Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November!

This month has been so hard. We are finishing with 4" of rain today which was good for the horrible fires but also brought tornadoes and deaths. I hope that December is a better month.

Painting has been hard with all else that was going on, but I have done a few things.
 I know that this car is wonky, but you should have seen it earlier! I might have to have yet another go at this and maybe go a little larger. This one is 5"x7".I think that what I like about this scene are the lights.  The street lights had not yet come on, but the traffic lights and the brake lights looked very warm.
This is a 30"x30" rendition of a 4"x4" I did earlier. The photo was taken as we were boarding the ferry in Settle on our way to Victoria.  I don't see many sunrises - not my time of day! This was done in acrylic using the palette knife.  I have another that I plan to enlarge; I have several larger canvases left from my acrylic days that aren't really of a quality worth keeping so I plan to reuse them. 

This is another redo - this time of the beach at Tybee Island when we were there last March. I think that I might need to darken the water a little. 

Here is to a great December for all of us. I hope that your Advent Season will be a time to fine peace and to prepare for a wonderful Christmas.

All is well and all will be well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I'mmm b-a-a-a-ck

What with the nasty aftermath of the election and the fact that east Tennessee, northwest Ga, NC, VA, and KY are on fire, I just haven't had the heart to do much of anything. Add to that a misunderstanding with a neighbor and - whoops, there goes the blog.

Everything that I can do anything about is better now and I am back to painting. The "one a day" thing is not going to work out, I think, but I will be doing a few a week. One reason for not being able to paint one a day is that I need more pictures and with all the smoke there are not many good photos to be made. Neither do I want to sit outside breathing it for several hours while I paint from life.

Of course, the fact that oils take about a week to dry does not help. Finding a place to put them all is beginning to be a problem!

So here are the latest. I took a photo looking down the street to town, intending to paint it. It was just so hazy and indefinite that it ended up being a country highway. Ha.

I will try the photo again, but I might need to take another before I do. 

This is one I had painted before of the marshes in Glynn County, GA. Mary G, my online teacher suggested that I give it another try. I  like this one better. Now I can get rid of the first and use its space! Actually, I think that I could get rid of the one above it also, since it is rather boring and mundane, but I wanted to show you what happened, and I like the way the sky worked out. 


I have been doing a lot of walking lately and I am hooked. I really like it. I love being outdoors, but I am not a camper or a hiker, just a walker. Walking in the neighborhood is fine; walking in a park or a garden is a special treat. Surely we will get some rain before to much longer (it has been since late July or early August since we have had anything of note and we usually have lots) and the fires will be put out and the air will clear and photos will be in order again and I can walk and walk.

I am not sure that I can type "all is well" right now because so much is not well, but in my heart I know that we will come together or enough of us will to make things better. 

XOXOXO,
Caroline

Friday, November 4, 2016

Intracoastal

This painting is from a photo I took of the intracoastal waterway passing through the marshes of glynn (county GA)We have been working on atmospheric perspective. 

Busy day today. Things are starting to pick up on the construction project. Tomorrow we are going to the UT/TN Tech game which should be very interesting. It is a home game for UT and I have never been to Neyland Stadium. I think it will be an experience.

All is well, 
XOXOXO,
Caroline

Saturday, October 29, 2016

and another

I find that my space bar is not working properly and it is very aggravating and  it slows me down enough to make me grit my teeth. At our house, today is pirate day.Arrrgh!  

Here is another of this week's paintings (actually,THE other) I was looking across the yard two doors up at the light on the grass and the leaves. It is fairly abstract,but I was trying for a sunny fall day feeling, not a portrait. A portrait of the space  I could do with the camera much better than with
paints. I hope that this is a beautiful day for you.

All is well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline



I have been reminded

I have been reminded that I haven't posted in a while, so today I am showing you three pears, two ways.
This one was done with palette knives. I like to use them but it is difficult to make nice curves.That is not a bad spot in the front pear,I just got the darker part too dark.

This was done with a brush. Dean doesn't like the large brushstrokes but I do.What do you think?

 I must stop to work on my computer, the pressureiswrong and I am going nuts!
All is well(exceptthecomputer)

XOXOXO,
Caroline


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Looking the other way

What do you do after painting Worth Street looking toward 8th  Street? Why you paint Worth Street looking toward 6th, of course. I think that I might be beginning to get the hang of this just a little!




All is well,
  XOXOXO,
Caroline

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

sidewak

This painting is of the sidewalk across the street from my house. We are working on light/illumination so the most important part is the light and shadow. I have included the original photo so you can see what I was working from. I am not displeased although I can see where it can be improved.  I guess that there is always room for improvement at this stage of the game.




I enjoy working in oils even more than I thought I would. I don't use any solvents so it is a safer studio to have in the house. I also use a painting knife instead of a brush and it cleans up with just a wipe. I might use brushes at some point but they can be cleaned with walnut oil followed by soap - still no solvent. I don't think I could do it if I had to use turpentine despite the nursery rhyme about Queen Caroline who washed her hair in turpentine to make it shine. 

All is well,
XOXOXO,
Caroline