Friday, February 28, 2014

Standing Tall, 6x6, oil on panel

Have you ever seen Albert Handel's work? He is a master at strong, direct light on the landscape, trees in particular. So this is a little attempt at conveying that same type of light.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Playing with Zorn, 6x6, oil on panel

Perhaps this scene looks familiar to you. If so, it's because I did another painting of it previously. This time I used a palette commonly known as the Zorn palette. It consists of White, Ivory Black, Yellow Ochre and Vermillion or Cad Red Light. In this one I also used Mars Black just to see what the difference would be. I really like this palette. It's always surprising to me to see just what it can do. Seems magical!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Clouds Over the Mountain, 6x8, oil on panel

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My painting for the cloud challenge, which I never actually entered . . . I'm pretty bad about such things. I did have fun painting it though. This too, is done with the Zorn palette. Who would have thought such a limited palette would produce such color variety!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Orange Pepper 2, 6x6, oil on panel

When the weather is bad and you don't want to go out, it's always fun to paint something bright and cheery a comfortable studio!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Four Snow Paintings

I've been doing some larger (12x24 to 18x24) studio paintings using small (6x6) plein air paintings. It's fun to see them all together and the different colors depending on the key of light at the time they were originally painted.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tools of the Trade, 6x6, oil on panel

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Tools of the trade? I do like to have a cup of coffee or tea when I'm painting, although it often goes cold before I actually drink it. I'm heading to Scottsdale Artists' School next month for a workshop with Camille Przewodek, which I'm very excited about! This little painting is an exercise in seeing color, in anticipation of the workshop.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Prairie and Trees, 6x8, oil on paper

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Like the previous painting, this was done on Wallis Sanded Paper. I highly recommend it if you have any trouble with putting one layer on another. But, again, use synthetic bristle brushes. Natural bristle brushes get eaten up by the texture very quickly.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Boxelder Creek, 8x6, oil on paper

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This painting and the previous one are done on Wallis Sanded Paper which is a surface made for oil and pastels. It's fun to paint on as it grabs the paint off the brush. You don't get the problem of an under layer being pulled up and muddying another layer placed on top.  If you try it, use synthetic bristle brushes, though, because that sandpaper really eats up natural bristles!
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