Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FROM THE SKETCH BOOK: My Son, Lincoln


Sketch of Lincoln

Taking a sketchbook with you wherever you go, comes in handy for drawing studies. I seem to listen better when I draw. (Like doodling when you are on the phone). My son, Lincoln, was watching me draw while we were in a meeting, so I drew him watching me. He was a great model. This one took between 6-8 minutes or so. Notice the other little studies on the page. Doing this small studies keeps me sharp. Somehow when you are sketching, there is no pressure to do a real "finished" piece, and the spontaneous lines show up. I am totally relaxed when I sketch. 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"COWTOWN AFTERNOON"-Original Oil Painting


 "Cowtown Afternoon"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting

So that we don't get put out to pasture as we grow older, it's important to get out and have some fun.
Over Memorial Day weekend, we drove through some pastureland on our friend's ATV's and paused to let these statuesque cows get a glimpse of us. I am sure they were impressed. :)
The challenge here (I do try to challenge myself continually) was to capture the feel of the bright, sunny day and the relaxed weight of these hefty gals. 


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Monday, June 13, 2011

"The Thinker"- Original Oil painting


 "THE THINKER"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
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The model for this original oil painting is a student who was in his own little world at our local college campus in Liberty, Missouri. I liked all the triangles in this picture and the challenge of capturing the interesting position of his feet. 
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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Employee Of The Month


 "Employee Of The Month"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting
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A friend of our German Exchange student stopped by after his job at McDonald's. I learned, during his wait that he was the employee of the month that day. As he stood in the doorway, the sun shone on him like a spotlight as his arms embraced his trophy bag of french fries and cradled his gold medal of a drink.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Remember The Snow?


 "Remember The Snow?"/ oil on canvas 8"X8"/original oil painting
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Since it was a sweltering day today in the upper 90's, I thought it would be fun to paint a snow scene from the easily forgotten long winter of 2010-11. This is my daughter, Katie, who is never too old to sled and have fun with the younger brothers.



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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"Sunday Afternoon"


 "Sunday Afternoon"/ oil on canvas 8"X8"/original oil painting
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This was another one of those paintings that just went along smoothly. My goal is to be more interpretive of subject matter, rather than just making a nice "picture". The lighting and subject matter were perfect for the relaxing Sunday afternoon feeling I was after here. I wasn't necessarily after a "portrait", but, rather the relaxed feeling one gets when sitting in a peaceful home, on a quiet, sunny, Sunday afternoon with no computers in sight.
I was rather glad that the homeowner had lost his remote control.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

"Wild Roses" #80


 "Wild Roses"/ oil on canvas 8"X8"/original oil painting




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I wonder if I am missing  a lot in conversations as, whist others are eating and talking, I am thinking about how I would interpret into paint the depths of these beautiful wild roses and the shadows surrounding them.
I loved the range of red values in this painting-not only in the roses, but in the deep shades of the base in the foreground. I actually moved the setup to the floor, where the long shadows were seen best on the beautiful, rich wood planks. This was one of those paintings that seemed to hum right along.
Enjoy! Eileen

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DAVID!
Celebrating 24 years of Marriage, and a wonderful life together. 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"After The Rain"


 "After The Rain"/ oil on canvas 8"X10"/original oil painting
After several rainy days it was time to get out of the studio. (The tornado warnings accompanied the rain- after the tragedy of our neighbors to the south in Joplin,
we are much more diligent to move to safety.)
This scene was painted off of Edgar Petty Road in Liberty, MO, not far from my home. It was a perfect spring day, after so much rain.
In this piece, I was carefully monitoring the values of each color and made a concerted effort to keep the values together in each plane. Notice that the lights in the water are not lighter than the sky itself.
Also, I applied what I've been learning about broken color: varying the warms and cools within an area and also varying the size of the shapes of the strokes. Initially, I had the horizon line darker-but decided it really needed to be lighter to push it back into the distance.


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