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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Figure/drawing painting and new classes

I'd really like to start a figure drawing/painting group. 9 am-1 pm, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, hosted in my home. Space is limited to 3 other serious artists. Long poses, costumes, props, any media possible. Email me if you are interested.

New workshops are registering now. I'm teaching Drawing hands and feet, 5 weeks starting 9-13 (Saturday), 12-2pm. Also Drawing Portraits, 5 weeks starting 9-13, 9:30-12pm. Registration is through the Naperville Park district. Workshops are held at the Naperville Art League building, 508 N Center Street in Naperville.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rooster #1


Oil on masonite panel, 8.25 x 7.75". SOLD to CR, Pasadena, CA.

*Of course, they do take several days to dry, maybe a week.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chickens #1

What is more more fun than chickens? Honestly, I ask you! 8.25 x 7.75", oil on masonite panel. SOLD to CR, Pasadena, CA.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Portrait of M - Color Study


I learned some time ago that I must do studies for commissions. It's so easy to think I have it all worked out in my mind, but inevitably there are small things that I need to alter. It's much better to solve problems on a small canvas than try to solve them - and then hide them - on a large one. Winnie the Pooh has changed colors twice. He's much cooler now.

I have several portraits I'm working on now. Victor Envelope just commissioned three portraits of their founders for their 50th anniversary next spring.

If you would like to commission a portrait for your family or business, please contact me.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Morning Glory #2

Morning Glory #2 (with Eva Zeisel vase). 7 1/2 x 10 inches, oil on masonite panel.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hosta #1 Alla Prima Sketch

Hosta Sketch 8 x 10 ", oil on masonite panel.







Available now for $125. Postage is $10 in the US, $25 worldwide. Paypal is preferred.

Every method has a reason. In an alla prima sketch from life, certain things have to be planned for, and then executed differently than if one were painting over several sessions, or if one were painting from a photo. Flowers move... not as fast as children, but they do move. So you have to establish your sketch and run with it even if the flowers gradually turn their faces away from you. Sketches from life ONLY work if the value drawing works. This is the primary function and full values are hard to get in one sitting, so go for it. But you won't be able, so exaggerrate your temperature shifts and tiny flashes of color to get the most effect from a one-sitting still life session.

Here is how the painting was made:


Saturday, August 16, 2008

On the Easel - Morning Glory & Queen Anne's Lace






On the easel today.... A bouquet with Queen Anne's Lace and a morning glory blossom in an Eva Zeisel vase. When I was a girl, both of these were weeds that took over our yard and fence. I think they're so pretty and serene.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Morning Glories #1

11 x 14, oil on canvas. SOLD.

I'm considering only using eBay for half my paintings, and selling the rest possibly from this blog. Maybe a first-to-ask, first-in-line offer? Opinions?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

Day Lilies #3

11 x 14, oil on canvas. I filmed the production of this painting and soon it will be a time lapse demo on Youtube! 13 hours condensed into a pretty intese 5-8 minutes. SOLD.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Black Eyed Susan #1

8 x 10, oil on canvas. SOLD.

Lily #3 in progress

11 x 14. This painting is being done in thin translucent layers, to capture the complex lighting and textures. I'm also filming it for a possible time lapse demo on Youtube. Here's my Youtube channel - subscribe to it if you want to be notified when the demo is completed!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Lily #2



I've abandoned alla prima painting for the moment, as these flowers present special challenges that layered painting is better equipped to handle. The shape of the petals, reflected light, and translucent areas were an exciting challenge.

Bid on this painting here.