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Experimenting Day! Two Horse Studies: Day 18 #stradaeasel January Challenge

Experimenting With Paper and Paint.

Greetings! Strada Easel challenge day 18 studies are about experimenting.  For my first piece, I decided to try Daniel Smith‘s “Moonglow”, a lovely blend of pigments that make a nice neutral grayish tint.  The experiment?  Getting a feel for how the blend of pigments handles.

This first study was done in a Moleskine Watercolor Notebook.

Experimenting With Daniel Smith Moonglow

Using Horse Models.

My model horses are good for experiments.  That is to say, they’re fun to draw and I never get tired of them.  

Stillman & Birn Nova Series.

Then, an idea struck!  I was recently gifted a sample pack of Stillman & Birn’s new Nova series of toned papers.  And, in the sample pack is black paper that I had yet to try.  

Experimenting with Stillman & Birn Nova Series

Black Paper; Opaque Paint.

Hmmm.  Time to experiment with black paper!  I drew a different model horse “from life” using white colored pencil first.  Then, I used Winsor & Newton gouache and watercolor.  It was great fun!  You see, I am a “newbie” working with gouache and I am still getting a feel for how the paint works.  

I decided to leave the horse shape the black of the paper.  In which case, I needed to do “negative” painting.  That is to say, I painted around the horse shape.   I added a little bit of blue watercolor and opaque Naples yellow watercolor because I’m experimenting, naturally!

Positive and Negative.

So, one horse was painted “positively” – that is I painted the horse and left the background the “color” of the paper.  The other horse, I painted the background and left the horse shape the paper’s color.  Sort of a positive and negative experiment! 

Experimenting: Horse in Acrylic
Day 8 #stradaeasel challenge

Strada Easel Challenge Days 8, 10 & 11.

I’d like to share with you some of the earlier studies for the Strada Easel Challenge.  As stated before, I like experimenting with my horse models.  The possibilities seem endless.  Plus, I have a seemingly life long affection for horses.

Experimenting: Stepping Out Two
Day 10 #stradaeasel challenge.

Note, the first version of the particular horse model is day 7 of the #stradaeasel challenge.

Experimenting: Another Horse Stepping Out

Please enjoy!  And, now, on to day 19!

 

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Experimenting Day! Two Horse Studies: Day 18 #stradaeasel January Challenge

Experimenting With Paper and Paint.

Greetings! Strada Easel challenge day 18 studies are about experimenting.  For my first piece, I decided to try Daniel Smith‘s “Moonglow”, a lovely blend of pigments that make a nice neutral grayish tint.  The experiment?  Getting a feel for how the blend of pigments handles.

This first study was done in a Moleskine Watercolor Notebook.

Experimenting With Daniel Smith Moonglow

Using Horse Models.

My model horses are good for experiments.  That is to say, they’re fun to draw and I never get tired of them.  

Stillman & Birn Nova Series.

Then, an idea struck!  I was recently gifted a sample pack of Stillman & Birn’s new Nova series of toned papers.  And, in the sample pack is black paper that I had yet to try.  

Experimenting with Stillman & Birn Nova Series

Black Paper; Opaque Paint.

Hmmm.  Time to experiment with black paper!  I drew a different model horse “from life” using white colored pencil first.  Then, I used Winsor & Newton gouache and watercolor.  It was great fun!  You see, I am a “newbie” working with gouache and I am still getting a feel for how the paint works.  

I decided to leave the horse shape the black of the paper.  In which case, I needed to do “negative” painting.  That is to say, I painted around the horse shape.   I added a little bit of blue watercolor and opaque Naples yellow watercolor because I’m experimenting, naturally!

Positive and Negative.

So, one horse was painted “positively” – that is I painted the horse and left the background the “color” of the paper.  The other horse, I painted the background and left the horse shape the paper’s color.  Sort of a positive and negative experiment! 

Experimenting: Horse in Acrylic
Day 8 #stradaeasel challenge

Strada Easel Challenge Days 8, 10 & 11.

I’d like to share with you some of the earlier studies for the Strada Easel Challenge.  As stated before, I like experimenting with my horse models.  The possibilities seem endless.  Plus, I have a seemingly life long affection for horses.

Experimenting: Stepping Out Two
Day 10 #stradaeasel challenge.

Note, the first version of the particular horse model is day 7 of the #stradaeasel challenge.

Experimenting: Another Horse Stepping Out

Please enjoy!  And, now, on to day 19!

 

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Muddy Colors: Day 17 Tea Time-R*

Muddy Is Good.  Day 17, #stradaeasel Challenge.

Greetings!  Today’s muddy color study is Day 17 of the #stradaeasel challenge.   I was pleased with the grays I used today and thought I’d share with you how I achieved these subtle colors.

Muddy Color: Tea Timer

The Set Up.

To begin with, today’s still life set up was gray.  What to do?   Just thinking; all that gray.

Muddy Color: Gray Still Life

 

Dirty Palette.  

As I pondered what colors to combine to create my gray, muddy color, I looked at my palette.  It is rather dirty and probably ought to be cleaned off.  

Dirty Palette = Muddy Palette

But, wait, why not find my gray here?

So, that’s what I did: touch paint here, mix paint there and, voila, I have warm gray (brownish) mud or cool, bluish gray mud.  

Mud next to mud can be lovely, I think.

Still Muddy Palette.  

I must say, it was fun.  However, my palette is still not clean; it rarely is.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll give it a clean.  Or not.  I may need a muddy palette again!

Catch Up Time:  Day 9. 

