Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blue Hydrangeas

 5 x 7 oil on linen panel

Back to painting today - first time in a week!  I love hydrangeas but they are bugaboos to paint - so many petals!!!!   Mine were beautiful this year but have lost most of their color and are either drying out or just greenish looking.  These were from earlier in the summer.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Finished Ben

I have declared this finished because I'm tired of working on it; the more I work the more over-worked it becomes!!!!   The right side has a bit of a glare due to the late afternoon sun in my dining room.  It looks like Ben so I'm satisfied with the likeness.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Still Working.......

18 x 24 oil on stretched canvas

I'm still struggling on this one.   Much tougher when you are painting your own family member and if I could pay someone to paint the sky and grass for me that would be great.   Landscapes are a challenge for me and the background on this is no exception.....all that green and blue.....  It's just not "geehawing" for me with the rest of the painting.   I still need more work on figures and haven't put in golf clubs yet.  Hopefully I can complete in another session! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Preliminary Ben

18 x 24 oil on stretched canvas

This is a VERY rough block-in of my son with his caddy at St. Andrews.  I have been posting unfinished paintings lately because I haven't been doing as many small ones and these just take longer.  To show that I haven't been totally idle, I'm posting this today.  I already see issues with it and even with the canvas.  I do not like stretched canvases but don't really have an alternative for the larger or odd sizes.   Also some canvas panels are too absorbent.  If I was a plan-ahead kind of person, I would have some pre-primed but that's not me.  I just jump in and start painting......  Hopefully I can get the caddy blocked in during the next session.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Finished One of a Pair

10 x 20 oil on canvas panel

Finally finished my parrot today.  We have been out of town and I haven't painted in a couple of weeks and I'm feeling a little rusty!!!  Glad to be back at the easel.