Friday, March 25, 2011

The Art Colony Blog now on Artist's Magazine Blog!

For several years now I have been fortunate enough to be one of the artists on a wonderful blog...Artcolony. We've been featured on the Artist's Magazine Blog recently and I hope you'll take a look: There are many exceptional artists, authors, workshop teachers and just really good painters among our members and we are truly a group of great friends. I am very blessed to be counted among these artists.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Finished the artichokes this afternoon so now I'm on to a crystal painting I want to try. This was fun though. Painting with all these pastels and darkening them in kind was rather challenging, but it's always a lesson no matter how many you paint. I have three other reference photos with difference chokes that Karlyn photographed at the market, so I may try another one when I'm at a loss as to something that I'm really wanting to paint. I think we all have these times when we just want to paint something fluff...and this if truly fluff. For Christiane...NO RED.....

Friday, March 11, 2011

Artichokes WIP

This colorful painting of artichokes has been lots of fun. While taking a workshop with Karlyn Holman 3 years ago, she shared some of her photographs from her European teaching jaunts, and this reference was one of four of artichokes that I just loved. This particular one was at a street market in Paris. The pastel colors are actually there in the's a feast for the eyes while painting. There are lots of edges that will be cleaned up, and several more darker combinations of colors going across the page. This one is quarter sheet, and I'm using so many different colors I won't name them all...just a whole bunch of greens, blues, magentas and pinky yellow hues. I just wonder if they taste like the plain ole green ones we get here in the states?

My painting of Neiman is finished I think, but I'm going to live with it a bit longer before signing...might need just another tweak or two.