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Category: Still Life
Still life paintings in oil and acrylic, including the Food on the Table series.
It is time for roses to show their pretty faces. We visited the Portland Rose Garden last weekend and WOW! everything was blooming and the place was crowded with families enjoying the scents, sights, and water fountains. I took numerous pictures!
This is what looks like an American Beauty climbing a brick wall.
This four-panel polyptych was created in the motor home while my daughter practiced. If you walk by the paintings, you’ll see them shimmer because they are made with iridescent oil sticks and a touch of oil pastel.
All four panels are for sale together and come framed in black lacquered wood. Each panel is signed. Hang them in any arrangement you like.
Due to the number of practices and rehearsals I must sit through, I had to find a way to continue painting away from home. Since my only car is still a motorhome, I can paint on location!
But instead of using thinner, oil, brushes, etc., I use oil sticks on small boards. This greatly reduces the potential for spillage and mess. And I can quickly stash it all away.
I broke the rules this week for the Different Strokes Challenge. I wasn’t interested in painting the entire sculpture; too much detail. I prefer a closer crop. The subject is of a marble sculpture of one of the goddess Diana’s companions, a nymph and her hound.
First I painted a transparent background with thinned oil paint, then used the brush to block in the lightest values of the sculpture. Then added in the darkest values. Then I worked the middle value. To add more depth, I went back to each value with thicker paint and hue variation. I chose not to pencil in the figure…just not in the mood!
If I remember that the subject is a set of light and dark planes, then I am not intimidated by the details and subject likeness to the point where I must painstakingly draw it first.
In anticipation of summer and dreaming of Provence, I have painted a commissioned work of sunflowers and poppies.
This work required a color scheme I often do not paint in, so I mixed the colors exactly before beginning. This method helped produced a work that is a bit different from my normal portrait or landscape. The warmer palette was a joy to paint with and seemed to keep my insides warm while working!
Delivering the painting and getting it hung in just the right spot was fun. It did indeed match the new table and wall colors. I am honored that it will hang next to children’s art.
Comment from the new owner:
“I have been enjoying one of Pam’s paintings hanging in my living room for a couple of years now. After giving my kitchen and dining nook a “makeover,” I decided I needed a piece of art to finish it off and bring in some color, and I had something very specific in mind. I took my ideas to Pam. She was a joy to work with, and took my thoughts about a theme and color palette and interpreted it with her own touch of whimsy to deliver a painting that is really just perfect for the light and the space. I am so happy with it!”
From now until March 15, 2009, I’ll have 10 pieces exhibiting at Bombs Away Cafe in the back dining room. Eight of the works will be the Food on the Table Series of 12×12 canvases depicting some favorite foods.
The other two are are larger work; one of the Santiam River, painted en plain air last summer, and one of Poppies and Sunflowers (see previous post).
In preparation for a commission to be done of sunflowers and poppies, I’ve created a larger piece to see how I might handle the subject matter. What is it about flowers that I find so difficult? I supposed like all else in life, practice makes perfect.
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Stay tuned for more and better renditions of sunflowers and poppies.
Here’s another subject from the Different Strokes project. I didn’t want to wait the 2 weeks we’re allotted for this one, since I had a few hours free.
If you don’t have a windowsill, flowers, and a meditating buddha to provide a bit of peace, try a painting. The right painting in a location you can contemplate it can be as healing as any other method you’ve tried.
Wednesday is Different Strokes day ~ my the weeks are passing quickly. Fall is here and so are the pumpkins. Karin Jurick introduced miniture, white pumpkins today as our weekly subject. This provided the opportunity to add another still life to my food on the table series.
These paintings are 12×12 on gallery edged canvas, painted in acrylic. They are striking all hanging together…the purple, blue, and red are straight out of the tube with little mixing, adding a bit of vibration to the eye’s reaction.
The triptych I did using the same color scheme and layout has now become a quad-iptych (spelling hint anyone?). It is part of my Food on the Table series.
I have been slowly working on this Ratatouille still life since the holidays and feel it is finally done.
The ingredients never did get cooked up for dinner, so I’ll buy them again.
When all four are hanging on the wall, they create quite a presence in the room. A kitchen or dining room (including some restaurants I know) will be brighted up with these 12×12 canvases. In this orientation, they fill a medium sized wall. If your wall needs horizontal or vertical space filled, they can be rearranged.
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