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Oil Painting: Flowers for Paupau

Flowers for Paupau : Oil Painting still life abstract floral
Flowers for Paupau : Oil Painting still life abstract floral

Oil Painting: Flowers for Paupau

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:

Charles River in winter
Charles River in winter
Charles River in winter
Charles River 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:

Work in progress: acrylic on board
Work in progress: acrylic and textured gesso on board
Canteloupe with seeds
Canteloupe with seeds

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.

work in progress: acrylic painting
work in progress: acrylic painting

Watercolor Painting: Mums Still Life

Mums, 2017, Watercolor on Paper, 12 x 16

Mums, 2017, Watercolor on Paper, 12 x 16

I learned recently that chrysanthemums are considered one of the ‘Four Gentlemen’ of Chinese Art.

Neat! So I need to starting painting some bamboo, plum blossoms, and orchids.

I really like the colors in this painting, especially the golden-browns against the bright pink.

Matisse the orange kitty likes smelling mums!

Watercolor Painting: Sherbert pink blossom still life

Sherbert pink blossom still life, 2017, 12x16

Sherbert pink blossom still life, 2017, 12×16

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.

Watercolor painting: Nicotania still life with stripes

Nicotania still life with stripes, 2017, watercolor, 12x16

Nicotania still life with stripes, 2017, watercolor, 12×16

Every summer, this sticky plant bursts through the ground and grows quite tall.  I assumed it was yet another weed but people actually purposefully plant nicotania in their gardens.  At night its beautiful, fragrant white blossoms bloom and they are quite geometric and have an interesting silhouette.

Here’s Matisse the orange kitty in the studio, looking innocent, for now…

Painting: Little study flower vase on oriental rug

Little study flower vase on oriental rug, 2017, 5x7

Little study flower vase on oriental rug, 2017, 5×7

You can get  a view of the rug somewhat in this picture of my studio mate kitty, Matisse. Even though he looks like a demon child in this picture (reminding me how Anne McCaffrey described young willful dragons in the book Dragonflight) and has not only bitten my work and also tried to pull the table cloth out from under all my watercolors,  this kitty has been  truly such a joy and a  wonderful painting companion.

Kitty studio mate

I’m also on instagram and a little less behind on posting my new paintings.

Cosmos, Gladiolus, and Amaranth Bouquet Paintings

I grew cosmos flowers and amaranth (for filler, although it is also technically an ancient grain that you can eat) from seed. It was pretty easy,  I literally through the seeds on the ground earlier in the year. The gladiolus was also cut from my garden grown from a bulb from a lady in Bethany.

Here’s a painting I did. Still trying as always to balance finished vs overworked:

Cosmos and Amaranth Still Life, 2017, Watermedia on Paper, 12 x 16

This second painting was a bit of a bear. I wanted to explore mixing the pink and green which looked cool in the vase part but the rest of the painting felt like a mess. But I kept going and eventually had fun painting the dots of the amaranth grain seeds. Might be fun to go over with oil pastels.

Cosmos and Amaranth Bouquet, 2017, Acrylic on Paper, 12 x 16

Kitty is ‘advising’ me on my drawing.

I love ikebana. There’s randomly an ikebana shop in Wheeler, Oregon in one of the vintage stores.

Here’s an amaranth and scabiosa flowers ikebana:

Plein air and Happy Eclipse Day

I finally met up with my artist friend, Randall Tipton. I haven’t seen him since 2016- so much has changed since. He and a group of his friends paint plein air style every week.

Plein air painting

He drove me to this spot on the Lake Oswego – Tualatin border on the Tualatin River. I struggled a bit because I didn’t really feel like there was anything compositionally for me to grab onto.

I did like the undulating colors in the water:

Tualatin River

So I just decided to let go and have fun. I was mainly trying to capture the cool rippling effect in the water and then I decided to make the mud of the painting a dark red! I don’ t think it was my best effort but it was fun!

Randall’s painting came out much better:

http://randalldavidtipton.blogspot.com/2017/08/total-totality.html

Here is a recent painting I did of a peony in an apothecary jar. I cut this peony from my garden back in May or June? I love the lilac color, especially against the naples yellow.

I’m always trying to strike the right balance of finished vs overworked.

Lilac Peony Still Life, 2017, 12x16, mixed media painting on paper

 

Kitty in da house

I have a new orange kitty named Matisse. As a result I’m extremely sleep deprived. He loves to attack my feet at night and go bonkers right when I’m trying to sleep. He also wakes me up at 5:30 AM sharp, meowing, “it’s time to feed me!” Any advice for the weary?

I haven’t made any new paintings this week because this cat is driving me nuts. I did get some extremely adorable pictures of him, photobombing my floral still lives.

Kitty flower

Kitty flower

Here’s the last painting I did, a mixed media study of bougainvillea that I saw back when I was visiting the Bay Area. I wish I could grow bougainvillea in Portland.

Bougainvillea

 

Two still life and two landscape oil paintings

I completed another blue painting of quince flowers inspired by the tonalist works of Whistler and Inness. I used thick cobalt blue to mark the petals. Cobalt blue is really pretty and I will have to use it again soon as a standalone color. This was painted on oil primed linen that I got on clearance from Blick. It’s a pricey, but wonderful support to paint on.

Cobalt blue still life

Previously I posted that I loved the look of raw linen and the universe heard me… Nancy Cuevas shared with me this product that Jerry’s Artarama sells of clear primed linen.

Footprint still life

The weave isn’t quite as nice as the first one but it’s an interesting challenge to preserve the beauty of the raw linen as a ground. Here’s one that I’m going to call “Footprint Still Life”. It’s a much quicker study and I accidentally stepped on it. I think I like it as is but stay tuned I may play with it some more.

I finally completed the small oil painting of my trip to Bandon Beach this past summer. These last two paintings are on canvas board, probably the least fun support to paint on but it’s nice to having something that is ready to go to prevent procrastination.

Bandon Beach

This last painting is a gift and inspired by my trip to Lake George in upstate New York. Lake George was immortalized by the great Georgia O’Keeffe. This painting comes nowhere near her genius but I was able to  explore colors that I had not used before and glazing pastels on top of other bright colors without any underpaintings.

Lake George painting