Friday, July 29, 2011

COUPLES CARICATURES: "Holly and Chad"


  "Holly and Chad"/ 3-minute Party Caricature
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This is from an event this weekend where the hostess so creatively hung the drawings on a tiny clothes line on the wall for all the guests to see. (Where is my camera when I need it?) More paintings to come! I am planning the next series but am also  swamped with Caricature events and orders and also Hallmark deadlines. Perhaps the title "balancing act" should inspire this mom's next painting.    Stay tuned!
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Waiting For The Air Show " #100


  "Waiting For the Air Show"/ watercolor on archival paper 9"X12"/original painting




The Cameron Air Show turned out to be one exciting,unexpected pleasure.What a great day. It had it all: planes, vintage cars, food, and people to watch. I took so many pictures; even took pictures of people taking pictures. These 3 people sat high on a hill just waiting for the air show to begin.

Detail of Original Watercolor "Waiting for the Airshow", Cameron, Missouri


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"My Next Move" #99


  "My Next Move"/ 6"X8"/original oil painting

Always on the move, pool/ billiard balls make for delightful subjects (when they are sitting still.)  Breaking up the color into warm and cools within a value area, was something I understood but didn't feel I successfully applied until now. The title fit my present situation of trying to figure out a plan and direction. It is a struggle to find one's voice as an artist. 


"Much of the beauty
that arises in art
Comes from the struggle
an artist wages with
his limited medium."
-Matisse 


Some Painting advice: keep practicing, studying, and trying new things. Figure out where your weakness is; work on it until it clicks. Then move onto the next. It can be overwhelming to attempt to improve everything all at once. 

  Enjoy, Eileen      
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"DOG'S BEST FRIEND"


  "Dog's Best Friend"/ 6"X8"/original oil painting canvas/ panel mount
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The shapes and colors of this yellow fire hydrant are what attracted me to this painting subject. The fact, too, that it was a solid color allowed for experimentation with the delightful reflected light in the shadow areas. Part of the DPW music challenge, this was painted to the tune of "Who let the dog's out?"

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

"Summer Job"


  "Summer Job"/ watercolor on archival paper 5"X7"/original  painting

College students converge upon our community during summer break, to earn some much-needed spending money. Here is a William Jewell College worker getting ready to dig a few more holes. 

  Enjoy, Eileen      
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Friday, July 15, 2011

"No Flash, Please"


  "No Flash, Please"/ small watercolor 5"X7"/original painting

Whilst looking for inspiration in the Kemper Art Museum, a Canadian tourist was snapping a photo, but "No flash, please." I enjoyed how surreal everything looked with these large colorful canvases as the backdrop. 
Notice, the repetition of shapes and colors in the subject and the background painting. I used creative license to cast her shadow on the canvas behind her; without it, the yellow vertical shape seemed to fall off the page. Also, the yellow canvas reflected this wonderful yellow light on the back of her figure; notice, too, the reflections in the ever-so-shiny wooden floors.  The exhibition featured works by Jules Olistski.  http://www.kemperart.org/exhibits/revelation_olitski.asp


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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"THE ASCENT" -Original Watercolor Painting


  "The Ascent"/  9"X12"/original watercolor painting
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My watercolor paintings are back by popular demand. Here is a Mallard Duck making his/her ascent out of the water.  I have hundreds of sketches and photos that I am inspired to explore in this medium and look forward to sharing on the blog.  They shall be up for auction/sale on the DPW gallery.  Enjoy,  Eileen      


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Fishing Day"




"Fishing Day"/9"X12"/original watercolor painting on archival paper
This is a scene from Bennett Springs, Missouri. A beautiful park with clear, spring-fed water. The only time I actually fished (I prefer to paint) was on opening day of trout season years ago. They blew a starting whistle and, upon casting, I slipped and fell into the cold water at around 6:00am. I haven't fished since, but painted on the spot instead. Some people bought the wet paintings right off the easel. I've been wanting to paint this scene ever since.  Enjoy, Eileen        
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Different Strokes"


