Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pears for Fun

6" x 12"
oil on canvas

I'm just playing around today.  Thought I would take up the Daily Paintworks Challenge.  Carol Marine and friends post a weekly challenge to daily painters.  This one was actually posted a while back. It's the 10 minute challenge.  I put a timer on for 10 minutes and painted a pear in each 3x3 square.  The object is to get a feel for the object in terms of brushstrokes -- squinting and simplifying.  It was hard for me to stay away from details, but I'm hoping this will help my paintings to have a looser feel. I'm happy that I improved as I went. There is a week gap between the first 4 and last 4, so the pear is different.  I think I'll use this exercise as a warm-up to painting my flowers. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

"Purple Passion"

6 x 6"
watercolor on aquabord (by Ampersand)
$75 + $10 shipping within the U.S.

Sorry it has been so long since my last post.  I promise to be better.  I've been crazy swamped with substitute jobs and just wiped out tired.  It's always good for my soul to get back to painting. Here, I wanted to loosen up and play with the colors on the board.  I let them bleed a little. I'm happy with the results.

Reference photo was taken on April 13.  I'm not sure what this little wild flower is.  I found it peeking under some bushes above the wall right as you are walking towards the wisteria pergola.  Anyone know what it could be?