Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sunflowers and Copper

Painting sunflowers can be hit or miss for me.  When I paint it as a sunflower, a circle with petals all around it, I won't be happy with the result.  It a think of it as an abstract mass with light and dark, I'll probably end up with a nice painting.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


I set up some vases and draped the sunflowers over it. As soon as I did it I felt I had my subject.

Outskirts of Town

At this time of the year in San Antonio, all the plants start turning brown because of the heat.  But because of all the rain we've had, everything is still really green.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Approaching Rain

This was painted about an hour before sunset. The sun was blocked by all the clouds which gave me a nice greyed tone. This allowed me more time to spend on the trees.
It's rare I put green on my palette. I used to use a lot of sap green in my paintings. I was in a workshop with a prominent landscape painter and she took one look at my landscapes and said, "You use a lot of sap green."
I stopped including that in my pallet after that.
In this painting, I mixed my greens from black, raw sienna, and lemon yellow...mostly.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Elegant Garlic

Usually I'll pair garlic up with an onion but this time I went for the vase.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Teapot and Rose

I looked at my roses I bought Tues and the petals were just falling off when I touched them.  I suddenly became inspired to paint. I used a greenish light on this and 60 minutes later I had this little gem of a painting.