Peppers are great to light. They are translucent with deep, rich color. I think I need to paint more of them.
Another variation on the scallions. Although this particular painting experienced a more decidedly exciting experience of flying across the room and landing on its face. My painting knife caught it in just the right spot, and whif! The thought of it is mortifying, but in fact, I have seen many painting accidents out on location as well as in the studio, and the paintings fare very well. I still have to get the paint out of the carpet though.
I made an Asian soup this weekend, and ended up with half a bunch of left over scallions. The challenging part of this painting was showing the highlight of the tips of the scallions against the delicate warm pink. The strong simplicity of the composition really works here.
I had a great time painting with Becoming Independent artist, Anna Johnson. We painted a couple times together in Julliard Park, creating work as part of an exhibit entitled "OUT THERE". It will be a great collection of art work featuring both the BI artists as well as other artists from the community. Of the two paintings that I created in the park with Anna, this is my favorite.
Gallery of Sea and Heaven
July 30 - September 24, 2011
Artist Reception - July 30, 5 - 7 pm
312 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 12-5 pm
I acquired this nest from a tree in our back yard, just off the patio, and just near our bedroom window where a pair of house finches (gray with soft red bellies) sang the most exquisite bird arias that you could imagine. I really questioned the birds' reasoning for building their nest so low to the ground, actually about 10 feet up the trunk of the tree, and, no, it was not high enough to keep my cat, Sugar Boy, from his natural curiosity. The birds got away, escaping Sugar Boy's clutches, but they don't live here any more, and I miss them.
The cherries reappear in a small blue bowl that I have had forever. I love how the knife leaves its impression in the paint, and the swirly lines that it creates.
You can see that the paintings that I am posting are now up for auction! Yes, I have joined an artist community that has art friendly auctions, a place that provides me, the artist with another avenue to show and sell my small works.
I am inspired. My friend, Tamra Sanchez, got me going again on the Daily Paintings. My goal is to post two to three paintings a week. Another new opportunity for me is to post the work to an auction where my small works can be fought over and purchased. (Smile).
More on that soon.
The challenging part of this painting were the values. The cherries are those black-red kind, the goat is white and in shadow, though not quite as light as the cloth sitting in the light. FUN.
Luminous Color Explorations