January 31, 2015

January Paintings 2015


Here is a collage of my January paintings.  I have another one on the easel, but that will have to wait until February.  It's been a busy month of painting, a good start to the year.  I feel that I am heading in a certain direction with my art and looking forward to the road ahead!  See you next month.

January 27, 2015

Sunnyside 6x6 oil SOLD

Sunnyside 6x6 oil
Here is egg study number three.  I really enjoyed painting it, and playing with the reflections.  Since the egg is on a blue plate, it almost looks like water to me.  This egg is from a free range chicken.  The yolk is much deeper in colour than the regular eggs you can buy; guessing it has more nutrients as well.  

January 26, 2015

Prep Bowls, 6x6 oil SOLD

Prep Bowls, 6x6 oil
Here is egg study number two.  I was going to paint the egg yolk, but decided before I crack it open, I should paint it whole, so guess what my next egg study will be.  My previous egg painting took an hour to paint, this one took twice as long.  I'm trying not to spend too much time on these because I want to move on to a larger painting that will definitely take much longer.

January 23, 2015

Egg Day, 6x6 oil SOLD

Egg Day, 6x6 oil
A quick little study of eggs.  I have a canvas ready to do a larger still life with eggs, but I thought I would do a few little studies for practise.  Here is study Number one.

January 22, 2015

Learning to Fly 20x40 oil

Learning to Fly 20x40 oil
This is the latest painting that I've been working on.  It may need a bit of tweaking here and there, but I think its mostly done.  I love painting with this limited palette, and the mood it creates.

January 12, 2015

The Graveyard by the Church, 8x8 oil

The Graveyard by the Church, 8x8 oil
Today was the first plein air painting day of the year.  It was much colder outside than I thought it would be, but I managed to stick it out for a couple of hours.  It was also the first time painting at this location, in Ancaster, Ontario.  

January 10, 2015

Strength, 10x8 oil SOLD

Strength, 10x8 oil

This a quick little painting that I did of my daughter today.  I've been dying to do more paintings of people.  The other day my daughter did me the favour of posing for a photo session.  Although I prefer to paint from life, I now have an arsenal of photos to satisfy me when a live model isn't an option.

January 09, 2015

Three's Company, 10x10 oil

Three's Company, 10x10 oil
I love playing with colours.  Seeing the effect that two colours have on eachother is very interesting.  I have a few books on this subject, but have never gotten very far with them, (a very dry read).  It is definitely true that a colour is only as good as the colour next to it.  You can mix what you may think is the most beautiful colour in the world, but if you put it beside the wrong colour, it can look like the ugliest colour ever.  

January 04, 2015

Hang in There, 12x18 oil

Hang in There, 12x18 oil
Well, I signed up for the January 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, and I am painting every day so far, but I have decided that I won't let the challenge get in the way of what I want to paint.  So here is painting number 2.

January 01, 2015

Wordless, 12x12 oil

Wordless, 12x12 oil
Happy New Year!

Here is my first posting of the year, and my last painting of 2014.  A new year makes me think of directions and choices.  What would I like to accomplish by this time next year, how can I push myself further...etc.,  (as well as, how can I lose that 5 lbs I put on over Christmas, and magical ways to keep the house and studio clean with little or no effort).  I guess some of it comes down to hard work and organization.  I would like to paint more figurative pieces, including portraits, (which I love), and also incorporate people into my painting more often.  Well that at least gives me a bit of direction.

Best wishes to you, and good luck with your new year's resolutions.  Hopefully we can all accomplish  and maybe surpass what we set out to do!  Happy 2015!