Thursday, August 27, 2015

Straight & Narrow

"Straight & Narrow"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is another painting done for the private friend's challenge. Hal, the photo owner, said he was tired of the greens of summer and wanted to start looking at fall. I think Autumn is one of the best seasons to paint - color everywhere here in the NorthEast!!

I held this painting for a few days, trying to decide whether to keep it as is & post it, or did I want to change it. More shadows? More highlights? 

But when I took the image into Photoshop to alter things (I do this often when I'm trying to figure out what I want to changed), no matter what I tried, I did not like it. After playing for a few days, I decided to leave it alone. Stop gilding the lily - which is an expression said to me from the friends when I asked what they thought. Such an expression - when I searched for it's origin, I found conflicting facts. It's either Civil war era, or Shakespeare! 

And where did the title for this come from? It's what I kept saying, over & over to myself, while I painted this. The straight & narrow path......

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Okanogan Mountain Stream

"Okanogan Mountain Stream"
9x12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I participate in an assortment of challenges from time to time, when life isn't busy sending me in different directions! One such challenge is with a small, private, intimate group of FB friends that just create art because the LOVE to! Isn't that a wonderful way to approach art - because you LOVE it! 

They do weekly challenges which I can't really keep up with, but I do jump in occasionally (and will try to do so with more frequency). This was posted by one of the members - a photo she took in Okanogan Washington. A beautiful part the country that I haven't visited -- yet. The northwest is definitely on my to-do list one day!

Of course, I had to embellish the scene with more color. And that was partly because I chose to experiment a bit with Golden acrylics. I've had a starter tube set for a while now, and kept meaning to work with them. This challenge (and I like to make challenges a challenge) seemed a good fit - so this is done with the Golden acrylics that have a longer drying time than regular acrylics, and also done with a limited palette (the starter kit only had roughly 6 colors in it, including white & black). The blue was ultramarine blue, which is probably my least favorite blue to work with. It was a struggle for me, but I persevered! To be honest, I didn't not find a great difference in using the Golden acrylics - in fact I found them to be a bit loose in consistency. I love working with Liquitex Heavy Body - it's what I have the most of. (although I do try other brands of acrylics & like some, and dislike some. I should probably do a blog post on the ones I've tried, the one's I like, and the one's I don't).

My original painted version was too dark across that band of trees that cuts across the canvas. And after it was pointed out by a fellow artist (so nice to have extra eyes), I went back to adjust things a bit. I didn't want that dark band to stand out - but I also didn't want it to jump forward either. A few touches of a nice gray seemed to give me what I needed. After that, I added some light yellow-green highlights to the foreground trees so they would pop more.

I'm happy with this painting now. It is available through my DPW paintworks gallery and is currently an active auction.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Infinite Sky

"Infinite Sky"
9x12 acrylic on stretched canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I do have a fascination with night - love the shadows that items have from either moonlight or the incandescent light of the street lamps. Even as a child I was fascinated at how different things appeared when it became dark out. How even the most familiar scene or street can take on a different feel to it at night - a tad edgier, a bit more unknown.

But as dark as the night may be, there is still color in that darkness. Sometimes you need to squint to focus on it, but it's there. Incandescents will cast a yellow hue, while the moon will reflect what it sees back to you.

Oh, and the stars. Like a thousand fireflies blinking in the darkness. Don't forget to make a wish on the first one you see......

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Intangible Night

"Intangible Night"
8x10 acrylic on stretched canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

It has been a very hectic month - well, at least July was.  It does not seem that August will quiet down too quickly. Most of my energy have been split between my day job and the dog. 

The day job had a major project that just rolled out last weekend. So far, a few minor glitches which I was able to fix, so knock on wood - going ok. But I have to say, it took a lot out of me getting to the "go-live." As I get older, I find I can't do the loooong hours like I use to. Working 24 hours straight seems to be a bit draining, as does 21 days straight. But it is done (I hope). Now, except for some coverage for others who are on vacation in August, things should get a bit quieter there.

As some of you know, I have an advanced senior dog who requires quite a bit of extra attention. Which gets difficult when you are working the amount of hours that I have been. But I juggled, and my husband is a help. Poor old guy - I hug him as often as I can.

So, this painting done last year, was one of a 2 I did on a black primed canvas. I did love doing these! And with the recent "blue moon" on July 31st, I remembered I had painted this. I also came across it recently as I was pulling together items for Art Trails in Northville NY. 

Art Trails is a self-guided tour of various artists studios in upstate NY. The first one occurred last year, and it was a lot of fun, so I signed up again this year. For those of us who do not have a studio, we can participate one of the mutual locations added to the trail. I will be at the Inn at the Bridge this year - looking forward to it. It's a wonderful building at the edge of the lake, just at the end of the bridge, which operates as a bed & breakfast. There will 4 of us artists sharing space there this weekend. 

Here is the Inn at the Bridge website, and if you're ever in the area, be sure to pay them a visit. They also do a wonderful Sunday breakfast!


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