Thursday, June 24, 2010


This little painting was done as an exercise with some of my friends on Painting Friends to work with lost and found edges. This was my first attempt, and after posting I can see many places where edges could have been soften or lost. In my second attempt, things went much better. I usually paint tighter than this so this loosenss was a lot of fun.

My new computer won't let me resize in Photoshop (that means I don't know how to do it and won't be able to achieve this little task until my son comes to town in a few weeks and sets it up for me). So, when I can upload my second painting, you'll see a vast difference. Lost and found edges make paintings so much more interesting and I'm going to try to incorporate more in future work...just depends on the subject I'm working with because I don't see it working with glass or crystal. Just one more little project for me to add to my "to do" list.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


This study of peppers is a quickie painting with the drawing borrowed from one of my artist friends from our art retreat...I think it probably came from the library from WC. It's quarter sheet, basically wet on dry, and done so I could post something to see how my tech knowledge has failed me or what???
When storms came through Texas last Thursday night, they fried my, this is a trial run of a new computer...let's see what I've uploaded and see if I need to start over.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tangerine Rose

Here is a quarter sheet close up on a rose I painted at our art retreat. Oranges are not my favorite colors to work with, so I "made myself" paint this one. I was trying to work some "lost and soft" edges and found that I probably need to paint a bit looser to achieve that look. I may glaze the blue leaf back some more as it is pretty bright. Was fun painting though. Now I need to get back to the tomato painting...still haven't decided on the background.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pass the Salt WIP

Looks like I'm back to painting reds again. Today at the ArtRetreat, I finished up my Country Cups (had to make some adjustments) and didn't have anything planned to paint. So, I quickly drew off a cluster of tomatoes and painted them. As usual, I laid down a wash of gamboge over the entire tomatoes before going to the reds. After I got home, I decided to try to make a painting out of the cluster without doing a reference photo (not an easy task for me). I made up the pottery pieces and found an old salt shaker in the cabinet and drew it in. It's sorta off kelter a bit as I did it freehand, but that's okay...I'm an artist (ha!). Since I'm not crazy about painting at night, I'll take it back up in the good daylight. Gotta decide what else to put in...a wooden tabletop, some sort of napkin, a tablecloth, a windowsill arrangement??? I'll think about it and decide tomorrow (just call me Scarlet).