Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baylands 1 and 2 - oil (palette knife)

Today was a great painting day. It was supposed to rain and it did at night. But morning was bright with wonderful clouds in the sky. We painted in Baylands. We painted using a palette knife. It was so much fun!

It is hard to take photos of of paintings when they are wet and not have them to reflect light.

Tuscany 3 - oil

I love this motiv. This is third time I painted it. First I did a pastel, second was a wild variation in Brigitte's EMO (extreme makeover) workshop and this last is oil I painted at home on my own, just doing what I like. I think the layout and the colors are wonderful (painted from photo from a magazine)

Portola Pastures 1-3 - oil

New class and new paintings. It is hard to get into it after several weeks of not painting. Somehow it is different than biking or skiing. Or it might be just me. But the main thing is that I am painting and hopefully learning. Right now, I would say, the biggest challenge for me is softening edges. It seems easy, but no, it is very hard.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kristina in San Francisco - watercolor

My cousin and I were sitting and chatting and Kristina quite naturally set at this fabulous pose. I could not resist to take her picture and painted this painting from it. It is not finished, I will post final soon.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuscan Landscape - oil

My next painting in the workshop was subject I painted in pastel before. I cropped it differently and changed the scene to my liking. I just love the colors of the late afternoon sun reflecting on the gold fields. This painting just painted itself :)
I wish it was always so easy. The biggest challenge were the shadows. I might repaint it on larger canvas. it would be a good exercise.

Faensa Landscape - oil

It has been some time since my last note. Life gets busy. But now I am excited about my new paintings. I took a workshop Extreme Makeover with Brigitte Curt. I started with an old painting, and after covering it with neutral wash, I started applying paint on light strokes, so I let the background show through the new bright colors. It created quite striking images. The interesting part of the exercise is letting loose and having fun. this is not detailed painting and I really enjoyed that. it was so much fun.

My first painting is painted from a photo Dave took when we traveled in Italy. Thanks for the invitation, Laura, we had a great time. It was one of our best trips! The beautiful countryside with castles is just magical.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring in Baylands - oil

This time it was the yellow flowers that caught my attention. They were so cheerful and grew just around the turn of the road, to emphasise the curve. Fog was coming over the mountains, blurring their edge.

Sky in the Baylands - oil

It was a cool, but beautiful day with gorgeous clouds. I was learning how to blend colors to get the effect of sky with wispy edges of the clouds. It was a great class.

Baylands with clouds - oil

All paintings we paint outside are done quickly. It is very good for me, it forces me to make fast decisions. That is not exactly my strong point. I am happy with some aspects of my painting and not thrilled about others. I feel that my trees are just plopped there. They do not feel live. Oh well, maybe another time.

First picture from Baylands - oil

Our landscape class meets in Palo Alto Baylands. It is beautiful to be outside, on the fresh air, surrounded with birds. Sometimes it gets cold, other times hot, but always beautiful and never the same.

Monochromatic sketches - oil underpaint

I decided to take Brigitte's class this spring. She is an amazing landscape artist, very spontaneous and free. She also has a different way painting with premixed colors. It is fun to watch. I started with quick monochromatic sketches.

Blue vase with onions - pastel

Another painting from Halcyon's class. I loved the colors and tried to get them as close as possible. It is a happy painting. I had fun painting the reflections. The fabric was a challenge, but that makes painting interesting.

Red onions with glass bottle - pastel

It has been a little while since I posted any pictures. Last quarter I took Halcyon's class. Halcyon is a master of painting and seeing color. She will make you see what you would never guess is in front of you, but when she points out the colors on the reflections or transitions,they are there! Amazing. She has always very colorful and intricate setups. Glass or metal objects are her favorite. It is a lot of fun to paint them. I am still not great with oil, but I feel I am more comfortable with the paint application. Oil doesn't fight me as it used to.