Thursday, October 17, 2013

Autumn

This is the biggest painting I've done in years! It measures 24x48 inches, or 2x4 feet. This painting was inspired by the pretty leaves I'm seeing on the ground every day when I go for walks. I was inspired with the idea of using the leaves as stencils. I was also in the mood to paint a woman with big, dramatic hair (haven't done that in a while--it was overdue). The color scheme is obviously influenced by fall. Such a pretty and mystical time of year--thought I'd try to capture it in a piece of art.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kitty

This is my good friend, Michal, holding a kitten. I like how both she and the kitty have green eyes. Interesting fact: this is the third painting I've done of her and it will probably not be the last.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mon Coeur

This is the very first time I've ever painted a baby! There's a first for everything. A mother's love, particularly mine for my daughters, inspired this piece. I titled it Mon Coeur, which is French for My Heart because my children own my heart--along with a few of my other favorite people, of course.

As usual, I had a lot of fun experimenting with colors and patterns. With the last few paintings, I've been limiting my color palette. I make a variety of colors using the same basic ones, just mixing them in different ways, which is a new thing for me. I used to use maybe fifteen or more different tubes of paint, but now I stick to around eight or nine. For this piece, I used ultramarine blue, peacock blue, pyrrole red (a color I have a crush on right now), cadmium red light, magenta, raw umber, raw sienna, mars black and titanium white.