Thursday, October 29, 2009

Playing in oil

 Hi everyone, sorry I haven't posted lately. I have been doing little still lifes the last couple of days.  I have only recently started using water soluble oils and are still getting use to them.  One of the things  new to me besides the oils is the smallness of the canvases, both of these are 6"by 6", I have always used larger canvases.  On both of these I painted the canvas very dark from a mixture of  UB, Aliz. Cr, Sap Green, Cad Red and then worked out from this when it was dry.  I wish I could take better photos but camera won't cooperate. It  was sunny today so took both of them outside to photograph.  Still shows too strong whites.   Thanks everyone for looking.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Yesterday I did a little painting of a kitten from a photo provided from a reference post in one of the forums I belong to.  I am happy with her (him). For the fur I used W/N Cer Bl  and  Daniel Smith Quin Burnt Orange, also used was   Hol  UB, W/N Raw Sienna and Grumbacher Indigo.
   We are going to St Simons Island in Georgia for a few days on vacation. So I may not be in here until the end of the week.  I hope to take some great photos and even get a chance to paint.   I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


This painting is from a photo provided by Cindi, one of our members in Painting Friends. The painting was done for our Friday Foto Challenge, where one member posts a photo he or she would like to paint. Then we have the option to paint it also. I have recently began using Daniel Smith's watercolors and like the brightness in the paints. This was done looser than I usally paint but like the effect it has with the whites being left to show the light coming in. Thanks Cindi for sharing this photo with us.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


 I asked the photographer of this cat's photo if I could paint it  and she happily gave me permission.  Thanks Stephie for taking such a beautiful photo of your cat.  I painted this using only Grumbacher's Indigo on Arches 140cp.  Using this color brought back memories of how much we used India Ink and my dark fingers. I very seldom paint animals and am very proud of how well this came out.

Friday, October 2, 2009

An Autumn Card

On the one forum I belong to, we have been exchanging Christmas and Easter Cards. This year we also included a card for the Autumn Season.  I sometimes struggle with a subject to paint. But once I thought of this, I really enjoyed painting it. My recipient received her card yesterday so I'm able to post this here. The person receiving my card this year was Desiree
(My Clothesline and Other Laundry Lists.)  I was happy to hear that my card made her Thursday less stressful and that she liked it.
This is a Strathmore Card size 5"by 6 7/8".