Friday, March 23, 2012

Apples in Silver Bowl

8" x 10" Oil on Board
This painting proves you need to paint from life! I sat this still life up
in the Pumfrey's afternoon class....I love all the reflections in  the
silver bowl.....I've been studying a DVD by Patricia Moran.
She doesn't draw the subject on the surface, she blocks in masses of
color......as soft as you can for as long as you can.
I've learned sooooo much, about getting a good start that
will create a great finish.......the ampersand gessoed board that I have been using
makes the brush strokes show without using a great amount of paint.

White Cabbage Rose


10" x 8 " oil on Board
I put this up in the studio just because I didn't like something about it....it didn't feel
right!  Guess What! The sides were off, so in class Wednesday afternoon
I corrected the pitcher and now I know it's finished!

Friday, March 16, 2012

White Cabage Rose


8" x 10" Oil on Panel

I set this still life up in the Pumfrey's oil class at the Beach Art Center.  The past couple of weeks
I have been painting on canvas, but the texture of the canvas make the brush drag
and I don't get those loose impressionist strokes.  The gesso panels
are wonderful, they let you lay down one stroke and the brush hairs show.  I use
a soft synthetic flat brush.  The small detail is done with a small
round synthetic brush.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Back Porch



12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
This was a challenge to get the whites without being chalky.....I need to let it
rest for a few days .....I have been using Jerry's painting book to study
his palette, plus his value range using the high key side of the value scale.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Purple Vase



12" x 12" Oil on Canvas

Painting in the impressionist style is soooooooo much FUN!  I've been studying
William Schultz, Brackman, Frederick Carl Frieseke and my all time favorite
 Frank W. Benson all American impressionist. 
I have discovered that they all talk about " The Mechanics of Painting" 
the 5 Steps that Jerry Fresia uses.  Each having a different twist.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Beach Buddy




11" x 14" Transparent Watercolor
Beach Buddy

My little beach buddy will be taught at the Beach Art Center on
March 15th, Thursday morning Make it Take It class
This little guy was my first one of many kids on the
beach.  What fun!  He could be anyone's
grandson!  Hope to see you in class......