Today was our Christmas luncheon and here's some of my crew. It's hard to "wrangle" this group but they sure are tons of fun. We exchanged "bad" unsigned paintings in a Chinese gift exchange. I have to say although they were suppose to bring "bad" paintings, they all were good. But of course, what would I expect from my very talented girls. Thanks to all my students for their support through some tough days. Love ya! Now go paint!
This is 2 of 3 commissioned paintings that are headed to Spain. I enjoyed painting 2 landscapes (arches, actually) & this painting of the gentleman reading a book with a spectacular view. Commissions can be pure joy or pure hell, luckily this was pure joy. Thanks, Dennis for allowing me to paint these. And by the way, my bags are packed awaiting the plane ticket. It's in the mail, right?
Everytime I finish my painting obligations, immediately I want to experiment. I've never painted on board until today. What fun. The brush skims across the surface & paints react differently. I painted this from an old study that wasn't particularly appealing but now I really like the view. Might have to paint more on board but it's back to figures tomorrow.
Paintings delivered, shipped or picked up. All commitments fulfilled. What a relief! Deadlines are necessary but I love to find a few hours at the studio to paint anything I want. Haven't done any figurative pieces in awhile, so I dove in. Got to this point, decided to stop and live with this for a little bit. Know I want to loose the pillow "squares" to the left,of the figure & define the book but not sure if I want to do much more. A truly fulfilling day at the easel. I'll be back at the easel for some more "Little Gems" this week.
I have chosen 10 "Little Gems" for a Black Friday Sale. These will be priced at $65 but the sale ends Sunday, Nov. 28th at midnight. Get ready and shop. To access the 10 paintings for sale, click this link...Black Friday Sale!
I was commissioned by a dear friend to paint 3 scenes from his trip to Spain this summer. They are gifts for the friends/family that he stayed with during his trip. This was the last piece I painted but I think my favorite. The streaming light was just gorgeous...hope I did it justice. Thanks, D for the honor to painting these pieces from your wonderful trip. Now I just have to figure out how I can justify the airfare to "hand" deliver the paintings.
Providence Gallery, "Hip to Be Square" Show, Dec. 3rd
My students are a gift. Today in class, I called one of my students "Natalie"...not only is that not her name, I don't know anyone by that name and she actually knew that I was talking about her. God love "Natalie" and all my students. Despite my "lapses" they have suggested that I post snippets of knowledge on a weekly basis. So later this week, I will add a page to my blog where I will post a new teaching "snippet". I look forward to hearing from you.
It's a gray day today so I'm happy to have something "sunny" to share. This is one of a few pieces that will be part of the "Hip to Be Square" show at Providence Gallery opening Dec. 3rd. Give me red paint and I'll paint forever. I think this should be my motto.
This is the last pomegranate painting for a little while. Although I will admit to looking longingly at the pomegranate sitting in my studio and wanting to cut into it. However, a gallery show calls for a change in direction...I'll keep you posted. An aside note, be very careful for what you pray for because it might "boomerang" on you big time. A dear friend seems to find humor in my situation but that's a story for another day.
Officially I did nothing today. Unofficially, I did nothing today too. I just thought it sounded better if I phrased it in an "official" manner. Doing nothing today involved staying in my pjs, watching "Dial M for Murder" and drinking cider. Haven't done this in a long time and I'm loving it. Here's my most recent "obsession" painting of pomegranates. I've done a few to date and thought I was done with them until late last night another pomegranate painting popped into my head. Busy week ahead with several deadlines but hope to paint it soon. Have a blessed week.
Brushes & paint are flying at the studio. Just a few days left before my studio sale. A friend installed some shelving in my studio for me to display my "Little Gems". It's so satisfying to look up from my easel to see this paintings all lined up. It's easy to feel like I haven't painted much while doing this small works. However, when I see 5 shelves filled with paintings from the past few weeks, I think, who painted those? Hope to see you at the sale.
I've drank pomegranate juice, I've painted whole pomegranates but I've never cut into a pomegranate. It's different experience cutting into yourself. Pomegranate juice running & seeds rolling everywhere. This is one the most exhilarating experiences I've had at the easel in awhile. You could say I'm "pumped"!
Decided to take a break from posting my floral series today. On a rainy day last week, I came across this beautiful leaf on the ground. Love how gray days always intensify color. Having never painted a leaf before, I found it a bit of a challenge to keep it from appears too flat. Think I'll really enjoy looking at this piece come winter, when the trees are bare. Now I'll go back to painting some more flowers.
