Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day 18 -30 Day Challenge

8 x 10 oil on gessobord

Dusk on the Canal

The reference photo of these boats was so dark it
was very hard to make out the shapes and colors of
the scene. I use a free photo editing site that is
called BeFunky. It is great for adding text,
fixing colors and exposure, but mostly for fixing
a photo that is a little tilted. My challenge to
myself was to paint loose and delete details. My
brain is wired to love detail. Hard to paint
loose for me. Spent a few days on this one.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Day 14- 30 In 30 Days Challenge

8 x 8 oil on gessobord

A challenge to myself to paint wave crashing on the rocks
and try to show movement in the waves.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Day 12- 30 In 30 Days Challenge

8 x 10 oil on gessobord

This challenge to myself was more about brush work
than detail, complicated composition or a verity
of colors.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Day 11 30 In 30 Days Challenge

6 x 6 oil on gessobord

Land Bridge

This painting was done mostly with palette knives.
I was so frustrated with my first attempt on a
completely different subject, scraped it off and
decided to still use the scrapped paint on a
subject I pulled out of my head from my many
travels. Mistakes can be a stepping stone.
Challenge blog: Leslie Saeta

Day 10-- 30 In 30 Day Challenge

8 x 8 oil on gessobord

"Orange Sauce"

This one was from a photo I took as we were
finishing our lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant
and the sun was streaming in through the window
and across the table. I love to paint the effects
of sunshine on objects. My challenge was to capture
the warmth and reflections.
Challenge blog: Leslie Saeta

Monday, January 9, 2017

Day 9 - 30 In 30 Day Challenge

8 x 8 oil on gessobord

Pretty In Pink

Challenge blog: Leslie Saeta

This is a painting from a free stock reference photo,
though changed by me for a better composition and values,
which was the challenge to myself to not just copy everything.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Day 8- 30 in 30 days challenge

8 x 10 oil on gessobord

Challenge blog: Leslie Saeta

My challenge to myself was painting snow with foliage.
Not always an easy task in keeping the snow white and
make it look real.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Day 7- 30 in 30 day challenge

7 x 7 oil on gessobord

Challenge participants Leslie Saeta blog

I visited Victoria, B.C., Canada this summer taking many
photos of the area. A few inspired me enough to want to
paint. A street scene looks simple to paint at first, but
there is so much detail with buildings, people, ect,
you have to edit out everything that is not important. I
need to do this even more in future ones.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Day 5- 30 In 30 Days Challenge

8 x 10 oil on gessobord

30 in 30 challenge Leslie Saeta blog.

I received a new color, bright blue, in the mail
the other day so was excited to use it in a painting.
It is full of tint, holding its brightness with white.
I use WN, Williamsburg, Utrecht, Grumbacher professional
grade and Gamblin. This new color is Utrecht.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Day 4- 30 in 30 Days Challenge

8 x 8 oil on gesso board

30 in 30 day challenge Leslie Saeta Blog

I painted this to learn how to make objects, such
as the rocks in the stream to appear underwater.
The secret is all in the shadows and lighter colors.
I scrapped more paint off this one than I usually
do and rearranged the rocks for a better composition.
This is a learning challenge, not to have

Monday, January 2, 2017

Day 3- 30 in 30 Days

8 x 10 Acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper
"Meadow Hedge"

I am participating in the 30 paintings in 30 days
on Leslie Saeta's blog. I missed the first two days
but hope to post a painting each day.
This painting was from memory of my area of a beautiful
meadow in the late afternoon. I had fun applying the
layers of paint and as each dried too fast for me.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Day 29 - Incoming Tide

oil on gessobord
8 x 10

I have not painted for a few days for the
30 day challenge, I had other orders from
my Etsy shop to get in the mail. I tried
another seascape and painted this one with
palette knives and a few brushes. I am
really liking the palette knife where I
can load it with a variety of colors and
get the effects as in the rocks with
little effort.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Day 23

Oil on gessbord
8 x 10

Decided to experiment with color and not use
all local colors. I chose the warm vs cool
palette on this one. I probably scrapped
this painting three times in various places
because of the mudding of colors that happen
when you have complimentary colors side by
side and you need to blend them. I used the
palette knife and brushes which helped alot.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 20 - Inlet

oil on gessobord
8 x 10

I painted this with a palette knife and a few
brushes to smooth out some areas or add a few
more details in the sky and rocks. This is not
a scene from my reference photos but a mixture
of memories of favorite places. I got burnt out
doing fast and simple smalls so this is what
I needed to do for a nice break.