Saturday, March 04, 2006

March 4 - Work in Progress

This is a work in progress for a lesson page on how I do paintings, the lesson and commentary to be added to the elinart site soon.  The image you're getting tonight is the fourth in the series of instructional images, and shows the painting at the point where I'm finding edges to fix and define.  To get the painting to this point, I went through four major steps--1. division of space--the relationship of the figure to the background space and rough lay-in, 2. Large color shapes to define mass in the figure, 3. defining shape to create the illusion of three dimensions, and 4. beginning the details and finding edges.  It shows how I paint big to little, and don't overwork areas.  The boots and lower third are the most unfinished at this point, and I hope you can see how I work into a painting by comparing that section to the upper areas. To get to this phase, took about 50 minutes.  Please write if you have any questions about the procedure.
  This is a 20 x 10 oil, and hopefully will be good enough to take with me to Cattlemen's, April 7, in Paso Robles, CA.  I sure enjoy painting these re-enactment men who seem to have eyes that bore right through you...

Friday, March 03, 2006

March 3 - Lake Sunset

"Sunset over the Lake" AFter Norco's art reception, I came home and painted this memory of Hawley Lake and Arizona, last October. I talked up the trip for 2006 with several people, and won awards on my artwork! Original oil, 9 x 12. $300

Thursday, March 02, 2006

March 2 - Sunset Evening #5

"Sunset Evening #5" I enjoy working with the subtle cloud colors found in sunsets and sunrises. This 12 x 16 oil is one I worked on earlier, but it wasn't ready for display until now. $200

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

March 1 - Apricots

"Apricots" I went to the grocery store yesterday, and eyed the imported fruits and vegetables, so far out of season, and saw some really nice looking apricots. I bought only two, as the price of $4.99 per pound was way over my budget. I long for summer apricots! A 6 x 4 oil on gallery-wrap canvas, $100.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

February 28 - Fantasy Man

"Fantasy Man" I paint characters sometimes, and some times those characters are similar to the fantasies I carried around as a young woman.  Who among us hasn't had some inner perception of the embodiment of strength, resourcefulness, and mystery?  Today I created one of those fellows, and I have to smile at those memories of a "few" years ago!  Back in those days, I read a fictional novel, "Many Rivers to Cross" and the hero in that western romance (Bushrod Gentry) came to life as a 6 x 4 acrylic on canvas, today under my brushes.  
  This cowboy didn't make it to ebay, it already

Monday, February 27, 2006

February 27 - Organic Pear

"Single Pear" A quick study of a Bosc pear, usually a very bland colored fruit. I hope you like the life in this one, it reflects the rich flavor as I did finish it off after this painting was done! Original acrylic, 4 x 4 inches, available for $100.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

February 26 - Santa Ana Riverbed, California

"Santa Ana Riverbed" This painting is specifically painted for the Norco Western Art Show and is one I'm quite happy with, as it has been "sitting in my head" for over two months. It is of the Norco River Trail System and if you look closely, you'll see the rider on the other side. Original acrylic, 15 x 30 inches, available from my recent paintings page.