Tuesday, April 7, 2020

a new oil painting

I love to feature some of the china and special gifts from friends and relatives.  It's specially nice now that no entertaining is happening during this social distancing time.  The title for this piece is "Tea Party Dream" and is 12 x 12" -  oil on panel.
Tea Party Dream ©Kay Dewar - 12 x 12" - oil on panel

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Sketching Practice

I signed up for a 30 sketches in 30 days exercise with the online site, sktchy.com.  The idea is to take a few minutes and add practice sketches to your sketchbook, something that a lot of us don't do often enough.  The site posts a different image each day and you sketch the image and submit your effort to the site to share.  It's another good way to spend the social distancing days.  These are my Day 2 and Day 3 efforts.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Another Stay Home Painting

Again I'm working on an older photo of a set up and sharing it with Barbara Newton.  It is a good stimulus for me to upgrade/improve my painting skills.  Just knowing that Barbara will come up with a beautiful painting encourages me to try harder to produce my best!  This image which I am calling Dahlia and Bottles is on a 9x12 unstretched canvas.  I may still work on it further, but for the time being, this is what it looks like.  Barbara's painting is here: http://barbaranewton.blogspot.com/

Dahlia and Bottles - 9 x 12 - oil

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tulips & Clay Pot

I learned something with this still life set up.  I thought a red focus would make a good image, but working on it showed that the red cloth that I used for a surface was too intense and everything looked too much the same.  So I ended up going for a much softer surface color and value.  I've included the photo and the first try as well as the 2nd attempt.  I'm not sure that either achieves what I hoped for, but at least it was good practice.

First Try - darker background

2nd Try - lighter background

Friday, March 13, 2020

Still Life 2 - Yellow Cup and Lemon

This image was again provided by my friend Barbara and was a definite challenge for me.  Yellow is not a color that I have worked with very much.  In addition to working on the shadows and highlights for the yellow objects, the foreshortening of the spoon was difficult to render correctly.  I don't feel entirely successful with my finished piece, but I do feel good that I finished it.
Yellow Cup wth Lemon - 9 x 8" - oil on unstretched canvas

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Still Life 1 While Social Distancing

My friend Barbara invited me to share a still life subject with her and to "paint together while social distancing." Since we both reside in WA state we are highly aware of the need to keep our lives going while being responsible for health considerations.

So this piece, which currently does not have a title other than "Still Life 1" is a set up which Barbara kindly shared with me.  My version is oil on canvas and is 12 x 12". 

©K.Dewar 2020 - oil on canvas - 12 x 12"