Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday Class Project - Day 30

8" x 10" Oil on Canvas
WOW! We made it!!!!! This has taught me so much about
keeping to a schedule and just DO IT!  I still have a few more
things to do on my list of "things to do in 2013".  Our next new
challenge with Leslie is to paint every week and post 2 paintings
on her blog every weekend.  That seems like a piece of cake.  This was painted in
Judy & Larry's Wednesday afternoon class....It's very wet but I want to do a couple 
more things just to finish it off....

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rita's Poppies


24" x 36" Oil on Canvas
Finally finished it!!!!!  I started this one with acrylics, it was a great way
to base in the design.....I probably have about 36/40 hours all together.  I didn't post
for 4 days so this one counts as a 4 day.  I painted it at her condo with 4 or 5 girlfriends (not painters) drinking wine and giving their 2 cents worth....I'll post a better picture later.



Monday, January 28, 2013

Flower Pot St. Paul de Vence - Day 27

Three more days! WOW! The two days I didn't post I was 
working on the 24" x 36" Commission. I hope to finish it this 
week.....I hope the rest of you guys are motivated to paint
more.  I have produced more painting in this month than I did
in six months last year.  Thank - You Leslie!



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Eze Looking South - Day 26

11" x 14" Oil on Canvas
The warm tones is what the Impressionist were talking about,
the light is different in the South of France.  I was there about 8 years ago....it's one
of my favorite places.  Eze is a little village north of Nice that sets on the top of a mountain.
I think I'm beginning to understand the Mechanics of Painting that was taught by
Jerry Fresia..........

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Florida - Day 25

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Board
I'm still working on the commission, it's so close to being finished, so I hope to post
tomorrow.......I attended the open studio at the Beach Art Center this morning.....
great fun..........we have a model but I worked on a landscape scene from France.  
Have a couple more hours on it....will post tomorrow also.....

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lenno Still Life - Day 23

8" x 10" Oil on Canvas Board
If you haven't noticed I haven't posted the last couple of days.....I've been working
on a commission that is 24" x 36" big blue vase of Poppies!!! It's just about finished maybe a 
couple more hours.  This is one of the "stash" I painted at the beginning of the challenge.  This was painted 
from a photograph I took of a still life set up at Jerry Fresia's workshop last fall.  The vase was beautiful, this
painting does not do it justice. Just can't believe we have one more week!!!!! WOW!!! When I quit
smoking the theory is if you do something for 30 days you can break a habit, or create a habit.  I
think I've created a new wonderful habit of painting at least 5 times a week!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

St Paul Steps - Day 21

12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
I started this one yesterday but didn't like the start, so I did my
famous "wipe out".  The colors in this painting are much warmer and brighter.  Still
working on the photographing the wet paintings. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Flower Pot - Day 20

6" x 6" Oil on Canvas Board
One of the biggest technique I learned in Dreama's Workshop was the
use of transparent colors.  She "blocks" in the design covering the entire
space with transparent colors.  As a watercolorists I understand the 
use of these clean colors.  When you apply the opaque layer you pick
up a little of the first layer.  Not only were the colors clean using this technique
but you get a glimpse of the design.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Biot Stairs - Day 19

8" x 10" Oil on Canvas Board
As most of you know I'm not a landscape painter!  I took a workshop from Dreama 
Tolle Perry this past summer hoping it would get me in a another zone so I can
paint landscape.  Well, I'm still not excited about landscape, but I am excited about
those little vignettes that we see on our daily walks.  While in the South of France a 
few years ago I took a zillion pictures of those wonderful little landscape "still lives" we
see everyday around us. This challenge was about stepping out of what is comfortable and into
another world of painting.......so my final challenge is too paint 11 days of those wonderful
little landscape still lives. It's all about practice!!!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pomegranate in Threes - Day 18

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas
I think this will be the last of the pomegranate....they're looking pretty bad!  
The pomegranate's are tough to paint, all those colors of RED.  I can't
believe we are on day 18....I didn't think I would be able to keep up but
when you are so motivated by the group of over 200 artist...it's kinda
hard not to paint.  I want to THANK all the artist that have left a comment. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lemon True - Day 17

