D is for Dill Pickle. My favorite brand. I used to make cold pack pickles but it is hard where I live to get fresh cucumbers and dill. Plus, the last few batches I made, something went wrong...several quarts ended up spoiling, as if the vinegar or something had changed. Did everything the way I always had...oh, well. These fill the bill nicely...crisp and garlicky!
I will post 2 a day until I am caught up. The entire set of 26 "letters" will be available soon.
Feels great to have a challenge of a daily painting again! This challenge with my FB artist friends runs through October. My computer has been down this week and I will be scurrying to catch up with my posts...A through E paintings are done.
ABC Mini Painting Challenge "Z" is for Zatec. This is a Czech beer has been brewed sinxe 1004!
I placed the bottle against a white background, aqua paper on the right wall to boune blues back onto the bottle....blue & orange a favorite combo.
This is the final painting in my ABC min painting series...26 paintings in as many days..well, 30 for me with a few days missed doing other things.
I hope you enjoy them...I certainly have enjoyed eating and drinking my models!
This entire series will be in my July 6/7/8 show The Broadford Rd Show at a beautiful private home in our valley...also the Ketchum Arts Festival July 13/14/15. Please call and let me know if you will be at either show so I can be on the look out for you..oh, and if you need directions to the Broadford Rd show.
Art Tip # 26 The Illusion of glass or metal or anything
Very simple really. Override what your brain is telling you and paint what your eyes see in the set up.
Look for shapes, mix the color of that shape and lay it down, leave it alone. Mix and paint all the little shapes you see, starting with the big shapes, working down to smaller shapes (save highlight shapes for last..these will be juicy little blobs of paint. When you have your shapes or patches of paint down and are ready to blend one shape with another, do so very lightly, barely touching the edges of the two colors you are blending. Don't keep going over and over...you flatten and create mud, taking the life out of the brushstrokes you have layed down.
ABC Mini painting challenge "W" is for watermelon. Best part...the black seeds. I do appreciate seedless watermelons and was a reluctant watermelon eater as a kid because I didn't like dealing with the seeds. We'd sit on the back porch and spit them out.
Have you tried watermelon salad with black olives and feta cheese? Delicious. You can check for the recipe on AllRecipies.com my favorite recipe cite. This salad is super easy and especially refreshing on a hot evening. Goes well with bar-b-que.
ABC Mini Challenge painting "V" is for Valencia orange. A high key composition, simply designed. I wanted the focus to be on the juicy orange slices without background distractions.
Next time I paint orange or lemon slices from life I will keep a spray bottle of water handy...however once I realized the hot lights were going to dry things out it made me paint faster..a goal I continually work on. In the end, it takes what it takes!
ABC mini challenge "T" is for Tapitio & Tobasco. What's your favorite hot sauce? In our house Tapitio is the favorite but I still prefer Tobasco when I make Deviled Eggs...and I use a lot. I mash the egg yolks with mayo, white pepper, Tobasco..quite a bit of mayo so they are good and creamy.
ABC Mini Challenge "R" is for Radish. Wow, you have to paint fast to capture these..the leaves wilt quickly under the lamp I use to light the set-up. I love painting subjects on a glass surface..double trouble!
ABC Mini Painting "Q" is for Quaker Oats. Whew! This was challenging, but fun, too. I added the polka dots to the background for some fun interest. My husband loves raisens cooked in his oatmeal. The other day we were out of raisens and he added chopped dates...much better!
ABC Mini Challenge "N" is for Nut Brown Ale. I was searching the grocery store for something starting with N thinking "nuts" ( Nappa cabbage didn't interest me) but I didn't like the current label on the Planters peanut jar or can. Then I saw Nutello..read the label..not very interesting either. I wasn't too hopeful when I headed over to the beer aisle...and there was Samual Smiths Nut Brown ale, just waiting to model for me! Of course my husband loves this beer..he likes all beer.
Blue & orange are a favorite. I love subjects where I can use a lot of bright orange or red. The small vintage glass bowl was just the right size to hold a dozen or so kumquats...and what a delight to eat! I'm thinking of looking up some desert recipes using kumquats...sliced up on top of vanilla ice cream would be like a Creamsicle!
"I" is for India Pale Ale. Such fun to paint a bottle of beer for the ABC mini challenge. I was going to crop to fit a 6x8 panel then remembered that I had a 4x12 panel. Tomorrow might be "J" for Jarlsberg cheese...will go shopping in the morning.
"H" is for Habanero. I loved painting these, but then blue and orange are a favorite combo...right after yellow- green and violet!
The ABC min challenge is rolling right along. Jennifer O'Cualain started the challenge and is painting 2 itty bitty oils a day! Check out her website to see her beautiful wildlife paintings.
Tomorrow I will have a private student for 8 lessons. She's will be a senior in high school and loves art. Reminds me of the profession fine artist that I took lessons from in high school..I walked to her house several days a week after school.
"G" is for Globe Artichoke...I love the intricate interior of an artichoke. I tone my panels with yellow oxide and lifting paint to quickly get some muted highlights is fun..gives asense of labored detail.
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"F" is for Fennel..in the ABC Mini painting challenge. I enjoyed painting the soft greens contrasting with the dark gray violets. I have a very good Italian recipe for this veggie..basically, sliced in thin shreds layered in a shallow baking dish. Pour half & half over, salt & pepper, then a layer of parmesan cheese..bake a 350 for about 45 minutes or until cheese is golden and cream is bubbly.
"E" is for Eggplant for the ABC Mini Challenge. My subjects are edibles that I can find locally and paint from life, not photos.
For years Liquin was my favorite medium. On these ABC paintings I am trying a new medium Gamblin Neo Megilp. So far I like it..the paint retains its shape without feeling diluted, works well in a glaze and seems to set up faster.
In the beginning of this blog I set a goal of one small painting a day for one year. While I didn't reach my goal, I did complete 125 small daily paintings. I still enjoy the tiny format and do them when I can.
This is my 30th year as a professional painter and yet with this new goal I feel like it's a new beginning. I am very excited. Each daily painting will be auctioned on eBay starting at $100. So, without further ramblings I launched the first of 365 little oils on October 22, 2007!