Posts Tagged ‘sunflowers’

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Sunflower Card

August 30, 2018

Sunflowers – Watercolor on 140# Cold Press Paper – 4″ x 6″

So I had been working on some watercolors getting prepared for an upcoming workshop, it was raining outside and we have friends (husband and wife) for whom we had birthday presents to deliver. Combine those factors and I made this birthday card (my wife wrote the greeting in the card as her contribution). Small but it worked. Took the wife a few moments before she realized it was an original painting.

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Flowers in the Can and Flowers in a Pot

June 20, 2018

Flowers in the Can – Oil on Canvas Panel – 16″ x 8″

Twice a year, Rockford holds ArtScene, an event intended to showcase the works of area artists. The event runs Friday and Saturday from late afternoon through the evening. One challenge is that generally 35 to 40 venues scattered around the city host artists. Another of the difficulties is that the event gets very little useful notice or promotion from the local media (sorry, but a photo in the Sunday paper or a short film clip on the Saturday late news, does not help). A few artists post invitations to their friends, but attendance is spotty.

The most recent event was challenging and we knew before the event started. Weather was predicted to be rainy and cold, not conducive for folks that might attempt to visit multiple venues. Rather than risk sitting around all weekend doing nothing, I decided to use a portion of my space to place a small Still Life display, set up my French Easel and create a painting during the event. I thought that my painting demonstration might stir up interest in my art and perhaps result in an off-the-easel sale. The painting, Flowers in the Can (above) was created Friday night. It was so much fun that I tackled the larger, Flowers in a Pot (below) on Saturday night (close to finish on Saturday, but needed a few finishing touches at home).

As any plein air artist knows, painting in public leaves one very vulnerable to comments. Several people did not realize that I had the display set up and wondered if I was making these paintings up out of my imagination. One person asked if I was painting in watercolors. I replied that these were oils, her response was that she felt that I should be painting in acrylics.  There were additional interesting comments, but I will refrain from sharing at this time.

Slow weekend. No sales, but I did walk away with two good paintings from the event. I plan to paint again at the next ArtScene this October. Hopefully to more favorable financial results.

 

Flowers in a Pot – Oil on Canvas Panel – 24″ x 12″

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Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3

November 9, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3 – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

I grew some Sunflowers in the garden this year. Always a treat for the many songbirds that visit. One morning, I noticed that a squirrel had damaged a stem on one of the plants. The branch drooped and the blossoms did not look to good. Decided to cut and trim the branch and bring the blossoms into the house. I figured we might get a few hours out of the group.

Within a couple hours, the blossoms were back up and looking good. I decided to use them for a painting. Started this late in the day and was unable to finish the painting. Almost wiped out the work because the blossoms were all on the same plane and facing my light source. I decided to think about it overnight.

The next day was nice and I went out to paint en plein air. It was almost two days before I was able to get back to this painting By then, time and nature intervened. The blossoms sagged a bit and gave me alternation for the design. I incorporated the changes. Happy with the outcome.

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Sunflowers in Coffee Pot

June 18, 2017

Sunflowers in Coffee Pot – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Started this as a lesson for my Saturday morning painters. I wanted them to see an example of using complimentary colors to make a painting “Pop”. Purple in the background and used in the shadow areas of the flowers help to tie the work together.

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Sunflower Study, Pitcher and Pears, and Candles

May 9, 2017

Sunflower Study November 19 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

These are three of the paintings I created as demonstrations for my Saturday Oil painting class. We are all working from the same set up. I work on my paintings for a few, approximately fifteen, minutes, then take a break to move around and assist students with their works. As they take a break from their work to check out my progress, some interesting conversations and lessons get quick discussion. My students seem to thrive on appreciation of the differences in our approaches.

Pitcher and Pears December 3 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Candles for Christmas 2016 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

 

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Fall 2016 – Studies for Oil Class

December 26, 2016
Sunflower Study November 19 - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 6"

Sunflower Study November 19 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

I host an oil painting class on Saturday mornings. To help students, I start paintings along with them in order to help the students be comfortable with the early stages (and foibles) of the rough sketch and block in stages to their works. After the basics are in place, I move around to help the students get their works “on track” and feel more comfortable and content with their efforts. Often, my ‘starts” get wiped off of the canvas panels once I get home. Occasionally, my starts are encouraging and exciting enough that I will finish the works either in class or once I gt back to my studio. These are four of the works which received the nod this past semester.

Pitcher and Pears December 3 - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 6"

Pitcher and Pears December 3 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Candles for Christmas 2016 - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 6"

Candles for Christmas 2016 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Package and Ornaments December 17 - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Package and Ornaments December 17 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″