Thursday, February 24, 2011

We Know We're Cute

70.00 plus s&h
These two little mugs look like models on the runway, posing in the light with their hands on their hips. You know, it's weird - when I finish a still life, it tells me what the title should be. On this one, I tried to change the title to something more academic, but the painting just wouldn't let me! I got these hand blown mugs at an antique store, and the red just grabbed me and I had to buy them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Head Study 2-22

Another great session of painting last night! The model was beautiful - she reminded me of a modern day Pocahontas. I'm learning a lot about the portrait, and how a limited palette is so unifying to use. I'm working on seeing the head as a ball, and identifying values as they recede from the lightest part.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Head Study 2/15

I feel I've had a breakthrough in painting the portrait. This one was especially rewarding, because I captured her essence, her attittude. Her direct gaze is a little intimidating and raw.
Again, a limited palette was used, and the darks are finally dark enough.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Figure Study 1/31

I have been studying with the renowned artist, Joseph Todorovitch, for over a year now, and the focus is on academic painting concerning the figure. I tend to focus on the head, as I am more interested in portraits. This particular model is excellent and is serious about her work. I work with a limited palette - white, ivory black, yellow ochre, and cad red light. It's amazing what colors can come from these! It also makes decisions about colors easy. I will be posting several more heads this week.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Green Bottle with Lemons

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
70.00 plus s&h
I really love the shape and color of this green bottle. I painted it once before, and sold it the same day. I like the many little bits of light and color, esp in the bottle and on the surface. Transparent objects are so much fun to paint!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Teenage Boy

This young man posed for the first time at one of my painting groups. He was a good model. I like the strong shadows and lights. A warm direct spotlight was used here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sectioned Off

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
70.00 plus s&h
Each orange section goes off the edge of the canvas - an open form design I love to incorporate into my paintings. I chose the blue plate as a complement to the orange. A simple subject - but not simple to paint!