Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Day 67

A trip to Michael's for watercolor paper resulted in a new addition to the painting prop family. This little ceramic bird was way to nice to pass up. Add a few dead flowers and wham, you've got a nice composition.

I'm heading out of town for the rest of the week on a business trip, so this will be my last painting until next week. Have a great week.

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Bird with Flowers

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

Day 66

This piece is the only plein air painting I was able to do while on vacation. It rained nearly everyday we were in Canaan Valley, WV, so painting trips were hard to come by. I'm just not in the position to fight the rain at this stage in my artistic evolution.

I usually spend the first couple of days playing with the family, then try to carve out time later in the week to paint. All the rain kind of crushed my plans and before I knew it, the week was over. This view is the path that circles the lake. At the end of a wooded area, the trees break for the sunshine. It's like emerging from the "dark forest".

Lake Path

8"x10" Oil on canvas board

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day 65

I bought two new vases before I left on vacation. One orange, one clear. They have been turning up in my last few paintings. Choosing a great object to incorporate into these quick still life pieces is not as easy as it seems. 

In one of my earlier pieces I had borrowed an old ketchup dispenser from my sister who likes to collect antiques. It had all the ingredients that I like to paint, glass and metal. "What a great looking item to paint", I thought. But once I started the painting process (I never seem to notice it when I'm drawing), it became clear that this innocent looking dispenser was in fact a cold blooded killer. Too much detail in the metal. It was large and didn't seem to work well with any of the other items I had. So I've learned, ever so slightly, what to look for in objects that work well with these small types of paintings. 

I'm hoping as I progress, I'll be able to paint anything, no matter how detailed, or just learn to block out the details and paint the important core of the subject matter.

PS: I'm a couple months from my one year anniversary of this blog. Though I'm happy with my progress, I'm not happy with the amount of posts I have. This spring has really been crazy and has kept me from getting into a nice groove. I'm going to really buckle down and try to reach 100 posts by August 19th. Wish me luck. 

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Two Vases

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day 64

This is without a doubt the worst photo I've taken in a while. I tried to make the proper adjustments, but nothing seemed to work.

As it sometimes goes, about half way into painting this setup I started thinking that I may have crammed too much into this small size. My goal is to paint with as large a paint brush as possible, which becomes difficult at these small sizes if you have too many moving parts. Subject matter is so important and occasionally I choose poorly. Getting a late start this evening kind of forced my hand, so I may have rushed the composition a little.

Back to my first statement regarding the bad photo, this painting actually has lots of purple and blues in the shadow areas. I could not get the colors to appear in my photo without damaging the rest of the colors. Normally I would re shoot, but it's late and I'm tired, so this will have to do.

FYI, this photo really bothered me, so I woke up this morning to re shoot the painting. Below is the update image.

Something's Smelly

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Day 63

Back from my vacation. We had rain about every day, so I was only able to paint once during my entire week. I'll post that piece later. I did get some nice photos that I plan on painting in the coming days.

This painting came together quickly. I'm trying to get back in the groove, so my first couple of pieces after taking so much time off are usually a little rough. I also noticed that I always seem to like them way more than I should. As I get going with my "daily paintings" again, I'll probably see this with a different eye. This was one of my last flowers that still looked decent, a little rough, but good enough to paint.

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Dying Flowers

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Day 62

Seems like only a month ago I posted my last painting. Well it's been over a month, but I haven't been completely still. I've been working through a few experimental pieces and so far I haven't enjoyed the results enough to post.

This piece is larger than I've posted in the past. I did spend a little more time on it, and I'm pleased with the results. By the way, it's not true that I'm changing my blog to "Michael Teel's Painting-a-Month Blog". 

I'm heading to Canaan Valley, WV with the family this coming week, so hopefully I'll have some pieces to post upon my return.

FYI, this painting and two others, (Day 58 and Day 61) will be part of a painting exhibit at the Bluegrass Kitchen in Charleston, WV. In addition to mine, other works of art will be available for purchase from local artists. So stop by the Kitchen, have a great meal, and help out some starving artists (you know, buy something).


Three's Company, Four's a Lemon.

18" x 7.25" Oil on Gessboard