Keeping with the theme of tea, I’d like to share the study for Day 9 of the #stradaeasel challenge.

Teabags

  

*Tea Time-R

The title reminds me of a computerized tee time call in system for golf courses my husband developed back in the 1990s.  It was called the “Tee Timer”.  

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Inspiration: Hot, Sweet And Sour, Days 16, 15 & 14 #stradaeasel January Challenge

Greetings!

Its Day 16 and I’d like to talk about inspiration!  To explain, I have been plugging away at the Strada Easel 31 Days in January Challenge.  Looking at all I’ve done, I thought it might be a good idea to start grouping some of the paintings together in order to eventually post all 31 works.  

With today’s grouping, I can share a bit about where I find inspiration.

inspiration: sweet and sour version 2
Day 16, #stradaeasel challenge.

Variations On A Theme.

“Sweet and Sour V2” is today’s piece.  As the name implies, I did a version 1 as well, that is what the “V” is about.

Inspiration: Sweet and Sour
Day 15, #stradaeasel challenge.

Ideas Inspire More Ideas.

What I’d like to tell you about is how I am coming up with the more recent pieces.  It is case of one painting inspiring the next.  In this situation, I have been thinking of phrases or titles that match the items I have available for still life set ups.  

For example, “sweet and sour” popped in my head while I was doing “hot and sour”.  Regarding “hot and sour”, I really don’t remember what I was doing in the kitchen, but, again, the idea struck me.  I think its because I am in the groove of pairing odd things and am receptive to inspiration.  Its sort of an on-going brain storming of ideas.

Inspiration: Loosey-Goosey Thinking.

This all seems sort of loosey-goosey, so I think I’ll try to explain this in a different way.  When one is working in a series, you seem to create conditions that encourage ideas and inspiration.  

For me, I’m almost constantly thinking about my little still life set ups.  So, its natural that one would lead to another.  I just have to look at an object and then I try to figure out how to get it to fit into my series of still life setups.

In any case, I hope you enjoy these three paintings.

Inspiration: Hot & sour
Day 14: #stradaeasel challenge.

 

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Kay Myer Illustrates New Book, “Toadface”!

Toadface, cover art by Kay Myer for book by Sandra Phoenix

Kay Myer just sent us the lovely and endearing cover art she created for Sandra Phoenix’s new book, “Toadface.” She has also created illustrations which appear throughout the book. We do not have those illustrations, which does make the book that much more enticing to purchase. Congratulations on a great job, Kay!

Christin Lore Weber Reads from New Book Feb 3

Image of cover art for Widow's Walk, book by Christin Lore Weber

Christin Lore Weber reads from and talks about her newly released novel, WIDOW’S WALK, on Saturday, February 3, at 1 P.M. at the newly renovated ART PRESENCE in Jacksonville, OR.

Weber, the author of many published books, invites you to come with friends who might enjoy that delicious feeling of being read to. Enjoy refreshments in the gallery, the gentle music of guitar, keyboard, and flute by Minstrel Streams, and the works of local artists to appreciate and possibly to add to your collection.

WIDOW’S WALK will be on sale along with the books of other local writers. You can also find her novel at Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Image of cover art for Views of the Moon: Tales for Meditators, by John SackFor a warm-up, you can visit the Widow’s Walk, A Novel page on Facebook where she posted a 3 minute video of herself reading the opening page of the story.

Christin’s husband, John Sack, is also the author of many thoughtful books. His most recent, Views of the Moon: Tales for Meditators, was just published and is now available at amazon.com and createspace.com.

You can buy Widow’s Walk and Christin’s previously published books locally at Art Presence and online at:

Below is a flyer with reviews. Please click to enlarge for easier reading:
Widows Walk Flyer to promote Christin Lore Weber's new book

Owls by Eva Thiemann at Creekside Pizza in Ashland

I am having oil paintings of Great Grey Owl, Snowy Owl and Great Horned owls and bears at the Creekside Pizza which is part of Ashland Gallery Association. Exhibit from January till beginning of March 2018Artist Eva Thiemann shows her oil paintings of Great Grey Owls, Snowy Owls and Great Horned Owls at Creekside Pizza, an Ashland Gallery Association member. Also on display are her wonderful paintings of bears. Eva’s style is unique and vibrant, born of years of watching bears in Alaska, with her subjects realistically rendered, but with the addition of beautiful colors, and semi-abstract backgrounds of snowy mountain ranges. Her exhibit of paintings is available for viewing from January through the beginning of March 2018.

Happy new Year from Natural Earth Paint

Happy New Year from Natural Earth Paint - To Health & Happiness

Happy New Year!

2017 was a wonderful year of growth for Natural Earth Paint! We are excited for new things to come in 2018! We want to wish everyone Health and Happiness in the new year! Choose to live a healthier lifestyle by making small changes that not only impact your health and well-being but living in an eco-friendly way that encourages others to do the same.

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“Lisianthus Dream” is finally finished and will be…

“Lisianthus Dream” is finally finished and will be staying with me forever as it holds an immense amount of personal symbolism: breaking points, late summer fecundity, the hexagon dimension, finding my true north on a mountain, dissolving road blocks, falling in love, piercing the veil.
18×24, oil on wood, [email protected]

Painting from Nothing – How to create a masterpiece from your Imagination

in this video, you will watch Stefan Baumann talking to his class about Painting from Nothing – How to create a masterpiece from your ImaginationInspiring. How to paint original paintings and compositions.
Millions to paint outdoors This video is to Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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