Friday, March 3, 2017

French door

9x12 Coming Home in France, It dried after the first layer so it was harder to paint the next layer. It is still very wet.

 Peonies and Blue Jar 9x12. You can see I took the shutter out and I like it much better.

 I also reworked this one Hat and Roses. I took the background out  and changed the roses some.And some of the same on the Rose Bouquet. I feel the rose bouquet has too much in it.

I chose to blur the background of this bouquet since it is an 8x8.

The problem with this technique is you have to complete the painting from start to finish as you want the bottom transparent layer to be wet as you work into it with the opaques. It doesnt work if the bottom layer is dry. I have much work to do mastering the technique.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The French experience,, Nutella and Strawberries

6x6 Strawberry Heaven
My little Cream Puff! Exciting to do. I am loving the process of the wet block in , then the pure paint on top. I am learning so much. This is still week one of the course. I have been listening to a playlist of French songs and watching my dream video of lavender blowing in the breeze.

This is an 8x10  Peonies in Blue JarI still do not like the shutter and plan to  brush it out and blend it. Below is a photo of No Sugar Added Shortbread cookie with Nutella and a Strawberry. Delicious and I may paint these!

 I have more Bonus photos to paint but they need to wait.  This past week was so busy,  My daughter and I went to see PARIS GLOW  the bridges of Paris, all black and white photos taken at night at the Mansfield Art Center. Then to Malabar Farm State Park for dinner and tour. We got to sit at the family table since it was my birthday and then toured the home, which had many French articles as the Bromfield family lived in Paris for fourteen years until WWII started. I was immersed in the French Adventure.

"Come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned." Peter Pan

Il est temps detre heureux (It is the  time to be happy)

"Actually the best gift you could giver was a lifetime of adventures" Lewis Carroll , Alice in Wonderland
#creampuffoil, #Nutellastrawberrycookies,#Peonies


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

French Bonbon and Cherry Delight paintings and the French experience.

Bon Jour
My beret, found in my Mom's Red Hat Collection
This is a new start with Dreama Toll e Perry's class "Once Upon a Time in Provence. What an exciting online experience.  Not only do we learn to paint but learn French words and phrases, get French movie recommendations, French recipes, Music, Meditation, and so much positive encouragement.  I am loving this new technique of oil painting .

 I am trying to keep up with my art journal and my regular journal also. .This morning  I went to a Balance Class  and really liked it. It was a good workout. Then I walked the dog between rain showers.

This is the underpainting of The Petite Bonbon

The Petite Bonbon 6x6 Oil

Cherry Delight 6x6 Oil.

This is surely a challenging experience. Putting on all that transparent color with the medium, then putting regular paint, with no medium on top. Sometimes having to use a butterfly touch as Debra Joyce Dawson taught me. Today I will work on another sweet treat with a strawberry. 
Au Revoir! until next week

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Roses, Hat and more roses

I am not happy with these two extra paintings from the course. They are 8x10 oils. They don't have the vibrancy of the former paintings. I have a lot to learn in these techniques and I prefer my own compositions. Like the one below

6x6 oil Grocery Store Bouquet
This was another fun painting and I am happy with it!

                                  This painting was done for my daughter's fiance for Christmas.

                                          8x10 oil Moose Surprise. I got much praise for this abstract wildlife                                                        painting

This way of painting is certainly a challenge and I have much work to do in learning how to work it with my own style. That first block in layer with thin oil makes it very difficult to put on more paint in the second layer and drawing with the scraper tool is a challenge also. I really need to be drawing everyday and should be able to accomplish it now that I am not working. I am looking forward to being able to do more plein air painting now that I am not going to be working in the summer. I will miss the job and the money but things change , So I will paint ON!

I will start next Saturday, Feb.4  for the next online program with Dreama Tolle Perry in her series, "Once a Time in Provence". I really need more instruction in this course to get the technique down.

Then hope to do a better job with my Blog, my newsletter and my websites. One of my mottoes,
So more painting!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Blue Shutters and Geraniums

This was the sixth lesson and was given as a gift to my daughter. So interesting, this technique that has changed my way of painting. I am finding that putting this color in my own paintings is certainly a challenge but I love the colors. They bring me joy.
This was a bonus painting and was  given as a gift to my grandson and his wife. So much fun. I have two more  bonus paintings to finish to complete this series. Then on to the France workshop!
Wishing you all a wonderful 2017 with much prosperity, painting, color and joy.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Daisies, Blue Jars and Geraniums oil paintings

This was the fourth lesson.Again a challenge but I am loving this techniques. Thin blocking in and then thicker paint on top. I am so excited about this that I am going to sign up for her online course, Painting in Province. I have been doing my art journal. It was difficult during the holidays to keep up and the regular journaling has not been done regularly but hope to get back to that as the holidays are mostly over. Will be putting away Christmas Decorations as I want to get back to painting. This painting was given to my good friend Danae. The Sunflowers were given to my three granddaughters.
This was the Fifth Lesson and I love how it turned out. This is a gift for my son and daughter-in-law. I will tell you about the 6th lesson next week and the extra painting. I still have two bonus paintings to do and want to get them done before the France Workshop.

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Friday, December 16, 2016


 The top Sunflower painting was Dreama's painting for the third lesson. It was hard to follow but I am happy with the painting. All three are 8x8 oils. I have really enjoyed this process. I bought some sunflowers after the first painting and did the next two.. The wet background with the transparent paint really works on the Gessoboard, not so much on canvas board. I am anxious to do more flower paintings withthe Ball or Mason Jars.

I have worked on another painting as a gift and cannot show it yet.

This process is exciting and much different than I am used to painting. So much more impressionistic.

Hope you have your holiday shopping almost done. Mine is done. I only have to get some fruit for our Christmas Brunch compote next week. My tree and decorations are up.  I did buy Garth Brooks Christmas Together Album and have been listening to that...of course my CD exchanger on my music system died so had to get a small boombox and that works great.
I have one more Sunday to work at Kingwood Center Gardens and then I am done until April when they open for the season so hope to get lots of painting done..
Will try to get the next blog finished for next week. #sunfloweroilpaintings.
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