Pears and Pitcher

Pears are a favorite subject of mine to paint.  I’ve done lots of them.It is generally better to paint 3, 5, or 7 pears and not an even number.  Some think that two objects can be boring, but three is exciting!  In this painting I tried to remember a technique I learned from watching Julie Ford Oliver’s web site and blog.    She calls it fracturing (avoiding too many sharp edges) and she achieves wonderful results with this.

Roses in a Blue Bowl

Somewhere I remember admiring roses in a blue bowl, so I decided to try to paint a blue bowl with roses in it.  My model was actually a white bowl, but after I carefully shaded it and painted it in white, I used glaze and glazed over it with blue.  The shadows can easily be seen through the glaze.  It is an old master technique that I learned a long time ago–paint everything in brown tones with careful shading and then glaze over with color.

Tulips, grapes and Pears

Every year (except this one) I have bought tulips and planted them in large pots so I could have painting material in the spring. This past October was so warm  and dry that I knew it would be hard to grow  tulips because they require at least 6 weeks of cold weather to bloom.  So I dug out my trusty artificial tulips and found a few photographs of tulips to paint this picture.

Here’s a technique tip:  You can remove acrylic varnish with alcohol but you can make corrections on top of Liquitex gloss or matt medium varnish.  Remember to reseal the entire painting with varnish when you have finished.

Sunflowers #3 in the Series

All of the sunflower paintings in this series were done with acrylics.I think that the most important thing to remember when starting a painting is the location of the light source.  Where is the light coming from?  Most of the time I like for the light to come from the left side.  The second question I always ask myself is “Where is the focal point?”  It is better to have only one focal point, and to emphasize one plane:  The foreground, or the middle, or the background.