Although small in size, 8x8 inches, this oil painting required the same attention to detail required of a larger representational artwork. These bright yellow roses placed on a subtle greenish-gray background were painted from life without the aid of photography. This painting is now for sale on UGallery here.
A glimpse into the development of my recent painting, Spring Serenity, from drawing to grayscale sketch to finished painting. After arranging the composition for this floral still life, I was immediately attracted to the warm reflected light cast on the right side of the pink blooms. The color of the flower petals shifted from a bright, cool pink to a warm pinky orange. Set against a cool blue background, the Astras appeared to glow.
The finished artwork is 12"x12"x0.75". Oil paint on cradled wood panel.
Available for purchase on UGallery
In the midst of packaging and sending a brand new painting across the country. Well wishes for a safe journey to a new home. I enjoyed having this Magnolia painting on my wall, even though it was just for a short time. I hope it brings as much joy to its new owner that it did for me.
Interested in a special purchase for yourself? My representational oil paintings are for sale on UGallery here!
In the middle of creating the third version of this design by Yukimo Higuchi from the book: Zakka Embroidery. The all-over pattern is aesthetically pleasing. A simplified color palette unifies the variety in the design. I think the pink clutch is my favorite, although I have a personal rule not to judge a creation until it has been completed. These cute clutches are for sale: purchase on Etsy
I am excited to announce my artworks featured in curated collection on UGallery. Click the button above to check out my eternal flowers collection of blooming Lilies for purchase on UGallery.
I loved the way these yellow roses appeared just before reaching their fullest glory in bloom. They have a vibrant, young quality about them and the golden, warm light of sunset illuminating this bouquet was beautiful. The yellows were intensified by the warm light, but remained subtle. The light helped to shift the shadows towards warmth. Working from direct observation, I needed to capture my vision for this painting rapidly. I created the drawing for this painting in a single session. The painting was created in two sessions and the method of painting leans towards alla prima. Alla prima is a method of painting using a wet-on-wet technique, where the paint application is direct and brushwork more painterly. Works are generally started and finished in a single session.
The Golden Hour is currently for sale on UGallery.com. Click here to view.
When I think of cool colors I see blue, green, and violet: water, the ocean and things that are cool to the touch.Thinking of warmth, I see reds, oranges and yellows: fire, things that are warm to the touch. I would guess this association is common among most humans.
Identifying warm and cool colors and seeing the difference between this distinction is not always evident when choosing and mixing colors for painting. Artists are faced with an array of tube colors, in warm and cool varieties that circle the spectrum. Adding to this choice, we must identify the light’s temperature that illuminates our subject, and hone in on the subtleties presented.
Think about an object and it’s color at dawn, midday or dusk, or the light in a candle-lit room, or even the night lit by moonlight. In every situation, the temperature of the light (warm or cool) affects the color of the object in view. As if identifying the temperature of light seems complicated, artists need to take into consideration the local color of the object/subject in question. Local color is the color we perceive the subjects to be: a yellow banana, a red apple, a blue sky, and so on.
Choosing colors for a painting is like a math equation, using color instead of numbers. We interpret the local color, add the temperature of light, mix the two together for a pleasing outcome. This process is repeated for each light, mid-tone and dark of any given subject. Summed up, the final color presented is the artist’s interpretation in response to what’s placed before their eyes in a complicated mix to achieve believability.
Ask yourself: how many minutes do I spend looking at a subject when taking a photo (non-photographers)? Does this time depend on the shutter speed of the camera? Do you just snap and walk away? Do you snap, look, delete and try again...are you scanning only the surface?
Cameras stop action for a second and record it as a small moment in the long life of the chosen subject (running, jumping, water waves, etc.). Drawing living things from direct observation records the life of the subject over a longer time frame, capturing the life of the subject.
When an artist draws from direct observation, their eyes scan every single detail and centimeter of their chosen subject. Painting is a time consuming endeavor, and drawing is even more so. The artist devotes several hours to the drawing process and focuses on the subject for several days in order to achieve their desired result. Proportional mistakes are evident in a painting when the drawing hasn’t been resolved completely.
In my experience, I have come to these conclusions about drawing from life:
Imagine honing the skills of observation in everyday life. What would improve in our lives with a keen eye for detail and observation?
I believe there are so many benefits from drawing from life, both art and non-art related. My drawing students are warned prior to completing a drawing class: you will begin to notice things you haven’t noticed before, not just value or composition, but observation and improvement in other areas. Focus improves. Decision making improves. Observation improves. Carefulness and Intentionality improves. Creativity improves and informs problem solving.
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