Tuesday, August 24, 2010


oil on canvas
size: 9x12 inch

This week I finally tried a different technique in oil using just two colors of paint. The light areas are actually the white of  the canvas and the colors used are permanent rose and yellow orchre with a touch of blue as accents. There may be some more small adjustments needed as I see a couple of things that I want to work on. For now though, I just will let it sit for a couple of days so that I can come back and look at the painting with fresh eyes.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Morning Light

The Morning Light
pastel on paper/board
size: 8 x 10 inches

After buying pastels, looking at pastel paintings, and marveling at the beauty of how they look and the beautiful colors, I finally found the courage to give them a try. I reached my "tipping point". After working through my first attempt, I must say that I am hooked on pastels. How did this come about? After taking an oil painting workshop with Marc Hanson, he gave us some tips on using pastels and also a demonstration. What finally hooked me is how he now frames his pastels. No mats.

There is now on the market a thing called EconoSpace (I found the best deal through Frametek.com). It is a peel-and-stick spacer that comes in clear or black that adheres to the glass. The glass is then placed against the pastel that has been mounted on a board. It is then sealed around the edges and placed in a normal frame that would be similar to those used with an oil painting. Wow. I had not idea that there was such a thing. I love pastel pieces, but I have always felt that there is a prejudice against works that are matted and framed by collectors for whatever reason. Galleries tend to shun them and just want oils. Collectors may feel that matted works are similar to prints. Who knows. By mounting pastel works on a board, using spacers and then framing them under a museum glass, they look and have the feel of an oil painting.

I am hooked. There is something about being able to put pure pigment on paper and have a finished piece. No drying time. Pure pigments. Beautiful hues. Vibrant. The list goes on and on. I am hooked and I am here to educate the collector on the long-lasting beauty of pastels.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Nocturne Painting

 Romayne's Bling
nocturne oil painting
size: 10 x 8 inches
The last couple of weeks were a bit intense with surviving two weeks of plein air painting workshops along with a week of hot, humid and intense Minnesota summer weather. One evening in Taylors Falls, MN, as part of our workshop, we all met to attempt doing a nocturne painting. If you have not tried this type of painting and are a painter, painting in the dark can be quite a challenge - especially without the help of a full moon. Even though we use small lamps that clamp onto the easel to enable one to see the canvas and the paints, it is always a surprise to see them in actual daylight after the painting is completed. One never really knows if the colors work or not. I love painting at night. I love the challenge. I am always surprised by the wonderful colors seen at night from the reflective lights and how little black there is.

"Romayne's Bling" is a painting done while standing on the main street in Taylors Falls, MN. One of the buildings at Romaynes Sports Bar and Grill has a small out building decorated with Christmas tree lights. Hanging in front of this building is a large basket of flowers. What made this painting for me was the "bling" on the building, the wonderful colors of the Xmas lights. Light reflected onto the window of the building and cast eerie shadows from the street lights and lights across the street. I love the bling of the dangling X-mas lights....my favorite part and to me what makes the painting.

Coming up next....studies in black and white.