Monday, May 4, 2015

Windows Rolled Down














Oil on gesso board 5" x 7"

Thought I had taken on too hard of a subject
with this one...a lot of detail. I stuck with
it and finished it in about 4 hours.
This subject reminded me of the song by
Amos Lee, "Windows Rolled Down" and driving
around in a vintage car in the summer months
with the car windows down.

Monday, April 27, 2015

It Gets My Goat

















6" x 6" oil on gesso board

Loved the reference photo of this goat
standing in the sunshine with her floppy
white ears. Goats are so playful but can
be so mischieveous. I understand they can
really cause havac if you don't have the
right fencing to keep them contained.
Had fun painting this portrait.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Container Ship














8" x 10" oil on gesso board

We usually have one or two container ships
that come into the port each week for
repairs, fuel, or supplies. I liked the
reflections off the water of the red color
of the ship in the port this day which was
very calm.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Port Angeles














8" x 10" oil on gessoboard

Painted the city of Port Angeles from Ediz Hook
looking south. A friend suggested I paint Port
Angeles, this is what I think of when I think of
my town I live in. I will try to do others in the
coming months as we get more sunshine. On
this day there was two container ships in the
port. The composition on this one is not the
greatest, but I learned more on painting in oil,
just suggest details in the distance...little
dots of paint will suggest a house or group of
buildings. A very gray but calm day, with no
rain or marine layer.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vintage Tricycle


















6" x 6" oil on gessoboard


I came across this great little vintage tricycle
on Etsy Status Dog and loved the photo of it. I asked
permission to paint it for my "practice" in painting.
I learned the importance of a good background to enhance
the subject matter. Still trying not to add every little
detail in a painting. My brain is wired for detail
so it is harder for me to do the basics, so I need
to put a time limit on my painting time.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Little Wren















5" x 7" oil on canvas

My third successful painting...some have been mediocre
and so I scraped off the paint before it dried and
tried a different subject...cute little bird and fun
subject to paint. Enjoying painting with payne's gray
and how adding various blues affect the value. Learned
just how much faster burnt sienna and "browns" dry,
so much faster than the other colors. I did
this painting in about 3 hours so I didn't have
to finish it the next day and oil in on half
dry paint.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Red Tricycle


















6" x 6" oil on gesso board

A painting I did of a vintage tricycle
I saw in a second hand store. I loved
the red and white color combination and
the memories it brought back of growing
up in this time period when they were
used by my generation.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Just Practice



















This is my first attempt to paint every day. My
struggle to get in the mood to paint has taken a
different direction. I am no longer stressing about
painting that perfect painting anymore and am taking
the next 6-8 months to "just practice" the techniques
in the medium of oil. Trying to paint every day and
use smaller canvases or gessoed hardboards. Hope to
see improvement in the next few months.

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Day Break"















watercolor 18" x 20"
Prints available
e-mail: lilesart@yahoo.com

Photo reference of the pinto horse had mud
on the horses' fur, not a pretty photo to
paint. Decided to paint more of a texture
appearance to the horse hair and add touches
of blue in the white areas to add interest
and soften the hard edges between white
and dark areas.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dry Dock















watercolor

Inspired to paint a marine scene since I am
around the water now that I'm in Port Angeles,
Wa. Will try to do more of these to expand my
subjects, not everyone loves portraits.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Imperfections



















watercolor 12" x 13"

I have been going through my older paintings
deciding on finishing, tossing, or framing it.
Decided to finish this one and set it aside
to contemplate if I should frame it or store
it away. This painting is about our perception
of the "beautiful people" that they are perfect
in every way. We constantly judge other people,
especially those more beautiful than us. Everyone
has imperfections, visual or not. Stop judging
and concentrate on what we have in common.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dusk














pastel on wallis paper 5" x 7"


I haven't done a pastel painting in a long time and
decided to take out the pastels and play around with
different color combinations. Tried to stay away from
natural color of the subject, this one is from my
imagination about an hour from the start of my doodling
around with color combinations. I will do more soon as
this was a good exercise learning about color and just
going with your instincts.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Red Head


















9" x 12" on gesso hardboard

My third attempt at painting a portrait in oil.
I am learning about the different mediums that are
used with oils and the canvases vs hardboards. Had
some issues with this one, but I am learning from
my mistakes.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Water-based oils















8" x 10" oil (NFS)

I bought some water based oils since my art
supplies were packed away during our move and
did a practice painting of Tidor's Nagley painting
to see how the water based oils worked and study
Nagley's style. They clean up nice with just water,
but they do not have the nice buttery feel while
painting. For sketching or plein air painting,
they would work well. Drying time is about the
same as regular oils.