Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Virtual Painting Interpretation....Week 12-13

Buddha and Hydrangeas ~ Week 12-13
oil on canvas board, 10 x 8 inch

This is an interpretation that I did from "Different Strokes for Different Folks" a blog sponsored by Karin Jurick where a different photo is posted each week and everyone does their interpretation by painting it. This was my first try - I did a quick one this afternoon. Fun! I hope to try this one again!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Baby Sleeping

Baby Sleeping
original oil painting on canvas board, 6 x 8 inch, unframed
copyright 2008 MaryAnn Cleary

This is a little study that I decided to try. I may work on it a little more, but for now I need to sleep on it. Here is where I am with it so far.

If anyone is interested in this painting or a commission done from a photograph, please feel free to contact me. Prices start at $100 and up.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

November VSD (Virtual Sketch Date)

Final Version
The November VSD, original oil painting, 10 x 8 inch, unframed
copyright 2008 MaryAnn Cleary

Stages of the painting process.....
This is my month's virtual sketch date interpretation. I decided to do it in oil and I just started and finished it this evening. As I look at it I do see some issues, but I will "sleep on it" before fiddling with it. The colors in my monitor are fairly close, but I still have problems trying to match everything exactly (depending on your monitor of course). It definitely looks better in real life. Lately I seem to be having issues with my painting as I develop my style. I feel like I am like a little bird gathering bits and pieces to build my nest....except sometimes things tend to just not fit. Parts of the painting just seem to click and then some parts just seem to be a bit dysfunctional or at odds with one another. The branch that is going up behind the main large trunk seems to be a bit confused. I will work on it tomorrow and I am thinking to just make the thing disappear with more focus on the main trunk and adding leaves and sky.......the colors, by the way, do look much better in life.

Note: I did work on the painting this morning and I do like the subtle changes that I made. I left the original version so that others could see my "dysfunction". I did place more emphasis on the main trunk and let the other one fade. I also added more color (a dark orange) to play off of the values and to try and tie the painting together.

This photo was a challenge. I love the high contrast, but the light seemed to be shining directly from above and this did make it a challenge with defining form and shape of the trunk. A good challenge.

Thanks to the folks who put this together!! Check out the site for all the other postings and interpretations.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The View from my Studio

A View from my Studio
original oil painting on linen on board, 8 x 10 inch, unframed
copyright 2008 MaryAnn Cleary

This painting is a view from my studio window. It is one of those paintings that did not just seem to fall into place, but one that was a complete struggle. I actually wiped portions of it out a few times and now I finally will just let it go and leave it alone. It is what it is.

Has anyone else experienced something similar when painting and how do you handle it? I would love to here your comments.

Friday, November 14, 2008

My Back Yard

My Back Yard with the Sun Setting
original oil on canvas on board, 6 x 8 inch, unframed
$50 plus $7 shipping USD (international please email me for shipping)
copyright 2008 MaryAnn Cleary

This little study is of the sun setting so that the trees are backlit in my back yard. The leaves have fallen and are catching different colors on the ground.

This one definitely looks much better in real life....tomorrow I may try photographing it outside with natural light.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dragon Chinese Tea Cup

Chinese Dragon Tea Cup
original oil on linen on board, 6 x 8 inch, unframed
$75 plus $7 shipping USD (international shipping please email me)
copyright 2008 MaryAnn Cleary

This painting was done from life. This is a tea cup that I brought back from China with me. I really like making in tea in it as you can put the loose tea into the insert, let it steep with the lid on, and then pull out the insert and the tea is ready with no tea leaves. Tea is one thing that I do miss from China. The tea that one buys here definitely is not what a person finds there. The quality is just NOT the least the places that I have seen. There are also many varieties that each has a specific flavor.

I enjoyed doing this little tea cup and utilizing the color techniques that I am learning. Next time I hope to take photos of the painting process.

Click to bid on ebay (starting bid at $49)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Turning Color

Turning Color
original oil painting on canvas board, 8 x 10 inch, unframed
$100 plus $7 USD shipping (domestic-email for international)
copyright MaryAnn Cleary

Here is another color study. What I am finding when painting is that many times "less is more". I am really trying to control where I put the paint. This painting was done from a photograph from one of my hikes this fall.

