Thursday, April 30, 2015

Citrus Catch-Up

"Orange on Yellow"
8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas
I painted this a few weeks ago, when I was working with this set-up. Somehow it slipped through the cracks and never got blogged. So here it is! No statute of limitations in painting.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mindful Mixing

 "Limited Palette Lemons"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas
Sold, demo painting

I just wrapped up the inaugural session of a brand new workshop called "Mindful Mixing." It's kind of a blend of color theory with my existing still life workshop exercises.

We started off with a complimentary color painting. Learning to see color as By painting an all-white still life using No. White. 

Here's my demo, painted with Hansa yellow and Dioxazine purple:

By the end of the workshop, we were doing full-spectrum paintings using only three tubes plus white. My lemon demo above was painted using only Alizarin crimson, Cadmium yellow, and Cerulean blue. Can you believe I got the bowl to feel that deep deep blue using only Cerulean? 

Here are some shots from the weekend, including incredible student work:

I'll be teaching Zorn palette portrait at Oregon Art Supply this weekend - there are still spots open. Mindful Mixing will be run again soon - so sign up for their mailing list for information on that! Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Oklahoma City: A Tornado of Paint!

 "Crimson Radishes"
8x8 inches, oil on canvas
Sold, demo painting

I took my still life show on the road again this month, traveling to Oklahoma City to teach my second workshop at The Conservatory for Classical Art.
We did a TON of painting - from ten minute paintings to ten stroke paintings. We painted eggs, we painted tea, we painted peppers, radishes, cantaloupe... pretty much the whole produce department.

I had a blast. Already looking forward to heading back in September to teach Zorn Palette Portrait.

 "Lemon Tea in OKC"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas
Sold, demo painting

What a fabulous group! Thanks for painting with me.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Saying More With Less...And What I'm Up To This Weekend

9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Here is a nude from several weeks ago, painted guessed it - the Zorn palette! I tried really hard not to overwork any part of this painting - often it's more difficult to say more with less than to take an area and work in every little detail. I'm extremely pleased with the variety of flesh tones happening in this one.

Here's an in-progress shot, on Facebook. You can see how small tweaks to the face make a huge difference in expression.

I'm in Oklahoma City this weekend, teaching a still life workshop at The Conservatory for Classical Art. You can follow my adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two Portrait Demos

9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Here are my two demos from the last round of Zorn Palette Portrait at Oregon Art Supply. They each took about two hours to complete. Here's a roundup of the previous session.

If you'd like to explore this uniquely-portrait-suited palette, I've got a TWO DAY Zorn workshop coming up May 2nd & 3rd. You can read all the info here.

"Lindsey With Earrings"
11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Splatter Paint!

"The Speckled Dish" 
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

To achieve the speckled effect on this little ceramic dish, I first modeled the form, including the highlights, then I loaded up my brush with runny paint, hauled off and flicked it at the canvas. You can see how it looked at that point here.

Of course, I had to take care of all that before painting anything else, going against my usual method of bringing the whole painting together at once, never finishing any one area before moving on.