Monday, August 11, 2014

Olive Ciabatta

Olive Ciabatta (6" x 6") oil on masonite

There's nothing like fresh bread! This is some of Dahlia Bakery's Olive Ciabatta bread, I enjoyed how the natural light really brightened the floured spots. It's always so satisfying to do a painting in one session.

Monday, July 28, 2014

PINKolicious

PINKolicious (6" x 6") oil on masonite

There's this pink cookie that they sell in Seattle that's starting to be my favorite sweet. They're just so big, it's a like drinking an energy drink. I'm starting to really enjoy putting a saturated blue for the shadows. I might be trying to reach some inner child with these dessert paintings, but I like the idea of depicting joy and happiness; pink is such a jubilant color.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Space Needle

Space Needle 6" x 6" charcoal on gray paper

Time to brush off the cobwebs! I recently relocated to Seattle, Washington to attend the University of Washington for graduate studies in painting and drawing. I've been living in Belltown for about a month or so and I have this fantastic view of the Space Needle from my 426 square foot apartment. I used white charcoal for the highlights, I thought the gray paper was effective for depicting a rainy day.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Delightful Macaroons

Delightful Macaroons 6" x 6" oil on masonite

I love all the jovial colors macaroons are made in, literal eye candy.  I used the palette knife make some variation in the background, it was also handy in popping out the highlights. I'm glad to say spring is here!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Deux Macaroons

Deux Macaroons 6" x 6" oil on masonite

I work next to a french dessert shop so I've learned to love macaroons and their many colors. It's hard to paint them because I'd really rather eat them. In other news, I got into graduate school at the University of Washington for the fall, I'm so excited to be learning in an academic environment again. I also have a fellowship, which is something I didn't expect, I still can't believe that I got it. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Gift

The Gift oil on masonite 6" x 6"
On this piece I'm really excited about the color scheme, especially the red against the turquoise blue-green. I sought to recreate feeling of anticipation before opening a present, especially a gift so pretty!  Lately while painting I've been thinking about a phrase my old watercolor teacher would always say, "make colors tasty," it's such good advice.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Stacked

Stacked 6" x 6" oil on masonite

I painted this still life under natural lighting in order to get a morning feel for the coffee cups. I counted my strokes while I did them which allowed me to simplify the objects. I'm starting to really like the idea of getting an object's essence rather than painting the form accurately, it allows a lot more flexibility with the colors and brushwork.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sunset

Sunset 10" x 10" oil on canvas

I've been reading a lot about Van Gogh so I was inspired to do a painting with a complementary color scheme. I love how the sun looks foggy on a cloudy day.

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Winter Evening

A Winter Evening 16" x 20" oil on canvas
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I'm starting to prefer looking at life rather than photos; photographs can just get so stale because you forget how the air smelled and how the wind felt. I always love doing quick paintings where everything is the same degree of wetness, it makes fuzzy things like trees easier to paint.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Winter Sun


Winter Sun 6" x 6" oil on canvas
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I've been looking at a lot of Van Gogh paintings recently because I'm reading "The Sunflowers are Mine," by Martin Bailey. Van Gogh, through his letters to his brother, talks about how certain paintings 'vibrate,' which is just a great way to replicate reality is thinking about everything has its own energy, especially in nature. This is a view out my of window, I really enjoyed how the sun was obscured by the clouds but you could see the sun popping out every now and again. I used this medium that was great for a wet-on-wet, it was absolutely perfect for the branches.