Monday, November 10, 2008

More Rocks from Grand Marais

Lichen Rocks
original oil painting on canvas on board, 11 x 14 inch, unframed
$200 plus $12 shipping USD (email for international shipping)
copyright 2008 MaryAnn Cleary

This weekend a new DVD showed up in the mailbox. After checking out the possibility of renting art DVDs, I decided to actually purchase this one. It is a 2-set DVD by Albert Handell. He is an expert at pastels and oils and I am really glad that I purchased this one instead of renting it and then purchasing it. I could have rented it, but it actually had a long waiting list so I had no idea when the set would show up. Being the impatient person that I am, I decided to just buy it as the DVD had rave reviews with no negative ones. I am so glad that I did. Hopefully, one day, I will be able to take a workshop from this painter. I highly recommend the DVD.

The above painting is a result of viewing the least I tried to implement some of the techniques that I learned as well as the things from the color book. So far, I am pleased with what I have learned and the direction that I am going. I can hardly wait to try doing another painting using some of Handell's recommendations.

Now I have more things to add to my painting checklist .....look for it in the next few days. In the meantime, I plan on doing a few more paintings to gain some confidence as well as fine tune my own style.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Study of Rocks

Rocks Along the Shore at Grand Marais
original oil painting on canvas on boards, 6 x 8 inch, unframed, $50 plus $7 domestic shipping USD
copyright 2008 MaryAnn Cleary

This is a study of a group of rocks that I photographed along the shoreline of Lake Superior a couple of months ago. I have a small monitor that I connect to my computer to put the photo on so that I can paint from it. The monitor sits along side my easel. This is the first time trying this is ok. My preference would be to paint from life or plein aire, but when time and weather are not exactly optimum, this is an option. The monitor is a flat screen one and is fifteen inches. I am concerned with how the colors look. In the future, I may look into what it will take to calibrate it...that is another story.

This study is a bit abstract and I did use a palette knife. The color technique that I am using after reading the book on "Capturing Radiant Light and Color" by Susan Sarback is really helping with me find my style and develop it! There still is a ways to go, but with practice it should come naturally. I am very amazed at what I see for colors now, and I do find using a monitor a bit limiting as our eyes are so much more sensitive to color than technical tools.

My recommendation would be to do studies or take notes of the subject if a person plans to work from photos. That way, your memory will help with getting the mood and feeling just right. I am also thinking of putting together a checklist to reference when doing a painting. That way, it should help with staying focused and on track. There are so many things that influence a good work and making sure that they are all there is difficult - at least with me - my mind tends to wonder. So how does one stay focused and not de-rail themselves? How does one stay in the "zone"?

How do you prepare for a painting? Please feel free to leave your comments.

Note: I am also going to start offering my paintings for sale on this blog site through Paypal. I am trying to design a Paypal buttong that is not so ......distracting. For now though, I will put the Paypal link at the bottom of each post for that day's painting. Remember one does not need to be Paypal member to use a credit card through them.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Light the Way

"Light the Way"
original oil on canvas on board, 5 x 7 inch, unframed
copyright 2008 MaryAnn Cleary

$30 plus $7 shipping USD
This afternoon as I hung another lamp over my workspace, I thought that I had better get back to doing my daily oil paintings. My studio is semi-organized and ready for me.

This past month the project that I completed for the has taken considerable energy and time, but it is nearly finished!! Yahoo!! There are still seven small watercolors waiting for their owner to claim them. (You might want to check the Oct.31 posting to see if you name is listed.) If I don't hear from those winners by Friday, a new set of names will be drawn to take their place. Printed note cards are available on Etsy and I am also trying to set up something on my website so that folks can get a cards there as well. The project has been very fulfilling. I did not realize that others lives would be so touched....but to many it has been a bright spot and in turn I have received a gift because of that.

Occasionally, I will still post my paintings on ebay for bidding, but I am going to start to offer them for sale on my a great price and easily purchased through paypal. So here is the first one. The price is listed beneath and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.