Monday, December 31, 2012

Glazed Vase in Window Light

Another small 'daily painting' from a photograph.  I'd like to paint still life subjects from life, but as I've mentioned before, I don't have much in the way of vases and flowers at the moment.  Of course,still life doesn't have to be just flowers, but for now a photograph will do.  I wanted to keep the brushes moving.  Over the holidays I don't have the excuse of 'too busy to paint', so it's time to PAINT!

This is a 6" x 8" canvas panel painted in about an hour or so.  I like the vase; I think I captured the feeling of the glazed earthy finish pretty well.  The flowers...well not so much.  I was intrigued by the strong window light striking only the lower left quadrant of the arrangement, leaving the upper right in shadow, but I didn't quite get what I wanted.  I may come back to work on those a bit when the paint has set up.  For now, it will do. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Abandoned Cabin - Study

This is an abandoned cabin among a group of abandoned structures near La Grange, CA.  I have no idea what this cluster of structures once was, but there are clearly some industrial buildings.  Anyway, I'd like to paint several of the buildings from the photographs I took there.  The cabin is the first that I've tried.  I decided to do a quick study first because I wanted to try painting the sunlit background and the dappled light first before diving into a bigger canvas.  This is 6" x 8".

Cabin near La Grange  6x8 oil on canvas study

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rainy Day in the Studio

I had previously started this small painting on one of those days when inspiration and motivation were both on holiday.  I just found a photo and forced myself to start.  I worked on it for about 1 1/2 hours and then left it unfinished.  Today the rain was pouring down so I went out to the Studio to putter.  This painting was still sitting there, so I mixed up a few colors and spent about an hour finishing it up.

Silver Teapot  9" x 12" oil on canvas panel.