Monday, July 28, 2014
My six-year-old grandson, Landon, recently moved into their first house after apartment-living. It has a big backyard - perfect for two active boys. There are several rose bushes put in by the previous homeowners. When my husband and I went on our first visit there Landon presented me with a rose he had picked with his Daddy's permission. He had put it in a glass with water. One of those moments Grandma's love.
This painting will be available on DailyPaintworks tomorrow, July 29th, at this link. Click HERE.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tulips have always been one of my favorite flowers, I guess because I grew up living near many commercially grown tulip farms. Springtime was a kaleidoscope of color when the tulips blossomed. This tulip variety is unknown to me. They resemble Ballerina Tulips and Burgundy Tulips, but please let me know if you can identify the correct name.
Available at DailyPaintworks HERE.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I did some "dusting" with pastel on this painting. I was wanting texture and an impressionistic feel so I scraped pastel dust lightly over some areas to give it an "unfocused" look. I like the look, and I hope you do as well!
Link to purchase is HERE.
Friday, June 20, 2014
The more I work with Pastelmat the more I am impressed. It feels smooth to the touch, comes in different colors but holds an enormous amount of pastel. It takes a wet wash beautifully with little or no warping. It's a winner in my mind.
Daily Paintworks will have this painting for auctionbeginning Saturday, June 21.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
When we lived in Monterey, CA we used to watch the scuba divers suit up and spend hours exploring the kelp beds of the California coast. I can only imagine what beautiful things they saw.
I did an underpainting first using Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons deliberately letting the colors run into each other. Than I applied several layers of pastel using sticks of several brands including Terry Ludwig, Unison, Sennelier and a few Rembrandts for the small details. My favorite parts to work were the different patches of ocean water. Blue and turquoise have always been my favorite colors, so I was in my element!
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Painting is available at DailyPaintworks HERE:
Thank you for looking, and have a great week everybody!
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.