February 20, 2015

Valentine's Day Flowers, Revisited

I scraped down the painting I'd started in the kitchen and worked it back up today.  The result is looser, more luminous and is a much more emotional painting.  Better.

February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day Flowers - Painting in the Kitchen

It's snowing, it's cold, and I have a huge bouquet of flowers fading fast from Valentine's Day.   I set up today in the kitchen since I couldn't get the flowers to my studio.

It got dark as I was getting a sense of where the painting was going.  Depending on how the flowers survive the night, this may be all I get of them.

February 15, 2015

Ties, Hat

I think it's time to send the ties off to the donation bin...

February 11, 2015

Shirt & Tie

I started on a new shirt & tie painting today in the studio..  It took me some time to figure out how to tie the tie and I didn't get it quite right, but I think it's a fine match for the wrinkled shirt.

February 4, 2015

Painting Ties

There was a pile of ties destined for a donation bin and I've decided to paint them before sending them on to their next life.  As I was hanging them up, I was thinking that I must have seen a painting of ties, couldn't place it at first.  A Google search for Thiebaud and ties came up with his 1969 painting Row of Ties.  He painted ties hanging on a rod and the 60s wide ties with swirling patterns were definitely more vivid than the drab 90s ties my husband was taking out of circulation.  I'm a bit sorry that I looked up the Thiebaud ties, but I plan on painting these and making the image my own.  Here's the start in the studio.

market flowers

I've been working on this, slowly, over the past week or so.  It's the flower market at Pike Place Market in Seattle, a place I visited last year.  I'm not sure if I've hit the sweet spot between enough detail and too much detail.