What’s drying in my studio: Magenta and turquoise still life, 35 x 35 inches

Before painting i the bouquet I quickly added the pattern to the tablecloth with a brush.
Before painting in the bouquet, I quickly added the pattern to the tablecloth with a brush.
Bouquet progress.
Bouquet progress.
Working on the amaryllis.
Working on the amaryllis.
Amaryllis detail
Amaryllis detail
Heard a little jingle of a bell and look what I found under my still life set up...one of my cats, Tiggy!
Heard a little jingle of a bell and look what I found under my still life set up… one of my cats, Tiggy!
The bouquet and vase are complete.
The bouquet and vase are complete.
Vase detail.
Vase detail.
shadow detail
shadow detail
apple detail
apple detail
After finishing the fabric using a brush and then smoothing out with a palette knife, the painting is complete!  I am absolutely enjoying changing things up.  Things just feel fresh and new.  My head is filled with all sorts of new ideas.  This weekend I will search for new fabric and bits and pieces to use in future paintings.  I have some smaller boards ready to be painted so, my next painting will be a small portrait.  I am thinking of entering the BP National Portrait Award, the deadline for entry is coming up soon so I need to get painting.  My husband will be my sitter again.  this time I will use more colour and incorporate more palette knife.  I will share pics this weekend.
After finishing the fabric using a brush and then smoothing out with a palette knife, the painting is complete! I am absolutely enjoying changing things up. Things just feel fresh and new. My head is filled with all sorts of new ideas. This weekend, I will search for new fabric and bits and pieces to use in future paintings. I have some smaller boards ready to be painted, so my next painting will be a small portrait. I am thinking of entering the BP National Portrait Award 2015, the deadline for entry is coming up soon, so I need to get painting. My husband will be my sitter again. This time, I will use more colour and incorporate more palette knife. I will share pics this weekend.
Orchid detail
Orchid detail
close up
close up
cloth close up
cloth close up

What’s drying in my studio: First painting of 2015 done!

In the last post I was painting in the eucalyptus leaves.  Above you can see that I have completed most of the bouquet and started to add colour to the vase.
In the last post I was painting in the eucalyptus leaves. Above you can see that I have completed most of the bouquet and started to add colour to the vase.
The bouquet is finished.  I used my small palette knife for most of it and a little brushwork for the stems and berries.  Now, the vase.
The bouquet is finished. I used my small palette knife for most of it and a little brushwork for the stems and berries. Now, the vase.
Vase detail before the highlights.
Vase detail before the highlights.
Finished vase detail
Finished vase detail
close up of vase
close up of vase
I actually finished this 35 x 35 inch painting in one sitting.  I believe it took 10hrs including breaks.  Usually I would be fiddling with the details of various fruit and plates for over three days.  I felt so free and happy doing things a bit differently.  Don't get me wrong, I love the result of fiddling with all the detail in previous works.  I just love pushing around the paint more.  I have been looking for a way to get the freedom I feel when I am painting a landscape in my still life work without deviating too much from my current style.  I think I am well on my way with this one!
Here is the finished piece.  I actually finished this 35 x 35 inch painting in one sitting. I believe it took 10hrs including breaks. Usually I would be fiddling with the details of various fruit and plates for over three days. I felt so free and happy doing things a bit differently. Don’t get me wrong, I love the result of fiddling with all the detail in previous works. I just love pushing around the paint more. I have been looking for a way to get the freedom I feel when painting a landscape in my still life work without deviating too much from my current style.  I think I am well on my way with this one!

In my studio: Starting the first painting of 2015!

I am ready for something a bit different this year.  I bought two new round tables to replace the folding table I was using.  I plan to use fuller bouquets and more flower varieties.  I wish to play around with unusual compositions and focus try other colour palettes.  This year will get more painterly and incorporate my imagination into my paintings.  I love this set up, i fell that I can play around an express my self more.
I am ready for something a bit different this year, having bought two new round tables to replace the folding table I was using. The plan is to use fuller bouquets and more flower varieties. I wish to play around with unusual compositions and focus on trying other colour palettes. This year will see more painterly imagination incorporated into my paintings. I love this set up and feel that I can play around and express myself more.
View of my studio.  I have everything ready to start painting after this post.
View of my studio. I have everything ready to start painting after this post!
Bouquet close up.
Bouquet close up.
It is a gloomy day but in my studio the colours are brightening up the afternoon.
It is a gloomy day but in my studio the colours are brightening up the afternoon.

Painting process: Stargazers with Tangerines, 36 x 36 inches on canvas

My wonderful and colorful set up.  It makes me happy just looking at it!  I can't wait to get started!
My wonderful and colorful set up. It makes me happy just looking at it! I can’t wait to get started!
My sketch .
My sketch .
Blocking in color.  I did the blues and blue-greens first because I want the reds, oranges and pinks to really pop.
Blocking in color. I did the blues and blue-greens first because I want the reds, oranges and pinks to really pop.
Fruit blocked in. Now it's time for the flowers.
Fruit blocked in. Now it’s time to add the thick paint. Starting with the background then the vase.
I painted in the vase and stems, then moved to the leaves, closed flower pods and budding flowers.
I painted in the background, vase and stems, then moved to the leaves, closed flower pods and blooming flowers.
detail of a blooming lily
detail of a blooming lily
After lining the open flowers with white I lay in the overall pink base color.
After lining the open flowers with white and a hint of yellow, I lay in the overall pink base color.
detail of open lily with pink base.
detail of open lily with pink base.
Then the darker magenta and reds are applied over the pink base.
Then the darker magenta and reds are applied over the pink base.
Lilies are done.
Dots and other details are added.  Lilies are done.
detail of finished lily
detail of finished lily
With the fabric done I begin shaping the fruit.
The fabric has been finished by adding the pattern last.  Using a small brush loaded with paint to draw out the patterns in the previously painted turquoise. The foreground and shadows of the fruit have been painted in as well.
detail of fabric, glass and the start to the pomegranates.
detail of fabric, glass and the start to the pomegranates.
detail of finished pomegranates and a simple blocking in of color for the tangerines.
detail of finished pomegranates.
Completed.  Very vibrant and full of life.
Completed. Very vibrant and full of life.  
detail of fruit and fabric.
detail of fruit and fabric.