Sunday, August 21, 2011

All in Bloom

"All in Bloom"
oil on linen panel, 8x8 inch
Floral, unframed

Today the sun lit my small flower garden giving a feeling of  wildness. There are lots of weeds out among those flowers. The spiked flowers of the hydrangea, the coneflowers and some yellow flowers that I do not know. All perennials. All blooming in the summer sun. Begging to be painted.

This is my interpretation of that flower garden painted from life this afternoon.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pastel of Crex Meadows

"Crex Meadows in Pastel"
8x10 inches
pastel on sanded paper
$150 framed (glass and spacers)

Painting out has many advantages. For me, doing those paintings out of doors are painting notes of the colors seen that day. I like to use paintings that I have done this way in the studio to do pastels. That is what happened with the above pastel painting. There are a couple of other paintings that I did of Crex Meadows that I plan on using for pastel studies as well.

Look for more pastels in the future. By the way, I also used some of my homemade pastels on this painting. Luscious.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Mason Jar Flowers

"Mason Jar Flowers"
oil on board, 6x6 inch

With this painting, I am trying a different medium. Neo-Megilb made by Gamblin. It is supposed to be the modern day replacement for Maroger's medium. This is my first attempt and I still have a ways to go before figuring the best method of application and using it. I am not sure that I like it or not. Definitely, I need to try a few more paintings and experiment some more.

Since I do a lot of painting outdoors, I am also experimenting with some fast drying mediums. The latest one will be Fast Drying Linseed Oil from Winsor and Newton.  I should have it in a couple of days.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Spot of Light

"A Spot of Light"
11x14 inch, unframed
oil on linen panel
copyright 2011 MaryAnn Cleary

Last week I spent many hours painting outdoors each and every day. I took a mentoring workshop from Marc Hanson of Taylors Falls, MN. What an intense week of painting and learning! I do feel blest to have Marc living nearby in Minnesota. His workshops are a source of much knowledge and sharing. How wonderful to spend the week with other artists.

This painting is one of several done that week. We were on our own each day to paint a specific assignment. Angel Hill, architecture, nocturnes, and more. Each evening a critique would be held going over everyone's artwork. This assignment is the result of "painting a more intimate" subject for the assignment. That day the light hit upon a clump of decorative grasses and a freshly mowed lawn. In the background trees and shrubs abound on the small incline.

This painting is available at the Red Wing Depot Gallery, Red Wing, MN.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Three Lemons

"Three Lemons"
oil on board, still life
size: 6x6 inch, unframed

This painting is a small study of lemons in a bowl that is painted on a 6x6 inch panel. Yellows are always fun to paint, especially the shadow areas. They typically are filled with a blue-green coloration. Tomorrow a landscape....if it doesn't rain outside.

Oh, I may need to make a special painting for my grandson....a lady bug. That might be a fun series to do. Bugs.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Three is Company

"Three is Company"
size: 10 x 8 inch, unframed
oil on panel


With this painting, I am still working on the smooth surface of the gessoed birch plywood panels. I still am not sure if I like it or not. There are some things that really work well with this surface. I hope to continue working on different surfaces to find what I like best.

This painting will be offered for auction on the Daily Paintworks website. If you want a bargain, check it out. I plan on starting my auctions at a low opening bid with DPW for the next couple of months.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Window

The Window
size: 6 x 8 inch, unframed
oil on birch panel


This is my result of the Daily Paintworks weekly challenge. To tell you the truth, I hate painting from someone elses photograph. The photograph is a black and white one where we each choose the colors and style we want to paint keeping focus on values. For this study, I opted for a very simple red-green palette.  A fun exercise. I used a napthol red and a free sample of green that I had gotten from a vendor. It looks similar to a viridian green. I also used titanium white and just a touch of lemon yellow.

Below is the reference photo that we used for the challenge and my interpretation of the painting without color. This shows whether I keep with the value system seen in the photograph.
Reference Photo from Daily Paintworks
The Above Painting with Color Removed for Comparison to Photo