Monday, March 31, 2014

Tide Coming In

Tide Coming In, Acrylic on Watercolor Paper, 9"x10"
This painting is based on my memories of the dunes covered with scruffy, prickly greenery on the coast of Georgia.  I am heading that way later this week.  Can you tell that mentally I've already packed and left?

My goal in this painting was to continue on my path of abstracting the real.  I am working on figuring out how to do that effectively with the landscape.  Because I am still figuring out which way to go, this painting is not for sale for now.  I want to do a bunch and see how they develop.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Oranges on the Sill

Oranges on the Sill, Acrylic on Watercolor Paper, 14"x14", $350
It's been a while.  It's amazing how hard it is to get back into the flow once it has been interrupted.  In this painting, I decided to use a subject that I was familiar with to work on size.  This painting is 14"x14" - quite a lot bigger than the 6"x6" size of the series I did in January.  My goal was to push the abstraction and the color variations to make a simple subject interesting at the bigger size.  My biggest challenge is in integrating the abstraction to create a unified image.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Orange on the Windowsill

Orange on the Windowsill, Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6"x6", $195
February was a tough month.  Just as I was finishing up the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, I came down with Shingles - ugh!  I am happy to report that other than a little numbness and itching, I am over them now.
So as a warmup after a month away from my easel, I decided to redo the "Abstract Orange" painting I did during the challenge that I thought could be better.

I brightened up the window with light greens and yellows. Then I made some adjustments to the highlighted part of the orange. Finally, I strengthened the sill and background (on the left) colors to give the environment some solidity while toning down the competition between those colors and the orange.  I like this painting a lot better now.

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