Every so often I'll see a painting of a suspended bunch of grapes, and I've been wanting to try to do one myself. So, today was the day, and I love how it came out! I started out with the light casting a long shadow, but I changed it later.
Also, for fun, I digitally put the image in a frame just to see how it would look. (The actual painting is not framed)
Happy New Year to all! Here is a new little painting to start the year off... I am looking forward to lots of painting and drawing this year, especially during the cold winter months. The days may be shorter, but I spend more time inside.
A red rose, shiny metal creamer, and a bowl with lemon... I'm always very excited when I start a new
painting, I just hope the excitement lasts through to the end.. I'm taking my time and started with a raw umber under painting for this one. It seemed to put me at ease knowing I just have to work with values, dark and light, and that's it.... I did sneak in some red on the rose though, I couldn't help it!
I've been slowly getting myself back into painting, and after doing a couple of little practice paintings, I set to work on this 8x10. I've refreshed my mind, gotten some focus back and I am finding ways to make sure I am relaxed and am enjoying the process of painting. I'm very excited with how this one is progressing!
I have been away from my studio, and my blog.. and the computer for most of the summer... I just stopped trying to do any artwork with my eyesight giving me so much trouble. I had cataract surgery scheduled for the end of August, and another in September. Now, both of my eyes have been done, and still need time to heal, I still have some flickering reflections in my right eye and a bit in my left. They say it should go away... but I am so impatient, I just want to start doing something! So, I am re posting this painting of cherries, I adjusted the color of the picture now that I can see better.
Thank you all for your comments, I'm sorry I didn't get them until now, I had a problem with my computer, and I stopped using it, and didn't check the blog.
Since the cataract surgery, my eyesight has changed dramatically. Everything is brighter, and clearer than before, it's taking some getting used to. Another big change is that I can see fairly clearly for distance, but I can't see clearly up close, and need reader glasses for that. (I used to be extremely nearsighted, so without my glasses everything was blurry for me except up close to my face was clear) So, I will have to learn how to do my artwork looking through the reader glasses, and then looking over them to see my subject further away. ;-)... I haven't tried to paint anything yet. I've just been practicing sketching for now. It's been so long since I've painted anything, I feel as if I've forgotten how! I hope not! lol...
I'm not sure what the end result of my eyesight will be... it's still a bit blurry in the distance... but it's still early, they say vision improves during the first month after surgery... I hope so. Or, I can just get glasses to correct that I suppose... we'll see!
I took this photo from above, with the painting lying on the table beside the cherries.
I've been slowing down a bit with my painting, as I've been having more and more trouble with cataracts affecting my eyesight .Over the last year especially it's been a nuisance,since my eyes are very nearsighted the cararacts just make it worse. So,the doctor says I'm ready to have surgery (in late August) to replace the cloudy lenses in my eyes with clear artificial ones. Hopefully afterwards my eyesight will improve and the glare and cloudiness will be gone, and painting will be a little less challenging!
I love botanical drawings and paintings. I don't think I'll ever become an expert at it, but I just can't resist when flowers are blooming in the garden. I used pencil, watercolor and some colored pencil for this iris.
(not that it matters a whole lot, but I just discovered after I took the picture, I had signed it with tomorrow's date... Oh well..) I"m sure I'll be doing more of these as more of my flowers come into bloom.
This painting was done from a photo I had taken last summer. I also bought some new cherries to add to the picture and to use as reference.
I began this painting a little differently, it is painted on a canvas panel that I applied 3 or 4 extra coats of
gesso to, and sanded to smooth out the texture of the canvas. I thought I would try an acrylic underpainting. so, I loosely painted it in with acrylics, and when it dried, I completely painted over it with oil.
Below is a picture of the underpainting stage....
Hope you like it! and Thank you for looking at my artwork today!
A chocolate heart just in time for Valentine's Day. To save time, I didn't give this one a week long auction, just a" buy it now" option, that way it can be purchased at any time. Even though it needs about 3 days to dry, it will have a better chance of reaching the buyer before the 14th.
Here is my little chocolate painting and set up, below:
I had sketched this still life set up in pencil, and I really like the sketch so I thought I would do a painting of it too. It seemed pretty well planned out, but now that I've come near to the finish of it, I feel like it's not quite right.
Maybe it's that sharp line dividing the background and table...I kind of liked that line when I put it in though... My sketch has a lighter background... but, I put a darker background in my little value sketch and I liked it, the proportions are different in my painting though.. and of course, my carnations are completely wilted now... hmmmmm.... a work in progress.....
I had done a few sketches using a cup of coffee and the windmill cookies, you can see one over on my drawing blog- here. I really like the shape and designs on the windmill cookies and wanted to do a painting. Also in the painting are a chocolate dipped spritz cookie and some grapes.
It snowed here today, and I was looking out the window as it began to get dark, and it struck me that a lot of the snowy landscape colors of blue, violet, and brown were similar to this little still life I'd just done
I picked this yellow rose from my yard in December, and began a painting of it. I wasn't happy with the way it came out, and put it away to continue again after the holidays. (you can scroll down to see the previous work in progress pic)
I finally sat down and finished it today, using a picture for reference. I am much happier with it now.
A new year, and a new painting... I chose this tangerine to paint because I felt it was something I'm already familiar with painting, and that would be a good subject to start off with, after being away from my easel for a few weeks. Now that the Holidays are over with, I can start taking more time to draw and paint again.
Even though this started off without too much thought other than getting the peel to curl in an attractive way- after it was done, the image of the opening tangerine seemed like a symbol of the opening of a new year to me..... and I like that thought :-)
Below is an in progress shot....
Thank you so much for stopping by to view my artwork! and Happy New Year!
This is still the same persimmon from the last 2 paintings! I'm getting alot of use out of it...
Here are a couple of "in progress" pictures... I added the cranberries at the end, that's why they aren't pictured in the set up.
Thanks for looking!