Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pink on the Inside

grapefruit oil painting still life by sarah sedwick
"Pink on the Inside"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Another piece from my Still Life Open Studio sessions - if you're in the Eugene/Springfield area and looking for some artists to paint or draw with, join us! Next meeting is September 8th.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cozy Cantaloupe

cantaloupe melon fruit oil painting by sarah sedwick
 "Cozy Cantaloupe"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

There are some truly tricky and subtle oranges going on in cantaloupe. I suspected as much, but I'm not sure I've tried this subject before - at least not in color!
 painting in progress cantaloupe by sarah sedwick
 As you can see, I threw pretty much everything-but-the-kitchen-sink at it, warm-color-wise: clockwise from bottom left - yellow ochre, hansa yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, titanium white, cadmium red light, cadmium red, alizarin crimson. That's a lot of tubes, for this limited palette girl! (The blues are cerulean, ultramarine, and ivory black, in case you're curious).

sarah sedwick oil painting palette

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Color Has Value

cantaloupe oil painting by sarah sedwick
"Cantaloupe Slices"
9 x 9 inches, oil on Arches oil paper

If there's one thing I say over and over again to my students, it's this: you can paint something any color you want, as long as you nail the value, it will work! 
The single most important element of realistic representational painting is value: how light or dark something is on the gray scale. And that's relative to everything else in the painting - so our goal as painters is to train our eyes to perceive that hierarchy of values. 

Sketching is great for this, but black and white oil studies are even better. You kill two birds with one stone, really - focusing on values, and also practicing your mixing and brushwork.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Three Tangelos

oil painting of oranges by Sarah Sedwick
"Three Tangelos"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

These funny looking oranges are a cross between tangerines and grapefruit. Wikipedia claims that they are "juicy at the expense of flesh." Which I think should be the alternate title of this painting, don't you?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Whidbey Island Weekend

 "Dappled Light"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

I had a FANTASTIC weekend, making my second visit to Brackenwood Gallery on Whidbey Island, Washington. (You can read about my first visit here.) 

They call these gallery visits "Artist's Salons," how lovely. And so civilized! I set my easel up outside the gallery doors and chatted with the people who strolled by all afternoon.

 Those gorgeous apples came right out of my hosts' garden on the island, and they were delicious! I know, because I ate them as soon as I was done with this painting. Farm to easel to table? More like ground to hand to mouth. But yes!


Whidbey Island is so great, and so are all the people at Brackenwood Gallery. I'm already looking forward to next year, when rumor has it, I'll be offering a workshop through Whidbey Island Fine Art Studios as well! Exciting!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Self-Portrait, With Video

 "Self-Portrait (Hopeful)"
approx. 8 x 11, oil on Arches oil paper

This self-portrait began as a demo for an online student. At the end of our session, it looked like the first image on the left - so that was about an hour-and-a-half. I worked on it for several more hours, and you can see the progression:

I really enjoy painting for my online students - it's like having excellent company in the studio, with the added bonus of having video documentation of my painting process! I edited this one down to just the block-in - it's about a 15 minute video:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Plum Parade - Now It's a Series!

 "Plum Parade"
approx. 8 x 11 inches, oil on Arches oil paper

Here it is, the one that made it a series. And my third one-dollar auction of the week! You can see the first two here and here.

All three plum paintings, in chronological order. Which is your favorite?

Left to right: "The Red Snake," "The Red Knife," and "Plum Parade," each approx. 8x11 inches.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Red Knife - Another One-Dollar Auction!

"The Red Knife"
approx 8 x 11 inches, oil on Arches oil paper
One-Dollar Auction!

Here is the second in my plums-and-strawberries series. It officially went from a "thing I'm doing" to a "series" when I painted the third installment this morning. Hopefully you'll be seeing that one soon - it still needs its highlights touched up.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Plum Line

 "Plum Line"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I painted this at Still Life Open Studios - a new project of mine, which is exactly what it sounds like: a drop-in studio session dedicated to my beloved subject, the not-your-momma's still life!

There was a LOT to choose from this week: melons, flowers, strawberries....but I seem to be on a plum kick lately, and I loved using a combination of Ivory black and Alizarin crimson to push those luscious purples as dark as could be.

Just a note: I've got a coupon code for FREE SHIPPING in my Etsy shop this month. It's AUGUST. Go figure!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's One-Dollar Auction Time!

"The Red Snake"
approx. 8 x 11 inches, oil on Arches oil paper
One-Dollar Auction!

This was kind of a demo for my Online Mentorship students, a couple of whom are working on loosening up their process this month with one-hour paintings. They are doing some incredible things! Here is a blog post one of them wrote - I promise, I'm not making her work THIS hard, she's just incredibly motivated. When I say I get as much from my students as they get from me, this is what I'm talking about. What an inspiration!

And speaking of inspiration, I had some help naming this painting. You know who you are, and thanks. ;)