Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Villa Bella Palms

I finally found a little while to paint. I am in Punta Mita with my Czech friends and we have too much fun to even think about painting. But I got up earlier in the morning and painted my favorite view.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pumpkins - oil

Now we are in November. The next two weeks we painted pumpkins. I thought they turned out very good. I liked one so much I framed it and hang on the wall.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Brown Pitchers - oil

The setups are mostly same for two weeks, therefore same dishes, just some small changes. On top of it I am struggling with the drawing. I wish we had more time.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blue Pitcher with pomegranate - oil

I have to admit i find oil painting much more challenging than watercolor or pastel. The hardest part for me is learning to apply the oil. Not too thin not too thick and still thing of the shape and composition! On top of it the class is 3 hours and at every class there is a demo at the beginning. there is usually about 1 hour and 15 min left to paint. Not much, especially if you have no clue, what to do.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oil Painting Class - Blue and yellow - oil

It's been a while for me to post new paintings. I am writing this in February 2013, but want to keep the paintings in a chronological order, so that is why I am posting at the 2012.  I doesn't mean that I am not painting. I just got busy with LIFE. I hope you understand that that happens.

I decided to put most of my artistic energy to oil painting. In fall I started to take classes with wonderful teacher Jim Smyth. He and his wife teach beginning and advanced class together. It is intense, but incredibly inspiring class.

We paint still life. I will post last quarter paintings and guess when they were painted. What is fascinating to me, is the fact, that I was getting frustrated, almost ready to quit oil and stick to watercolor and pastel. But then I decided to look at all my paintings to see if I learned anything and I have to admit I was surprised.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kristina's Lemons - watercolor

This painting was a lot of fun. First of all the setup was a total coincidence. My cousin Kristina was visiting and I wanted to give her some lemons to take home. We grabbed Black and White store's bag and put them in. We both looked at it and said this is a painting :). I took a picture and here we go. I changed the background to more fun color, but the rest is as it was. Nature is the best artist.

Shown at PAL Member Show in July 2013

Italian Landscape - pastel - final

I posted this one before as a work in progress. This is final. I am happy with the warm colors and the curves of the landscape.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Red Dish - oil

New oil class is here. It is still quite a challenge, but I am determined not to let it get to me. Interesting realization is, that drawing skills are still what holds me back. I am thinking that if I will start on my own projects, I will like oil much better. For the start I am somewhat happy with it. I hope I will be getting more into it as I learn. Good thing about the class is that we are forced to work very fast. This was done in little less than two hours.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Italian Landscape - pastel

New quarter is here, but I had just one class and left for Prague. Since I knew that I will be traveling I didn't want to start on a still life. I selected a photo, that just grabbed my attention. I felt drawn to the photo and it is amazing how it shows in the painting. It is not finished, but it already has the sunny and peaceful quality I was looking for. I am back to pastel. I have to admit, that I love pastel and even though I am not giving up on the oil. Working with pastel feels so comfortable and familiar. It is great  feeling of just diving into the subject and not having to fight with the media.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bamboo - chinese brush, ink

I will be taking Chinese brush next quarter. My friend Joanne who took the class before did a little demo for me on Tuesday and got me really excited. It is a lot of fun. I practiced a little and just loved the results. It looks like a mess :) I was doing bamboo with leaves. Now I can't wait for the class to start.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Green Vase with Oranges - oil

I worked on this painting for about 25+ hours. The moral of this experiment is "do not paint anything with reflections until you know what yo are doing." To paint anything in oil is still a challenge for me and take on still life like this was a crazy idea. But I survived it and learned a lot. I might go back and fix some areas I did at the beginning. It seems that oil paintings are never finished!

Stiff Model - oil

This painting was interesting. I painted it at the class in 40 minutes. The model was really stiff and it was a challenge to make anything of his pose. I didn't like it so I decided to paint over it. As I started applying paints over, I realized I liked it more than the way I painted it. The all-over tint unified the painting. I will probably still paint over it!

Shy Girl - oil

This is almost final of the Shy Girl. I was having fun painting this one, even though I struggled with the medium. I find oil very challenging. But that makes it fun and I am sure I am learning a lot. It was a struggle to get the colors right and not to cross-contaminate them. Perspective is what makes this painting interesting.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New oil painting - progress report

I am working on my somewhat abstract painting. It is oil, so it is taking me a long time. But I am having fun painting it. I am learning a lot. I just hope I will get faster as I learn, so far it is a slow and tedious process.

Just on a side, I sent off pictures of three of my watercolors to a juried show and I am in a process of entering five of my pastels into a community program, to have them displayed in a public venue. It is fun and exciting.

