Hello everyone, I hope all is going well. Below is a final Bielen study (I think):
Study After Bielen No. 6, Oil on Birch, 5″x7″
Where I live, there are quite a few cherry blossoms come spring. This Bielen study features the blossoms so nicely. This piece gave me some problems mainly with the “under paint”. You can see the golden/mustardy colour peaking through. This effect was in the original painting. When I tried to replicate it, I put on too thick a layer, so I had to wipe it all off and reapply a thinner layer. The layer of golden paint had to be really thin and I had to wait for it to “set” before I put paint over it. This way, the golden “under paint” wouldn’t lift off or muddy the colour of the paint on top.
I think I’m winding down on doing Bielen studies. I have a couple of other paintings on the go but they’re on hold. Sometimes, I get stuck or don’t want to work on a particular painting so I paint something else. I may try to finish the ones on hold or start some other studies. I think I’m OK as long as I’m painting something 😊.
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I hope you have a great weekend,
Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. To those of you who celebrated Valentine’s yesterday, I hope it was a good one!
Below is another Bielen study:
Study After Bielen, Oil on Birch Panel, 6″x6″
I wanted to do a floral still life with yellow as the focal colour. So I chose to do a simple one above which looks to be one of a daffodil. I’m finding that I like more abstracted florals within the Bielen studies. While I am painting these studies, they don’t really look like anything. After I’m finished painting it and look from a greater distance, the image comes together.
One of my favorite things about Bielen’s florals is the way that the clear glass vase is rendered by what surrounds it rather than the vase itself. For example, most of the glass vases in his paintings are delineated by the green foliage and matter contained within it and the background outside of it. I really enjoy this part of his paintings. I hope this makes some kind of sense to you.
Bielen also paints solid vases as well as floral still lifes with almost black backgrounds. However, I find his bright higher key paintings more appealing. They are so happy looking – and right now, I’m all about bright and happy to offset with the dreary winter. I hope the rest of your week goes well.
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Hi everyone, I hope your week has been productive and you have been healthy. I have been struggling with remnants of a cold/sinus headache all week😠.
I find that the Bielen studies have been cheering me up a bit. It’s always nice to have live flowers in the house, but if you don’t a painting of one helps. It’s nice to see flowers in all its different colours. Here’s one in violet:
Study After Bielen No. 3, Oil on Baltic Birch Panel, 5″x7″
This painting is another exercise in painting loose. I used the knife as well as the brush in this one. The violet colour reminds me of Crocuses and Irises, which in turn reminds me of spring. Here’s to wishful thinking😊.
Wishing you a lovely weekend,
Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. I’m still feeling out of sorts with the unusual weather we are having in the Pacific Northwest. I know It goes without saying, that it could always be worse. Nevertheless, I hope weather has been more pleasant where you are.
I decided to do another Bielen study and I probably will until I feel I’ve done enough for a while. I know it probably would take a great while before I can feel some sort of mastery of his style and technique 😆.
Study After Bielen No.2, Oil on Birch Panel, 6″x6″
I don’t know about you but I have always felt that the colour orange is so cheerful. I guess that’s why I decided on painting orange flowers; it brightens up the wintry days we’ve been having lately. I’m still trying to get used to palette knife painting imparting impasto texture. I normally use a thinner application of paint leaving minimal brush strokes. But I do like the instant colour payoff you get with the knife.
I don’t know if you can see it in this picture, but one of the things I’m happy with is the subtle shade differences in the background. The white of the background was painted with a warmer white on the left and a cooler shade of white on the right. I love subtle effects of the light in all paintings. I also really like the reflective light casting orange on the bottom left. The patchy texture of the background is interesting and I like the overall looseness of the painting.
I don’t know exactly why I’m trying to paint out of character other than just trying something different and learning new techniques. It feels like I’m looking for something but I don’t know what. Hopefully, it’ll dawn on me one day. Meanwhile, I find that studying a work of a favorite artist is a great way to really appreciate their work.
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Hello everyone, I’ve decided to post this piece today as the last painting that will be posted this year but NOT the last of my 30-day Painting Challenge. I will post my final piece on New Years Day. Here is painting number 29:
#29 “Study with Pinecone”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
This painting was done as loosely as I could. I like the light and the arrangement of the pieces. It was really fun painting the pine cone in a loose manner. I still feel the inclination to go in and fully render everything with details. But I will leave this as it is.
Only one more to go!
I hope everyone will have a great New Year’s Eve and stay tuned for the last painting from my painting challenge tomorrow.
Greetings! It’s Friday and I hope everyone will have a great weekend. Here are #27&28:
#27 “China and Cherries”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
I am happy with this piece. I like the level of rendering, the composition and the colour harmony. I find it pleasing somehow.
#28 “Kitty”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
It was hard to find a reference of a cat that was not typical. There’s plenty of cat pictures online, even copyright free ones that are cute. I don’t know why I picked this one especially, but I do like the cats face emerging from the shadows and the colour and clarity of its eyes.
Saturday will be New Year’s Eve and I hope you will say goodbye to this year with a glad heart whether it’s from relief or fulfillment. Talk to you in the New Year!
Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well and your New Years Eve plans are underway if you are celebrating. Here are paintings 25 and 26:
#25 “Brie and Blueberries”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
Here is a simple piece with cheese and blueberries. I like the contrast in textures of the dusty cheese and the glossy blueberries. I tried to be looser and tried not to overwork it too much.
#26 “Bread”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
I wanted to try something different in this painting. So I incorporated different effects of painting genres within an individual painting. For example, I used realistic rendering of the subject juxtaposed with graphic design elements in the background. Again, I tried to be loose in this painting and used a flat brush to achieve the flat “stripes” and soft transition of the background. I am pleased with the way it turned out.
This week is the last stretch for me, only four more paintings to go!
Until the next post,
Hello everybody, for those of you who celebrate, I hope you had a great Christmas! Here are paintings 23 and 24:
#23 “Abundance”, oil on birch panel, 5″x7″
In light of all the festivities and food, I thought it would be fitting to do a painting of food. In this case, some delicious grapes and figs. I tried harder to be looser in this piece. It is apparent in the rendering of the cut figs. Other than the looseness of the figs, I don’t know if I like this piece that much. I’m afraid it looks like those typical still life ensembles with a bunch of food items and a jug or some other dinnerware thrown in. I don’t know why but I don’t like still lifes with more than a handful of items. It looks too busy and cluttered to me.
#24 “Study of A Happy Pig”, oil on birch panel, 5″x7″
This is a painting that I altered from the reference photo with a dark background. I don’t know if I like it or not. But, I can’t get over what I perceive as a smile on the pig’s face. The one thing that I do like about this piece is my treatment of the edges. I tried something new and loosely blurred the edges. I think it produced an interesting effect. Especially where the grain of the panel shows through.
I hope you enjoyed Christmas and all went well. I enjoyed this Christmas for all the usual reasons but also because it was my only day off from painting this month! It was a welcomed break. I will be resuming painting today and persevere for the final stretch this week. Six more to go!
Wishing you a great week.
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″
This 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″
This 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.
Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. Below are numbers 19 & 20:
#19 “Tomatoes Study”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
I 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″
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.