The first part of the week I got less than 4 hours sleep a night and was very productive in the painting department. Example, today's painting was done yesterday. Last night, I got a full 8 hours and couldn't paint $&((@# today. So I guess I have a choice... Really reduced sleep = Productive Painter OR Full sleep = Productive person in every other aspect of my life. Happy Wednesday.
Here I go again. Painting a flower that I have no clue it's name. Now in my defense, this is a silk flower and sometimes it's hard to tell what it is. Ok, so you're not buying that excuse. How about I lost my glasses and can't see what it is? Not buying that either? Alright, lets just call it what it is...I have soooo much knowledge in my head, no room remaining to hold names of flowers. Yeah, that works for me. Well, I'm now off to work on my PhD in Nuclear Science.
Life seems to be getting busier & busier. I find myself juggling the role of a full time caregiver, trying to paint for 5 different events, teaching & all the other daily chores. I'm not complaining at all. I just did something for myself that I would have "never" considered doing. I just ordered groceries online. Someone else is shopping for me. Woohoo! If you know me, you know how I despite going to the grocery store, except to shop for still life props,of course. Of all the things that I do, shopping is the most daunting task. So today, I celebrate a great day. I painted, cleaned, paid bills & will shortly drive to the store, open the trunk & let someone else load the groceries. Justification is a beautiful thing.
This is the piece that I demonstrated last night at the Charlotte Artist Society. I did a few tweaks today, cleaning up some edges and adding a few bits of color. Doing the finishing touches is a little like, brushing your hair one last time & putting on your jewelry before dashing out the door. You just hope that you're not wearing blue shoes when you meant to wear black. Have a good weekend and thanks again to the CAS for inviting me.
What is it about a red barn that makes it irresistible to paint? Is the complimentary colors of reds & greens or is it that barns & farms represents a quieter life. I seem to be seeking some quiet, so I guess since it's alluding me, I can at least paint it. As far as Kelleywarp goes, my camera battery is back on the fritz. I was lucky to get a couple of paintings photographed before it completely died but not all. Paint a little quiet and then life says Oh, Kelley, you need a little chaos.
Confession time, I have an obsession with produce. I don't mean love to eat it, can't wait to cook with it. I use to think my family just didn't like to go to the grocery store with me. I now realize it probably had something to do with how I linger in the produce section...picking up different fruits and vegetables, laying next to each other. I see other people just pick up the produce, place it in their baskets and off they go. I just think they don't get it. Hate to image what they're thinking about my way of choosing produce. It has come to my attention that I might have a problem because when I arrive home, unload the groceries and more than half my bill is produce & the produce is not for eating. Yikes!! Has anyone started Still Life Painters Anonymous yet?
This is one of the demos that I did this week for my students. I've been trying to show how I start paintings with simple shapes and allowing the definition of the subject to come at the end of the painting. I'm much less concerned with kind of flowers these are and more about capturing my emotional reaction to the colors and shapes through the design and brushwork. I think it's a good thing that I had no clue that these were Hyacinths because I might have been more likely to paint an exact replica. Sometimes, clueless is a good thing.
Been enjoying the fall weather and looking for those pumpkins patches. It's my favorite time of year, especially with the miserable hot summer we've had. I like the way I handle pumpkins...no knives, no mess to clean up and no rotting pumpkins. Happy October!
I seem to have been missing in action for the past week and half. But the good news is I've known where I was. Life has interrupted my "travels" but never fear I will be back at the easel this week. New paintings & destinations await. Thanks for checking in on me. See you soon.
This is a piece I did earlier this year and was based on a photo from one of my favorite cities, Charleston, SC. In the spring, I'm planning to meet with a girlfriend from California and introduce her to this quintessential southern city. So California girl meets the south. Her name is Julie Hill and is a fellow daily painter. We connected through our blogs and over the last 6 months have become good friends. We've never met in person but talk several times a day, so this will be the first time we actually met. Let's hope she can survive the humidity, southern accents and grits. Looking forward to it!
Teaching 5 oil painting classes a week has offered big lessons for me almost every time. It has helped reinforce the fundamentals as I paint, pushing me to paint either something I don't want to or paint when I don't necessarily feel like it. Several of my classes have been painting only in gray scale all week. I've done demos in gray scale, no problem. Today might haven taken the cake. When I went to the store on Monday to gather my fruit & flowers, the choices were not great but since it was to be painted in gray scale, I didn't concern myself with the color. However, today I did a demo in color. Let's just say that pink carnations, nectarines & a turquoise drape are a bit of a challenge to harmonize in a painting. Maybe next week we'll paint donuts! Oh, and did I mention, I didn't have the panel size I really needed?