Beach Talk

Oil on Canvas panel, 12 x 16

I loved painting this picture of my husband and grandson. Everything about it felt sunny and happy. I took the photo at the end of a very pleasant week that the grandchildren stayed with us, at the end of which we delivered them back to their parents on this beautiful beach on the shore of Lake Michigan.

My favorite part of the painting is my grandson’s fingers and their shadow. His pose is so characteristic of him, including the way he is concentrating on pushing his foot into the wet sand. I also enjoy the shadows and their part in the composition.

My husband’s Tilley hat features again!

Arts Illiana Small Works exhibit

Three small pieces (less than 12 ins in any dimension) were accepted for the 2020 Arts Illiana Small Works Show, Dec 4, 2020-Feb 19, 2021.

‘One of A Pair’ and ‘Red Pepper’ are each 6 x 8 ins, oil, matted and framed to be 8 x 10 ins.

‘Lenten Rose’ is 7 ins square, watercolor, framed to be 8 x 8 ins.

All pieces in this Show had to be for sale and to my delight, One of A Pair and Red Pepper have both sold!

A White Mug

The next still life adventure was a white mug from my pantry and four pieces of colored paper (see the still life set-up below). I followed the guidelines by Carol Marine in her book ‘Daily Painting’ for the set-up and painting the ‘vulnerable’ areas first (the white cup). I loved painting the colors of the paper reflected in the white mug. My favorite is the lower right painting. (They are each 6 x 8 ins).

Then I tried a square format (below). The shape was interesting but i felt it didn’t add anything to the painting. I also changed the pink color, and I didn’t like this one as much (not so bright).

Swope Art Museum Juried Exhibition 2020

This was exciting! My painting ‘All In It Together’ was selected to be part of this year’s juried Exhibition at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, www.swope.org.

The show is open to artists in Indiana and the surrounding states of Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio. Out of over 400 entries 76 were selected for display. I was delighted to be included!

We went along to view the Exhibition today. It was great to see all the paintings and sculptures in reality. It was inspiring!

Peppers

Next I worked on peppers in traditional oils, 6 x 8 inches on canvas paper. The green pepper is from a Patreon lesson by PaintCoach, Chris Fornataro, and the red one is from a still life that I set up myself.

Pears-practice in oil

These are exercises in oil; first, pears in monochrome, raw umber at the top and ivory black on the lower one. I was beginning to feel how the traditional oil paints and medium went on to the canvas.Then I tried a study in color, (left) following along with Paint Coach, Chris Fornataro. The last pear (right) was painted from life-my own still life set-up.

I love the rich and luscious colors, the depth and form, and the brushing, blending and layering possibilities of the oil paint.

Fleeting Youth

Acrylic, 12 x 16 ins

I painted this using the acrylic glazing method-many very thin layers so that the color gradually builds up. The background and much of the hair was painted with thicker, opaque layers.

She is moving fast, enjoying the bright sunshine and outdoor activity. Just like her movement, her youth will seem to have flown by so fast. One flash and she’ll be grown up!