Sunday, March 18, 2018

Capture the Moment

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For some reason I get more glare on my paintings when I try to photograph them on an overcast day, vs. a sunny one. And we have a lot of those in the winter here in Oregon. So I've taken a second photo to show how this looks from another angle. This is my favorite San Fran painting so far!

For the next two days I am taking a workshop from Ruth Armitage. She is teaching us how she does abstract paintings, using cold wax and all kinds of other fun tools. I'm really excited to see how she makes her beautiful paintings!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Cold in the Shadow

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Yesterday I spent hours doing a painting of a similar scene, with just one gal in the foreground, in shadow. It was on a bigger panel, a more complicated scene, and at the end of the day I couldn't find enough good in the painting to keep it. My husband said it was weird that the gal in the foreground was in shadow. But, call me stubborn, I had to try again. I like this one a lot more. That's not to say it wasn't hard as heck! These faces are not only tiny, the values are super duper subtle.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Country Bumpkins

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Here is the fourth direction, headed into the city from Embarcadero, in San Francisco, towards the financial district. What business do you suppose these two had there? The man reminds of my grandpa, but he was taller than this. The woman could never be my grandma because she's a much snazzier dresser than this!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Work Buddies

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As promised, here is a scene at Embarcadero in San Francisco, facing the bay. Normally, with people this small I would paint them on a larger panel. But I decided to see how much of their gestures I could capture, with just a few strokes. I am especially proud of their faces - it's really really tough to get faces to read right when they're this teeny tiny.

Monday, March 12, 2018


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I laughed pretty hard when I came up with the title for this one, because it is just SO perfect.

I was going through my photos from San Francisco today, trying to decide how I wanted to dedicate my painting time (AKA, my limited, not resting my back time). I realized I had quite a few from a morning wander around Embarcadero. When I walked in one direction, I got the dramatic back-lit effect (ex., yesterday's painting), and when I turned around, I got the in their face, front-lit effect (see above).

Next I will paint one aimed towards the water (if these folks above looked left), and then another heading into the financial district. That will hit every direction, and somehow that feels complete.

"Green Square" 6x6in.
(outside frame 13x13in.)
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

What Are We Missing?

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My back was better enough today to manage one painting - yay! I'll take any improvement. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and suggestions. Once my back is well enough, I have a plan for how I'm going to (hopefully) keep this from happening again. : )

Meanwhile, I spotted these two walking along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, rimmed by the morning sun.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Bringing Flowers

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This one looks better in person, I swear. Unfortunately with these darker paintings, the darks tend to dry a little chalky, and then it's quite hard to get a good image of it. The varnish I put on before I ship it takes care of all that - not to worry.

I haven't posted (or painted) the past few days because I'm having an issue with my back. I went to the doctor and she gave me the "as we get older" talk, which ... I guess I am now officially old enough to hear. I'm trying to "take it easy," which is NOT easy for me. I'm not one for sitting around. But I'm hoping if I do enough of it, I will head off this problem and avoid it going forward. Wishful thinking? Maybe.

Meanwhile, here is another of my abstract collages. This one is called "King of the Hill". The piece is 6x6in. - outer dimension of frame is 13x13in. Click Here to Bid

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

So Many Choices

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I'm enamored with these busy market scenes, with their patches and light and shadow, and bits of color like candy. This gal was enamored too, though I think overwhelmed might better describe her. She wasn't sure which way to go.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Agile Auto

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I saw a lot of these little cars around San Francisco. The rear view mirrors on this one were a florescent shade of yellow, but I wasn't crazy about it for the painting. I suppose they were that color for a practical reason?

Sunday, March 04, 2018

View of the Bay

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Here's another one from the top of Potrero Hill in San Francisco, this one with a little slice of the bay. I actually scanned this one instead of photographing it, because I got a new scanner and wanted to try it out. I think it turned out pretty great, except you can't see any of the texture of the strokes. Which ... I'm not sure whether I like or don't like yet. The downside is I can't scan a painting until it's dry. The upside is I can scan in a pinch, if I've forgotten to take a picture while the sun is up.

