Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD
The pears are so juicy and delicious right now. They are
the perfect fruit for practicing Still Life painting. Their
curvy shapes allow for so many different angles.
Goodness knows I need the practice so I'm going to try
to paint these several more times.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 10:37 AM
Saturday, February 13, 2010
6 X 6 oil on canvas SOLD
My sister gave me this little dish. It was just the right size
to fit a family of Clementines on, with the exception of
Slow Poke who missed the boat.
I'm trying to "go off" chocolate cake (my Crack Cocaine) and
am using the Clementines as Methadone. It keeps me away
from the hard stuff like...well, chocolate cake and ice cream.
I'm only human though, and they have no idea how lucky
they were to have lasted through a Still Life before I lost my
self-control and ate every last one of the sweet little things!
My grapes in "Four And Counting" we not so lucky.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 3:38 PM
Monday, February 8, 2010
6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD
Another apple. Can't get enough of the beautiful reds in them.
This Oriental bowl sits in my living room and I don't know why
I have never thought to paint it before. You know how things
seem to disappear if you see them too often. The reds in the bowl
were nearly identical to the apple. I also played around with lost
edges a bit in this one. Admittedly, they are small but definitely lost.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 11:43 AM
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
8X6 framed oil on canvas SOLD
Found this great little bowl at the Thrift Store. I love
the delicate red floral pattern. Since I "lost" (accidentally
threw away with the rest of my "lost" supplies) my favorite
blue Still Life bowl, I'm hoping this one will take it's place.
I tried out some of the new skills I learned at Carol Marine's
Workshop. First, it is painted on a Raymar Canvas panel, a
big improvement from the usual Masonite I've been using for
over a year now. It has the hard surface I like and the bit of
tooth that the canvas offers. Secondly, I tried the toned canvas
rather than my usual black ground. This is going to take some
getting use to since I have to retrain my eye to the way the
color looks when it's laid down. The goal is to find the value
and color before laying down the stroke. I'm finding this much
harder than expected. Third, I tried to paint with straight lines.
This was the hardest of the three.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 1:50 PM