Thursday, July 9, 2009

Farmer's Market

Farmer"s Market 24" X 18" Oil on Canvas

Its funny how certain subjects dictate a certain size. For me the sunflower dictates large. Its such a commanding flower that requires space and attention. That is why this painting was done on a larger canvas; 24" X 18"

This was painted from a photo I took in Chicago during one of their many farmer's markets. There was this long row of these outstanding sunflowers! I modified it from the photos slightly only for compostition sake.

I am working on trying to loosen up my painting style. I concentrated on value and color in this composition and left out a lot of the detail I would have normally put in. I am hoping to capture the light and the feeling of this farmer's market by placement of values and color. I also tried to slow down my painting and to calculate each brush stroke. So each stroke has a purpose. That is so hard to do! I am so used to get right in there and painting away sometimes not realizing what I'm painting. Painting more deliberately, I made less mistakes and used less paint brushes. I also really tried to keep to a specific palate of colors. I am still not used to mixing colors ahead of time and found myself mixing paint with my brushes.

Below are images of my process. I thought this would be a good learning experience for myself to, to see how I progress and where I am going. I thought you may enjoy these photos too.

Finished Piece

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Garden Wall

"Garden Wall" 16" X 14" Acrylic on Masonite

This was a painting I did a couple of weeks ago during the Milford Garden Walk. Local artists were painting in the featured gardens that were on the tour. I started it there as a plein air, but threating weather and rain drops forced me to finish in my studio. I was sort of glad. I am so out of sorts painting plein air because I do not do it enought. It was so hot that day and my acrylics were drying faster than I could use them. Of course I forgot my spray bottle to keep them wet. Anyway the finished piece was a success and the garden owner purchased it!