It’s been cold and gray and wet. I’ve been working on some paintings for a workshop I’m taking that have not been to my taste or style. All dark backgrounds and chiaroscuro effect still lifes. It was getting me down a bit. I decided I needed to paint something small and bright and cheerful to get out of my funk. This is the way I like my tulips best, not standing straight and tight like regimented soldiers but open and blowzy and bright. I feel better now. :) You can see close-ups or buy it at Daily Paintworks. 6×6 oil on panel.
This is Daydreamer, 8″x8″ on gallery wrapped canvas. I really enjoyed painting this. There is just something very satisfying and almost interactive about painting people. Do I talk to my paintings? Maybe, when no one is around to hear. Do they talk back? If they did, I wouldn’t tell! Daydreamer can be purchased here and you can zoom in on it there, too.
I’m sure this man is checking his email or checking his contacts for a phone number. He isn’t using Google maps. I’m sure he isn’t lost and even more sure that he will not be asking anyone for directions. I noticed him during my wanderings through Iceland for this month’s Virtual Paintout. He is currently on auction with a starting bid of $30. Well, the painting is, not the man.
I was accepted into Julia Kay’s Portrait Party and it has been so much fun picking out people to draw or paint and seeing the drawings that others do of me. I’ve only uploaded a couple of drawings so far but I’ve almost finished up a small painting and will be adding that, soon. I had to make a Flickr account to join, since i had inadvertently deleted my old one when I deleted my old yahoo groups account. I don’t like Flickr’s changes since i used it last! It will take some getting used to. LInking to my friends at Paint Party Friday.
For this month’s Virtual Paintout I wandered the streets of Detroit. I saw lots of derelict buildings. Lots. Sometimes, those can be good subjects for painting but these were mostly very large buildings that I didn’t think would work well for the small format I wanted to do this month. And the sheer number of them made me a little sad. I was beginning to think I might just skip this month’s paintout. Finally, I spotted a yellow hat. A yellow hat in front of a pink building. On a figure in an interesting pose. A figure who would fit perfectly on a little 5×7 panel. Done!
July was a little rough around here and I didn’t get much painting done. I did, barely, get this painting finished for Virtual Paintout’s July location of Charleston, South Carolina. Berlin’s, oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″. It’s been a while since I painted on canvas but I had the size canvas I wanted and didn’t have a panel that size, so canvas it was. If I had had any idea of how July was going to play out, I’d have stuck with the little panels I’ve been using for the paintout instead of going larger. Anyway, on to Detroit, Michigan for August.
A couple of weeks ago, the challenge at Daily Paintworks was to go on a virtual vacation with Google Maps and paint that location. I’m always a bit late to the party, but I did have my virtual vacation. It just took me a long time to decide on a place and then choose a spot! I chose Hoy, in the Orkney Islands. It was beautiful! I loved the mountains (not something you see here in Louisiana!) , the fields and the moody skies. I thought this was the perfect spot to set up my easel and paint. This is 12″ x 6″, oil on gessoboard panel. To zoom in on it, you can go here and hover over the photo.