Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Another River Study

River Study on August 11, 2009
oil , 8 x 10 inch

Here is another river study. It is fun seeing these little paintings come together and see the different views and light. This one was done in the late morning.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

A Cloudy Day for a Back Yard Study


"My Back Yard Aug. 5, 2009"
oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inch
copyright MaryAnn Cleary
What fun to paint!! This is another series in the "back yard" paintings. I am doing this to study the effects of light at different times and seasons. It has been a couple of weeks since I have done one so it was about time that I got back at it.

This evening was cloudy so without having a strong light constrast, it is much more difficult. The values are similar so one needs to play with the warm and cool tones. I did enjoy this one and I would like to do it again when a sunny morning or evening.

While painting this sweet little painting, a family of turkeys did pass through. Sometimes I forget why I love it here so much. Watching a turkey family or a bald eagle fly along the river is truly a great pleasure.

Enjoy the painting~

Monday, August 03, 2009

Hydrangeas, Sunflowers in a RumRill Vase

"Hydrangeas & Sunflowers in a RumRill Vase"
oil on linen on hardboard, 16 x 12 inch
copyright MaryAnn Cleary


What an interesting still life! Especially trying to put this one together. I have hydrangeas in my yard, but with my bum knee it is difficult spending too much time standing outside to paint. For this little gem, I opted to cut some of the hydrangeas and put them in a vase...one of my RumRill vases called Dutch Blue and made by Red Wing in the 1930s.

One difficulty with this still life is that hydrangeas do not make very good cut flowers! Thank goodness I did take a photo of the flowers. Between my laptop and the setup of the still life, I managed to keep the essences of the initial setup.

My favorite way of painting is from life. The main reason is that colors and the subtelties are often lost with a photograph. This was difficult for me, but I managed to restrain myself and hopefully capture the essence of the hydrangeas. One thing that I am realizing is "less is definitedly more" and I really tried to keep my colors clean with this painting....that is, making every brush stroke count. This painting actually took me longer than I thought....but I sure was not in a rush.

Enjoy!