Friday, February 12, 2016

"The Blue Dress" by Joyce Jonte

"The Blue Dress"
11" by 15"
Original watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Glass with Kitten" oil by Rachel K Schlueter

Oil on 12x12" canvas.
This was a fun one. Limited palette on black, making everything so manageable and enjoyable, free of struggle, enjoying simplicity.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Formal Table with Bouquet," by Alicia Tredway

The formal arrangement seemed to call for a tighter approach.  6 x 6 oil on lead primed canvas panel.  sold

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

'Low Tide' by Jim McVicker

A painting from last year from along Scenic Drive in Trinidad. 12x16 oil on linen panel

Friday, February 5, 2016

"Maybe Later" by Joyce Jonte

"Maybe Later" 
11" by 15" 
Original watercolor on gessoed paper.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Community Park Trees," by Alicia Tredway

Painted in the park today with Cietha, Diana and Marci.  What fun and lovely weather....well a little cold but no rain.  This is available through DPW  here

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Farm Field Late Season by Andrew Daniel

"Farm Field Late Season" by Andrew Daniel
16" x 20" oil on wood panel
Available through the artist

This piece evolved over several months. I wasn't sure how the foreground field was going to resolve. It ended up requiring several layers of paint, each applied with an eye for leaving the previous marks visable from underneath. 

When I look at fields of grass, especially after their colors have turned toward the browns and wheats of fall, I see a woven tapestry of color. Any section could be blown up into a Jackson Pollack painting. 

So there was no way that I could just simplify the field. 

Also, the layers of detail help to tell the story of distance. I wanted the built up layers of farm buildings in the distance to really feel like they were far away, so it was necessary to have the viewer feel as if they had to walk across the field to get to them. 

The other challenge I was playing with was making the focal point be so far back in the painting. One of the things I like about being outdoors is how far off I can gaze. When we are indoors, we get used to seeing only 20ft in from of us if we happen to be at the end of a hallway.

Once we go outdoors, it gets hard to even measure things in units of feet.

It can be a tricky puzzle, figuring out how to convey that distance with a 16" x 20" rectangle!

Focal points typically have higher contrast both in value and color. But high contrast elements often pop forward. So I had to figure out how to make the distance both interesting to the eye and appear more distant then the foreground fields...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

'The Lake in September' by Theresa Oats

I painted this intimate view on location at The Lake while visiting the Morris Graves property.  I worked during  a series of mornings under similar lighting conditions.  This enchanted place was alive with bird life in flight, fish rising to the surface of the water and the soft sound of foliage rustling as breezes passed through.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

'Flooded Field, Loleta' by Jim McVicker

I painted this on Wed. morning when we had a nice break in the storms. 11x14 oil on linen panel

Friday, January 29, 2016

"Still Life with Loudon Ceramics"

"Still Life with Loudon Ceramics"
Original watercolor on Arches.
11" by 19"
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

"Mia Bella" oil by RK Schlueter

Oil 12x14" panel.
Another day another cat painting. I'm not complaining, I love painting cats. Painting cats has allowed me to see how a thing can be interpreted in an infinite number of ways. I look at a lot of cat art and what comes through is painting cats is fun and still challenging...there is no end in sight.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"January Trees," by Alicia Tredway

Painted Tuesday at the Community Park in Garberville.  Cietha and Diana were there painting too.  It was a beautiful bright overcast day so the light was constant. 8 x 6 inches  offered on 
DailyPaintWorks. here

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Portrait of Ben DeRosa

"Portrait of Ben Derosa" by Andrew Daniel
24" x 18" oil on canvas

Ben's father saw that I paint portraits a while back and asked me if I wanted a photo of him to paint. I looked forward to seeing what he brought me, because Ben always shows his moods on his face openly. It was so fun to explore his animated expression, complete with his toothy smile.

Ben is a man who is always in the moment, exhibiting an unfettered joyousness that is infectious!

