Thursday, March 31, 2011

Silky Egg

Silky Eggs are laid by Silky Chickens. Seems like I'm gonna learn lots about which came first.
My husband, daughter-in-law and son are in the process of building a coop for at least 6 hens and one rooster. Here's hoping for the real thing!
"Silky Egg" watercolor on paper, 4x3 inches

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Apple and Wedge

I've been reading Jane Freeman's book, A Celebration of Light which I am enjoying and picking up some tips from. One thing that has become evident is that I want to use the most transparent colors possible. I actually took the semi-opaque colors off my palette. This was done with the yellow/purple palette plus a bit of cobalt green.
"Apple and Wedge" 3x4 inches, watercolor on board

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lemon Wedges

Got inspired by Karen O'Neil's oil paintings. She was a teacher of mine at Woodstock School of Art and a great painter and teacher.
Lemon Wedge 3x4 inches, watercolor on board

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"Grandma's Cup"

I took me as long to set up and think about what, how and why I wanted to paint than actually painting. Lot's of layering here and since I don't use a hair dryer and always let it dry really well there's a lot of down time. As I look at it now I think I might soften the little leaf that's pointing straight north. It's always gentler to to have directional shapes neither completely verticle or horizontal.. Well, for me anyway.
"Grandma's Cup" 4x3 inches, watercolor on board

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yellow Cup and Rosebud

I used to do three paintings of the same set up when I lived upstate (and was younger and didn't have to worry about sitting for too long and the effect it would have on my back) and now found myself doing it again. It's more conducive to experimentation.
"Yellow Cup and Rosebud" both 4x3 watercolor on board

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Silver Bowl and Flower Bud

"Silver Bowl and Flower Bud" 4x3 inches, watercolor on board

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Opening in Woodstock, NY

I will be part of a group exhibit (I'm featured artist) at the Lotus Gallery in Woodstock, NY on April 9, 2011. I'm guessing the time will be about 5-7 p.m. We are just planning it now so when it's set I'll repost. Get this: one of my small paintings will be on a billboard on the main highway into town!
If you're in the area I hope to see you!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Silver Bowls

At first I was going to paint a group of objects as 90% of my work is composed that way. Then I realized I wasn't really into it and threw out the board. This is something new and quite freeing. I mean the discarding of a painting en route! Always a task to be true to ourselves!
"Silver Bowl Horizontal" and "Silver Bowl Verticle" 3x4 and 4x3, watercolor on board

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pitcher Study

I wanted to translate the treatment of the "onion portraits" into other objects and into more than one object. It's mainly integrating the cast shadows with the body shadows. I have the habit of looking at my older work and trying to understand what worked and put that into new work.

"Lemon and Two Pitchers" and "Lemon and Pitcher"both 4x3 inches, watercolor on board