Monday, October 28, 2013

Week 18 – Alevin & Frog Eggs

I was looking back at some of my work and found a little oil painting I did titled Salmon Alevin (Alevin means a young fish, esp a young salmon or trout, a newly hatched salmon when still attached to the yolk sac). I decided I wanted to revisit the subject matter. I like the abstract feeling of the composition—it let me think more about the brush strokes and paint color and less about the representation.
I don't know that fish eggs and frog eggs ever co-exist like this in nature. I doubt they do—I made use of artistic license on that part.
I was a little rushed on this painting, and that meant I stuck to acrylic instead of moving on to oils after the base layer. The quicker drying time was key. And a strict deadline was as well. I would have kept working on this if I had had the time, but I now like where it ended. 
My latest take away from my One-a-Week project is that I am all over the place with my work. I'm not sure what it would take to get me to settle down and work on one concept for 10 to 15 paintings in a row, but I do think it's something I should try to figure out.

Acrylic on wood panel, 8 x 10, $175
(prints available)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Week 17 – Brown & White Arrangement

I've always loved Dutch Realist floral paintings. (A great example can be seen here.) The magazine photo that I tore out a year or so ago made me think of those Dutch paintings. This gesso and pencil piece is a Megan Moore rendition. I'd love to take a class on Dutch Realist still life painting at some point. I'd like to see how it would change my work. Below is the reference image, a sketch, and the painting in progress.
Gesso and pencil on cardboard, 8 x 10, $125
(prints available) 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Week 16 – Mississippi River, November

I used the same reference photos, taken last fall, that I used on Week 2's painting for this watercolor of the Mississippi River. I'm not satisfied yet...
8" x 10", gouache on paper, $50

Monday, October 7, 2013

Week 15 – Yellow Leaves with Walnuts

This turned out much more stark and geometric than I was intending. Was inspired by the bright yellow leaves contrasting with the black tree trunks and deep green of other foliage on a rainy October day.
Oil on wood panel, 18" x 24" $350