Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wired Sky

Wired Sky 12" x 12" acrylic on 2.25" cradled masonite
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I made this while in the gallery today, it's a view out the window. I've actually never painted power lines before so that was a new challenge. I liked just adding the tops of the buildings and just concentrating on the sky and the poles. This image feels so autumn, it's the type of day you sip coffee to keep the cold at bay.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harvest

Harvest 6" x 6" oil on canvas
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I did some plein-air painting yesterday, perfect fall day. I love painting in a neutral palette, it has a calming quality to it. This field only had a single stock from harvest left-it made good balance to the piece.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Harmony in Autumn

Harmony in Autumn 20" x 10" oil on canvas
This is a piece I'm doing for the gallery based on a client's vacation photo. The trees are very Corot-like, I love the sky-holes. The abstract quality is also pleasing, I could see myself cropping this in the upper-middle part.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gold Horizon

Gold Horizon 5" x 7" acrylic on canvas
This is a piece for a client based on colors in their room along with their taste in abstract art. I used real gold leaf in this piece so it's fun to see it glitter with light on it.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Little Pumpkin

Little Pumpkin 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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I'm quite happy with how this turned out! The simpler, the better. I used natural lighting for this piece which accounts for the soft shadow in the background.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunset By Sea

 
Sunset By Sea 10" x 10" oil on canvas
This is a piece that I'm working on from a vacation photo. I struggled a bit with the photo because of the glare that happens with the sun. The painting almost looks airbrushed, I did a lot of glazing to get that effect.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dots and Panties

Dots and Panties 8" x 6" oil on linen
This is for the dailypaintworks challenge this week! I've never painted underwear before, I loved painting the silk and lace.  Lately, I've been doing a lot of wet-on-wet painting for my still life's, it's challenging but ultimately more satisfying.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sketch of a Squash

Sketch of a Squash 8" x 10" oil on linen
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This is a companion piece to "Portrait of a Pumpkin," they look fantastic next to one another. Lately, I have been concentrating more on different color schemes, squashes are especially handy for a neutral palette. I've been starting to realize you can put any color you want anywhere in the painting- as long as it has the same relationship of colors seen in the still life, like warm versus cool.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hazy Autumn

Hazy Autumn 30" x 30" acrylic on canvas
This is a piece I made while in the gallery today, I tend to work from memory with abstract pieces. I really enjoy that yellow against the purple/blue. The advantages to acrylic is that you can really build up the surface with molding paste and make it really shine with a gloss medium.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Delightful Danish

A Delightful Danish 6" x 6" oil on cradled masonite
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I'm starting to do a lot of my paintings alla prima, which means wet-on-wet, usually within one session. It's really more satisfying than a painting that takes days to do. I've been toying a lot with the whole purple/yellow color scheme, I really like it. When you have a limited color palette, the colors tend to not get as muddy, at least for me. How come no one told me how good cheese danishes are?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Autumn Sunset

Autumn Sunset 6" x 6" oil on 2" cradled masonite
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This is a plein-air piece I did outside my apartment, I let my cat out and I saw how the light was hitting the trees so I had to paint it. Since it was cold out it gave me a sense of immediacy which I especially need with a sunset scene, it's gone in 15 minutes. I'm pretty happy with this piece, it glows a pretty orange hue. Here's a picture of my kitties checking out the painting.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush 8" x  8" oil on canvas
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I used Wayne Thiebaud as a reference for this piece, I've always loved how he portrayed happiness. I noticed that he made his values high key, with a slight bit of purple for shadow; it makes a sugary effect with these colors.
Here's a picture of me in a sombrero taking a tequila shot on my birthday.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Storm-a-Brewin'

Storm-a-Brewin' 6"x 6" oil on canvas
I've painted this image before on masonite and didn't care for it, so I made another one. In the other piece I made the clouds too chunky, so I wanted to make these clouds very wispy and windy. I love how this image glows cobalt, it really makes me feel like there's a storm a brewin'!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Gold-lining

Gold-lining 5" x 7" acrylic & gold leaf on canvas
I love texture in conjunction with foil, it feels very tangible. I like the bit of red behind the gold, that hint of color beneath.  Usually when I make abstract landscapes I tend to think about how trees look clumped together, it's my favorite part of a landscape.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blue Harbor

Blue Harbor 8"x 8" oil on canvas
This is a painting based on a vacation photo of Seattle, I put a lot of texture to emphasize the water. I like the overall blue-ness of it, blue can be so moody.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Galloway Farm

Galloway Farm 36" x 60" Acrylic on canvas
This is a painting I have that is currently hanging at Terra Gallery, it's of the fields across from my parents neighborhood. I like seeing the scene change with the seasons, it always seems to have something new to offer.
Also, I just started up my etsy shop today, please stop by! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Into the Birch Grove

Into the Birch Grove 6" x 6" oil on canvas
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This is the dailypaintworks challenge of this week, I always wanted to paint birch trees. I'm really digging the green and purple next to the orange.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Portrait of a Pumpkin

Portrait of a Pumpkin 8" x 10" oil on canvas
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I have a certain predilection for pumpkins, I think it's because it was the first object I painted in college. My first pumpkins sucked, but now I rejoice with this painting. I really wanted to use the roughness of the canvas to my advantage, lately I've been abhorring the roughness for my tighter paintings, good change of pace. I don't know what it was but this painting felt really comfortable, style and composition-wise.