Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lost Marbles 6" x 6" oil on gessoboard

From this week's challenge I chose to use the primary colors on the Color Wheel. The predominant color is red (pink), secondary is blue and the least amount of color used is yellow. The biggest challenge was to mix a neutral gray for the glass. The grays ranged from a warm yellow gray to a cool blue gray.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cock-a-doodle-doo 6" x 6" Oil on canvas

This is the "chicken challenge" for the week. I changed the background to blue-violet from the original photo which had several different colors. I decided to keep the whole painting in the analogous color range with the two adjacent colors on either side of red.
What a homely little fellow.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

German Landscape Challenge

Well maybe it doesn't look anymore like Germany than down the road from here. Lots to learn about landscape painting. I pulled out my book by Morgan Samuel Price to get an idea of what color scheme I wanted to use because the photo that I painted from left a lot to be desired- to me anyway. If you wish to visit the website where I am taking all these Challenges, it is It is interesting to see the interpretations of many different artists.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lemon Aid 6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

This brave little lemon is trying to rescue his friends by standing on the lid cover. Lots of luck!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tradition Continues 5" x 7" Oil on canvas

Painting over the value sketch, I tried to match the same values when mixing the colors. Where to start? I decided to first get the skin values in the light and shadow on the face. I knew it was light in value but not as light as the rim of the cup, the milk carton, and the powdered sugar on the beignets.

I am thinking about entering this painting in an exhibit at the Southeast Louisiana University President's home in Hammond. If it is accepted, it will hang there for a year and will be in a lovely catalog along with other local artwork.