Friday, June 29, 2012

Zinnias 2

I darkened the background of the zinnia painting and worked the glass jar a little more.  I could probably add more but I think I'll move on and try another.  I've been motivated to try still life after spending time on Lisa Daria and Carol Marine's blogs.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pink Zinnias

5x7 oil on canvas panel
After growing weary of trying to paint a boat scene and wiping it off two times over the last couple of days, I decided to do peruse my art books, videos and finally do a still life. 
I got out one of my art books, Oil Painting, The Workshop Experience  by Ted Goerschner and mixed grays for about an hour.  If you aren't familiar with this book, I highly recommend it especially for new artists like me.   

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tiki Bar Stop

11x14 oil on stretched canvas

Look familiar?  It's from the same photo as the last post but with changes.  I took out the rubber boats that were in front and replaced it with a red boat from another photo.  I worried that my size and perspective wouldn't be correct, but I think I did it fine.  I also took out some other boats that were in the photo.  I was sharing my plan with my daughter and she was the one who suggested taking out the rubber boats.  I can always depend on my daughter's opinions to be valuable.

I have been stretching my own canvas.  First, I soaked the cotton duct canvas before stretching as I had learned from my art instructor, Florence Anderson and it worked out well.  The ones I stretched dry also seemed to be fine.  The employees at Dick Blick Art Store said that they never soaked them first, but thought that that was probably a good idea.  They also said they sold a spray that tightens up the canvas.   Would love to know what you think from those of you who stretch your own.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

View from St. Pete Pier

8x16 oil on canvas

My husband and I made a visit to the St. Pete Pier before they tear it down.  I painted from a photo.  I find such pleasure doing scenes with many spots of color.   I used brushes and palette knives on this one.  I enjoyed working on canvas.  Dick Blick, which fortunately for me is in my city, is having a big sale.  I'm looking forward to getting more canvas.  I haven't made up my mind if I am going to try and stretch my own canvas yet.  I invite any info on your preferences.