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Board
I started this in the Wednesday afternoon class.  Of course my brain is
mush by this time after teaching......so I finished it this morning....I'm still
not happy with the photography.....need to work on this.  The painting
does not show all that soft color.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Taos Door - Day 16

7 1/2" x 11 !/2" Watercolor on Paper
One of my all time favorite places in the world is Santa Fe, New Mexico.  There are so
many wonderful old buildings to see.  Plus all the galleries up Canyon Road. Georgia O'Keeffe
said that the light was different.  Once you spent time there you know it is different! As in this little
painting you can feel the heat and brightness of the that intense sun.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuscany Door - Day 15

11" x 14" on Watercolor Paper
This is a watercolor that I did at the beginning of the "30 paintings in 30 days".
I teach at the Beach Art Center on Wednesday morning plus I take
Judy & Larry Pumfrey's oil class in the afternoon.  I did a demo today on
the "Mechanics of Painting" that I studied with Jerry Fresia in Italy. I knew when
we started the challenge that I would need a couple of paintings ahead.  I'm soooo
happy that I did do a couple ahead........can't believe we are half way through! WOW

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Little Rebel - Day 14

10" x 12" Watercolor on Paper
I've had this photograph for about 5 years....we attend a Civil
War reenactment at Heritage Village in Largo, Fl.  I have several photographs
of this little guy.  I didn't realize that the Rebel Uniform was more blue-green than gray.  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tuscan Window - Day 13

11" x 14" Watercolor on Paper
This week  I plan on working on Watercolor Projects for my
Wednesday Morning Class at the Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks
Beach, Florida.  This will be a fun project to teach because we used Salt to
create texture on the very old wall.  I try to teach a technique with every 
project we do.  So many people say they can't paint, have no talent, it's not
about any of these, some people do have a natural instinct but it's like
learning to play the piano.....practice, practice, practice!  It's a SKILL.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sugar N Orange - Day 12

12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
This painting is very "High Key", the Impressionist, especially Monet painted with in
this value range.  My problem is getting a good photograph.....the colors look "chalky" in the
photo, but are very bright in real life.  Today I'm going to try to play around with
different locations with various light sources.  I have a "photo box" with lights
but they seem to wash out the painting.  If I get a better one I'll be sure to post!
Having sooooo much fun, plus I have 12 new paintings!!! Yea! Yea!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cherries Squared - Day 11

12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
SOLD
The challenge today was to paint RED! How many reds in the paint world are there!
Well I think a lot!!!!! I had at least 6 tubes out ........the transparent  of the skin was
the hardest to get.....I love the yummy reds against the cools of the table cloth.  I added
a little light green, but it didn't show up in the photograph.  This painting is much better
than the picture.... you can't see the impressionist colors juxtapose together.  
Anyone doing the challenge can't help but get better......what fun!  Thanks Leslie!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Checkmate - Day 10

14" x 11" Watercolor on Paper
This is a transparent watercolor that I will be teaching step by step to
my Wednesday morning class at the Beach Art Center.  I still love
doing watercolor because they always create a challenge.  The big difference
between watercolor and oils is you have to have a "concept".  This was the topic of discussion 
in Wednesday afternoon oil painting class with Judy & Larry Pumfrey.  Larry ask the question
what is concept?  Basically it the plan, what's going on in your head about what
this painting should look like.  Watercolor, because of the way the paints are applied
to the  paper you have to have a picture in your "head" of what this will 
look like as a finished painting.  The nice thing about oils is you can change
your "Concept" in mid painting.  Just wipe off the area you want to change.
Not going to happen with watercolors......
This was a glass chest set our grandson gave us for Christmas a few years ago.  I love
the back light casting the shadow on the glass board.  This was painted with four tubes of paint, 
French Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Turquoise.  
With the sedimentary nature of the French Ultramarine Blue and the Burnt Sienna, you get 
this very unique effect of the particles of paint separating.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yellow Apples - Day 9

10" x 8" Oil on Panel
Yesterday was a very busy day....first day of classes at the Beach Art Center, plus I take the oil class
in the afternoon.  I'm not a good painter in the afternoon especially after I teach, so this is one
of my "stash" .  I knew I was going to be very busy after classes started so
I painted a few ahead this past week.  Sooooo Happy I did!  The photograph does
not do this one justice.....it's a very warm and colorful painting.  Plus the "light areas" have
a few really nice thick brush strokes....

