Thursday, March 31, 2011

Zippo Challenge

6" x 6" oil painting on canvas panel

This challenge was to paint the Zippo lighter with only 3 colors...French Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White...I loved figuring this out! I was also good practice for painting reflective metal....I am ready to tackle some silver somethings! I remember my grandfather having a lighter like this!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Return to Blogging

10 minute challenge

Today a friend has encouraged me to return to blogging...thanks! In the past months I have taken a still life class with Stacy Barter and then a 3 day figure still life paintings from class do not qualify as small paintings...actually painted one that is 24" x 24".... so no posts for them, and I just have one thing to say about figures...FUN but harder than flowers! Meanwhile I have been painting some of the Daily Paintworks weekly challenges. This daisy is one of those...The challenge was to paint the same object 8 times...using only 10 minutes for each painting. So some are not quite finished. The idea is that you improve with each one, the last being the best. I got a few that I liked but I am not sure that there was steady growth...1-4 are on the left panel and 5 - 8 on the right....You can be the judge!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Exciting news!

My painting, "Flower Power" was accepted into Randy Higbee's 6" Squared Exhibition and Sale! One of close to 1200 entries! I have it framed and ready to ship out today. The show opens April 16 and runs through May 6. Randy Higbee Gallery is located at 102 Kalmus Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626.