I came home with lots of photos to paint from our California trip. My husband and I spent a whole day driving around the coast from Santa Cruz to San Francisco, what a day! I really like how the outer area is large, chunky brush strokes and all the details are focused down near the bottom left corner.
It’s negative 15 degrees here today in Fort Collins, so I’m hoping to get some good painting in…except our furnace can’t keep up! I’m surrounded by space heaters. Missing that California weather right now.
Oh, and happy New Year!
Sometimes I get reference photos of pets that are not …ideal. I usually tell anyone wanting a commissioned animal portrait to send me Everything they have, because finding a good photo to use of an animal is tricky. This photo I deemed useable but went an abstract route with it since it was such a close up. I really enjoyed painting the floral pattern on the couch the dog is resting on. I never learned the name of this puppy, so I bestowed the name MJ, after the requester. ::wink::
I’m realizing now that I’m creating these posts, that I didn’t snap photos of a few of the smaller commissions! I was cranking them out too quickly, which usually happens when those last minute commissions come in; finish them, seal them, and ship ’em off! Whoops. Here are a few more I did manage to document : ).
I may be off the grid here in California, but it’s time to reveal some of my Christmas commissions!
This one was fun. A cousin of my husband requested a painting of the Oval from the Colorado State campus in Fort Collins, where we live and where they used to live. SO MUCH GREEN. But I love making greens, you never get the same one twice and they’re so rich! I was going for a peripheral-effect (not sure the real name, but you know when you’re eyes can only focus on a small area and the rest is blurred? That’s what I was trying with more intent here). Enjoy!
This was part of my fruit and vegetable phase, I often find myself in that phase : ). I had a lace phase right before….maybe they overlapped here. I have one remaining lace painting on and old window left, check out the ‘animals’ tab on the left side of this page, it’s a giant whale! It might say sold….but she hasn’t picked it up for like 5 months and I never got paid….so if someone’s interested it can be yours!
Also check the fruit and vegetable tab for the rest of my produce series. Cheers!
So I can share it with you all now : ).
This is Lua, the dog of a friend of mine. They had so many great photos to choose from, but we ended up going with this one because the lighting on the face was fabulous! I loved how great I could see the eye and fully capture it. The towel we decided to change colors to make it more exciting.
I’ll keep posting them as they get given, so sit tight!
I also added a bunch of paintings to the different categories listed down the left side of the page, check them out!
A friend of mine posted a picture of her little girl at the grocery store reaching for bubbles and I just had to paint it! And it’s been received so the reveal is happening today. See, I have been painting : ) .
Here’s the photo:
Another week of working on Christmas commissions, but I snuck a peak at my favorite in-progress chunk of the current painting. The grand reveal probably wont be till after Christmas, hang in there!
Still not impressed? Here’s a double shadow on an 8×8! ::wink:: This was was really entertaining because of all the negative space in the shadows, I LOVE that! Although I did simplify it a bit, there are lots of parts to a bicycle. What a fun series. Maybe I’ll do a larger one in the future, so I can get a bit more detailed. That’s half the fun with these small canvases though, ‘suggesting’ things so your eye fills in the rest.
Here’s all of them side by side:
Bummed you missed out on the last painting? Fear not! There are a few more of these bikers coming! I found a few other pictures of bikers and their shadows on the morguefile website, this is the second. Still fun, wish I could get the photo to tilt a little, that would be a cool angle. Also wondered if I should play with different colors at all, but I thought they’d be a cool set together if they end up that way : ).
On another note, remember that electronics series I was doing for my husband’s office? Well, he brought home more pieces for me to set up and paint, so look forward to some more (un-recognizable-to-the-unversed-in-electronics-man) of those.
This was so fun! Today’s lesson with the girls was adding visual energy to your composition – deep stuff right?- and one of the girls found a sweet picture of bike shadows. Which got me thinking. As we studied it together and dreamed of different ways to ‘enhance’ the visual energy I got so jazzed and had to do one myself. The reference photo came from morguefile, where the images are free to use for whatever. I modified this one a bit, I thought this angle looking down on the biker and the shadow being the main focus was more interesting. I have a feeling there will be more of these guys to come. Yay!
Scored a bunch of 10inx10in frames on black friday, my one stop that day. : ) I just wanted to show you all how nice they look in frames.
Browse through my categories down the left column if you’re looking for gifts this season.
Here’s a painting I did a month or so ago that was just gifted so I can post it now! A sweet proposal for a housewarming gift.
Guys! I’ve been painting a lot, but they’re all Christmas orders so I’m not posting them yet just in case they get discovered early. But here’s an oldie-but-a-goodie from a while ago:
Kale | Acrylic on canvas | 30x48in | $360
Mr. Kale has been very popular, but no one has snatched it up yet! It could be you. Have a big space in your home to fill?