Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Onward with the Auctions!

"Pretty in Pink"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas
$1 Auction

An oldie-but-goodie from what I kinda think of as my "reflective glass surface" period. I guess it was spring 2012? I was really into placing my still life setups on these large pieces of glass. Before and since, I've had other obsessions periods: colored bottles, skulls, colored papers....Chinese lanterns....

You can check out all of this week's $1 Auctions here!

Monday, May 26, 2014

One Dollar Auction Week!

 "A Sunny Mix" 
6 x 6 inches, oil on canvas

Well, I've done it before, and I'll do it again. One dollar Auction Week! (Ooh, click that "before" link for a breath of autumn air. I felt a pleasant Fall chill looking back at those pieces. Must be some kind of mutant synesthesia.

Here's yesterday's offering, an old favorite that needs a new home. I've always really loved this painting - I think it was the first time I painted blueberries?!

 "Blueberries and Water"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

This oil sketch kicked off the week, for those of you who weren't paying attention on Saturday. (I, too, like to ignore my inbox for days at a time, and always feel guilty about it). Having a father who is a musician, I feel this would be the perfect Father's Day gift, but perhaps the musician in your life is a son or a sister?

"The Little Violin"
9 x 5 inches, oil on Arches oil paper

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mirror, Mirror

20 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

I worked on this painting from a live model for two three-hour sessions, and then beat my head against the wall tweaked it for another whole day in the studio with a photo before calling it finished.  I do not like working back into dry paintings - which I had to do on this one, since the model sessions were a week apart. I also do not like working from photos/memory, which I had to do in order to finish the head. Oh well. I was willing to suffer these discomforts because I liked what I was seeing emerge. If it weren't for those stripes, and the mirrored reflection I would have thrown up my hands and wiped it.

Becoming too attached to one lovely passage of a painting-in-progress can lead to over-preciousness, anxiety, and continued commitment to works that should be given up as lost causes. I hope to present this as an example of an attachment to several small details that made me persevere when otherwise I might have thrown in the towel prematurely.

And, for better or worse, this painting is finished now. Here's a progression: the first two images from the initial model session, and the second two from the following week. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


"Upright (sketch)"
10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

 Spoiler alert: it's going to be a figure-friendly week here on Sedwick Studio. These two are Zornies: above, a 50 minute sketch, and below, my start on a 14x11" larger version.  I love this pose: it's simple, yet infinitely expressive.  

Work-in-progress, approx. 90 minutes
14x11 inches, oil on canvas

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Painting, Out and About

  "Three Bottles (sketch)" 
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Woah, this post is a throwback. I did just resist the urge to #hashtag that, by the way. Being behind on posting is not a bad thing, really -  more work than time to blog is a problem I'm never unhappy to have!
 Two weeks ago, I was whiling away a lovely Saturday, painting at the Gallery at the Watershed, and chatting with some lovely people. I even got drawn, myself, by a young artist who brought a sketchbook to my demo. Loved that! 

The above is my sketch from the day, which I actually painted after the larger piece below. There's nothing like being warmed up! (I seem to say that a lot these days.) 

"Three Bottles, at the Gallery"
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I Get A Cooking Lesson

 "Three Turnips"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

I bought these out of boredom. Boredom with Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and yes, even Cauliflower. Produce section fatigue. I took a chance on these Turnips - and they were delicious - but while battling the intimidation of cooking a new vegetable, I thought I'd warm up to them through paint.

I loved these colors! I had to stop myself from buying more this morning (I have some commissions I need to work on, no time for Turnips!) 

We ate them sliced thinly, in garlicky spinach pesto pasta. I highly recommend!

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Shortest Mother's Day Recap Ever!

 "Red Cabbage (sketch)"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

I had a lovely Mother's Day, spending time with family and friends, and, of course, painting! Now it's Monday, and my week is off to a great start with a model session already under my belt. (Also lunch - lunch is under there too.)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pensive: A new, loose figure painting.

14 x 11 inches, oil on canvas

Here's my work from Tuesday night. After painting LARGE for a few days, I attacked this one with big brushes and came out with a very loose effect, which I like - though I admit, it's different from my usual approach to the figure.

Here's a progression (click to see it bigger):

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Red Violin

"The Red Violin"
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

Getting looser with the instruments! I decided I had to have some deep, rich blue to go with those oranges and golds, and it worked just the way I'd hoped it would. In fact, I have a much larger variation on this color scheme threatening to topple off my easel right now... I guess its tender legs aren't used to the strain of such a big canvas!

 "The Red Violin (sketch)"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

 Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Music in My Blood

11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas

I added a few things to this still life between painting the sketch and the finish. With so many dramatic horizontals in the composition, I needed something to break it up - enter my Chinese Lanterns and a handmade ceramic vase. The sinuous shapes and shiny surfaces of the instruments are so inspiring to me right now, but they aren't exactly organic. I wanted a little organic energy in the larger piece. Just a touch.

You can read about my sketch (on the left, below) - and how I came by these lovely instruments - in my last post.

It's surprising that this is my first instrument-painting-foray. I don't own any instruments, I don't play - or even read - music, but I've been around music my whole life. My father is a professional cellist, and I have good memories of being parked in an opulent concert hall during rehearsals with my sketchbook and pen, and only the distant music and my eight-or-nine-year-old self for company.

When asked why I never started to play, my answer comes pretty readily: I never needed another hobby as a young person. I was drawing and painting all the time! 

I still don't regret not learning to play, but I treasure all my memories of being backstage (and in front of the stage), watching my father play in the orchestra.