Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Study: Pears

Study: Pears (8" x 11") graphite on white paper
Been drawing pears, it's amazing how each one is so different from the next. It's neat how the smaller shape on the top of the pear overlaps into the bigger shape below. I am pretty rough with the paper, I mostly use 4H and then I dive into a 4B.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Window At Noon

Window At Noon (6" x 5")
oil paint with walnut oil on Oil Arches Paper

So this is my favorite that I've done lately, I'm so bedazzled by that bright, ambient green that pours in at noon. I keep thinking- gesture, gesture, gesture! I want the essential, only the necessary marks.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Four Pears

Four Pears (5" x 6")
oil paint with walnut oil on Oil Arches Paper
This painting has a deckle edge as well, I'm likin' it. I found these pears on the window sill this way, goes to show you sometimes still lifes' set up themselves! Looking out the window was one of my assignments for my drawing students, basically you know that the interior will always have your darkest darks and lightest lights. You can enforce that there is a window there by keeping the scene in the background low contrast in value.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Dusk (6.5" x 5" on 7" x 6" paper)
oil paint with walnut oil on Oil Arches Paper

This is my view of my front window when I'm standing in the kitchen, I'm always seeing the light do crazy things to the bush out front. One minute it will be in shadow and then another it's lit up like a roman candle. The luminous green just pours out of that window, so bright compared to the interior. Also this arches paper is fabulous. I'm becoming attached to the wavy edges and I just looked it up, it's called a deckle edge in printmaking, I knew it was called something! I'll also put an image of the entire paper, this is just an image of it cropped in the composition I intended.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Little Green Pear #2

Little Green Pear #2  (4" x 3.75") oil on Oil Arches Paper

Another pear, decided to deem it #2 since it felt like I was solving the same problem. I want a specific blue for the background so I ended up just painting a piece of paper to get my blue. Oh also Oil arches paper is delightful, perhaps I just needed a material change for a bit. I usually paint on masonite board but I'm enjoying this paper, it's a bit softer of a material. Once something is put down on this paper it doesn't come off, not very forgiving but I enjoy that. Here's the little drawing below, same size as the painting with a (1/2)" border, (3/4)" on bottom border.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Little Green Pear

Little Green Pear 4" x 3.75" oil paint on Arches Oil Paper

This paper was like a hidden gem in my closet, I've had this paper for awhile but finally I've used it! I cut out a bunch of squares to make tiny paintings with. Anything smaller than a 6" x 6" should be called quaint because a small paper is so gosh darn cute! :)