Friday, May 25, 2012

Peony, Too


Ok. So this is the same peony I worked from yesterday. It is just a day older and so the bloom is a bit fuller. This time I sat down and painted it, so the viewpoint is slightly different, too.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

First Peony


The gorgeousness has begun in my garden. This is the first of the peonies. I am so excited!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Duck Happening


I so loved painting this. I thoroughly enjoyed the shadows and white whites, the reflections and quirky little duck shapes. They are so funny, nervous wrecks running away from me and my camera!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sisters in Sunhats

Painting sunhats in the sunlight is one of my most favorite things to do. When they happen to be on the heads of my two little nieces, even better. This painting will be up for auction at the Art in the Garden fundraiser for the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Bridgehampton's Catholic Church, in July.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Just Being Ducks


It is so helpful for me to study another artist's work, especially if that artist has mastered his/her subject. In the case of ducks, the master artist, hands down, is Alexander Koester. So, before I started on this little duck painting, I took a look at a few of his. Check it out, ducks galore! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Yellow Trumpets 2

After buying ($5) and studying artist Carol Marine's Artbyte, Value is Essential, I decided to give one of my paintings a make-over.  As Carol explains so clearly in this little tutorial, the ratio of darks to mids to lights is an important element in the success or failure of a painting. Armed with this information, I was able to "see" what was wrong with the original painting (below) -  too much middle-range value and, therefore, a rather uninteresting painting. When I painted the first one, I was very happy with the execution of the daffodils and glass, but still thought the piece fell short somehow, and I wasn't sure why. I think the new version is soooo much better, and as Carol states in her tutorial, we can be in charge of the values... and as I found out, at least for this painting, it wasn't too late for a value make-over!