Monthly Archives: January 2013

I love these antique trucks

RetiredI love antique cars and trucks. They just have so much personality. This old farm truck really caught my eye and I wanted to paint it, immediately. Robert Reid from Paint My Photo generously provided the reference photo. It is oil on 6×6 museum quality Gessoboard. I should probably have painted it a little larger, as some of the details were pretty small at this size. I had to buy a couple of smaller brushes. 🙂 I really enjoyed finding the variety of reds, purples, oranges and pinks in the old red paint.

Retired is available at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/melisa-mccurley/retired/117516   Close-ups may be seen there, as well.

I had another new painting I planned to show for Paint Party Friday, but I noticed something I’d like to change when I was about to photograph it.  That one will have to wait for next week.

 

 

It’s Bela!

BelaPlease don’t tell me you don’t know Bela. Done for the DPW Limited Movie Star Challenge. Yes, in my world, Bela counts as a movie star. 🙂 We were to use a limited palette to focus on values. I used Pthalo Blue (RS), Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Light, and Titanium White. I added a tiny bit of Ivory Black to desaturate the color, but the dark is mostly the blue and yellow mixed. I used  alizarin crimson in the halftone areas to keep things from getting boring. I thought these colors suited him.  He was so much fun to paint! I think I managed a pretty good likeness, too. 8×10, oil on museum grade gessoboard panel.

Available at my Daily Paintworks gallery, if you fancy him.

The Workman

The WorkmanI’m still feeling puny from the horrible virus but I made myself go into the art room and paint the last few days. Doing nothing is drivng me crazy, even though that’s all I feel like doing. Anyway, I finished this little portrait from a photo posted for the last week’s WDE at Wet Canvas.   I loved the purple/pink shadows on his face and that bright pink hat. I had a devil of a time getting the skintones like I wanted them! I’m happy with the results, though. 6×6, Oil on museum quality gessoboard panel. He’s available at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/melisa-mccurley/the-workman/113662

Hands

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Happy New Year my dears! Wow, last year just flew by. My word for this year is FOCUS. You can read more about that and last year’s word on my Facebook page, if you’d like. What is your word for 2013?

I’ve been working on some small paintings, because the oils take so long to dry in this Louisiana humidity. This one is 6″ x 12″ on cradled board. I’m very happy with it! It reminds me of when my son was small. I’ll be putting it up for sale soon. You can watch my Facebook page for that announcement, if you are interested.

I’ve caught some kind of bug for the new year, which is making me fall behind in just about everything. It’s frustrating, because I want to paint but just haven’t felt up to it. But I’m making plans on what to paint next and that is fun, too. Happy Paint Party Friday!

ETA: For some reason, my OpenID credentials are not currently working on Blogger based blogs so unless you allow Name/URL comments, I probably won’t be able to comment on your blog this week.

ETA: This is now available for  sale at  Daily Paintworks.