Hollyhocks, Acrylic, 9 x 12

These four paintings are all composed of the triad Cadmium Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Magenta and Ultramarine Blue, and each painted in a little over one hour. The first three were from photos I took in my garden this year, and the fourth was from a photo I took in England in 2013.

I began each one as an under-painting using the triad and the mini-blades. It is such an exciting and freeing way to start!

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Fixing the Fence-(new triad,one hour)

 

Fence III

The ‘final’ painting after one hour. The last part of the hour was spent refining shapes and shadows. I left the girl’s shirt as the under-painting, as I liked the colors as they were.

 

Summer Triads

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Red Treasure, Acrylic 9 x 12

Now I’m adding a time limit (guideline!) to my triad limit. I’m trying to keep each painting time to around an hour—challenging! This triad is Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium and Ultramarine Blue (plus Titanium White).

I decided to try the skin tones in the same acrylic colors, and I was using one of my larger brushes to try and capture the big tones and not fuss with the detail. I was pretty excited that I actually could paint as loosely as this!

More blades!

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Flying! Acrylic and oil, 9×12

This time I used the Catalyst Blade for the background and the skirt. It was great fun!

I’m trying to limit myself to simple triads of colors this summer. This one is Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium and Ultramarine Blue (plus Titanium White, but I think of that as a constant necessity, not part of the triad).

I used oils for the skin, changing the cadmium yellow medium for yellow ochre.

I used a photograph of my granddaughter at a fast food restaurant play place as the basis for this painting. I love the wildly mixed colors, which feel to me like the energy, noise and sometimes chaos, of these play places.

 

Wedges and Blades

I’m really enjoying experimenting with these great tools, especially the mini-blades with handles. They are like flexible palette knives and the feeling is very liberating. I can mix and scrape right on the canvas and create all sorts of effects that a brush would not do.

This small acrylic painting (6×8 in) is a study for a larger painting. My daughter was trying on her first real ballet outfit, twirling around the room, and caught sight of herself in the sliding glass door. Her pose caught my eye.  What was going through her mind?

I loved how the blades made the tulle of the tutu. The rest of the study was done with brushes.

Happy Flowers

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Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 10

I painted these cheerful sunflowers recently from a tutorial by Sharon Hofer www.creatingamasterpiece.com after using her video instruction as a basis to teach 4 middle school students the same painting. I think it’s such a lovely painting I decided to have a go too! It was completed in about an hour. My daughter likes it so much she asked to have it hanging in her bedroom, which is where it now lives.

Sharon Hofer teaches good methods in a clear style, and I feel could help anyone develop their art. I was lent the hard copy video by a friend, although Sharon has now changed to a subscription system, which means a bit more capital outlay to access the information.