Friday, April 27, 2012

Pink Lady & Saki Cup

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This is the last one for this week, and is the same process I did for the last painting.  The apple is a Washington apple called Pink Lady.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Orange & Saki Cup

Today I coated a blank panel with GALKYD LITE medium, this stuff is really working for me.  I guess other mediums would would work just as will, but I never tried coating the panel first, I got this from a DAVID SHEVLINO video.  Check him out.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Brush & Saki Cup

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Today I pulled out a picture I had painted some months back, I liked the composition but not the brush work, so I put a thin coat of GALKYD LITE medium on it and started painting into that.  I like this!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chopped Onion

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My wife  told me I better do chopped onions, not diced onions, thank you Karen.  This is the last onion I'm painting for now I have to move on.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Onion Skin

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I decided to use a white onion for a study of the skin.  I painted this one yesterday but this morning the onion looked to white.  It's a value problem, not a color issue, so I repainted it today.

I like the spiral /s  composition but usually I don't analyze a composition to much, if it feels right in my thumb nail sketches, I go with it.  Here it is after the adjustments I made today.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Onion Slices

Today I tried onion slices, main problem; I'm thinking it needs to be painted in a low key.  So I did and the whites got a little dirty, also the edges on the slices could be a little crisper.  I need to go back to Carol Marine's " Island" approach for this one.  Guess you'll usually use everything you learn at one time or another.

This is not a bad painting but I think I'll try it again at a later date.  Also I could use better ventilation for painting onion slices!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Slice & Peal

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I have tried to put it all tougher in one painting just to get a feel for the sliced onion and the pealing of the onion.  I'll explore these things individually later.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hello Onion

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This week I am painting onions.  It has been awhile since I have painted onions as the main
subject, usually I use them in a supporting role more like you would in cooking.  I am going
to slice them, dice them, and peal them, and of coarse paint them.

I especially fine the onion skin challenging,  it is some what translucent and sometimes
delicate.  My first one will just be getting acquainted with the onion again.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Chicken or Egg

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In December I went to a Carol Marine workshop, like everyone I was mesmerized by her teaching and painting.  Like most of her students I tried to paint like Carol,but it is hard to change old ways, and I don't think she meant to.  I learned a lot, and how to organize my work habits.

I have used a viewfinder for years, but never been comfortable with it.  It looks different every time I look through it.  What works "best for me" is to do a number of thumb nail line sketches, no detail, no shading, till I get a workable composition. 

When I start the painting, I don't draw the image, I lay in the large color and or value masses referring to my thumb nail sketch and using the largest brushes I can,about a 3/4 inch on 6x6 panel, and I use them as long as I can only using smaller brushes in the final steps of the painting.

I learned a lot from Carol's workshop and I still am her ArtByte Tutorials are GREAT.
But in the end how you use what you learn is up to you.

This is what I painted the one day I got to paint last week, using my old approach.