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.