|SPRING POPPIES 6x6 oils|
Last week we took a 3 day trip to Monterey, CA and the coast. I was amazed to see all the California poppies in bloom on the hill sides and even in downtown Carmel and Monterey! Well naturally, I had to take photos! After all, they are ORANGE! I was so surprised how difficult poppies are to paint and they are made up of such a variation of oranges and yellows. Capturing the various shadows and changes in color was a challenge.
< Here is my first effort. I worked in water mixable oils on an ampersand gesso panel. DAILY PAINTING # 29
|SPREAD A LITTLE SUNSHINE|
< Here is my 2nd effort. I am worried that my paintings will not be dry in time for my Open Studio April 23 & 24th, so I thought I would try acrylics this time. Wow! What a difference! I have not worked in acrylics in a number of years and found it quite a challenge. The colors change as they dry, blending is more difficult and making puddles of color doesn't work because they dry so quickly. But I worked on.
DAILY PAINTING #30 6x6 acrylics on ampersand gesso panel
|CALIFORNIA GOLD 6x6 acrylics|
< Second try at acrylics. I am slowly learning to manage acrylics and remembering from my work with them years ago. I realize that I could use some new brushes, I don't want to use my oil brushes and the ones I have are just too soft. And I am struggling with the transparency of acrylics too. But I do think this one is a little better.
DAILY PAINTING #31
|CARMEL POPPIES 4X6 acrylics|
DAILY PAINTING #32
I can't believe I have painted 32 paintings now! Great practice!
These little guys will be available for sale at my Open Studio.
6x6s are $100 without a frame / $125 with a floater frame.
4x6s are matted to fit an 8" x 10" frame and are $45 each.
Believe me, they look better in person! Come on by and check them out!
I am often asked "How long did it take you to paint that?"
My answer is simple:
"After 50 years of practice, it took me 3 hours to paint this small painting."