Saturday, May 28, 2011

Winsor & Newton Commercial...

I just received a much anticipated shipment from Winsor & Newton... a whole box of supplies to replenish my stores.  Mediums of every kind, ready to be opened and used.

Prior to this shipment, the only medium I have been mixing in my oil paints has been Liquin Fine Detail.   Liquin is an Alkyd medium that actually speeds up the drying time of the paint.   However, I have been itching to paint with linseed oil & solvents.  I'm ready to luxuriate in the slower drying time that Linseed oil allows.  More time to fiddle and blend - yay!  

Friday, May 20, 2011

Two of a kind...

Contemplation: Kindred 
oil on canvas, 11"x14"

Late yesterday afternoon offered great light to photograph several new paintings.  Above is one of them, a small oil from my Contemplations series.   I feel such a sensation of security and warmth by these two small nests hugging so closely together.  

Monday, May 16, 2011

Installation Photo of "Fanfare"

A collector who recently commissioned a vibrant painting of a peacock has sent me some installation photos.  Here is Fanfare in its new home:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Fiery Strands...

Painting strands of red and strawberry blond hair one by one, and adding shadows and highlights until it is finished...

Above is a detail photo of a figurative painting in progress.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nearing Completion

Well, this journey through sisal rug detail, a glittering shirt, folds of white, puckering blankets, and cascading cocoa hair is coming to an end.

I am finishing up the smallest of details on this 30"x40" figurative piece and will be posting the completed painting soon.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Zebra Dream - Revamped

When I got this painting back from a gallery and took another look at it, the background was bothering me.   I didn't like reddish wood flooring in the background, and felt like it competed too much with the zebra-print blanket.  I felt like too much was going on.  I thought that this painting was too different from my other work and that its mood was too tense and not restful enough.  So... I reworked the background.  Here is the before and after:



The Zebra Dream
oil on canvas, 12"x16"

In the end, I didn't hate the first version, I just prefer the second.   I think the second version, with the calmer background gives a dreamier, more restful mood.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Painting!

Contemplation: Quiet Nest
oil on canvas, 14"x11"

I like the moodiness of this painting.  It just came together that way, and I am very satisfied with it.  Silent nest, little fragile shelter.  It is remarkable to me that little squirming, clawed baby birds are held safe in such a fragile woven home.  The nest I used as the model for this painting is a perfect little cup that almost fits into the palm of your hand.  Round and small and delicate with a few twigs astray.

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