Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Art Spectrum "board" I used was a deep terracotta color which turned out to be a good match for much of his fur. I left the base color peeking through the pastel in places instead of covering it all up.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Recently, an artist friend won First Place in a local art show put on by our local Art League. Several of us have an "art get-together" once a week where we all work on our current projects, so we saw her beautiful painting come to life over the weeks.
We had a simple celebration party for her at the following weekly get-together. We had a tulip bouquet on the table to celebrate our friend, the arrival of Spring, and friendship in general. These tulips were from the bouquet.
The painting will be auctioned on the DailyPaintworks website beginning tomorrow, April 1. (Seriously.) Click HERE for the link.
Monday, March 10, 2014
DailyPaintworks will have this up for auction beginning Tuesday, March 11th at this link: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/carol-flatt-1045
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I couldn't resist the reflections coming through these marbles in the original photo from WetCanvas.
I haven't played marbles since I was a kid, but when I was teaching many students were bringing this game back to popularity. They were totally engrossed in play, and I loved watching them!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Robin Weiss, a painter from Washington state whose work I just love, begins with a monochromatic underpainting in diluted oil paint. He uses a burnt sienna/transparent red oxide-ish color. This is a big help with values and because some of it is left showing through the top layers, it adds additional interest when completed. I don't know if he makes a color sketch as well, but his finished colors are always rich and clean.
What excited me about this painting was using a large brush to apply color in the woman's shirt and the water. I've been trying to create a "looser" approach to paint application, and I was happy with the outcome in those areas. Yay!
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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Thank you very much for all your support and encouragement and presence throughout this year. It is comforting to know you're all out there.Your comments, suggestions and ideas have been such an incentive and source of inspiration.
Hoping that 2014 will bring you all many blessings, good health and much happiness.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WetCanvas.com is another wonderful resource for many things art wise. They have a photo reference file that is quite good, that is, the photos are taken by people who know that lighting is important and what goes into a quality photo. They also have much other art-related information.
Both these sights are free as are the photos.
This painting will go on Dailypaintworks auction tomorrow, December 5th. Click HERE to go to the auction page.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
What I enjoyed about this was deciding upon and applying several warm and cool greens. Green is very wide-ranging in its hues, and it's just fun to apply several of varying temperatures on one object. I also applied the tabletop colors with both brush and palette knife when I applied both beige and ochre for a mottled look.
Available at DailyPaintworks beginning Monday.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
The colors in the rocks were fun to play with, and although the reference photo taken by my son who often hikes in the area showed very lush and dense vegetation, I tried to cut back on the amount I put in the painting. Only after completion did I realize I situated the rocks right smack-dab in the center. Hmmm!
This painting will be available beginning tomorrow, September 17th in an auction at DailyPaintworks.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The light in the reference photo is what caught my eye. It brought out the vivid color of the oranges and created dark shadows...something that painters love.
This painting will go on auction at DailyPaintworks beginning tomorrow, September 12th.
HERE is a link to the site.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
As a change of pace I worked on a surface I haven't tried before. I used a sheet of watercolor paper and drew my design. I loosely painted it with watercolor to get the colors set. When dry, I coated the sheet with a clear gesso - just one coat - brushing my strokes in many different directions. When the gesso was dry I began with the pastel work.
I knew beforehand that the surface would be rough because of the gesso and the strokes going here and there, but it's always interesting to watch how it goes on. In some places I rubbed it into the grain with my finger. In other places I just let the pastel sit on the top (pressed in with my finger but not rubbed in.) It's a very textured piece, but I like that effect for this one. Oranges are rough, right?
The difficult part was actually getting a photo that truly represented the painting. The heavy texture wanted to "sparkle" in the lens and getting the lighting correct was hard. Alas! I did my best.
Up for auction at DailyPaintworks. Click right here.
Friday, August 2, 2013
The background of this painting was done with Maggie Price's pastel set of "Essential Grays." It was the first time I had used them, and what a treat it was! There are six shades of grays - tan, blue, purple, brown, gray and tan. Each color has five different values. The colors are perfect for creating a neutral area to showcase the other areas of color. In the above photo you can see I scumbled a little gold and orange into the mix to carry the colors of the roses throughout the piece.
Thank you to all those that contacted me on my blog or by email regarding my last post about finding ways to lay down oil paint so that it flows smoothly. One response that came in by email suggested to use a small amount of linseed oil to wipe on the surface of the canvas or canvas board before paint is applied. It makes absolute sense to me since you will be applying oil paint on top of it. Am anxious to try it.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
To me, daffodils have always represented the beginning of Spring and all things "bright and beautiful." I grew up in Washington State where many daffodils and tulips are grown and harvested. It was a family tradition to load the car with family and drive to La Conner and other cities where the farms were. They never disappointed. Rows and rows of flowers at their prime in many shades. There was always a Daffodil Parade in the Spring to celebrate the flowers.
I've been trying to work out a problem I have with painting in oils for some time. It has to do with the application of paint onto the canvas or panel. This doesn't seem to be a problem for many artist judging by studying their work posted on blogs and online galleries. Often, for me, the paint hits only the top of the fabric (linen or canvas) and leaves a rather ragged appearance which I end up re-brushing until the surface is covered sufficiently.
It seems to me the problem is either I don't have enough paint on my brush or I need to use the right amount of medium mixed with it. I also thought it could be the brushstrokes I make or the use of the wrong brush for the job.
The problem is reduced when I use gessoed panels, but when I use canvas or linen it occurs frequently. I have added Liquin recently to my paint, and it has helped. I do feel brushwork is an area on which I need to focus. I love the oil works of Terry Miura, Barbara Newton, Andre Kohn, Nancy Franke, Lorraine Shirkus, Cathleen Rehfeld, Jean Ranstrom, Kim English, Robin Weiss and soooo many others I cannot list here to give you an idea of what I'm after.
I do understand that my level of accomplishment is far beneath what these artists and others can do. But, I would like to zero in on whatever it is that would help me produce a more determined, confident look in brushwork. If you are aware of resources (books, tutorials, articles, etc.) out there I'd appreciate knowing it.
Have a great week, and thanks for "listening."
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Do you remember that scene in the "Amadeus" movie after the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II listened to one of Mozart's operas that was somewhat long? He'd been yawning while Mozart conducted the piece, and when Mozart asked the emperor how he liked the opera, the emperor replied, "Too many notes, Mozart. Too many notes! Just cut out a few, and it will be fine."
With my painting I thought a similar thing only about sunflower petals. "Too many petals. Carol. Too many petals!" I didn't cut out any though. Nor did Mozart cut out any notes.
Monday, June 10, 2013
I painted this in oil on Pastelbord which I usually save for pastel work. But, the description of the product says it can be used with oils, and part of the surface mixture is created with gesso, so why not try it?!
I like the slightly rough appearance it has as opposed to a smooth wood panel, and the oils readily cling to the surface and cover it nicely. The only downside is that the sanded surface is hard on brushes, so I tried to stick with my older bristle brushes as much as possible.
This painting is up for auction at Daily Paintworks here .
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
One of the delights of this area is the many varieties of birds who live here or travel here seasonally. This little guy lives around the corner from us - one of many kinds of Flickers. I called these birds woodpeckers for the longest time because they are very much alike in appearance and habits. Both kinds will peck out a section of a Saguaro cactus and build a nest inside the hole for their eggs. When they're finished with it, the starlings arrive and take it over. Sort of like a vacation rental. Seems to work well!
This painting is available at auction at this link. Click here.