I visited this little farm a couple years ago up by Pemberton, British Columbia. A beautiful area surrounded by snow crested mountains and small family farms. It was very relaxing to put paint something loose instead of the detailed projects lately. I hope you enjoy this little painting.
The scan of this painting just doesn't do it justice... the colours here look rather dead but in real life it is much more vibrant. I got much more done on this painting (previous posting of this painting)... the stems, reflections, and even a waterdrop. I have all the grape colour in now so today I will continue working on the reflection of the light to punch up the painting a bit.
Yesterday was not a very productive day, though I did manage to finish this little one. I still much work to finish up on my parents house and with their visit arrival coming very soon I really need to finish up that painting. So, most of this weekend painting will be that painting and, while its paint is drying, I'll be working on my two other smaller oils (the candied apple and the grapes)
In other good news, I received a letter from the South Delta Artists Guild that one of my paintings has been accepted to the 3rd Annual Oil & Water show this summer. The show is from July 24 - August 31 2008 at the Kiwanis Longhouse Centre for the Arts in Tsawwassen, BC.
I am reminded of a little beam of sunshine when I see this guy... perhaps it is because I painted him as the sun started to shine after days of rain. I suppose the rain hasn't fallen here for a few days... though I have let him dry before scanning.
I've been experimenting with colours to use on these little guys. This one is painted almost entirely with Daniel Smith oil paints: Asphaltum, Indian Yellow (a very wonderful rich orangeish-yellow), lemon yellow, and indigo. Other colours used were titanium-zinc white, alizarin crimson and a phthalo blue in the sky. Very very fun colours and I love how they mixed together. This is a colour combination that I will play with again.
Or... facing my fear of greens. I decided to tackle my nemesis tonight... that is, my fear of using greens. I used a mixture of my new paints (the purples) and my old paints (greens, yellows, and blues) tonight with the goal of mixing lots of different greens. Tonights effort at these greens produced reasonable results, though I am particularly proud of the pansy faces. Very few flower paintings ever make it to my blog as I tend to scrap them fairly soon after starting. There is something about flowers and I that just do not get along when it comes to painting.
So, without realizing it, I've returned to the left facing birds... oh well. I didn't use any of my new colours on this painting... I actually finished it a little while ago but didn't get a chance to post it until now.
I had a lot of fun mixing blues and greens in this painting... and I think I found the perfect deep ocean blue (upper center of the painting). Unfortunately... I don't remember what was mixed... Oh well, I shall play again!
As much as I said that I wouldn't spend anymore money on art supplies, Opus is having a blow-out inventory sale right now and I picked up some new brushes and watercolour paints (Daniel Smith of course). I hope to play around with some of these colours in the next couple days.
Tonight I've worked on four separate paintings... three in the picture below and a small miniature (ACEO) bird painting. Starting with the strawberry cheesecake.... I strengthened the reflection/highlight on the table. I found the painting just didn't feel 'grounded' enough from any kind of distance. It had that funny floating look.
On the candied apple and the grapes I got yet another colour layer put down. The grapes are almost done... but there still is lots left on the candied apple. It has that shiny look... now I need to get that apple look.
I've finally finished this painting (been working on it for quite some time now). I put on the final last little details on the boat... the white highlights and fixing up the colour on the life preserver. I'm happy with the way that this turned out... and will definitely will be painting another boat in the future.
This weekend was spent working on several paintings... each getting another layer of colour. I've gotten a bit more done on my parents house, mostly tidying up the brick colour and getting more depth on the road and roof. I still have to work on the chimney and finish up the stone foundation. After that... its just the details.
I was taking a look at all the birds that I have painted today and realized that pretty much all of them face the same direction... almost every single bird faces to the left. Weird, eh? Well, just because I have come to this realization, the next bird I paint is going to face the right.
I haven't been able to finish any of the larger paintings (paint is drying rather slowly) so I thought I would share another work in progress tonight. I have a series of these little 6" x 6" paintings on the go... mostly still life (some yet decided...) and all on black gesso. I really like how the colours seem to glow.
I'm using a variety of Windsor & Newton and Daniel Smith paintings... two of my favourite brands. I am saving up my pennies for another order from Daniel Smith. I only picked up a couple of their oil paints to give them a try... and now that I have tried, I want to get more.
While waiting for the layers to dry on my parents house painting... I've started this fun little one. The first layer is done (titanium-zinc white and ivory black) though I do see a few areas where I'll need to add more white to intensify the highlights. Once this is good and dry... I'll start the colour layer.
I got a bit more done on my parents house... mostly the bricks and the grass in the front. The house is slowly starting to take shape and I think I got the brick colour figured out. Looking at the picture... I see I still have some angles to fix on the headers above the windows... they seem to be going slightly upwards instead of downwards.
I don't have anything new on the larger painting side tonight... so just a little one. Limited palette leaning mostly with the cooler colours... with all the drizzle here on the west coast (and cool temperatures) it hardly feels like summer.
I've blocked in most of the house on my parents house over the last couple nights. Though, now that I am looking at it on the computer I can see a few lines that need to be fixed (mostly around the windows....). My palette tonight is a mixture of paints that are left over from a couple other paintings... blues, greens, crimson, yellow, and white.
I'll let this layer dry for a couple of days before I continue (starting to get my hand smooshing the wet paint) before I continue. My plans for the next step include getting the stones in the foundation blocked in and finishing blocking in the side of the house.
Another bird for me tonight... actually, this one has been on my to-do file for a little while now. I sketched it out sometime ago and while working on my parents house painting tonight I realized that the colours used there were very similar to the colours in a cedar waxwing.