Monday, July 21, 2014

Color Harmony - my version of the limited palette

July 21. 2014

I tried some new things this week.  One was starting on a white canvas and the other was a new way of organizing my palette.  I watched a video online at by a portrait painter, Joy Thomas, who used a limited palette and pre-mixed using mostly tints (colors mixed with white). 

Two of my students tried the pre-mixing with tints and I think they liked it. 

Organizing the colors not only made mixing a little easier, it also added harmony to the painting.

Joy Thomas (link to this painter's website)

My palette:  I have a lot of colors, but like the limited palette.   I just use these other values of each color to keep colors bright and because I must like to buy paint. 
Pre-mixing the tertiary colors that I used in the painting gave me a better chance to stick with the limited palette and create harmony.  I like this way of organizing before you start.  I've used this ever since I watched the video by Joy Thomas.  Sometimes I use only primaries.  I need to try secondary colors only. 

What my palette looked like at the end of the painting.  The colors look so nice together.  I still use my other colors, but mostly for brightening and knocking down the intensity when needed. 

The two painting side by side having used the same limited palette. 

The two paintings done with the same colors.  (The photos above look better)  The one with the phlox below is a little over-exposed and washed out.)  I still have not taken a class in how to take good photos. 

Color is vase is a dull YO, M in flowers, background is mostly BG
Vase is BG, flowers are YO and M is in background

Friday, July 18, 2014

Painting #399

This is a milestone for me, one more painting before reaching 400 on Daily Paintworks.

Plus I am trying something new and that is starting on a white canvas.  We did that in class this week.  Everyone started with a white canvas and did their drawings with charcoal.  The small painting I am showing here started with a wash of UB and BS on a white canvas. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Art League of Alexandria, Va

July 12, 2014

 I titled this blog The Art League.  I am trying to decide which class to take there in the Fall.  My goal has been to improve my paintings of children, but overall just improving has always been my goal.  Here is a link the catalog if you are interested. 

The Art League Catalog

When I lived there it was so convenient to take classes from The Art League and there were so many outstanding teachers.  One semester I even took three classes.  Now that I live about an hour away, it is more difficult to drive to Northern Virginia from Fredericksburg. 

I've included notes from some of those classes in past blogs.  One blog was about Robert Johnson (if you use the search button you can find that post).  I took his workshops because I admired his paintings of flowers so much and have been painting some flowers from my garden lately.  Following what I learned from him here is  series of photos that loosely show the steps he uses. 
Loose placement of flowers and shadows

 Worked on front flower, continue to work all over canvas
Applied background

Decided to use carpet in foreground.  The vase looked better in earlier demo, might go back and rework the vase. 

By the way Robert Johnson has great demos on his website.

His book On Becoming a Painter is worth getting, too.  You can purchase it from his website.  I've almost worn out this book which I got autographed when I took the workshop.  I guess I'm a "groupie", at least one who greatly admires this artist's work. 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Last of PB and J series for awhile

July 7, 2014

This is the last painting in my pb an j series.  Between the donuts from Buffalo and the sandwiches the calories have added up to tighter clothes.  My plan is to switch to low calorie paintings for awhile.   Don't forget the paintings of Eileen's Bakery and CafĂ© because I bought treats both times I took photos. 

Series of 3

Link to - best peanut butter ever

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Discovery of homemade peanut butter/nut butter

July 5, 2014

I have been  trying to stick to a schedule of posting at least once/week, usually Mondays on my blog, but today, Saturday, my husband and I made our trip to the Farmer's Market and discovered SPRELLY.  So you might still have time to get there by 2 PM.  I just happen to be a kick of painting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and this gives it a whole new twist.  They make every kind of peanut butter, nut butter you can imagine.  For today I am trying Cashew butter, tomorrow will be Cashew, coconut, almond butter.  I really should have bought more. 


Yesterday's painting.

 I'm featuring my new collection of dish towels generously given to me by my sister that belonged to our mother.  I did a few paintings while on a trip to Buffalo, all paintings include my new collection of towels.  Donuts are another of my favorite subjects. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Daily Paintworks Challenge

July 3, 2014

Happy July 4th!

The Daily Paintworks Challenge was to paint a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, something I have wanted to try for quite awhile so this pushed me to do something new.   I think it would be a good idea to do a number of these and, hopefully keep improving. 

Thank you to Abbey Ryan for designing this challenge.  She does beautiful work.  Here is a link to her blog:

I saved some step by step photos:

Photo:   (I made the sandwich on frozen bread hoping it would last a little longer without looking too droopy).
 Loose drawing
 Established darks here

I chose blue for my background because it made me think of July 4th so it is a patriotic painting of a PB and J.   I did the reflections to give it a little more interest.  My set-up has a piece of Plexiglas if I want to use it. 
I started a board on pinterest for Pbj paintings.  I thought it would make me continue with this subject and work on values plus come up with more ways of setting up the still life.