Monday, June 29, 2015

Going Fishing

Going Fishing

My friends and I want plein painting last week.  I started this on location
and finished it at home.
I am trying out the Holbein duo aqua oil paints, no solvents needed,
I just ordered the Cobra water mixable oil paints as well, trying them
and then I will decide on which I prefer.  They are great fun and it's all
very exciting learning how to achieve certain techniques using them.
Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Plein air oil sketch

Arboretum sketch plein air
Last Wednesday's plein air with friends
5x7 oil on canvas panel

It always scary and fun painting plein air.  You never know what to expect
everything seems to scream for attention.
What do we put in our painting and what do we eliminate. I think for me that
is so very difficult.  It can be quite overwhelming.  Well this was
last weeks effort.  I have been also doing some studies in the studio as well.
Tomorrow, we are off to the little Monet Bridge, in East Setauket, actually it is
know as the East Setauket Pond, but it does have a wooden bridge.
Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Planting Field Arboretum

Planting Fields Arboretum
5x7 oil on canvas panel

Still trying to learn how to post from my ipad.  Downloaded blogger and almost did it
but still have to learn more about sizing and posting from my ipad.

Happy painting everyone.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Peony Painting

Peony from my garden
6x8 oil on canvas panel.

This is the time of year we need not look any further than our own back yard
Every June we are lucky to have this lovely white peony to bloom and bring back to
me memories of my father.  We had this bush since the seventies and it was moved
several times, each time we had a 3 year wait for the flower to bloom.

Now we have the perfect spot and without fail, every June I can go out
with paints and an easel and joy the plein air painting this flower. .

Happy Painting Everyone

Saturday, May 16, 2015

White, Blue, & Gold

White azaleas in blue vase
6x8 oil on canvas panel.

Started working on this still life today.  I have a few of them
in the works.  It helps to have more than one painting going
at a time.  I will try to get back to this one tomorrow. Happy
Painting Everyone.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Plein air At the Bluff

Kings Park Bluff plein air
oil 5x7

Yesterday, even though it was cooler and breezier, we met at the bluff.
It's always a wonderful spot to paint plein air.  I managed to do this
5x7 oil on canvas board.
Happy Painting Everyone. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wake Up Call

Without a frame
Without the frame

In my desire to get the proper frame for my mini's, I overlooked one important fact.
How well does the painting stand on it's own.  After all that 's what we do, isn't it? paint
then it's presentation.  

After my good friend pointed out, if I paint any smaller, we won't see the painting.  That's
when the light bulb went off, if a painting has good design, tone, light source and color, then
the frame only plays second fiddle to the actual work.

Again I thank Vic, looking at these two paintings that are still not completed, I will focus
on all the rules that we all work so hard to achieve.

Happy Painting everyone.