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I moved my art studio back into my home in April due to financial reasons. This is the first painting I’ve done since I’ve been back to painting at home. It is a luminescent
Completed pastel painting, 9″ x 12″ on pastel art paper.
palette. Therefore, there are no strong darks. I really like how the soft blue background harmonizes with the pinks, peaches, and violets of the iris. The whole piece has a very soft feeling to it, yet it is very colorful. This bloom was backlight, and you can see the light gleaming through the center of the flower from behind.
This pink iris is backlit, which creates some interesting shadows and warmth.
This is my painting called “Iris Panorama”. It is about 98% complete!!
Pushing the Limits, oil on stretched canvas, 24″ x 24″
I see that I had not posted my completed painting “Pushing the Limits”. This will be our (mine and Jon, my husband’s and Jonathan’s father’s) graduation gift to Jonathan. We are extremely proud of him – he has worked very hard to get all A’s, and a 4.0 grade point average at a challenging private Lutheran school. We are still waiting to hear back from the colleges. Jonathan loves to push the limits, and he loves boats and sailing.
I’ve done two complex and involved paintings in the past 2 months, so haven’t been as prolific as usual, which is fine. This time, I’m working on one of the iris garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is a small area, but is amazing in it’s sheer concentration and variety of shapes, sizes, and colors of irises. God is so creative in that there are so many different types of irises. This is taking
Iris Panorama, oil on MDF art panel, 18″ x 24″
some time to paint, since I have the background trees, the 2 men, the background, iris bed, the middle ground irises is various colors, and two foreground iris buds and white iris. I had a lot of fun with the shadows of the foreground iris. They got warmer with the reflected reds as they got closer to the warm red center. I’m almost finished with this, and hope to get it done in the next few days. for the color palette, I used Permalba white, cadmium yellow, cadmium red light, dioxazine violet, ultramarine blue, and sap green
I’m now working on a graduation gift for my senior, Jonathan. He attends Lutheran High School South. His desire is to be a naval architect/marine engineer. Our gift to him is going to be an oil painting of a wooden sailing ship with 6 people in board, heeling at a sharp angle. I looked through a bunch of my husband’s old Wooden Boat magazines, and found this photo on the cover of an issue from 2009. It is being done on a heavy duty, high quality stretched canvas that is 24″ by 24″. This is the first time I’ve done a painting in a square format.
There was LOTS of drawing to do first. It took me about 6 hours just to get all of the drawing done. I know my son, he is extremely precise and technical, so I wanted to get everything in the proper proportion, and get at least the major aspects of the boat technically correct. I made an amazing discovery – in high winds, the boom will actually curve! I never knew that. I’m glad that I was diligent in getting the drawing right, because if I had a perfectly straight boom, it would have looked stiff and artificial.
Pushing the LImits, drawing is complete, painted the sky.
24″ x 24″
There are many lines and hardware, and I’ve only got the major parts of the boat for now. After I paint the hull, the sails, and the people, then I will paint all the blocks and lines on top of that. It would be extremely difficult to paint the sky and water around all the different lines, and it is so easy just to paint lines over the water and sky once these are painted in. I did get the sky painted in this afternoon. It is a challenge, because I have to leave at 2:30 in order to pick up my younger son, Andrew, at 3:00. Being a parent and and artist is a juggling act. Andrew is going to be in the after school program one day a week, so that I’ll have at least one day where I don’t have to leave my studio so early.
I’m calling this painting pushing the limits. Part of this is because of how high the winds are, causing this boat to heel so sharply. The other reason I’m giving it this title, is that my son Jonathan likes to push his own limits. He is very ambitious and hard working, and likes to push himself to his limits and do his very best in everything he does. I am extremely proud of him, and I hope this painting shows that.
I got to finish this painting in oil today. I put some finishing touches on the Face. The first thing I did was put highlights on the eyes. I also darkened the mouth, and the corners of the mouth and sides of the teeth.
Oil on canvas panel,
18″ x 24″, completed
This is the first time I’ve ever used transparent white, for glazing. I mixed a tiny bit of yellow ochre into the trans white so it wouldn’t be icy cold, and softly applied it to the indirect highlights on His forehead, cheeks, and nose. I also glazed over the face, neck, and hands in a thin red glaze. I may go back and glaze again in a very thin blue glaze, as the face is pretty warm.
Then, I painted in the background more loosely. This was fun and relaxing. I mixed the green using phthalo blue/green and yellow ochre. This makes a very nice green – colorful and vibrant, yet natural. For the dark green, I used red and blue to cool and gray it down. For the light green, I added yellow and white to lighten it and warm it up. I used a rich violet gray for the darker shadows in the leaves. After I put in the sky, I added blue reflections on the figure and in the background. I also added some of the earthy oranges to the leaves, as green foliage often has oranges in it, and this unified and harmonized the painting. The tree on the right is done in grayer more neutral greens, and the darks are not as dark. This is to create aerial perspective, which gives it the illusion of depth.