Susan Neddham recently loaned me three videos of portrait painters, Sherie McGraw, David Laffel, and Jeremy Lipking. Watching these folks paint and talk about their craft opened up some new possibilities that I was eager to try out. Ben's photo, had been carefully wrapped in plastic in my paint box waiting for such an opportunistic moment  to speak up.

I feel the need to apologize for the photo quality, my old iphone has been my only camera for a while. It may be hard to make out what I was doing here.

I took away a couple big lessons form watching Laffel paint. One being you can literally apply the paint as wrecklessly as your whim takes you, scrubbing it, slathering it, and smearing it together. These kind of marks embue the painting with a certain visceral physicality, that makes the piece look more like a painting them a rendering. 

The second thing I wanted to try from Laffel is heightening the level of textural contrast between my foreground (lit) objects and my (unlit) background. Thick texture reflects light, and has a more tangible presence. So you can almost sculpt a shallow bas relief with the paint in order to convey space.

McGraw's video, helped me to see expressive potential in the shape of the head.

Lipking's video invited my to slow down and enjoy the process of rendering each area without feeling rushed to fill the canvas.

Needless to say, I have enough ideas floating around, that I will need to do more then just the one portrait. To explore them. I've reinstated Eureka Figurative Art Group to meet at Michelle Murphy-Fergusen's studio each Thursday afternoon. Contact me if you want to join us. 

If you are interested in having a portrait painted, ask me about my special (in the mood to paint portraits) rate!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"Painter at Tooby," by Alicia Tredway

I painted with Cietha yesterday and it stayed nice for about 2 hours...then clouds rolled in and it rained on us.  I got most of this painted but put the figure in later in the studio.   The river was bank to bank and the usual beach gone.  8 x 8 inches on linen panel.  This is available through DailyPaintWorks   here
(don't know why this posted with white border instead of black!!!??)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Trinidad Beach Rocks" by Andrew Daniel

"Trinidad Beach Rocks" by Andrew Daniel 
9" x 12" Oil on canvas
Inquire with artist

So after all of my hemmin and hawin, I'm finally back into painting with a proper amount of enthusiasm.

It was the funniest thing but my frustration, anxiety, and lack of motivation broke like a fever. One hour it was there like a house guest who has overstayed his welcome and the next it was gone; gassed up and drove away! 

I decided to rework the landscape I had started last week and it turned out to be a lot of fun!

This is the one that was telling me to take another 1.5 months off!

Also I've finished another piece that had been hanging around for months of reworks and I've nearly completed a portrait that I just started yesterday.

I mean I actually want to paint! It's not something I "have to do" to make sure I'm a productive citizen of the art world, it's just kind of a fun way to pass the time!

I spoke with Steve Porter last week and he told me taking breaks is actually really helpful for him, he comes back with fresh energy and new ideas. I have to say it helped me too. Finishing paintings is not such a struggle now, it's the best part!

Part of what helped me was calling up my friend John Crater to see if he wanted some company in his studio. I realized that I like painting with people, but I've got a ton of paintings that need finishing, and the rain has not conduced inspiration for outdoor painting.

Hooking up with friends to work on studio paintings turns out to be just as fun as meeting them outdoors!

Typically, I run out to paint with my friends, only to come home with more unfinished pieces to add to my pile. By meeting up to rework some of these paintings, I get to have the double satisfaction of catching up with a friend and finishing work!

Reworking pieces seems to be a process that is a bit slower and more contemplative. Taking lots of breaks is important in order to see the piece with fresh eyes. This is perfect for getting distracted occasionally debating politics and talking art.

Some of you may want an update on the cotton candy circus...

I've made two more batches, they taste good, less burnt, still not getting identifiable flavors, but if you are someone who doesn't need to know what your are eating, this shouldn't be a problem!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Balls" oil by RK Schlueter

Oil on 10x12" panel.
Painting cats strictly now for Cat Arts Show LA. in March, I figure by mid Feb. I'll make my choices.