Friday, January 28, 2011

Throw'im Back

I was in the mood to do some figures today- watched a new video by Peggy Kroll Roberts last night. Some good info there on painting the figure.
This one is 6 x 6 on primed masonite.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Give me a hand, here

decided to work on my drawing today, not able to get out paints right now. (I'm supposed to be doing tax forms- yecch!) But wait, art is my JOB, isn't it? Let the taxes wait a few more minutes.
Anyway, if you feel like you haven't done anything difficult lately, draw some hands and feet. Good grief. No wonder people charge more to include them in portraits.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Down In the Valley

This beautiful little valley could be anywhere, but it happens to be just inside Rocky Mountain National Park. It's hard for me to believe that anyone ranched there, but they did. (In -15 weather?? they must have been hiding from someone-). Anyway, it was a beautiful early evening, with slanty sunlight and long shadows. This is 6 x 8, oil. I'm thinking I need to stick with 8 x 10 for my smallest size, maybe- these itty bitty ones actually seem to take longer than a larger one.

Monday, January 24, 2011

NIMBY (not in my backyard-)

Well, actually- it IS in my backyard. This is, after all, Alabama. We've had this old 1939 log truck forever. Not the original owners, however. It's been here so long the pine trees are growing all around and through it. I admire it for its' goofy rounded 1930's styling- makes me think of cartoon cars.
Fortunately we have two acres, so it's hidden away in the back.

6 x 8 on panel.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Little Red

Almost the same setup, but not quite. I'm loving painting these daisies. They're my favorite flower- they always look so happy, clean and white. They used to grow in the lawn at Dad's house, and he'd laugh at me for mowing around the clumps of daisies because I could not bear to cut them down. 6 x 6 oil

Friday, January 21, 2011

I'm a little teapot...

Had a group of ladies over at the gallery to paint yesterday, so I set up this deceptively challenging still life. This antique pot has an iridescent pink finish on it that will drive you
nuts trying to capture its nuances. Such a fun challenge! 8 x10, oil.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

and a pink carnation...

Decided it had been too long since I had painted some flowers, so I skipped on down to the florist down the street and bought these. Fluffy flowers like these are so difficult for me: give me a lily any day- it only has six petals! Enjoyed the silver cup, though- it was my father in laws baby cup, dated 1907, and it's a little tarnished inside, so it's yellowish in there. Fun, fun, to paint.
It's 6 x6- I think I'm going to switch to non textured surfaces for these tiny ones, Carol Marine is right, the texture looks HUGE on a little painting.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

studio plans !

Last night I found a great sample program on the web to draw some studio plans with- yaaay! It's called SmartDraw, and you get a free seven day trial.
Pictures didn't post in the order I thought they would, so this is interior, looking toward back door. There will also be a large shelf above the back door, which will provide up to 16 feet wide by 4ft high additional storage. (ceiling open to the rafters-)
Second one is overhead view, the rectangles are skylights. Planning on daylight flourescents running the length of the inside, plus plenty of outlets
for important things like the computer and coffee pot. (if this place had a bathroom, I could live here-) Pink dots are outlets, building is 24 feet long.
Last one is the front view. No, that area over door doesn't slant back, it's flat. The white line shows where a shed roof will go, over a four foot porch. I really wanted a double french or sliding glass door, but I'm not sure if that wouldn't be too much, structurally, for the SIPS to support. (structurally insulated panels- prefab-). Getting very excited about this project now- will post pictures of the cross section of the SIPS tomorrow so you can see what I'm talking about. You can check out the SIPS thing by googling eco-panels.
PLEASE, if you have any input, ideas, problems, anything else that I might not have thought of, let me know your thoughts, I would so appreciate it!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Studio: It's a start

This is to be the site for my new studio.We have had some of the big pine trees cut down, and the stumps ground. Next comes the rest of the site prep, grading and building the support pillars that will hold the building up.
We will be building the studio with a new kind of building system called SIPS- structural insulated panels. It is supposed to be very energy efficient and goes up quite fast- each panel will be about 4 feet wide by 8 tall for the walls, and a cathedral ceiling.
I'm planning on 16 x 24 feet. No, no skylights, sorry, they are bad about leaking. Here is the builder: google eco-panels
Will post a pix of a sample of the panels they use soon. I'm planning on posting about this as we go along, as I found only one or two blogs on this topic on the internet. Hope it helps someone else!
Can not WAIT to have a place to work again!