Friday, July 20, 2012

A Weeks Worth of Paintings

I thought I would post a few paintings I have painted this week. I actually did this one yesterday.
One of my favorite artists and teachers, Kevin Macphearson, says in his book, Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light and Color, to do 100 "starts" of paintings. He explains in his book that this is just a beginning of a painting. There is no detail just shapes with the base colors with the lightest lights and the darkest darks. At this point you don't finish the painting or lay in any details. This is what I did in this painting above. As you see in the reference photo there are many details and I have chosen to crop the photo to fit on my 6x6 canvas size.  I think this will be a good exercise for me because I tend to fiddle way to much on my paintings. I paint from the image on my iPad in Filterstorm app and blur the image and paint the shapes. Surprisingly it looks like something after the "start" is finished. Then if I have a good start then maybe I will have a better chance of getting a good painting. I have a really hard time stopping though. He wants you to stop and don't finish the paintings. It's just for the practice.

I posted this one of the "Itty Bitty Berry Picker" on FB so some of you might have seen her. I am going to try and paint little children but not their faces. I am not ready for that yet. This one was from an inspiration photo I found. It's just on canvas material because it's a practice painting.
This one was from a still life that my art buddies and I set up in my studio to paint. It is very blue-- Old Holland Caribbean Blue that is! And it looks nothing like the still life. The still life, as you see below, had material for the background and lots of folds and shadows. I decided I have a new policy--I DON'T PAINT FOLDS! Well...never say never I guess. It's just a shape so what the big woop.
 As you see I had quite a different interpretation.

Below is a interesting one and it also is just on canvas material (no panel) because it's just a practice start but I got way carried away and painted the house red.
It looked easy to paint but it wasn't easy. I fiddled way too much and it was only suppose to be a start.

And one last thing... I was very excited this week because Daily Paintworks picked this painting to be one of their picks of the day on their Facebook page. I felt like I had died and gone to oil paint heaven. Here it is.

One last know I just have to use my stamps and try to 
make these oil painting have a grungy mixed media look (it's so much easier with acrylics) so I stamped this pear that I had painted several weeks ago with my Harlequin stamp. The painting has to be dry to stamp on it with oil paint. That takes patience. I am learning patience as I learn to oil paint. 

If you would like to see more paintings please visit my Fine Art Website.

And also... Happy Birthday Lori!!

See y'all later---maybe next Friday I will post again and show you what I have done. 

11 comments: said...

I LOVE reading your blog. You have inspired me to try some really fun things with my painting. Thank you so much for sharing:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

teri said...

Really enjoyed seeing all of these.

Gina Sismilich said...

I like your paintings very much - they are full of texture. Haven't attempted oil paints - but I love what you are doing with them!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Your paintings are always so eloquent and it's a treat to get to see the photos you used to paint them.

jgr said...

They all look great and I especially like the last one
with the stamp.

lori vliegen said...

"a weeks worth of paintings"......and a weeks worth of fabulous-eye-candy-artwork!!! i LOVE every single one of your paintings, even in their beginning blurry stages they're fantastic! and a big shout-out woo-hoo for having your artwork featured over at daily paintworks......they know genius when they see it!! xoxo
p.s. thanks for the b'day're the best!! xo

Introverted Art said...

Love them all Martha. They are absolutely beautiful.

Marie aka Grams said...

Martha, your paintings are wonderful. So great to see your progress in oils. Hope your summer has been a complete success.

Jean M. said...

Beautiful, Martha:)

fran p. said...

Just so beautiful, Martha! Love all of them, but especially the berry picker....your perseverance is certainly working for you! You may struggle with oil paints but from my eye they are perfect! Your art has certainly expanded...good for have worked very hard! But what a wonderful way to "work!". Will look forward to more of your artwork!!!

Fannie said...

Beautiful works, love your values and textures. Thanks for sharing, Martha! Enjoy your day.


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