….the hidden drawing under my oil paintings. Each painting starts out as a measured line drawing composed of grids and angled lines in charcoal. The process takes several hours to complete. It’s a challenge to take a completely blank, white surface and transform it into something that resembles reality. When the subject is in its proper place, I begin to add darks and lights. Traditionally for the next stage, oil painters will begin the painting process by adding a translucent wash of oil color, and with a rag, erase or pull out the whites. At this stage, I choose to use dry media. My intention is to add a limited range of value and a warmth. By using dry media, I am able to keep the drawing intact (and clean) and further enhance the value map with stronger lights and darks. Stay tuned for the finished painting!
….of the new year is coming to a close. Things have finally settled down enough for me to focus my attention on creating new artworks. Working smaller provides the opportunity to complete a painting in three sessions. One session for the drawing, one session for the color and value study, and the final session to complete the painting. This has to be one of my favorite paintings to date! I love the white painterly teacup against the pale minty green background. I love how the pattern on the ground plane and teacup subtly echoes the pink daisy and dried seed pods. Working on such a tiny surface (6”x6”), called for using a limited palette; using three colors plus white to achieve color harmony. This painting is available to purchase on UGallery.
...the sunlight didn’t change for these two paintings because they were painted within a week of each other. There is a noticeable difference in the mixed yellows, in terms of color temperature. The citrus moves toward cool, as the yellows are more green. The sunflowers toward warm, moving into warm oranges. Yellow is a challenging color to mix in paint. Adding white really dulls the color, adding black turns yellow to green. The challenge is to mix yellow with its adjacent or opposite colors so the yellow remains life-like and vibrant. Take a moment to look at each painting below and see the difference. Citrus in sunlight is for sale in my Etsy shop. Sunflowers in sunlight available on UGallery.
…..a series. Here's a look at three recent Peony paintings side by side painted consecutively over the span of five days. Each oil painting was created by direct observation in alla-prima painting style. The color shift is the most dramatic of all. Peony I and III are available on UGallery. Peony II can be purchased from my Etsy shop.
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