Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Carol's Apples

I have to give a nod to the Maestro herself for this one. This is my version of a painting Carol did in class. I set up the same apples and background and painted it step by step as she did in her demo. I did premix some colors in the beginning which helped tremendously with the process and I didn't fuss with the brushwork. I hope I put some of myself into it too. Tomorrow, I'll post the apple exercise I did in her class along with the finished version of that one. Quite a difference.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Spider Mums and Tomato study

I picked up some fresh mums at Publix this week. These flowers are especially hard to portray. Having already done one of these, I thought it would come together better. Not. I photographed it in gray scale at an earlier stage in the painting to assess the values. I'm not done with this subject matter, yet. This week was more of a learning curve with the paintings. The beach was wonderful, though;)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tomato Surprise 4x4

Here's a shot of a little painting of tomatoes, I did today, just to get a basic painting down. I've had several wipe-outs (paintings) over the past few days while trying to paint the Mums and decided that it would be more productive to go to the pool ;P

Monday, April 13, 2009

Spider Mums and Red Parasol study

I started this painting Saturday and am sticking to Carol Marine's method here. Choose a color scheme from the color wheel. Decide on a value pattern using the rule of thirds and above all, one brush stroke at a time. I know I've heard this countless times but her work shows that less is more. I'm going for economy of brushwork.There are some good spots in this but the background may be too broken up. I always have some White Spider Mums in my house. I love them.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


My husband likes it still, which means I haven't killed it. Believe me, he'll tell me if I have, and for that I'm grateful.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Three Against One

This is my value block in from Carol's Workshop. I added color and then I added some more color! I also finished the Ibis painting last night and will photograph it today. My hubby still likes it, which is good ;) We'll see what everyone else thinks.

Thursday, April 02, 2009


These beautiful white Ibises are regular morning visitors. Usually there are a dozen or so at a time and they roam slowly along the streets and yards pecking at the ground. I'm trying here, to get a sense of the white birds against the dark marshy background. My husband thinks I should stop but I see some areas of the design that aren't strong enough and the birds need a few more light strokes. In case you wonder, I've been lying around the pool for the past several days. I know I can't really get a tan in Massachusetts so I'd better get one while I can ;)
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