Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Saint-Sauveur, Quebec City

oil on board 8"x6"

I used a restrained color palette here of Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue and Yellow Ocher, then added just a touch of red here and there. 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Harsh Morning Light on Arch Street

oil on board 8"x6"

I prepped a board with clear acylic gesso because I wanted to try painting on a beautiful ocher-y surface instead of my usual white gesso. It took three days of slathering the paint on to get the painting to have a good sense of light- it seems I had to paint very very thickly to get a light color to not show the brown surface coming through. But this was wonderful! The thick texture was fun to work with, and I used a palette knife in the lightest areas.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Conch Shell in Daylight

oil on board 8" x 8"

I've been fiddling around with palette knife painting lately, and this is my second try. I began with a careful drawing, then painted the entire thing with my palette knives. Spreading the paint with knifes is wonderfully fun but also daunting. It's kind of like eating without utensils- or even eating with furry paws or something. 

I am happy with the colors here, and it's probably a good way for me to paint from time to time, as I do normally get so caught up in detail, losing the forest for the trees. 


oil on linen mounted on board 12" x 12"

I was thinking of possible titles, such as "Tulips with Greens" (which sounded too much like a description of a dish), but then settled on what I feel this painting is all about- longing. Longing for something unnameable, ungraspable, and outside that window. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Little Gargoyle and Poplano Pepper

oil on canvas mounted on board 8" x 6"

Here is a wee painting of two things that don't seem to belong together, but that's what makes the little scene pleasing to me.