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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cloud Study #15



~ Cloud Study #15~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

A friend sent me a beautiful morning sky photo.  That photo was the reference I used … my cloud study does not do the beautiful sky photo justice.  One day ... one day I will get better at painting skies with beautiful colors in them.

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Happy Spring ...

Today, the first day of Spring, we are fortunate to have sun and daffodils.
Here in the Northwest we've been told that our summer will be warmer than normal. But, for now it is just perfect.

Hope the first day of spring is as superb as ours.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Moody Blue

Have you noticed I've been missing?  Although I have been thinking and reading 'art' I wasn't in the mood to paint.  I guess I was just wanting a break.  But .... I'm back today with a few more of my Cloud Studies. The top photo was from a reference photo taken in the summer.  I  loved painting this one.  I can almost feel that summer day.

~ Cloud Study #13 ~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"


This second reference was from a more recent photo taken when we were experiencing one of our colder days with snow on the ground.

~ Cloud Study #14 ~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

Below is a collage of things I've been working on.
1. Upper left, some yarn and scarf I knitted recently.  Blue is not my favorite color and I think the only blue clothes I own are denim blue ... jeans.  2. One of my friends, who is from Hawaii, recently had a birthday. I decided I would make him a collage card.  As I've mentioned before I love collage! 3. Blue knitted scarf. 4. Oil painting of summer blue sky. 5. More scare. 6. Snowy winter sky.


 
Collage: Happy Birthday  L.S.

Blue knit scarf ... blue, what was I thinking ?


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Cloud Studies #10, #11 and #12

~ Cloud Study #10 ~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

~ Cloud Study #11 ~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

~ Cloud Study #12 ~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cloud Study #9

~ Cloud Study #9 ~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

I was wondering if I would become bored with just painting clouds after 5 or 6. I thrilled to say that I'm thouroughly loving this study and look forward to my next one.  

I can see some growth from my first one I painted, but not enough growth in my painting skills to stop now.

My next few cloud studies will be in one post instead of a blog post for each study … I think we will all be happy about that decision. :-)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cloud Study #8


~ Cloud Study #8~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cloud Study #7 & Gesso-ing watercolor paper


~ Cloud Study #7~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

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On another note …

Awhile back, Michael Chesley Johnson had a blog post about preparing his panels.  Cleaning any oil off of the panels first, then a layer of PVA size, 2 layers of gesso, then a thin layer of Acrylic Matte Medium to help the gesso from being quite so absorbent.  

Thats one thing I don't like about the gessoed paper to paint on.  Its way too absorbent to my liking, and since I happened to have a jar of Matte Medium I couldn't wait to give it a try on top of my already gessoed watercolor paper.  Its perfect!  I love the way my brush handles on the paper now.

If gesso on paper is too absorbent for you also, you might enjoy giving this method a try.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cloud Study #6

~ Cloud Study #6~
4" x 6", oil on Gessoed watercolor paper 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"

With each cloud study I'm recognizing that I am feeling more confidence in my brush work. I still have a long way to go, but, its nice to see some growth.