Here are youtube videos from my pastor that explain who Jesus is, and why He came.
Interesting stone columns
Hey guys, I’m really enjoying the Mo Botanical Garden in winter now. It is so awesome to live just 10 minutes from one of the most gorgeous, awe inspiring gardens in the world. I have done many paintings of scenery and flora from this place. I like to call it a little slice of heaven.
Mimosa petals on walkway
Every time I go there, I see things that are very interesting, and eye catching. Today, most of the ponds and lakes are frozen. It was very interesting to see the abstract patterns that the ice creates when it freezes – lots of angular lines. I didn’t get any photos of these. For some reason, I just didn’t think of taking pictures of it. However, I did get some photos of some of the other fascinating stuff to see. We walked all around the garden, including the Japanese garden, the Boxwood garden, the Chinese garden, and the Climatron. It was a shock for me going from winter into the hot, humid tropical climatron. I had to remove my parka and my sweater, and my glasses completely fogged up. My husband Jon was with me. The sun was shining, and it was so pretty to see how the light played along with the lush vibrant greens and reds of all the plant life in the climatron.
Gorgeous glass work by Dale Chihuly in the climatron
Unusual Flower from the Phillippines
There was a clear, still pool of water, with a golden brown color, and the sunlight hit the bottom of the pool in a dappled effect. It was very beautiful. I didn’t get a picture of that either, but I got pictures of some of the unusual tropical flowers. This one here is from the Phillipians, and the growth patterns of the plant is most unusual.
The beautiful glass work of Dale Chihuly is on the left here. I am amazed and how organic this work is, and how perfectly it harmonizes with the surrounding natural and living environment. The rich red orange is a stunning complement to the surrounding greens and yellow greens. The dapples sunlight hitting this scene just adds to the warmth and richness of it. I’m even considering using one of these last 2 photos as a reference for a future painting.
These are in front of the climatron.
I specialize in color. My art is mostly very colorful, and I’ve been highly trained in color theory. When I first left the tropics to live in a temperate zone, here in the midwestern USA (Missouri), I though everything was gray and colorless in winter. However, my wonderful and brilliant art mentor/teacher Jerry Thomas taught me to SEE as an artist. That is one of the vital parts of art training – learning to REALLY see everything around you as it is, not as we mentally perceive it to be. For example, grass is not just green, the sky is many more colors besides blue.
shriveled red berries
Anyway, God chose to give us a very mild and beautiful day today, and I treated myself to a walk at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I saw some very beautiful things, and lots of color! Granted, it’s not the riotous color we see in spring with the extensive beds of tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils we see in spring. Nor is it the burnished, warm, golden colors of fall leaves. However, if you are perceptive and really take the time to slow down and look around, there are all kinds of beautiful things around us, even in winter. Here are a few pictures I took on my rather mediocre smart phone camera.
Yes, there are actually flowers that bloom in January in a temperate zone! I never knew this until today! Isn’t it interesting, how we all have these preconceived notions of the way things are, and oftentimes our assumptions are wrong. God likes to think outside the box, doesn’t He.
Then there are the beautiful holly berries that we associate with Christmas, and the winter holidays. I have one of these in my own yard. A bird planted it in my yard for me about 20
years ago! It is now about 25 feet tall, and produces lots of beautiful red berries every winter.
Then, there are these very interesting plant stalks, that are in very interesting hues of red, pink, orange, peach, and yellow. Even though they are dormant, they are still beautiful.
red bushes in Japanese Garden.
Thank God, the holidays are over. Now I can get back to my regular routine, and do what I really love, which is painting! I keep trying to talk my husband into taking a trip to the warmer climates at Christmas, to escape all the hullabaloo and expectations of extended family members. He is a hard sell. Next year, perhaps. Then, I can spend Christmas painting beautiful plein air scenes instead. That would be awesome! He says he wants to get a palm tree for a Christmas tree. That will be my gift to him next year.
OK, I finished painting the figure of Jesus in “Jesus Smiling”. All those folds in the drapery of His robe! Wow. I’m glad that all I have left to do is the background! I hope to paint that softly and loosely. I generally paint the face and hands pretty tightly.
My palette was: Permalba white, yellow ochre, cadmium red light, burnt sienna, pthalo blue, ultramarine blue, and burnt umber. I combine the ultra blue and burnt umber to make a really rich optical blackness/darkness. I add a scoche of yellow ochre to the white so it is not stark, chalky white. I use this white for the bright highlights.
Anyway, I start with a detailed drawing. That way, I don’t have to worry about form while I’m painting. It gives me a good, strong foundation to start with. I had drawn the figure in about early to mid December.
I still want to tweak and add final details to Jesus’ face and hands. His eyes need the outer highlights, and I want to do some more modeling on the fingers. The background will be a very soft, semi-abstract background of trees and sky. I really like how the color of the robes harmonizes so well with the hair and skin tones. The skin tones were : white, yellow ochre, cad red lite, ultra blue, and burnt umber. The robes are: burnt sienna, yellow ochre, and white.