Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- Gamblin Cadmium Lemon (a cool yellow)
- Gamblin Cadmium Medium (a warm yellow)
- Gamblin Cadmium Red Light (a warm red)
- Lukas Primary Magenta (a cool red)
- Gamblin Cobalt Teal (a warm blue)
- Gamblin Ultramarine (a cool blue)
- Daniel Smith Moonglow ( a neutral purple mix that makes a nice cool gray)
- Shiva Olive Green (an earthy, neutral green that mixes to a nice warm gray)
- Permalba White (a good, all purpose white with a nice buttery texture)
Although I must have a couple hundred tubes of paint, many languish in the back of the tabouret drawer. Other favorite colors that make regular appearances in paintings include:
- Daniel Smith (original) Quinacridone Gold (sadly, no longer in production-- they make a 'green shade' version but in my book it falls short of the original)
- Daniel Smith Pyrrol Red (a stunning pure red with no orange undertones)
- Permalba Quinacridone Violet (I actually prefer Maimeri's, but once again, it seems to be off the market)
- Rowney Alizarin Green (a bit like sap green but purer, more brilliant)
- Gamblin Cobalt Green (this brand is a bluer green than others)
- Schminke Cinnabar Green (A marvelous color than leans way more to blue than green--also sadly, no longer available! --But a fairly equivalent mixture can be made with Cyan blue and Cadmium Yellow Light)
- Daniel Smith Raw Umber Violet (a rich earth color infused with brown and purple tones)
As much as I prefer living in summer weather, I find the light in winter is preferable for painting.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Well, winter, holidays, low bank accounts might be a starter.
There might be other things but you'd have to ask me.
This little painting was an experiment, something I did to amuse my summer art market boothmate (a ceramicist who had started making giant toothpaste tubes in fired clay). We thought it might be fun for our booth if we echoed each other's subject matter in a few items.
The other part of the experiment was to TRY and paint looser, like so many of the artists I admire at Daily Painters do. I love those artists who can define a fully dimensional shape with 3 or 4 simple brushstrokes. It doesn't seem to be in my nature, but it's good to stretch now and then, right?
"I've Got the Blues Again" oil 9" x 12"
PS, Tom, I'm trying to figure out how to fix the link to your blog, which sends me to log in at feed burner. I think this must be a glitch. If anyone has a clue on how to fix it, let me know. I've logged a trouble ticket at: http://groups.google.com/group/blogger-help-publishing/browse_thread/thread/1f769368d6f63b60#
Tom's very cool New Mexico blog is: http://tompohlmansouthwestpaintings.blogspot.com/
Check out his painting of the 'sputnik' sign at the Comedor De Anayas.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
For the flower, the under painting was in color in pink and violet tones; the glaze colors are cobalt violet, primary magenta, and ultramarine blue.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I like working with canvases of unusual proportion. Hollyhocks lend themselves nicely to a tall narrow shape. I also like that they thrive under extreme neglect, in fact prefer it; a good lesson for us all. This particular one is among many from the garden of the Trinidad, Colorado Historical Society Museum.
This is way more fun than when I was a kid.
Here's my list of "Seven (not so) Unusual Things About Me":
- I love a good pun and a pithy witticism.
- I alphabetize my spice rack.
- I was nine years old when I was hired for my first 'art' job. A real estate company wanted a "kid's drawing" of a house for a billboard. I got paid $35. Ultimately the illustration was never reproduced, as they thought it was "too sophisticated".
- I've been collecting cartoons for as long as I can remember, especially cartoons about art and artists.
- Others suffer from my occasional dyscalculia (like dyslexia, but only affecting numbers).
- I was so poor in art school that one morning I woke up and realized I had nothing to eat in the house except shredded wheat and red wine (the really cheap kind in a box). Which got me through the week.
- My favorite movie of all time is still Buckaroo Banzai ("Wherever You Go, There You Are"), and I've always wished they'd released a soundtrack.
And now for my seven artists picks to tag. I've tried for the most part to pick other 'untagged' artists like myself so we can join the game and play too. In no particular order:
- Tom Pohlman http://tompohlmansouthwestpaintings.blogspot.com/
- Cyndy Carstens http://cyndycarstens.blogspot.com/
- Douglas Hoover http://douglashoover.blogspot.com/
- Taryn Day http://awakeandpainting.blogspot.com/
- Steven Walker http://www.stevenwalkerstudios.blogspot.com/
- Mary Kay Wilson http://exploringwatercolors.blogspot.com/
- Duane Keiser http://duanekeiser.blogspot.com/
OOPS!!! Late breaking edit-- It seems I cannot comment to Duane Keiser through his blog, so I need to find another worthy artist to tag. Any ideas, anyone??
As much I as like breaking the rules of composition, and rendering water drops, making the realistic abstract, and juxtaposing a sharp focus foreground with a luminous, multi layered glazey, gauzey background, in many ways this painting is all about the title.
"Friend or Anemone?" oil 48" x 24"
Saturday, November 22, 2008
"Fuschia Cattleya" oil 18"x24"
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
"The Red Plate" oil 9"x12"
Friday, November 14, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
each painting uses a only set of primary colors. This first one is warm primaries of cadmium red light, cad yellow medium, and cobalt teal ( a very groovy color from Gamblin that mixes well with others...)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
"Coffee/Crossword" 10"x10" SOLD
Boy could I use a cup this morning. Up too late working for a client's deadline. Excuse me while I go and try to master the coffee pot... (see ya later, percolater...!)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Oil, 24" x 24" SOLD
from an Italian market in Rio Maggiore, Cinque Terre
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
"Heritage" 20" x 32"
Monday, September 1, 2008
Golden Triad, 48" x 24" SOLD
This image is from a rose in our garden aptly named Golden Wings. I'm working on another version of this flower, hoping to have it complete this week. Also a couple of orchid paintings.....stayed tuned.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"Two Views of an Orange", 10"x20" oil on canvas.
The idea here was create the same image twice, one using the pure, high key tones of the outside of the color wheel, and the other using the more subdued tones of the inner rings of the color wheel. In case this isn't clear, I'll try and scan and post my color wheel in the next day or two.