a photo, but after spending a 1/2 hour looking at photos and getting a few cropped and ready to print, photoshop crashed on me! I decided then to just head out across the road with my Pochade box and paint something. The field was just turned on Friday, and even with the mud and gloomy sky there are still some nice fall colors out there. Since I feel I'm once again starting over, I kept this one to a very simple palette, just Cobalt Blue, Cad. Red, and Yellow Med.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Feathers & Fluff - SOLD

Feathers & Fluff
6" x 8", oil

I had a nice photo session with our hens the other day, this one is a little bantam hen. The eggs are really at their best now with all the fresh grass and bugs to eat, yum (eggs, not bugs)! I didn't quite capture what I had hoped to with this one, but there are some things I like about it anyway.

I'm making arrangements to put some paintings in a new gallery nearby. Working with a gallery and pricing my work is pretty new to me so I did a little research. I ran across this piece that I think helps give some perspective on pricing artwork so I thought I'd share it:

Robert Genn's Ten Commandments of Art Pricing
Thou shalt start out cheap.
Thou shalt publish thy prices.
Thou shalt raise thy prices regularly and a little.
Thou shalt not lower thy prices.
Thou shalt not have one price for Sam and another for Joe.
Thou shalt not price by talent or time taken, but by size.
Thou shalt not easily discount thy prices.
Thou shalt lay control on thy agents and dealers.
Thou shalt deal with those who will honour thee.
Thou shalt end up expensive.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pig Race - SOLD

Pig Race
6" x 8", oil

I celebrated my birthday today by finally doing another painting. It's pretty bad when I had a snow scene on there in May, so at least I've got my blog in the correct season now.

Why pigs? Don't know. They were just so cute, I took the photo at our local Schuster's Playtime Farm during the "pig races". I'm sort of in farm animal mode right now, since I'm reading "The Face On Your Plate". Except for the occasional fish face, I don't have faces on my plate anyway, but maybe I'll put some of their faces in my paintings. Or perhaps by the time I get back to painting again I'll be in landscape mode, who knows...

Now for some photo tips:

Before photographing my previous painting, I spent some time researching and experimenting to find the best way to photograph paintings. I also got myself a small collapsable photo tent to diffuse the light.

So here is what I've found:

--Set the camera farther away and zoom all the way in.

--Set lights nearly parallel to the subject on either side and on top if glare is a problem.

--Set camera to ISO 100.

--Use AV setting and set f-stop to 8 or higher, 8 or 10 seems to work for my lighting.

--Try to use a fast shutter speed if possible.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Red Cedar Secret - SOLD

Red Cedar Secret
6" x 8", oil

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:


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

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.