So there are things I really like about this painting. I love the purple to blue wash and the orange to purple wash. In fact I think I should have just stopped painting right then. That’s what’s always challenging…knowing when you’re done painting.
Work in Progress: Oil Painting of Cosmos
I was experimenting with trying to create washes on canvas (here canvas board). It was less than successful so I painted over with white acrylic and am now trying to paint the cosmos in oils. I kept the big blue wash on the top exposed.
Studio Kitty with Lilies
Here’s Matisse the kitty posing with some white lilies. Is it me or is he looking a little chubby? :/ I am guilty of giving into his pleas for more food. I need to cut back on the kibble.
Pink Cosmos with Magenta and Purple Blazes, 2017, 12×16
Cosmos are the last flowers standing in my garden, I think I had them even until late November. In this painting, I wanted to push the watercolor washes to see how saturated I could get the colors. I mixed the purple from magenta and blue and let the two colors mix wet-in-wet on the paper. It’s impossible to predict how the final painting will turn out!
Here’s a picture of my orange kitty who likes to look at the shiny piece of foil! Unfortunately this dude’s tummy wasn’t feeling good last night and woke me up crying at 3 am. Ignoring him, thinking he was begging for more food, he rewarded me with a wonderfully fragrant gift to pick up in the morning.
I am planning on painting several large paintings for my mother’s newly remodeled home. It’s a challenge for me since most of my work up until now has been 16 x 20 or less. I’m still debating on painting something really big or splitting the space up into diptychs or triptychs. Added to my headache is the cost of shipping.
While I was wasting time on the internet I came across this appropriate online art contest with Minted.com. They are asking for large pieces of art to print and I figured it would be a good exercise for me to go through my past artwork to see what would actually work at a larger scale. One thing that I thought was a little strange was their proposed new format is 48″ x 70″…it doesn’t seem to meet any of the standard aspect ratios (unless my math is way off) .
Here’s a dark moody floral painting perfect for the middle of winter. This is actually a piece I reworked with oil paints. I painted this in memory of my late grandmother who passed away a few years ago.
The US is going through a cold snap, with much of the country experiencing sub zero temperatures. It makes me appreciate Oregon winters, even with all the grey and rain.
Here’s some pictures of the Charles River in Boston Massachusetts in winter:
Work in Progress: Acrylic Paintings
Meanwhile before I let myself hoard more art supplies I am going through some old art rejects and painting over old canvases. Most of these were acrylic paintings that I had painted a few years ago.
Here’s an acrylic painting I started, years ago. I think I was inspired by this canteloupe:
Here I am preparing the ground with a fairly solid color. It’s interesting to me how fastidious I probably was when I painted them originally and now I am just quickly painting over them to improve them. Just goes to show one shouldn’t treat paintings as too precious.
Dark Chocolate Cosmos and strawflower still life, 2017, Watercolor, 12 x 16
The dark chocolate cosmos are my favorite type of cosmos. They have the perfect cute buttony shape. I couldn’t find seeds for them but I was able to find two plants at the local gardening center and yes they are perennials! They nearly died off though during our sad drought this summer. I planted them in the ground so I’m crossing my fingers they’ll make it back next spring!
Matisse the orange kitty inspects the quality of my floral arrangements.
A bouquet of cut flowers against a grey background. I think I am going to try to paint this one in oils in the future, I really like the colors. The grey watercolor feels slightly weak and would be lovely in oil.
Matisse the orange kitty, not approving of the direction this painting is taking, decides to take matters into his own paws.