Paintings 21&22

Hello everyone, it’s Friday, a welcomed end of the week. Here are paintings number 21 & 22:

#21 “Marbles”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4411This painting was a study to render glass and reflective things. And as always, every painting is a learning experience. Since I don’t draw my reference onto my substrate when I start a painting, it was a bit nerve-wracking to do this piece. I usually just do a loose sketch with thinned paint. The spherical forms require precise lines and a steady hand; I don’t have the steadiest hands. In fact, my hands always shook a little bit. So, to render these spheres as closely as possible was tricky. But I like how it turned out with the different coloured reflective lights.

#22 “Christmas Wish”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4413This piece is a little something I did for this special occasion. I hope it doesn’t look hokey but to paint something like an ornament or an exclusively Christmas image would be kind of weird if hung on a wall. So I chose a more “universal” image. I opted for the simplicity of a single candle. I hope you like it.

Wishing you all a very wonderful holiday. I hope you will be able to get together with friends and family. Whatever your interaction, I hope you will come away with a modicum of peace and a few laughs.

Be well,

Jeannette

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Paintings 19&20

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. Below are numbers 19 & 20:

#19 “Tomatoes Study”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
img_4403I am very happy with the way the tomato flesh turned out in this one. It’s really difficult to get the exact colour of something and also convey its solidity or translucency. In this case, I was able to get the smooth skin and solid orangey-red of the tomato flesh. I am also happy about the bluish-green of the stem.

#20 “Pair”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
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By the way, the title of this piece is not a typo😊. I guess I had to do a pear at some point. These are Bartlett pears which I’m not fond of eating, but painting them was fine. The bright colour scheme in this one is a departure for me. I like the solidity and the weight of fruit in this piece.

I can’t believe this weekend is going to be Christmas! I’m still behind with the preparations! And I’ve got 10 more paintings to go! I have to tell you, I’ll be relieved when this challenge is over.

Keeping sane,

Jeannette

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Paintings 16, 17&18

Hello everyone I hope you had a great weekend. It’s been unusually cold here in the Pacific Northwest. The upside is that it looks very Christmasy. Below are paintings 16,17&18 that I managed to get done:

#16 “Lionhead Bunny”, Oil on Birch Panel, 5″x7″img_4377This painting is of a Lionhead-breed rabbit that I have never seen before. It’s really cute, so I thought, why not? It’s as good a subject as any. Since, my goal for this 30-day challenge is to familiarize myself with oil painting. These paintings are not necessarily planned art pieces but studies and practice paintings. It turned out to be challenging enough, but I am happy with the outcome. It’s really tricky to paint the white of the fur and all it’s nuances without ending up with a solid-white blob.

#17 “Pomegranate Study”, Oil on Birch Panel, 4″x4″img_4386This piece looks really simple but getting the colour right was difficult. Nothing’s ever easy when you start to paint it, at least for me. I am very happy with the way it came out. Despite the simplicity of the composition and subject matter, the richness of the colours really make the piece. It does look like a pomegranate doesn’t it?

#18 “Cupcake”, Oil on Birch Panel, “4×6”img_4396This painting was a fun piece in as far as the subject matter and the bright cheerful colours. Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy piece. It wasn’t that difficult either, but kind of time-consuming in rendering the cupcake liner paper and the pastry itself.

I’m glad that these three pieces are a success (for me). I have learned that you really have to push through and not get discouraged about the work ahead. I’ve also learned that you can’t rush things no matter how crunched for time you are. I am especially proud of myself for getting these done amidst Christmas parties, Christmas shopping and daily life responsibilities.

I hope your week goes well and I hope you enjoy these pieces.

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Paintings 12&13

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well. Below are numbers 12&13:

#12 “Brown Eggs”, oil on panel, 5″x5″img_4337When I saw a photograph of this, I knew I had to paint it. The “brown” of the eggs against the robin’s egg blue of the carton really caught my eye.
When I started painting this, I realized how difficult the “brown” of the eggs really is. It’s was hard to define and match the colour, for me at least. It’s more like a range of light caramel, light chestnut, bisque and burnt sienna instead of just brown.
The blue of the carton in all it’s variations is one I have loved for a long time. So I didn’t have trouble with it. I am happy about the way the “cardboardness” of the egg carton turned out.

#13 “On the Way Home”, oil on panel, 8″x8″img_4338This painting is based on a blurry photograph I took through the car windshield. We were on the way home from a trip out-of-town. Suddenly, whilst the sky was shifting, I saw the most vibrant red in the sky. I remember never having seen the sunset that red. Maybe because it was sandwiched between dark and smouldering clouds, but the red was really intense.

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Paintings 9,10&11

Hello everyone, it’s Monday and I hope your holiday preparations are well under way. Below are the next three installments of my paintings:

#9 “Two Halves”, oil on panel, 4″x4″img_4305This piece was a pleasure to work on, it gave me no troubles. Sometimes, regardless of the perceived difficulty or ease of a picture, some paintings will give you problems. But this one was straight forward and enjoyable to paint. I especially like the imperfections in the flesh of the avocado and the beautiful variations and depth of the green.

#10 “Raven Study”, oil on panel, 4″x6″img_4310This piece was partly a learning experience in figuring out what kind ogf brushstroke would  give the look of feathers. Unless you are painting in the Hyper-Realist style, you need only to suggest the look of feathers, not paint each one. I think in the end it looks believable. I do like the monochromatic look with a hint of blue-black.

#11 “El”, oil on Gessoboard, 5″x7″This piece, in case you don’t recognize it, is ‘El’ from the Netflix series, “Stranger Things”. I thoroughly enjoyed the series and thought the little girl who played this character was beautiful. So I attempted to paint her, but it the painting ended up portraying her to look older. With the time frame I was working in, I didn’t want to correct it or do it over. And I do like the feeling and look of the piece.

It has been a lot of work so far. It is one thing to paint everyday but to finish a painting a day is quite challenging for me. The good thing is, it’s like a crash course; I am learning quite a bit about oil painting. And that’s a good thing, since my motivation for this challenge was to get more proficient in oils.

Thanks for reading,

Wishing you a great week!

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Painting Challenge #1 & 2

Hi everyone, as I took the plunge yesterday into A Painting A Day Challenge, I have been busy catching up. Below are paintings 1 & 2:

img_4226#1 “Still Life with Handmade Pottery”, oil on Birch Panel, 4×4″

The first day was a mad rush to get this piece done since, I just committed to the challenge in the same afternoon. The pottery featured in the painting is one of my pieces I made at the end of summer. This is my first still life painting and it was done using a live reference, not from a photo. It was nice working from life but also difficult, because of the shifting natural light while I was painting. I am pleased with the way this turned out.

There’s something about the simplicity of still lifes that appeals to me. I am drawn to Still lifes that have very simple composition with very few objects. I think that the simplicity invites the viewer to really look at things.

The thing I like most about painting is when the painting shifts from the “ugly phase” into interesting passages and starts coming to life. Usually this happens when things quiet down and you get into a “zen state”, where you just observe and paint and all other things fall away.

img_4231#2 “Red Sea and Clouds”, oil on Gessoboard, 5×7″

The second painting was done using a reference photo loosely. It’s an abstracted seascape that was manipulated with textural effects. Here is a detail shot:

img_4233This is the first time I deliberately pushed oils incorporating organic effects.

I hope you liked my first two, hopefully I can manage to fulfill my commitments for this month!

Wishing you a great weekend!

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