Friday, December 16, 2016

Wild Cherry Lollipop

Wild Cherry Lollipop (6" x 6") oil on masonite/walnut oil

Plastic is probably the hardest material to paint, it's really a lot of back and forth between the plastic, lollipop and the background. My goal is in this painting was to see how much data I could collect with observation. I love painting candy- now it's eye candy :)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Jiffy Pop with Fork

Jiffy Pop with Fork  (5" x 5" x 1") oil on masonite

I had to really squint my eyes to decipher what was going on with the aluminium. I used a very limited palette on this painting, only two or three colors plus white.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Crane #1

Crane #1 (6" x 6") oil on masonite
So the grand question: what color represents white? Going to definitely revisit this theme, I love all the folds and creases in the paper. In Japan cranes are mystical creatures that symbolize good fortune and longevity; I've always loved the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Below is my sketch I did beforehand, tweaked the composition just a tad.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pumpkin Posed on a Post-it

"Pumpkin Posed on a Post-it" (6" x 6") oil on masonite

That's a funny title to say five times fast, there's a rhythm to it. I'm always looking for good alliterations, it's almost impossible to do a whole sentence (especially prepositions) with the same letter. Tis' the season to paint pumpkins, I enjoy all the reflected color hitting the pumpkin. That pink post-it is electric!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Present

The Present (6"x 6") oil on masonite

Here is a present I wrapped for my boyfriend's birthday coming up. I absolutely love brown paper tied with ribbon, it has such an old world feel.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind (6"x 6") oil on masonite

Apples and pencils go together so well, kind of a schoolhouse theme; reminiscent of the days when students would put an apple on a teacher's desk. I read more about the history of apples in this Smithsonian magazine article. Apples in the colonies were bitter and mostly used for alcohol, safer than water at the time. In the frontier days families who had children in schools were responsible for feeding and housing teachers; the students would give apples to show appreciation for teaching so many kids.  Apples had a bad reputation because of the anti-alcohol movement, marketers came up with the slogan 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away,' to reinvent the apple as a healthy treat.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Apple Trio

Apple Trio (6" x 6") oil on masonite

Apples, apples, apples! Here's an apple trio, I absolutely love using a red/pink ground when painting apples.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Time to Eat

Time to Eat (6" x 6") oil on masonite

For this painting I concentrated on the shape of the brushstroke. It's very hard to leave a brushstroke once it's put down, I had to really restrain myself from messing too much with it.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Three Pumpkins

Three Pumpkins (6" x 6") oil on masonite

Fall is here so it's time to paint pumpkins! I remember painting pumpkins in my beginning painting classes so I always get a bit nostalgic this time of year. My objective in this painting was to simplify with squinting, along with looking at how the objects reflect on one another. The reflecting color almost acts like glue for the objects to the environment.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pair of Pears

Pair of Pears (6" x  6") oil on masonite

There is a bit of a shine to some of the brushstrokes, I should try to take another picture once the painting is dry. Here are some pears that are ready to cut up! I got some fresh pears for my birthday, I think I did this quick enough so I can still eat them. Below is a picture of the underpainting with the set-up in the background. I made some sketches after painting, trying to get a sense of the spotlight right over the still life.
I also got a twitter account to go with this blog, thought I might see what the fuss was about.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Apples to Apples #2

Apples to Apples #2 (6" x 6") oil on masonite
In this painting my goal was to have the apples in the back feel more distant than the apples in the foreground by playing with the values and chromatic intensity; apples that are in the background have less contrast and saturation than objects in the foreground. It helps to know that fact in order to exaggerate it to portray space. I started with a sketch, then moved onto a burnt umber under painting before starting the color. I constructed a little cardboard holder in order to paint off the panel; my easel has an edge that makes it hard to make a complete brushstroke. I am finding something new every apple painting.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

An Orange on Green Paper

An Orange on Green Paper (6" x 6") oil on masonite
I like how fast and gestural this came out, so yay! In this piece I wanted to see orange against a blue ground, I still have a preference for a warm ground like yellow or red. As always, squinting is key. I was laughing at this image earlier of Bob Ross, good old Bob Ross, so optimistic. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples (6" x  6") oil on masonite
The green apple on the bottom is the same one from the last two posts. I was thinking a lot about each brushstroke, then using a paper towel to manipulate the mark. I like how sensuous the cloth is in contrast to the hard shiny apples. I also enjoy how the stems point to one another. I'm satisfied with this piece, here is the sketch I made before I started.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Green Apple

Green Apple (6" x  6") oil  on masonite
I was very slow with this painting, really trying to be calculated with the brushstrokes. I could always squint more in the process, I'm going to make a sign that says 'squint' over my easel- that'll solve the problem. This was an attempt to use as little brushstrokes as necessary in order to simplify. This composition is from the 10 Minute Challenge from yesterday, it's nice to have the value squared away before attacking the color.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

10 Minute Apples

10 Minute Apples (6" x 6") oil on masonite

This is for the 10 Minute Challenge from DPW  It's such a good warm up, it definitely gets you moving faster. I used Payne's grey for this, I concentrated on using the ground as much as possible and resisting the urge to use white till I needed it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Complementary Apples

Complementary Apples (6"x 6") oil on masonite

Alla Prima painting is a lot like chess, you really have to plan your moves. I used a red ground which was super helpful to maintain the strong chromatic intensity in the apples. Another thing, lighting! So before I didn't have a light shining at my easel, now I do. I vastly underestimate the value of my darks when I don't have adequate lighting on the panel as well as on the palette and still life. There are some good moments in this piece, like when the red apple is the same value as the gold cardboard, it seems to glue the scene together.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Elephant Eating

Elephant Eating (6" x 6") oil on masonite

I painted this elephant chopping on leaves for the DPW challenge of the week. It's been a long time since I've painted from a photograph, very challenging but I'm really digging how the trees in the background turned out after all the wiping away. Back to apples!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Three Amigos

Three Amigos (6" x  6") oil on masonite

This time around I used a yellow background which proved useful in preserving the color in the apples, all I needed to do was wipe away any red with a cloth, then reapply the green. I like how the stems are all pointing to one another. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mirrored Apples

Mirrored Apples (6" x 6") oil on masonite
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I started this painting with a different composition and wasn't satisfied with it so I wiped it off. I think the second time around is a big improvement, I like how the reflection in the mirror turned out, especially in how it differs from the apples. I will go quicker next time!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Value Study: Apples

Value Study (6"x 6") oil on masonite
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Apples are so much fun, too many options.  I decided to do some studies in burnt umber just to play around with composition and lighting.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park (6" x 6") oil on masonite

Puget Sound sure smells salty, I went there the other day when the sun was blaring. There were lovely little puddles everywhere from the Sound, perfect for reflections.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

This is Water #1

This is Water #1  (6" x 6") oil on masonite board

It's been a very long time since I last posted! I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a MFA in Painting and Drawing. My thesis show was based on a view out of Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. I sat in Sky View Observatory and made some onsite drawings as research for larger studio paintings. My website shows my thesis work which is currently hanging at Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Belltown.

In this painting I used Portland Grey Deep and Zinc White, both Gamblin brand. On the masonite I used rabbit skin glue (RSG) and then an oil ground on top. RSG is a traditional gesso that leaves a fantastic surface especially compared to acrylic gesso which feels like plastic. The Portland Grey Deep has an attractive look on the yellow ground, there's an almost purple quality to it.