Thursday, May 22, 2008

Spring Bouquet


Spring Bouquet
8"x10" oil on gallery wrap linen,
framing optional

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Couldn't resist the spring flowers again.
Parrot Tulips that haven't bloomed for years, a nice treat to paint. This is a loose study, with expressive brush stokes, done alla prima. (all at once)
I'm pleased with how it turned out.
It looks detailed from a distance, but lots of
brush stokes up close.
Hope you like the close up views!


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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lilacs
















Lilacs


5"x7" oil on linen, gallery wrap...framing optional

More Spring!
These lilacs have been sitting on the dining room table

for a few days. Couldn't resist! This was painted Alla Prima...
meaning, all at once. Instead of painting an 'under painting'
in gray tones and values, this was painted from start to finish
at one sitting. Starting with an under painting of sorts, blocking in
large areas of values with local colors. Darks and background
first, building the shapes and values in large areas working
to the lights and details.

In my opinion, the best way to painting a subject that will fade
quickly. If I did a value study in grays, the flowers would be
wilted by the time it was ready to apply the glazes.

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Spring Read

Spring Read
6"x6" oil on gallery wrap linen...framing optional

Taking advantage of all the spring flowers.

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Exciting news...Last week I was presented with signature
status in one of the art groups I belong to.
I now have that status in two groups,
The Women's of League of Akron
and The Akron Society of Artist.
With much fan fair and congrats last Wed. I was
granted a certificate and a pin for the ASA group.

It's an honor to be considered by your peers
to be accomplished enough and be granted this status.
For those of you not accustomed to art and it's lingo,
one has to be reviewed in critiques over a long period of time.
Each month our group has such a "critique".
We all bring one or two pieces to be reviewed and the
membership committee takes notes and keeps records of
the paintings we bring. The peers include many professional
artists of national recognition. Thus the feeling of honor!

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