Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cinnabar and Dragon

Cinnabar and Dragon
Pastel - 12 x 18
This is a fairly large vase from the Humphrey Museum, from about the 18th Century. It sits in the parlor on top of the piano at the museum. Next to it is a Japanese bowl decorated with a dragon. This was a study for a larger painting that is in progress. It may be in progress for a long time since I'm not all that crazy about it, but I'm very happy with this study.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

What a struggle!

Acoma Pot - In progress - Maybe will never be done!
This was a huge struggle. I couldn't work from life and my photo was dark, the image was distorted and I didn't know how to paint a pot with a lot of decoration, so I kep painting it out and trying to put it back in again. Then I realized the pot is too blue anyway. Since I took this pic it has changed again and may never be done because I just don't know how to do this. I think the next time I will paint a very plain pot. But, it was fun to try and I learned a lot - what NOT to do! The painting looks strained to me - I know how hard I worked on it and although it kind of nice, all I see is the struggle.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bright Pink Peony

Bright Pink Peony
Pastel - 12 x 12
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Just having some fun with soft pastel and flowers!

Upper Bear Creek Sunrise


Upper Bear Creek Sunrise
Pastel - 11 x 14
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Here is a painting I never was able to finish. I worked on it and brushed it off and then did that again and then finally washed it! Wallis paper is unbelieveable - it takes all kinds of abuse. Anyway, I finally am happy with it!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Humphrey Carriage House
Oil - 12 x 16
This is another image from the Humphrey Museum. It's the old carriage house. Really just a little place where you could tie up your horse. A little path leads to the front door of the ranch house.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mountain Chick


Mountain Chick
Oil on Canvas Board - 8 x 10
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Here's a tweet little guy! or girl? Don't really know. We mostly get Mountain Chickadees here where I live but every once in a while we get a Black Capped Chickadee at the suet feeder. I painted this one for my friend - from one mountain chick to another!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

In The Museum


In The Museum
Pastel - 18 x 24

Here is my new painting inside the Western Room of the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum. It's a very crowded room with pretty much every square inch filled with collectibles that were acquired by 3 generations of Humphrey women. The items are fantasic and the musuem is a real gem of Colorado history. I tried to give a sense of what it is like to be in this very full room! To learn more about the museum, visit their web site at http://www.hmpm.org/.

Still Life with Copper Pot

Still Life with Copper Pot
Oil on Canvas Board - 12x16
Sold

This is a still life of another one of my yard sale acquisitions. I find the most interesting things at yard sales. It is sitting on a little wooden box that was another yard sale find. Actually, my last couple of posts are all yard sale treasures! Anyway, I first painted this as a small study but liked it so much and thought I could improve the appearance of my copper (that was hard to do) so I repainted it a little bigger. I put it in a show a couple weeks ago but didn't post it because I didn't have a good photo. It sold at the show but I borrowed it back to have it scanned. This was a breakthrough painting for me. I did it as a low-key painting with an analagous color scheme and I think it came out nice. Sort of hated to sell it! But it went to a nice couple who are building their new home in an arts and crafts style, so it was a great fit!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Short and Stout

Short and Stout
Pastel - 24 x 18
Remember that nursery rhyme about the teapot? Well, this little brass teapot made me think of that. Anyway, this is a companion piece to my blue and white pitcher that I did a few blogs ago. They have the same background treatment and similar subject matter. I'm trying to improve my elipses, fruit and reflections! Hope you like this one.


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Blue and White and Orange

Blue and White and Orange
Oil on Canvas - 12 x 16
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I have finished my still life but I will have to replace this picture. It just didn't come out right. I need to adjust my exposure. I tried fixing it in my computer but it's just wierd. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with it but it is quite different than the pastel. The pastel has a scratchiness and texture that I really like - the oil is smoother and more refined. Both are good. I'll have to let this "ripen" a little - that way I'll start to see my mistakes!


At The Humphrey Museum

At The Humphrey Museum
Sketch - Pastel
This is a quick sketch with pastel on Canson paper. A local artist gave me a couple of pieces of the paper to try out. I can't say that I like the paper very much but I do like the sketch. I'll probably try this again some time in the future on my usual surface which is Wallis sanded paper. The subject is from the Humphrey Museum here in Evergreen. It was originally a one-room prove-up cabin that was started in the 1870s. The first owner had to live on the homestead for three months of each year and eventually the state of Colorado would grant ownership of the 350 acres of land. The Humphrey family purchased the land in 1920. The family had one three year old daugher named Hazel Lou who lived there until her death in 1995; she was 78 years old. Hazel Lou envisioned that her ranch and home would someday be a museum. She left a trust fund and a will that created what is now the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum. I occasionally do volunteer work at the museum and my friend and I painted there a couple of times. This image is from part of the display. The museum has a large collection of native american jewelry, crafts and pottery. It's very cool - take a look: www.hmpm.org.


Big Red Gerbera


Big Red Gerbera
Acrylic on Canvas - 24 x 30
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Here is the update to the gerbera daisy from 2 days ago. The point of these acrylic paintings is to paint fast and loose to counteract how slow and detailed I can tend to get with my oil paintings. I much prefer the oil paints but find it somehow easier to experiment with the acrylics. Maybe I just attach some sort of importance to the oils that makes me feel like I have to be serious! I do learn a lot by experimenting in other mediums and I think it allows me to take chances and not be so timid. When I first started to paint I was so afraid that I'd ruin something that I wouldn't experiment. Now I know that the only way to get better is to make mistakes and learn what works and what doesn't. So, I make a LOT of mistakes - hopefully that means I'm learning a lot!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Big Red Gerbera (step 1)

Well here is new one that I'm doing in acrylic on canvas. Haven't gotten past step one just because I ran out of time and out of steam! Acrylic dries so fast that it's easy to do all at once, but this is kind of nice to see the stages. I blocked it in with watercolor - just to get my shapes on the canvas. Then started adding deeper color. I came back to it later and started to refine the petals because at this stage I think it looks like a feather duster! Anyway, I hope to get back to it tonight or tomorrow and will post the final image!

In the meantime, I worked a little bit on my oil still life and hope to finish it by the weekend. It's close to being done now. I need to add the stems to my pears and grapes, and a few highlights. My friend Bev came over today and gave me a few pointers on where to soften edges and mute some colors. To see some beautiful stuff - go see her web site at www.beverlyendsley.com.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Blue and White Pitcher (Oil painting In progress)

Blue & White Pitcher - Pastel Painting


Blue and White Pitcher - Oil painting (in progress)
I've been painting this same subject in both pastel and oil. The top one is the pastel and below is the oil which is not quite finished. It's been interesting to try the same scene in two different mediums. Not sure which I prefer, but I've enjoyed doing both. The pastel is more "painterly" at the moment because I spray between layers and it creates some rough, gritty passages that really add some dimension. The oil is nice because I can glaze it to get the depth of color that I want. Anyway, not sure what all this means but it's all good. I hope to finish the oil painting in the next day or so and will post the finished product.