Friday, January 30, 2015

And finally day 30!!!

 Yes, today is the finale day of the "30 in 30" painting challenge and I have enjoyed the experience so much that I don't want it to end. Oh wait, should it end?.. No it will not end hehehe, not for me, I am extending the challenge to last the whole year "365 in 365". The last 30 days has been a wonderful exercise for me. It has triggered some developments in my style which I am pleased with and want to experiment with further and watch my style grow. I will not post every painting on Facebook but will post links to my blog where you can see them all and follow my artistic journey. I look forward to hearing your comments, as always, please be truthful, it will help my styles development.
"Evening Marsh" oil on linen, 8x10

Day 29, "Oriental Bloom"

This my Day 29 "30 paintings in 30 days" artists challenge. I prepared this set up for my class, and wish I had more time for a larger size  attempt. Will most likely do that!

"Oriental Bloom" oil on linen, 8x10

Day 28, "Sun in Port Townsend"

Sun in Port Townsend is a rare guest in the Spring. That was revisited plein air sketch I did in Port Townsend, in Fort Worden. I have so much fun, repainting my plein air sketches, adding textures, colors and more life to it .

Sun in Port Townsend, oil on linen, 8x10

Day 27, "Mini Roze"

This is my smallest so far painting, 5x5. Im's using lot's of gorgeous fabric in my still lifes, so I have an idea to have a series of just fabric paintings...So here is a "Mini Roze" oil on canvas

Mini Rose, oil on board, 5x5

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 26 - "Breakfast on Balcony"

Paraphrase of "Breakfast at Tiffany" :) - Mine version is "Breakfast on Balcony" and that's exactly where I painted this little plein air sketch. I love painting outside( plein air) whenever the weather permits. This particular piece I revisited and repainted almost completely, again for the purpose of finding the new form, texture and style. I'm searching for loose, wild, almost deconstructive style.

"Breakfast on Balcony" oil on linen, 8x8 

Day 25 - "Stormy Sky"

Day 25 of a challenge. Ok ..Stormy Sky - Sky is a very compelling subject for me to paint. Mostly because it's challenging ..Every time ...A stormy sky with its dark, dramatic clouds or the pinks and reds of a sunset is very appealing. But without of a some knowledge on the cloud forms and their characteristics will be really hard to capture...Plus, knowing how to paint those  scenes will help easily add credible clouds to any painting

Here is the classification of a basic groups of clouds:
How are Clouds Named?
The long, sheet- or ribbon-like clouds found in rows at low altitudes are stratus clouds. Rows of small, cotton-wool clouds found at similar altitudes are called stratus cumulus. Large, billowing, cotton-wool clouds are cumulusclouds. These can extend to great altitudes; when the top flattens out in an anvil shape it gets called a cumulonimbus cloud (nimbus is a term used to describe a dark, rain-bearing cloud). Cumulonimbus clouds are the ones that generate dramatic thunderstorms and hail. The whispy clouds found at very high altitudes are cirrus clouds; these are made from ice crystals.
Painting Stratus Clouds?
You want  visibly long, horizontal sweeps across your painting, so you can use a flat, wide brush. The lines of the cloud should almost be parallel, but paint them freehand, If they're perfectly parallel they'll look artificial. Remember that perspective applies to clouds too, so they become narrower (smaller) and paler the further away they are. But the most important thing is EDGES - remember to create a subtle transition between darks and lights, cools and warms 
Suggested colors: A light and a dark blue, such as cerulean and ultramarine, for the sky; yellow ocher and Payne's gray for the 'dirty', rain-loaded bits of the clouds. 
Painting Cumulus Clouds?
Think of the strong winds that whip up these clouds, and try to translate this action into brush strokes. Work fast and energetic not slow and painstakingly meticulous. Resist the temptation to make these clouds simply white with dark shadows. Clouds reflect colours and may include reds, mauves, yellows, grays. Concentrate on the shadows, which give the clouds shape.
Suggested colors: alizarin crimson for pink tints; yellow ochre and cadmium orange for golds; Payne's gray or burnt sienna mixed with one of the blues used in the sky, for shadows.
Painting Cirrus Clouds?
These are feathery clouds very high up in the atmosphere, swept along by high winds. Be light-handed to capture their wispiness. If they're pure white, consider lifting off the blue of your sky to reveal a white ground rather than painting with an opaque white, trying to leave parts white, or using masking fluid.
Suggested colors: alizarin crimson for pink tints; yellow ocher and cadmium orange for golds.
( Information included in this blog entry based on article by By )

Stormy Sky - oil on linen, 8x10 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stormy Sky - Day 25

Day 25 of Leslie Saeta "30 paintings in 30 days" . Another plein air painting I touched up and add more texture, which created interesting look and style.

"Stormy Sky" oil on linen, 8x10