A few days ago, I set up a still life in my studio with a lilac sprig that I took from the bush outside. I wanted to paint my impressions of light and color, following the Hawthorne method as best as I could. Because of the late afternoon sun, there was a lot of goldenContinue reading “Learning to Paint Impressionism: Lilac blooms”
This week I set up a still life with some praise instruments from my church. I decided to use a limited palette, with warm tones for a more intimate feeling. This is the final painting. “Praise” original oil, 16 X 20.
All of my life, I have loved horses. when I worked on a horse ranch in Texas, I dragged one of the show saddles into my kitchen, and painted this painting. I had fun creating the glazes and the textures in the saddle and the horse blanket.
I am spending some time going back to the basics (still life), working on technique more, with still life paintings. Don’t worry, I’ll still be painting birds and landscapes, too, but want to work on my overall mixing, brush strokes, etc. Below, I’ll share how I did it for those who would like to know:Continue reading “Back to the Basics: Still Life”
A week ago, a friend sent me a lovely bouquet of flowers, to cheer me up during the…LONG….Michigan winter. I decided to paint it, so here it is: The deep background is a mix of ultramarine blue, olive green, burnt sienna, and lamp black, in several glazes. I created the basket with mixes of burntContinue reading “Pink Bouquet”