Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Egg Bowl

Egg Bowl
9 x 12
Pastel on UArt 500

This was a fleeting egg thought that became a one of my daily paintings. I've been having a lot of egg thoughts lately as I appear to be going through an egg phase. I wanted to see how this composition would work and how I liked it. I liked this but may revisit again and play more with the color palette.  I also need to work w/the perspective and angle. I took this photo not at "egg level" (Hah!) so the bowl seems to float in space. I need to adjust that.

After naming my last painting "Eggstra Innings", I was thinking of other word play related to eggs. I thought of Egg Rolls...but how does one draw rolling eggs? So, I thought of Egg BOWL! Since I woke up at 4am today, I decided to just get out of bed and get busy. I did this painting before the work day. My resource photo didn't have good lighting, so I may need to take this to a 'life painting'. I'll have to blow the contents out of the eggs so I just have shells since I can't let the eggs sit out at room temperature for long. It's been a VERY Long time since I've done any egg blowing..or egg painting. Now, there's another egg idea - Eggstravigant - a painting of decorated eggs! How delightful that will be for Easter!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Eggstra Innings

Eggstra Innings
9 x 12

Pastel on Richeson Textured Board


I was so happy painting eggs yesterday I decided to do more eggs. Here's a revisit to the same eggs from my friend Sandy M's hens - the girls. These are in a different configuration from Farm Fresh yesterday. To my warped little mind, this configuration looked like people sitting in the stands at a ballpark. As I pondered a name for this one, I asked Rick what he thought and he came up with the name - a play on eggs and being in the stands at a ballpark - Eggstra Innings. 

I wanted this painting to be part the mate to the painting "Farm Fresh" from yesterday. Alas, I had no more Wallis paper....but....I did have a sample 9 x 12 board of Richeson Textured board I received as a sample as part of a prize winning at some point. I was saving for a rainy day, and today is in fact - a rainy day. We got 3.5 inches of rain last night. It cooled off (50's) and is overcast. So I worked with my light and tried to stay awake. It's a holiday from work today (President's Day) so very much enjoying my extra day - but I may need to do some napping after my own extra innings today.

I did enjoy the Richeson board, about as much as I enjoyed the Wallis paper. It is a bit toothier though. What amazed me about both papers is that they made simple NuPastels seem to glow. Here's the progression...






Sunday, February 19, 2017

Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh
9 x 12
Pastel on Wallis Paper (Belgian Mist)

I wanted to get back to basics today...toning a sphere - or ellipse as the case may be. I haven't done a still life in quite some time, and I really enjoy doing still life work. 

These eggs are the product of my friend Sandy's chickens. What I like about farm fresh eggs is their irregularity. Irregularity of color and size. Much more visually interesting than the uniform eggs from the store. It was fun to do some eggs in different colors and sizes. I also enjoyed the pattern of the egg crate. 

For this painting, I used my very last piece of Wallis paper which I received as a birthday gift from my sister last year. Geez - this stuff is like gold for a reason - such a resilient paper. The glow it helps to create is wonderful. I may find myself on a street corner at IAPS some year saying "Got any Wallis" - like an addict looking for a fix.

Hope you enjoy these little golden beauties as much as I enjoyed painting them.
Here's a few progress shots. 





Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sinuous Ribbons

Sinuous Ribbons
24 x 18
Pastel on UArt 500

This is another painting that wasn't in the "official" painting plan/list. This agave was in my cache from my 2016 trip to the DBG in Phoenix. When I saw the photo it spoke to me and said "Paint me". What I liked about this particular specimen is how the leaves folded and twisted - sinuous. 

I'm suppose I'm also mourning the loss of my 2 Yellow Ribbon agave. They froze this winter. I was a good gardener and covered them on the first freeze. They got nipped, but not bad. But on the second deep freeze (below 25 for a few days in Texas is a deep freeze), we were distracted with packing for our vacation. We got the plants covered up close to the house, but I forgot the Agave out front. These particular ones were younger, and more tender. Now they are just mush. I'm hoping a few pups made it b/c they were covered by the 'melted' leaves that froze. 

What I wish this photo showed you better was the richness of the red violet under the blue violet in the background. It just sings. This is definitely one of those paintings to see in person. I enjoyed painting on UArt again. It's been awhile since I have. I also did not under paint this one, and enjoyed letting the bits of paper show through. Progress shots below





Saturday, February 11, 2017

Blue Whisper

Blue Whisper
9 x 12
Pastel on Uart 500

Oh my gosh....it has been over two weeks since I painted! Lot's of life happened in the last couple of weeks. I was nervous walking up to my easel. Would I remember how to paint? I know, you guys think I'm silly, but it's how I feel. It's like I loose my way when I don't practice my craft regularly. I did lots of pouring over resource photos and trying to decide what to paint. I went through the painting plan, and didn't like any of them. So, I finally decided to just scroll through the cache of cactus photos and see what spoke to me. I gave myself permission to warm up and let go. 

I've been wanting to paint this particular cactus for some time. It definitely needs to be bigger, but this was a good starting place. It felt good to have my incense burning and my 80's music on Pandora. I got a bit melancholy when I heard George Michael sing "Careless Whisper". He had such a beautiful voice a was a great performing artist. So, this painting became "Blue Whisper". 

Sometimes, I think we're all just whispers in the existence of time. We're here and gone in a quick blink in the great chasm of the universe. If we're intentional with our actions, we have the opportunity to make the world and the people who travel our journey with us just a little bit richer. I know I was blessed to know a man who did just that. He helped innumerable people in his lifetime....I was one of them. RIP Dave O. You will be missed by this little soul.

Here's a couple of progress shots.

The doodle

Under painted with Pan Pastel