Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Ambitious Apple

My entry in this week's DPW "Pare Down Your Apple" challenge posted by Carol Marine.   How can such a simple subject be so challenging. The purpose was to paint an apple in as few areas of color as possible.  Every plane had to be a different value.  Fun!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Orange You Glad

This oil painting was done in Patti Mollica's  "Painting Fast, Bold and Loose" class today.  The object of the assignment was to set up a still life and use a saturated color with grays.  Love Patti's class!  It's fun and challenging... the three hours go by in a blink.  It's very hard to loosen up but I'm working on it.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons...

...Paint them!  

This was painted yesterday at my class, Patti Mollica 's How to Paint Fast and Bold. We start with a value study in charcoal for every painting.  This takes some time, but pays off in the end.  When you get the values correct the painting works.  I have this great app on my iphone "Value Viewer" so when my painting is complete, I check to make sure I have all the values correct.

Patti gives several homework assignments a week.  This week we have to do a gray color chart and a pear in mosaic style.  The purpose of this exercise is to translate colors to values.  I'll post them later this week.

Friday, March 9, 2012


Today post is a painting I did for a homework assignment for a class I'm taking.  Patti Mollica - How to Paint Fast and Bold.  Patti is an amazing artist that I found online , and I'm lucky that she teaches in Nyack, New York.  So for the next 8 weeks you will see a new style of painting.  Hope you like it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Horse of Course

This is my contribution to the DPW Horse Challenge this week. This picture was shared by Carol Marine for the challenge. I've been wanting to paint horses since I got back from NC. There is a horse farm on the corner of my in-laws block. Every morning and evening I would try to catch the perfect picture of the horses. They were very friendly, but the electric fence made it safe for me to get close. This is an 5&7 oil on linen board.