Here is the painting, it is not finished

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Birches in the Mountains - watercolor

There is no Friday watercolor class during the summer, so we get together just to paint. It is wonderful and a lot of fun. I finished this Friday my painting of Birch Trees in the mountains. It was a fun project. I found a tiny photo of the scene I liked and painted from that, so I do not get caught up in a detail. I still painted more detail than I wanted, but I love the colors and it was my first time using liquid frisket.

Donated to PAL Fundraiser Carnevale

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Abstract Figure 1 final - oil

As I posted my first painting from abstract class I realized, there is more to be done and fixed. I worked mainly on her legs and did a few small touchups.

You can compare it to the previous posting.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Abstract Figure 1 - oil

I am very excited about my new class with Michael Asgour. It is an Abstract Figure Painting. It is not really totally abstract, but it is not realistic either, as you will see. My biggest challenge is working with oil. It intimidates me, but I am starting to like it. I will post the quick sketch first and then the oil which was done very fast (as far as I am concerned), it took three 20 min sittings. I am very happy with the result!

As I am posting it, I can already see what I would like to change. The thigh in on the left needs a little more highlight. I might fix it later.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Green Vase with Oranges

I am taking Halcyon Teed's class where I did pastels in the past. This quarter I decided to get into oil. It is a very slow learning process, but I am getting excited about the possibilities. I am only very slowly making progress. The technique of mixing colors and layering the oil paint is mind boggling. But I am determined to get through it. Since it is going so slowly, I decided to post work in progress. I have probably another five hours or more to go.

First is how far I got so far, second is a detail of oranges I worked on last class.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ocean Scene - pastel

I love looking at the ocean. It always seems amazing to me, that someone could have stood at the same spot and was looking at the ocean maybe 10, 100 or 500 years ago and except for some minor erosion, they watched the same waves as me. I love going to tropical locations with warm beautiful turquoise water. I found this shot from New Zealand in a magazine and couldn't resist to paint it. I want to be on that beach.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I am taking oil painting classes, and progress is very slow, so that is a reason why there were no posts for a while. I am excited though about diving into new medium.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ely when he was 2 years old - pastel

I finished this painting in January, but I planned to give it to Caryn (Ely's mom) for her birthday in June, so it is getting to my blog now. I was working hard on capturing Ely's mischievous smile and I think I got it right. I wish I used better pastel paper, but it is lesson learned for next time.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Abstract Pastel 1

When I finished my last pastel, which had a lot of detail, I decided to paint an abstract painting. I took inspiration from a realistic picture of a sunset, because I liked the colors and went wild. I really enjoyed the process and I am quite happy with the final result.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Drawing of my friend Eva

Eva, thank you for sitting for me.
I find it much harder to draw people I know. This was a challenge!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

This is today's drawing from Ray's class. Alison was much prettier, but the drawing does resemble her. This was the last class this quarter.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Candle with Lemons - pastel

This is my newest realistic pastel. It is a candle holder we have in our house, I decided, that I want to paint things that are part of my life, or that I experienced or have emotional connection to. I worked on this painting for a long time, improving it and improving it and I think I overworked it. Every picture is a new experience and I always learn something new.

Drawing Class

This one I think came out quite nice.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Gondolas - watercolor

Back to Venice. Italy is my favorite. I was really struggling with the contrast of the boats and the misty background, but I guess that is part of the excitement, challenge and beauty of painting.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Drawing Class - model Tracy

I am posting these drawings, so I can see if I am doing any progress.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Drawing class

I was really happy with this drawing. I have to admit that I find drawing hair difficult, so this one was much easier.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Drawing class - Siri

Some days are better and some are not. I feel that I am getting hang of drawing the face, but sometimes it doesn't end the way I wanted. Siri was much cuter, I think it is easier to draw older people.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Figure drawing class with Jim Smyth

I took this class as a challenge. Human figure and human face are most unforgiving subjects to draw. When drawing a landscape, you can always pretend that it was that way, but everyone know what person looks like, so any deviation from the reality becomes immediately obvious. It is a great practice to see and create your representation of the image.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Drawing class - model David

I am taking a drawing class to get better in the basics. Since head drawing is quite unforgiving, it seems to be perfect way to really learn.

Friday, April 13, 2012

San Marino - watercolor

Another trip to Italy, another painting. Again from the photo taken by Dave. I loved this view of the one of the towers in setting sun. I took untraditional approach in watercolor and started with purple under paint. It made it easier for me to organize the painting.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Purple Vase with Oranges - pastel

It is always interesting starting a new painting. There is an excitement but at the same time uncertainty of how is it going to turn out? I seemed to struggle with this painting and at the end it came together just wonderfully.