World’s Strangest Looking White Flower

I decided to give myself a challenge, and paint a white flower that really does look like this. Okay, some of you will think “Darn, that’s an ugly flower” (like my friend did), but it was a great painting challenge, with lots of lights and darks. I used a limited palette (titanium white, ultramarine blue,Continue reading “World’s Strangest Looking White Flower”

Titmouse revisited

Since I am learning acrylics now, after years of working in oils, I decided to re-paint my titmouse painting in acrylic. This was a fun project, and I learned some things about acrylics doing this. As usual, I used a limited palette (titanium white, hansa yellow, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, burnt umber and burnt sienna).Continue reading “Titmouse revisited”

Bouquet of Flowers: acrylic painting

I love flowers, and decided to take a photo of some beautiful ones I saw at a friend’s house (with her permission). I found that acrylics are perfect for capturing the lights and dark values. The colors used were ultramarine blue; alizarin crimson; yellow ochre, Hansa Yellow, sap green, titanium white, burnt umber and burntContinue reading “Bouquet of Flowers: acrylic painting”

State Park Painting

I enjoy hiking, and snapped a photo of a state park (Hocking Hills) last summer. This painting is based on the reference; I am exploring using a more colorist approach in it. I still don’t know how to adjust the color saturation right with my photos (I use paint.net); the original has more colors (blues,Continue reading “State Park Painting”

Meadow Flowers: Learning Acrylics

As noted before, I am starting to explore acrylics. I love the details and vibrant colors. Below is a 16 X 20″ painting on canvas wrap that I just finished, called “Meadow Flowers”. The actual painting is a lot more vibrant; someday I will learn how to do a proper photo. I used a limitedContinue reading “Meadow Flowers: Learning Acrylics”

Sparrow painting: exploring acrylics

Recently, I have been experimenting with acrylics, taking a break from oils. I have a friend who is a wonderful photographer, and with her permission used part of a photo she took as a reference (photo was by K. Gasper) for a bird painting in acrylics. My impressions of acrylic versus oils: I enjoyed theContinue reading “Sparrow painting: exploring acrylics”

Painting Christmas ornaments

Happy Thanksgiving! I have been painting Christmas ornaments (using enamel paints) for weeks now. The first set were wild birds (one is pictured above and another below) that I sold at a local art show, and also have for sale at a local store (Wild Birds Unlimited). For those who would like to make theirContinue reading “Painting Christmas ornaments”

Lesson 2: color study

I have decided to put myself through a course of painting in the basics, as a refresher. In this part, I first did a value painting by: 1.Using burnt umber for the darks 2. Rubbing out my light areas; 3. I then went over it all again to darken the darkest areas, and added aContinue reading “Lesson 2: color study”

Back to Basics: Value Study

I have been reading some books on painting, and have decided to put myself through a full course of lessons. On this blog, I will share what I am doing, and learning, because I want to improve (and this type of “back to the beginning” will hopefully have that effect). The first lesson involves workingContinue reading “Back to Basics: Value Study”