 "Different Strokes"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting

This is the second in my response to the DPW challenge to "paint what you paint with" by Carol Marine.  In this one, I was exploring cast shadows, reflected light as well as the semi-transparent glass acting here as a pedestal for this old porcelain marble. This was one of those rare pieces where everything just clicked. What do you think?
Enjoy! Eileen

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

"Watercolors in Oil"


  "Artist's Tools of the Trade"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting


This is an oil painting of watercolors.Go figure. The subject is actually of my favorite pan of gouache paints, acrylics, ink and a vintage marble. My studio has one area for easel painting in oil, and a desk area for water-based paints and for drawing with pen and ink. 
I feel blessed to have such spot to keep my supplies out in plain view with no "through" traffic and without having to put everything out of sight. 
How do you like this one?
Enjoy, Eileen


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Friday, July 8, 2011

"Watermelon, Man!"


 "Watermelon, Man!"/ oil on canvas 5"X7"/original oil painting

This original oil painting was painted upside down.  The purpose of this exercise from The Daily Paintworks Challenge was to see the subject in terms of it's shapes in order to avoid painting pre-conceived ideas about objects, etc.  It is a common practice in art training as it really helps one to tap into the more abstract part of the brain. You are not thinking "watermelon" or "bowl", but rather about the negative and positive shapes in the composition. It was actually easier than one might image and was extremely helpful.
I was going to call this something like "Watermelon Reflections", but recalled the City Light Orchestra  featuring  David Basse performing the Herbie Hancock song "Watermelon Man" back in the 1980's at the City Light Restaurant in Kansas City.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Cruise Ship Stop" #90




"Cruise Ship Stop"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting

People waiting, sitting, wandering and passing the time: who doesn't love to people watch? This trio were posted on this bench at a cruise ship stop in Cozumel, Mexico. It was a study in minimizing detail with decisive strokes. I thought about calling it "Blues Cruise" because of all the wonderful blues in the picture. Enjoy! Eileen
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Girls Who Wear Glasses"


 "Girls Who Wear Glasses"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting

This was a candid shot of our daughter, Katie, relaxing on a beach during a vacation. She loves sporting these large, colorful sunglasses and has quite a collection (which I shall paint one day here soon). I found myself really enjoying this painting and was more confident and decisive with my brush strokes. I continue to jump over the hurdles of doubt and push ahead with my goals. I study, I paint, I wipe off more canvases than I care to admit but I keep painting.
Enjoy your summer! Eileen
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

"PERRIER BOTTLE, MARBLE, & MY DAD'S TIE"


 "PERRIER BOTTLE, MARBLE, & MY DAD'S TIE"/ oil on canvas 5"X7"/original oil painting

 

Friend, Ed, left his Perrier bottle here so I felt the need for another still life challenge. Transparent shadows provide a contrast to the solidity of the red marble. Notice how the shadows alter the stripes of the tie.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

"ONE Classic Blue VANS SHOE"


 "ONE BLUE VANS SHOE"/ oil on canvas 5"X7"/original oil painting

These classic Vans shoes were loaned to me by my son's friend to paint for a day. The colors made my palette sing. 
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Friday, July 1, 2011

"MY FRIEND'S TEAL VANS"


 "MY FRIEND'S TEAL VANS"/ oil on canvas 6"X8"/original oil painting


To my dedicated followers: I'll continue with my dedicated posts. We've had a brief interlude as our German exchange son prepared to leave and subsequently departed. We will miss him so. Then, we were blessed with a visit from his parents who came all the way from Germany to pick him up. We now have some "wunderbar" dear friends in Germany. How blessed we are.

One of my son's friends came by to bid Matthias farewell and there sat these beautiful teal "Vans" shoes, beckoning me to paint them. He graciously loaned me his new shoes to paint from for a day.  This colorful pair seemed a great way to start the sunny, festive month of July.

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