Thursday, December 20, 2007

Portrait of a Beautiful Woman

Today's daily painting was painted directly from life, with a standing model. She was wearing an antique kimono, in reds and corals. This 9" x 12" canvas was from an hour + pose. I hope to continue next week with more visual information. I tried to concentrate on the forms of the face and leave the rest of the painting loosely painted. Hopefully we will have an additional hour with our beautiful model next week.
What would an artist do with another sitting? With more time you can check proportions, add stronger values,make sure edges are how you want them. Edges help to define her character, (soft edges on the form and hard edges for cast shadows.) I need to check the size of the back of her head....I have a tendency to not give the back of the head enough space, so I'll take a look at that, it feels a little short.I will even out the eyes and check the vanishing point between her horizontal eye-line and the horizontal line of her mouth.
There is a point in portrait painting when all the shapes are correct and the whole thing "locks in". I'm not quite there yet. After that you can feel freer about applying more paint and worrying about color shifts, texture, paint strokes, and painting across the form.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Seated Woman, Nude study

Today's daily painting is a figure study, oil on linen panel 7" x 10" It is painted direct from life. Always fun to figure paint especially with a great model. Available.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Daily Painting, Old French Key

Daily paintings are a nice way to start the day with a cup of coffee and a little canvas. Here is an early morning 6 x 8" oil on panel. I found this old key in France at a french junk store out in the countryside, like a french Funk & Junk! There's only so much a person can pack in their already crammed suitcase,n'est-pas? Available on Etsy

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mr. Smith, Pet Portrait

Here is the charming, Mr. Smith, the little soulful dog. Today's daily painting was painted over a couple of days. It is a 24" x 24" oil on canvas and a surprise Christmas present. Occasionally I do pet portraits, they are great fun to do. I hope to capture the look and a bit of the personality of each pet.
If you have an interest in non-traditional pet portraits, let me know!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Portrait of a Dancer

Today's daily oil painting is a portrait of our local dance instructor, Linda Downs. She is much prettier than I have painted her, I wanted to show her introspective side. 6" by 8" oil on panel. Available.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Standing Pose

Today's daily painting is a 20 minute standing pose painted from life. It is 7" x 10" oil on linen. I cut several pieces of gessoed linen and taped them to a drawing board to have ready for each pose. Linen is such a nice surface to paint on, not as slippery as a panel, it holds the paint better. Available.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Green Zinnias

Each year I try to grow green zinnias, some years are better than others. Today's daily painting was developed from a pastel sketch done earlier in September. I liked using a pastel sketch as a reference for this painting. Pastels have a painterly quality anyway, and they are so quick when you don't have time for the whole painting rigmarole.....Oil on canvas panel, 12" x 16" Available at Funk & Junk.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Brushes in old milkcan

A perfect winter day to build a fire and stay warm in the studio. Here is today's daily painting, a 11" x 14" still life of my paint brushes in an old farm milk can, just how they are on my work table. I'm working up to doing a large painting of all the brushes on my window sill, helpful to get the feel of of them before starting in on a bigger composition. Available

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Plein Air in December, Mt. Baker

A rare treat to be painting outside in December. Today's daily oil painting is a morning outdoor view across to Lopez Island and Mt. Baker. 6 x 8" oil on panel.
I also have a photo of my outdoor set-up, with palette, basket, brushes, rags, latte' and french easel. This method is typical of the outdoor painting workshops I will be teaching this next summer. Available. Thanks for looking! Annie

Friday, December 7, 2007

Nude revised

Here is today's daily oil painting, one of the small studies from earlier in the week, only repainted to work better. It is a wonderful thing when a painting works right off the pose. Most often, a painting needs some compositional improvement. This morning I changed this one to read better. I am also beginning to indicate warm and cool shadows. A 20 minute pose isn't really long enough to gather complete information. In that amount of time you are just getting the feel of the pose, especially with paint.I do like the challenge of a speedy pose, and the way it makes forms become more abstracted. Size 6 by 8" Available

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Trashion Show Dog San Juan Co. Fair

Today's daily painting is an oil painting of part of our entry in the 2007 San Juan County Fair Ist annual Trashion Show. My brother and I beach-combed bags of plastic junk that floated in to South Beach and Jackson's Beach on San Juan Island. We made a blue tarp affair with flotsam and jetsam. The little dog was part of the accessories: a hat made from a Frisbee and old fishing gear, a purse made from a crab bait jar complete with apartment key and credit card, and even decorated shoes that separately floated in AND fit our model. The dog was made from old fishing floats. Such a great event!!! Cards coming soon, at Funk & Junk!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Figure in Chair, with Red Robe

Today's daily paintings are from our figure drawing group. GREAT model with her red robe. Here are small oil on panels painted from life. Available on Etsy Or, contact me at 1 866 374 4272.$95. each + $5.shipping
Thanks! Annie

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Dream Keyper Key

How nice to get something nice in the mail. The DreamKeyper girls sent one of their keys! The little card says, "DREAM, your wish is your command" Check out their blog & project. Keys for good luck to those who send their dreams to the Dreamkeyer website.
This is a little 5 by 7" oil on canvas panel.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Pots of Paint

Here is today's daily oil painting, a 7" x 10" oil on canvas panel. These are my acrylic pots of paint, stacked up on my work table. An oil painting of acrylic paint???? Also a close-up of the paint tube, so you can see my typical thick (impasto) paint. Sold. Thanks for looking! Annie

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Buttons, not painting

On this stormy gloomy day, I put together a bunch of button brooches from my stash of old buttons. Not paint, but fun to be creative with color. These will be available at Dominique's friday night holiday show this week here in Friday Harbor. Or, otherwise at Funk & Junk and on Etsy.