Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No. 762 Cloud Study


Cloud Study
9" x 12"
Oil on Canvas

Whoa! It's been a mighty long time since my last post. We had a wonderful time with lots of family over the holidays. January was filled with home remodeling. I've always been one to spend extra money on travel but we finally decided something had to be done about the 30 year old flooring in our home. Somehow that led to a massive decluttering event and the decision to paint most of the walls. When you give a mouse a cookie right? The house isn't completely put back together yet but we are getting close.

Today's painting is from my class cloud demo. We are studying clouds for the entire month. I had fun painting this four times while demonstrating atmospheric perspective. Kind of a meditative process, painting clouds.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

No. 761 Palette Knife Poinsettia 2


Palette Knife Poinsettia #2
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 6"

Good grief! Could Christmas really only be a week away? 

More experimenting with the palette knife. It's easy to create a lot of interesting texture with this tool.

~Susan




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

No 760 Ruby Red Poinsettia


Ruby Red Poinsettia
Oil on Canvas Panel
6" x 6"

Another palette knife painting. Considering how very awkward a palette knife in my hands can be I'm surprised how well this came out. One thing I've noticed is how it encourages me to see more abstractly in shapes instead of lines. If you can get yourself in an abstract, shape making state of mind it usually ends up in a better painting even if the goal is realism.


Monday, December 12, 2016

No. 759 Glass Ornaments in Glass Bowl


Glass Ornaments in Glass Bowl
Oil on Gessobord
 6" x 6"

I've been trying to learn how to paint with a palette knife recently. Interesting learning curve there and like everything it has it's pros and cons. This piece was painted almost exclusively with a palette knife.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

No. 758 Shropshire Lad with Blue Vase - The Warm Version


Shropshire Lad with Blue Vase - The Warm Version
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"

Yep, that's right. This is the same group of roses as the last post, just painted under a warm light. I did mention how much I miss these roses?
~ Susan

Thursday, December 1, 2016

No. 757 Shropshire Lad with Blue Vase


Shropshire Lad with Blue Vase
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"

Oh my I miss these roses. Painted under cool light. At this point I can't remember if it was daylight or a cool light bulb.
~ Susan

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

No. 756 Roses and Hydrangeas Off Center


Roses and Hydrangeas Off Center
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"

Another piece from my rose painting spree this summer...
Already looking forward to next year's rose painting spree. :)

~ Susan