But the primary reason I bought the scanner (an Epson Perfection V600) is for my little abstract collages. After much deliberation, I've decided to offer them framed. I got four of my first ones framed for myself, and I think they look so good like this. This first one is called "Monday". The piece is 6x6in. and the outside of the frame is 13x13in. I'm starting the bidding at $100. (I used acrylic instead of glass for safer shipping, but this can be easily replaced if you want). Click Here to Bid

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Enjoy the View

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Here's another San Francisco scene. I had originally intended to paint this on a larger panel, but decided to go for brevity instead. I'm liking the brevity thing.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wake Up City!

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I rented a little airbnb for my trip to San Francisco, on Potrero Hill, which is just south of downtown. I was at the tippy top of the hill, and from there I had some awesome views. You can only see a slice of the city here, but the morning light was hitting it full force, and only dappling the foreground.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mommy's Helper

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I only managed to get one photo of this pair, but it was a pretty perfect one. Aren't they cute?

I've said this before, BUT, one of the biggest things I've realized about what a photo captures vs. what's really there is - the darks. As darks recede into space they get lighter (because of atmostphere), but photographs don't always capture that. So I try to think of these kinds of scenes as having layers. The gal and her dog are the first layer, so they are going to have the darkest darks. The next layer contains the tree and corner building, and the darks there are a little lighter than the darks in the first layer. I mix these darks right next to each other on my palette (literally touching) because it's just a subtle difference. Then the next layer, which contains the background buildings, is a bit lighter still. In the photo, all those darks are the same, so I have to really think about it rather just repeating what I see. But keeping my piles of darks all lined up in order helps, and never putting my darkest dark in any layer but the first one.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Getting Around

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Of the three days I was in San Francisco last week, one was almost completely sunless. I often have trouble finding scenes I like with no light/shadow, but I tried to look with an open mind this time, and found a few I thought might work. I looked for: interesting value patterns, and color wherever I could find it. So these orange pants definitely caught my eye!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Gable Shadow

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I had to paint this three times before I was happy with it. For these small paintings especially I almost always simply start over, rather than keep working on it. There is a point at which, because it's wet paint going into wet paint, I am just mushing it around, making a mess. I see this style of painting as a kind of dance - I try it once, and if it wasn't quite right, I try it again.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Late Light

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On my way to San Francisco I stopped off to have dinner in Oakland with a couple of dear friends. I got there a little early, so I wandered around a bit, taking a few pictures of the late afternoon light. I posted the reference photo for this painting as the inspiration for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge, in case you'd like to see it and/or paint from it, or your own late light.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ample Apples

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I am home from my trip, and still catching up. This was the last painting I did before I went, really trying to dig into the differences between all the apples. Next will be new scenes from San Francisco!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Orderly Disorder

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Tomorrow I am heading south for some photo reference gathering. I need new material, and I need some of that famous California sunshine! : ) Unfortunately this means I won't be able to ship paintings until I get home Feb 18th. But my stepdaughter will still ship any book orders for me.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Discussing Fruit

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This is a slice of French light, on French produce, complete with French gals, having a discussion in French. If only we had some French bread. Or would that just be too much?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Salt the Asparagus

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I painted this today. All day. It's six by six inches, and it took all day. Amazing, right? So, getting things to look good with a palette knife isn't easy. Apparently I got lucky with the first one!! Or maybe I just have to be more selective about my subjects. And guess what, it wasn't the asparagus that was difficult! It was the bowls. I struggled and struggled with them, and then finally used my palette knife to scrape it all off, and started over. I think in the end the bowls were all brush. But I'm finally happy with it.

I've done oodles and oodles of abstract collage lately, and I think I'm finally ready to offer them up for sale. I experimented today with getting good images of a couple. I found that scanning was best, although no matter what I tried I couldn't get the oranges to come out right. In the image to the left, the middle piece is a brighter, more saturated orange. And in the right one, the three red pieces are actually orange. Is it my scanner? Is there a better way to do this? Does anyone have any experience photographing collage? I would really appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!