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.
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.
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…
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.
I’m also on instagram and a little less behind on posting my new 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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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