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pomagranate in Red - Day 8

14" x 11" Oil on Canvas
Talk about a fun painting!  This guys just went together with out any effort, I think Jerry's
"enjoy the process" is finally sinking in......I'm still working with the lighting.  I photograph the 
process.  I have about 20 picture that are a step by step of the painting. 
 I hope to have a little slide show in the coming weeks.
While in Italy we worked with North light, it's the best.  I have a natural light that represents
North Light but it's not quite the same.  This will be on Daily Paintworks Auction.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Just a Pear - Day 7

4" x 4" Oil on Panel

SOLD
As Leslie said we've finished our first week!  Yea!  A couple of my friends
have selected a theme or challenge within a challenge....my challenge is just
to paint for 30 days straight....I'm loving it!  
I start my weekly Wednesday Morning Class at the Beach Art Center, it will be
great to see all the "snow-birds".  I have several new designs for them to
try out"....most of them don't know it that I use this class to "practice teach", 
the projects that I will be submitting to various traveling teaching classes.
Thanks Guys!
Daily Paintworks Auction starting Jan. 9th
Click here to place your bid.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Little Sunflower - Day 6

4" x 4" Oil on Panel
A few years ago I purchased 50 little frames with panels......I applied gesso to the panels and they are a great surface to paint on.  What a great time to use theme for the "30 paintings in 30 days".  It's  a little challenging to paint impressionist with a small brush.... .  another learning experience!  I will put this one on my Paintworks auction.....stating at $5.....

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Three Apples - Day 5

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas
This is a early morning (like 4am) painting.....I'm going to have a very busy week with
classes starting at the Beach Art Center......I need a few more watercolor projects for the next few months.  This challenge has been my first priority.  I've been wanting to take pictures of the steps and I do great on the drawing, scrumbling and the first layer of paint.....but I go somewhere and totally forget.  Jerry say you got to go to that place where it's all about the painting process...so I guess I go there.  Maybe the next time I'll put the video on my camera on!!!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Italian Pomegranate - Day 4

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas
While in Italy this past fall taking the workshop with Jerry Fresia one of the students had these wonderful Pomegranates, I had never seen them in this orangy peachie green before.  I was so excited to paint them, I still think the original one was the first time that I knew I had it!  Impressionism!  The original is in my studio and is a constant reminder of the "mechanics of impressionism".    

Friday, January 4, 2013

Lemon Two - Day 3

6" x 6" Oil on Canvas
How fun was this!  I love the complementary colors....they are so happy together!  I've been working on new website, having a few problems, I deleted the old one on yahoo.....well the transfer did not go smooth.  It's all a learning process......du !!!!!!!  If you like me on my facebook page please do it on Mary Spires Artist Studio...this is the page I want to have the ability to look at the data.....please bare with me as I go through this process......it gets a little frustrating at times. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lemon Basket-Day 2


10" x 8" Oil on Canvas Board
This was a real challenge, all that YELLOW! Not only the lemons, but the basket was in the yellow family.  My biggest focus is the "mechanics of painting" that I studied in Italy with Jerry Fresia.  I just love the process, the place you go in your head!  It should be about the joy of painting.  Jerry said if you let yourself enjoy the process without worry of the end product, your painting will be successful.  But I always tell my students, you learn more from your mistakes than you success.....painting is a journey!  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ruby Reds


10" x 8" on Canvas Board
Today was the start of the "30 paintings in 30 days" challenge created by Leslie Saeta.  This past year was a big one for me......not only did I take a workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry in Paris.....Ky! but I got to take a workshop with Jerry Fresia in Lenno, Italy.  This was my 25th wedding anniversary present from my number one guy......we spent a week on the beautiful Lake Como then we did a 7 day barge trip down the Rhine.  What can you say.....it was dreamland.
My artist journey has had many streets and avenues with major intersections that has change my visual poetry.  The workshop with Dreama made me understand transperant colors in oil and how to use them.  Jerry talk me the" mechanics of impressionism" taught to him by Bill Schultz who was taught by Robert Brackman who intern studied with Monet during the rise of impressionism in France. 
So let the games begin!