Saturday, December 19, 2009

A 2009 Holiday Greeting: Sunflowers 2009

Holiday Sunflowers 2009 - 9 x 12 - oil on panel
by Allan and Marie Wise
Allan and I completed our annual holiday sunflower painting. This is the second year we've done a joint painting for the holidays, based on sunflowers from our massive sunflower garden. Although our sunflowers long since dried up, we took lots of pictures while they were blooming last summer. This painting is based on one of those photos. See more sunflower photos by Allan and Marie.
The painting is small and done mostly in direct painting style on a linen covered panel. Marie blocked in the preliminary colors, then Allan added flourishes in the form of color accents, better green colors on the leaves, and more definition in the flower centers, along with some purples in the background. Marie evaluated and agreed with the changes. As always, Allan's eye for color and composition is discriminatingly correct.
Thus, this is our annual holiday artistic greeting to all of our artistic friends in cyberbloggerspace!
~~ 2009 Holiday Sunflower Greetings, and best wishes for the New Year! ~~

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Simple, Classic Child's Portrait

Simple, Classic Child's Portrait - 8 x 10 - oil on linen panel
Allan says I should concentrate on what I do best; people. Which also happens to be what I love best!
A recent charcoal commission included photos of a child that I felt were universal, touching and delicate. I changed the clothing to represent a typical white shift worn by a child in the 1800s. The background represents classical portrait background colors that might have been used by Rembrandt or other Dutch painters of the time.
I used a linen panel pre-primed with oil gesso, sketched the shapes and blocked in with Terra Rosa thinned with turps. Then I added color on color, using a palette of earth tones similar to what would have been available during Rembrandt's time: Flake White, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Venetian Red, Yellow Ochre and Cobalt Blue.
I also used a traditional medium (sparingly), and finished in about 3 hours. You can see the progress and fan me at Marie Wise Art Journey Paintings.
It dried for one week then I photographed it (today). When completely dry I'll varnish, frame and display!
~I will keep the brush happy in my hand!~

Thursday, December 03, 2009

December Happenings at the Broadway Gallery

I stopped by the Broadway Gallery at noon to deliver my paintings, fully intending to return for First Thursday happenings. But my best laid plans were laid awry because I ended up caught at the office with a last minute project. It's a good thing I snapped these photos when I was there. They represent a sampling of the holiday spirit that permeates the gallery air.
The Lower Columbia Woodcarver's Association featured the carved Christmas Santas my Dad collected for years. He handed them down to me and just today Allan put them out on our windowsill together with other holiday decor. I'd love to get another one. The carver Dad loved the best was Pat Hallowell, I think she's deceased now, because I didn't see her name on any of them. But I took a fancy to the 'Moon Santa' seen above!
Debby Neely's prints were grouped together (second photo), which I love because I can see and evaluate all of the artist's work in one location. Debby is a relief printmaker. Her scenes of ducks and water are traditional and stylized. She's very talented. I haven't seen her in a while though.
The third photo shows the featured artists' wall. This month it was dedicated to a selection of different artists, very eclectic!
I snapped a photo of Trudy Woods soothing blue ceramic work, but mysteriously it disappeared from my iphone! Must have been that tricky shutter! Or maybe my klutzy thumb!
That's about all I have time for. Soon I'll be blogging and Twittering for the Broadway Gallery, as that's my gallery assignment. Such a hard job!
Take care and enjoy the approaching holidays!