|Shade - Acrylic on 5x7 archival paper|
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
I've been feeling kind of stuck with my recent paintings and like I need to loosen up a bit, so to shake things up I pulled out some old studio acrylic paints, which are more opaque than I usually use and behave just differently enough that I can more easily go into a different mode and do some quick, loose studies. (If I would have been thinking, I'd have done this on carton paper to donate to Art4shelter, will have to dig some out for the future 5x7's!)
|Fish study - Acrylic on 5x7 in. gessobord|
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
This little cutie has such a professional pose. I accidentally made the dog look older than it is, I need to work on lighter shading without it looking like aging white fur. Luckily this is just a practice piece so I'll just pretend it was an older dog and be done with it and try a different approach next time. :)
|Profile Pic - Acrylic on 6x6 in. gessobord|
Sunday, January 27, 2019
I believe this is a scene from Wyoming. I have a pile of landscapes I want to try painting, this was one of them. There was a big dead tree in the original reference photo, it was so satisfying taking it out of my painting! Artistic license, whoo-hoo!
|On the River - Acrylic on 5x7 in. gessobord|
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
I really like how the fish came out in this one, but in retrospect I don't think pink was the best color to use as an under painting. It's too similar to the rocks. I guess it does give them a neon glow that fish rocks often seem to have.
|Buddies - Acrylic on 6x8 inch archival card stock|
Friday, January 11, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
I saw a quote somewhere that was something like "Progress is slow. Quitting won't get you there sooner", and it stuck with me in terms of not quitting half-way through paintings when they may have an ugly phase. I've finished a few paintings now, including this one, that I definitely would have quit on before.
|Focus - Acrylic on 6x6 in. hardboard panel|
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
I don't know if this is really the 10th Callie painting, but that seems about right?? This one was painted on magenta background instead of my usual black background - it really makes for a different look. I know I was complaining about black gesso absorbing so much "color" in my last post, but when painting on panel primed with acrylic paint I miss the "tooth" of the gesso, it feels slippery smooth.
|Callie - Acrylic on 6x6 inch gessobord|
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Lately I've been especially noticing how the black gesso I paint on really seems to suck up the color, and require a few coats sometimes to maintain "vibrancy" in my paintings. I know there's chalk in gesso, maybe that's it? Maybe if I mix the black gesso with 50% black acrylic and use that for priming/toning it would suck up less? Anyone have any thoughts or experience?
Friday, January 4, 2019
This is a scene I found of a country home in Greece. I thought it looked like the hydrangeas had been watered with Merlot. I used a smaller brush than I usually do for most of this, just experimenting. I tend to use the same brush for entire paintings (minus really fine details such as whiskers), rather than switching back and forth as may be more appropriate. I'll have to add another sticky note reminder to my easel!
|Merlot Hydrangeas - Acrylic on 8x10 gessobord|
Thursday, January 3, 2019
I found a reference photo of a little kitty I couldn't resist. I think this is the first true kitten I've painted. It was feeling choppy along the way but I kept going and I think it came together at the end. I'm planning to paint a few more kitties, this one was so fun.
|Tiny Kitty - 6x6 inch Acrylic on gessobord|
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
I'm really into trying landscapes lately. This one is from a reference photo taken on the way to the Baltic Sea, with an incredible sky. I may have made the darker parts of the clouds too dark, as is my tendency when painting white things...
|Baltic Sky - 6x8 inch Acrylic on gessobord|