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Been at it all week…

So a long hiatus, but I have a good excuse..err.. reason. I started to teach a couple of classes and there is nothing like that to give your skill set a workout! Since they are drawing and painting, I will post a couple of each. Here is a starter, thanks and welcome to the new followers and thanks again to my old friends 🙂

 

back to the easel

After teaching kids how to draw and paint this summer, I am back in the studio. I demo’d how to draw Spidey about 100 times! I got them started by teaching them how to draw everything from “Hockey” (she meant Hawkeye),  Rapunzel, and my favorite, the Flying Uni-Panda (this is a thing now) . I learned Snoopy had a girlfriend (!!) named Fifi and  drew her a few times. As they head back to school this week, my young artists have learned a lot and even got to use “REAL artist” materials. Here are my two finished paintings from my first week back at “my real job”.

Morning of the Third Day, oil, 10 x 20″

Webcrawler, acrylic,  12x 24″

Weekly Painting Week 97 What style do you paint?

Got busy and finished three this week, so the pressure is on for next week! Very different works. I am usually stuck when I am asked what style I paint in– I think if an artist has just one, she might consider branching out. So here are three. etch2

“Etch” 24 x 36″, acrylic, alcohol and water on canvas

rise

“Rise” 30 x 30, oil on canvas

nofate

“No fate but what we make” 18 x 24″ oil on canvas

Weekly Painting Week 95 She Gives Me Trouble…

She really does. My goal was to paint a simple scene and this girl is messing with my chi! I will keep on working this one…as I have time and patience. trouble

 

Recently sold: Horse Dream–many, many thanks, Grazie mille!! to this awesome collector!!!

abstract-horses

Weekly painting Week 61- Love and Loss a Seascape with the Morning Star

Morning Star and the Sea

Morning Star- Oil on Canvas 10 x 20″

Sometimes the loss is great..so is the love. Look in the top left, you will see the Morning Star. There you are. (click on the image for a bigger view)

With that, I give you the words of Tolkien, in a beautiful poem:

Day is ended, dim my eyes, 

but journey long before me lies.

Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
The ship’s beside the stony wall.
Foam is white and waves are grey;
beyond the sunset leads my way.
Foam is salt, the wind is free;
I hear the rising of the Sea.

Farewell, friends! The sails are set,
the wind is east, the moorings fret.
Shadows long before me lie,
beneath the ever-bending sky,
but islands lie behind the Sun
that I shall raise ere all is done;
lands there are to west of West,
where night is quiet and sleep is rest.

Guided by the Lonely Star,
beyond the utmost harbour-bar,
I’ll find the heavens fair and free,
and beaches of the Starlit Sea.
Ship, my ship! I seek the West,
and fields and mountains ever blest.
Farewell to Middle-earth at last.
I see the Star above my mast!

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/morning-star-and-the-sea-oceanscape-katy-hawk.html

Weekly painting week 58- the power of contrast. Giraffes on the Serengeti at Sunset.

Contrast is the arrangement of opposite elements in art. When we are talking about light vs. dark, white and yellow tend to have the lightest values, while black has the darkest. To tell if your work has the contrast you are looking for, it’s good to see your work in black and white to check for contrast. Below is a black and white shot of the giraffe painting:

giraffes bw

The silhouettes make this easy- but it works just as well with a seascape where everything is a shade or tint of blue.

Here is the finished work- this was bought by a very nice dad for his kid for Christmas-AWESOME!!!

giraffes2

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/giraffes-sunset-africa-serengeti-katy-hawk.html

Weekly Painting Week 55 In the Barrel…more surf art

Just when it is starting to get cold, here is a warm water surf painting. Acrylic, 11 x 14 panel. Pthalo blue, cerulean, and for the sky, I mixed a little Ultramarine blue with a lot of Titanium white. Good idea to use a different, cooler blue to separate sky from water. If there is not enough of a difference, mix a little gray in the sky to set it apart.
Acrylics dry darker that they look wet, so don’t fear the bold highlight on these.
barrell

original:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/209915231/barrelsurf-art-original-painting-ocean?
Prints, cards, etc

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/barrel-surfer-ocean-wave-katy-hawk.html?newartwork=true

Weekly Painting Week 49- What color is the sky in your world? African Sunrise Painting

lion king2

 

Why is the sky blue? I had that question as a kid and only my Mom could give me an intelligent answer, something like this:

The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through. Little of the red, orange and yellow light is affected by the air.

However, much of the shorter wavelength light is absorbed by the gas molecules. The absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It gets scattered all around the sky. Whichever direction you look, some of this scattered blue light reaches you. Since you see the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue.

As an artist, you must know that as you look closer to the horizon, the sky appears much paler in color. To reach you, the scattered blue light must pass through more air. Some of it gets scattered away again in other directions. Less blue light reaches your eyes. The color of the sky near the horizon appears paler or white.

Got it? Now when the next kid asks, you are ready!

I have painted the sky about every color there is, here is a sky with no blue at all. I used Azo red, Vermilion, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red Light ( a very different color than cad red) and cadmium yellow. Then, thin streaks of white and various colors blended in for some variance. Use water or glazing medium to do this. Acrylic dries in the time it takes to run and get a drink, so the silhouetted figures can be painted on quickly. Painted for a good friend of ours, part two of this diptych next week.

Paints this week were from Lukas, who sells the paint in a squeeze bottle– excellent pigment and so inexpensive!! Also used Liquitex, great pigments as well.

lukas-cryl-terzia-acrylics-500ml-bottles

 

Weekly Painting Week 19- Complimentary Color and Abstract Landscape

My continued fascination with all things Southwest. Amazing how there are 6B people on the planet and still there are places this empty. Gigantic clouds rise high in the sky and the desert looks so vast. Orange and blue contrast to make each seem more vivid. This painting is 30 x 40, a nice size for the subject. Oil on canvas

abtract desert