Thursday, July 28, 2011

Custard Stand-Off

"Custard Stand-Off"
oil on panel
6x6 inch, unframed

This is a study painting done on a gessoed birch panel. I am trying different painting substrates to see what I like best. This is a fairly smooth one. For this surface, I like using the mongoose brushes versus the bristle least for now. My plan is to do a few of these to see what I like best. It will take a few studies to get a feel for the panels.

Monday, July 25, 2011


oil on linen panel
size: 8x8 inch
still life
This weeks Daily Paintworks Challenge is painting outdoors, from life, and flowers. This is the results of the challenge. The challenge this week also had a time limit of one hour, three primary colors: ultramarine blue, cadmium red, and cadmium yellow plus white. Also, one was to use only three brushes: large for blocking in, medium for most of the rest and a small one for the detail. Looking at the above painting, I still will probably soften a couple of edges just a bit....or just leave it so that it stays the result of the challenge.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The River

"The River"
oil on panel
size: 8x10 inch, 
copyright 2011 MaryAnn Cleary

The link above goes to my painting gallery at Daily Paintworks.

Today, I really did not know what to paint. In fact, I planned on reading most of the afternoon, but the scene from my studio window was inviting so I thought that I would give it a try. The Rum River is a lazy river behind my house. It is still pretty high considering that it is the end of July. This afternoon I watched a group of folks tubing lazily down the river. It looked inviting. However, I also so one girl waving her arms about....deer flies. I will wait another week or so before taking my canoe out and paddling up the river and then coasting down to my house. The area that I usually put the canoe into the river is where the sun is hitting the grasses along the bank.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Coming Out of the Fog

 "Song Bird"
 oil on linen, 11x14 inches
 still life of canning jars and bird

I plan on having one or two each week here. There is a lot of art being offered. Check the site out.

Minnesota is being hit with a major heat wave. What that means is high temps with high humidity. This morning when I looked out my window, I had dew dripping from my windows and a light misty fog of atmosphere everywhere. I did step outside for a few moments only to test the dew point and quickly ran back inside to try to dry off. Last night on the news, the weather man said that we were higher in temperature than Florida and higher in humidity. Unsual. A few weeks ago, we managed to be higher in temp than Arizona.

What has all of this to do with painting? Not much, but it has made me want to paint indoors in my studio versus outside with the dripping moisture.

Today I set up a still life and I am doing the challenge of the week at Daily Paintworks. Playing music and playing the notes or feelings while I paint. Initially, I thought ok. I will try it. However, now that I am doing it, I realize that there may be something to this. I knew initially what I planned on setting up for my still life and then I thought that I would tie it into my painting. Pick out some music. Paint.

Things are starting to click. I hope to take photos of my progress and I will try making a slide video of it to post. I am painted this painting to some Native American flute music. I have a CD by Saggio and the music is mellow. I am still deciding whether the outcome is ok. There may be a few adjustments.

I did use a brush an palette knife. I hope to use more of the palette knife in the future. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


size: 8x10 inch
Original oil on panel
Click here to bid on this study. Unframed.

This painting is a study using panels that I cut from a piece of birch plywood and then sanded and gessoed. I wanted a smooth surface so I sanded it between coats of gesso and then put the last coat of gesso on with a flat spatula to eliminate the brushstrokes from panel surface. I will try painting on a few more of these boards to see if it is something that I like or not.

Currently, my preferred surface is an oil-primed linen canvas, but sometimes it is good to experiment with other surfaces. It is too easy to get stuck in the same place and lately I feel like I need to do something more to push myself to another level. Maybe a smoothed surface will be it...or maybe some texture. That will be my next attempt on the next set of boards.