More tiny paintings. Day 7, 8, & 9 are of the same garlic. The first day I painted the garlic, I just did not feel it was right. Another attempt on Day 8, seems to come out much worse. Day 9 was much better. I concentrated on getting the strokes down right the first time.
Day 10 is an apple I found a few days go. Just turning a bit brown.
Friday night I had an one night opening in Woodland and along with my regular paintings I put out the ACEOs that I completed. Two sold. At $20 each, these tiny paintings are easy sales. People including myself are a bit hesitate to pay over $100 on a painting or anything else. So the ACEOs will become a staple for steady income.
I enjoy painting nectarines. Their coloring is so similar to human skin so I see it as great practice for painting skins. Another goal I have is to challenge myself to paint the nectarines or fruits in general juicy as if the viewer is ready to pluck them off a tree.
These paintings will be available for sale in my Etsy shop.
I’m a fan of Pinterest. There I find all sort of inspirations and new artists that I would not normally come across. Right now I’m painting a dog portrait of my nephew’s bull dog. Such a charmer though lacking in the beauty category. To be inspired I went into Pinterest and found this painting by Sandra Flood. I love her simple yet elegant composition. Many of her paintings are like that; not too much background. She’s basically a self-taught artist. Here’s her website to explore more of her works on her website
Next week I’ll post some progression paintings of my nephew’s bull dog. . .
I had a wonderful chance to participate in the Woodland First Friday Art Walk. I was showing with two photographers, Kent Smith and Gwen Kaltoft. It was there I sold all 4 paintings that I was exhibiting.
Then another one was sold at the Yolo Arts Council Gala.
All of these paintings were done at Turkovich, Pete Cattle or Mezger Zinnias Patch.
I want to thank Gwen Kaltoft and Mark Mezger for their purchases!
Nothing but Zinnias 2013, Zinnia Patch, 8 x 6 in., oil on canvas panel
Walking Alone, 8 x 6, oil on canvas panel
Blue Mountains 2013, 8 x 6 in., oil on canvas panel
White Shed, Zinnia Patch 2013, 8 x 6 in., oil on canvas panel, SOLD
I’ve just completed a self made project to paint 30 paintings, 30 days. My Guerilla Thumbox has make it all possible for its ease of set and supplies in all one place. The size of the canvas is only 8 x 6 inches, large enough yet small enough to do a quick painting in a day…at least for me.
Here are some favorite paintings that my FB fans enjoyed.
I had a great opportunity to participate in the VYCR Program in Colusa all Saturday afternoon. My husband and I had time to explore the beautiful view of the Sacramento River. After having lunch with the council, they took us to visit a store owner whose father had a very similar history has my husband’s father – coming from China at a fairly young age and working as a cook for the surrounding region in ranches. There’s a very strong Chinese American history in Colusa – a hidden underground city, opium dens, then later cooks….a now a respected grocery store owner.
We attended the lecture by UC Riverside professor on science fiction in Colusa’s firehouse. Very interesting and well attended. The rest of the afternoon was activities and exhibits including mine.
Roberta James did a fabulous job of pulling quotes out from “Fahrenheit 451” to match the paintings. We were impressed out it all fitted.
I want to thank the committee and particular Roberta and Elizabeth for all your effort in putting this program together so well.
The Yolo Arts Council is again sponsoring their Art & Ag projects. The farms throughout Yolo County invites artists to come on their land to paint the beautiful sceneries – rolling hills, plenty of trees, fresh air for most of us…and an occasional farm equipments.
For February we met at Pete’s Valley Cattle at the end of County Road 26. It’s an organic grass fed cattle ranch with over 400 cattle.
When I do plein air, I paint small. So I used by Guerilla 6 x 8 Thumbbox and oh! it is sooo convenient. I purchased this last year and I’m very pleased how easy it is to set up. Oils, brushes, and Gamsol are easily carried along with a palette plus 2 to 3 panels. (Another post will be devoted to this).
My palette consist of titanium white, ivory black, yellow ochre and transparent red oxide. Later I added cadmium yellow and ultramarine blue. I’m pleased with the results though I intent to go back into it later…like lighting up the mountains, less details.
In November, there will be a fundraiser and paintings are sold.
Homework assignment from Lucy’s. Painting a promengrante.
Before starting the promengranate, I study the fruit by drawing contour lines to define the shapes and the planes.
Then the set up. Daylight or rather a full spectrum light bulb was used on the left of the fruit. The light from the right came from the sky through the upper office window. I did not have to worry about a background, since the lights took care what I needed to paint.
This painting is close to being done. I tried to pay attention to the paint strokes following the cross contour lines of the shape. I also focus on the color of the lighting. The highlight appeared to me to be light yellow and the reflected light of cool blue.
I had been working lately with cold wax and oils. Instead of linseed oil, cold wax is used as the medium to spread the oil around. The paintings are more matted. And supposedly cold wax and oil together tend to dry faster. In some of the paintings I had added iridescent paints to give it more shimmer.