Sunday, November 29, 2015

On the Corner - Oil on canvas - 20x20"

This was a wonderful painting to paint. I guess it wanted to be painted. Sometimes it goes easy and feels good right away. I had fun with the reflections and I decided I liked the salmon colored sky instead of just blue. It is so much fun to create and recreate nature.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Prague, Kampa - oil drip - 24x18"

I love this part of Prague, coming from Old Town you pass on Charles bridge to Little Quarter and before you get there, there is a island Kampa. Very romantic place.

I found the image I wanted to paint and as always started underpaint with a drip. This time the drip came out mysterious and so beautiful, I decided to keep it. It just took on life of its own. I painted another one just to paint the scene I liked.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Prague, Charles Bridge - Oil on canvas - 20x20"

My favorite view of the bridge. There is so many angles and places you can look at river Vltava (Moldau) and the 14. century bridge. But it is never the same, the light changes, sky is different, it is beautiful.

I was trying to capture the light before rain, the reflections in the water and the warmth of the bridge. Preserving the underpaint is always challenging for me and on this painting I succeeded to keep a lot of it. I am very happy about that.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Stormy Afternoon - oil on canvas 24x18"

This painting is a travel memory from Island of Krk in Croatia. We had a wonderful time. The country is beautiful.
Now about the painting. this is a second post with it, I just was not happy with it the first time. It was challenging project, that took a lot of "do it over". I painted the sky twice and the wall on the right side drove me "up the wall" :) I painted that one over about six times, but as stubborn as I am as far as painting goes, I made it work and now I am very happy with the painting. It is a big reward for a little (or more) frustration.

Now when I look at the painting, I can smell the salt of Mediterranean and grilled octopus, which was amazing.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Prague, Lesser Quarter St. Nicholas - oil

This is another attempt to keep the under-paint coming through and unify the painting.

Prague Castle - oil

I am trying a new approach. I love to start with a drip under-paint and then build the paint layers on top of it. Very often I end up covering the under-paint, which is sometimes very pretty. So now I am working on light touch with the brush. It is not easy, because it is much harder to cover up mistakes. I have to pay a lot of attention to where and how much oil I apply. But the final result has more atmospheric feel and I like it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mayfield slurry - oil

I feel that I repainted this painting at least three times. I am slowly learning that there is a rhythm to creative process. First you figure out what to paint and get excited about it, otherwise why would you paint it? Right? Then you go about the process and it is coming along. But then I always get to the point that I start questioning if it all flowers together and how it is coming along and I inevitably freak out. Every time! And after the freakout, I just go on fixing what is not as I like it and all is well again. It looks like that is a normal creative process for me and I just need to get used to it. I just thought I would like to share this, to see if anyone experienced similar ups and downs.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dreaming of Sunset

I took a picture of sunset on a trip to Carmel. I loved the colors, but not the composition, so I just drew my landscape and used the colors from the photo. It was fun. The challenge was to get orange/yellow blend with blue sky and avoid ugly green! I love sunsets, especially over the ocean.

Pond in Holland - oil

Friend of mine traveled to Europe and took some great picture. This is painting inspired by one of them.

Foggy Forest - oil

Here is a moody monochromatic picture. I was asked to paint forest in black and white. Well it is a lot of other colors blended in, but the result is a foggy day in the mountains.

Krk in Croatia - oil on panel

We had a wonderful time traveling through Croatia last fall. We took a lot of pictures and I finally got to paint one of my favorites. It is from an island Krk.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sunset in Carmel - oil

Little weekend trip to Carmel turned out to be a very inspiring. I enjoyed our walks through the town and photos and memories blended into this picture. I love the underpainting drip. It was fun to do and it gives the painting the right feel.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer on the Beach - oil 12"x16"

Today was a beautiful summer day. I was planning to paint something abstract, but as I started, the painting took on its own forms and shapes and I ended up with a celebration of summer and beach.

Tuscany (my favorite theme) - oil 6"x6"

I keep coming back to this Tuscany picture. It has wonderful warm colors and I wish I could be there.


This is the finished picture

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beach - oil 6"x6"

After painting large beach, which seemed somewhat challenging I was ready to play and painted tiny painting. So much fun. This one is really loose and playful.


Final painting

Carmel Beach 3 - oil 30"x30"

I enjoyed painting the beach so much that I decided to take a deep breath and paint a large version. I love the colors in the ocean and in the sand. The ocean has wonderful blues that play into greens and purples and the same range goes on in the sand but in a very subtle way. On top of it I always love painting the sky, so what is not to love on a beach painting :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Carmel Beach 2 - oil

I started on the view of the other side of the Carmel Beach. This side had different feel of the incoming fog. First photo is painting in progress. I have fun with the purple underpainting. I will add the final next week.

Here is the final painting

Carmel Beach 1 - oil

We spent long weekend in Carmel and I took some photos from which I wanted to paint. It is fun to paint the experience into picture. It was a nice weekend.

Young woman - oil

Sometimes it is hard to reconcile our limitations. I was so excited about doing the underpaint for Laura's portrait, I started another one right away. I just could not get the likeness right. I tried over and over, but it didn't come out. I had colors mixed you and I was just so excited about painting portrait in oil (this is my second portrait in oil) I just could not wait and painted it anyway, so it is not Laura, because it doesn't look like her. It is a portrait of a young woman :)

Laura underpainting - oil drip

I decided that I need to practice portrait and thought my friend Laura would not get offended if it didn't turn out perfect, because as a fellow artist she understands the learning process. Here is my first try to do underpaint with varnish drip.

Maddie - pastel

Portraits are very difficult for me. So I decided I need more practice. Here is our granddaughter's picture. I realized that I need to practice drawing to get the likeness more accurate. Nevertheless I am pleased with the final. I am sure this is not the last time I will paint her.

Palo Alto Baylands - oil

I have several plein air sketches from the spring and thought it would be fun to paint one of them in larger format. Here is a progression of the painting. I love playing with underpaint.

Sailboat - pastel

After finishing sailboat in oil, I tried the same subject in pastel. it is interesting to compare and and see the different media outcome.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sailboat - oil

I finally have my own studio. Well I am sharing it with my dear friend Amy, who is an amazing watercolor artist. I am now working on my own paintings and have fun with it. My first project was a nautical theme. I had great time getting the colors of the sky and water. My main objective was to blend the sail to the sky, not to make sharp transition, but let them blend to each other. That is something I want to work on.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sydney theme - oil

This to Australia was very inspiring and provided a lot of material for painting. It was a wonderful experience. In this painting I use the landscape and added a church to give it a little interest.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Baylands 4 - oil

View of Baylands looking to the mountains with gold hills in the foreground.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Baylands 3 - oil

This time I focussed mostly on the sky. Sky is a lot of fun to paint. It changes quickly but has a certain quality that is different every time.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New Zealand River - oil

Another painting from my studio class. These classes are very intense because of limited time we have to work on the painting. I love the photo I worked from. It is a river we saw on our way to Fiordland in New Zealand. It is crispy and cold water running from the icy tops of the mountains. The colors are amazing.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Baylands 2 - oil

Beautiful morning in the nature filled with spring flowers

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baylands 1 - oil

Back from traveling and painting again. This is a plein air class with Brigitte. It is a great exercise. It is always hard to start after being away from painting for some time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Croatian Town - oil

I am taking a studio class where we paint from photos. This is from Dave's picture of a town on our trip to Croatia.