Archive for August, 2009

Purple Flower

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Purple Flower - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #59 – Purple Flower
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 14 x 14 cm
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I’m not sure what this flower is called but it has beautiful petals with cloth-like texture. I did not capture the texture and color of the flower well enough, but I did enjoy trying out the unusual background. I would like to experiment with it some more in the future — perhaps let the burnt sienna underpainting dry first before painting on it.

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Black Plum Half

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Black Plum Half - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #58 – Black Plum Half
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 14 x 14 cm
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Here’s one more plum painting. I couldn’t decide if I should still paint the stripes on the cloth so I just let the brushstrokes show in the background for interest.

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Black Plum

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Black Plum - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #57 – Black Plum
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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Lately, I have been taking more time to observe my subjects. I also carefully check each color mixture for accuracy before really painting it on. I think the extra time taken to observe and analyze is definitely worth it as it has somehow shortened the painting time.

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Red Plum

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Red Plum - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #56 – Red Plum
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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Cucumbers

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Cucumbers - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #55 – Cucumbers
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 8.25 x 6.375 inches — 21 x 16.2 cm
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Here’s something a little bigger than usual. It is currently one of my favorites. The cucumbers were great fun to paint!

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Star Anise

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Star Anise - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #54 – Star Anise
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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This painting went through a few different phases while I was working on it as I didn’t plan thoroughly beforehand. The first setup included peppercorns as well as some laurel leaves showing around the edges. After I laid in the background, I decided not to include the laurel leaves. Then just before finishing the painting, I realized that the peppercorns were out of place among the star anise so I turned them into anise seeds instead.

I also initially planned on the background being white, but I felt adventurous so I played around with phthalo blue. I’m glad I didn’t completely blend out the brushstrokes and the phthalo blue as I think they add interest to the background. Hmmm, showy brushstrokes and phthalo blue always seem to remind me of paintings by Michael Naples or Carol Marine. If you haven’t already, check them out and feast your eyes on some gorgeous contemporary paintings with vibrant colors and expressive brushwork. They are a constant source of inspiration for me.

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Granny Smith Apple No. 3

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Granny Smith Apple No. 3 - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #53 – Granny Smith Apple No. 3
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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Grape Leaf

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Grape Leaf - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #52 – Grape Leaf
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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My Mom grows a small grape vine — it doesn’t bear fruit but it does give me a good supply of grape leaves for painting. I taped this leaf on a small piece of plywood. I thought the masking tape would be difficult to paint believably but it was the easiest. Overall, everything was great fun to paint — leaves and wood are some of my most favorite subjects too.

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Granny Smith Apple No. 2

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Granny Smith Apple No. 2 - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #51 – Granny Smith Apple No. 2
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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The overhead angle was difficult.

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Granny Smith Apple

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Granny Smith Apple - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #50 – Granny Smith Apple
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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This apple was a joy to paint! Just to see how they look side by side, I have put together all three apple paintings sharing this composition.

The first one is daily painting #38 – Red Delicious Apple; the second is #39 – Fuji Apple.

Apples - Daily Paintings

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Coffee and Donuts

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Coffee and Donuts - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #49 – Coffee and Donuts
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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One last donut painting for now.

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Donut No. 2

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Donut No. 2 - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #48 – Donut No. 2
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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I love painting donuts. The smell is just delicious!

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Donut

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Donut - Oil - Painting a Day

Daily Painting #47 – Donut
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Oil painting on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 14 x 14 cm
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This is by far the most tempting food I’ve ever painted. It looked so delicious I almost didn’t want to finish painting it. The good thing about it is that it was easy to do and looked almost finished after the first hour or so. The bad thing about it is that I deprive the family of delicious food while I still paint them!

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Straw Hat

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Straw Hat - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #46 – Straw Hat
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 7.5 inches — 13.97 x 19.05 cm
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I was searching for something to paint when my Mom picked out this little straw hat from my props storage under the easel. She said, “Paint this.” Hanging the hat was the first arrangement that came into my mind. Initially, I thought I’d also include a shelf below the hat and then display something there. But what?? I couldn’t decide so I painted the hat alone. I like how it turned out and how it is high up in the painting.

My head is already filled with ideas inspired by this hat and arrangement. Perhaps I will do another one like this and include the shelf below. We’ll see…

By now it is becoming a habit for me to scrape off parts of a painting when it is not going well. It used to be that I’d keep adding more and more paint to correct an obviously wrong color base, or move the paint around to save it and hope that it’ll look better. It worked sometimes, but most times the painting ended up looking dull and overworked. Now I just scrape off that layer of paint. Less frustrating this way. I also like how a ghost of the previous attempt remains so I don’t really start from nothing all over again. I think it makes the next attempts so much easier and fresher.

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Orange Wedges

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Orange Wedges - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #45 – Orange Wedges
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 13.97 x 13.97 cm
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I like the black and bluish gray background against the oranges.

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Orange

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Orange - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #44 – Orange
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 14 x 14 cm
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Oranges and other citrus fruits are some of my most favorite subjects to paint. I guess one of the reasons is because I get to use my cadmium yellow paint more. I love that color!

Another color that I also like to use is phthalo blue. I like how it makes a painting more energetic and spontaneous. My brother, David, tells me that I used way too much phthalo blue for the shadow in this painting. I agree with him, but I think I like it that way…

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Orange with Chinese Teacup

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Orange with Chinese Teacup - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #43 – Orange with Chinese Teacup
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 7.5 inches — 14 x 19 cm
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Another one inspired by daily painting #41. So far this is the most painterly that I have done. I kept blending to a minimum, especially in the foreground. I feel that it could have been done better, but I am quite pleased with the result. It was a fun painting and I learned that burnt sienna and yellow ochre is a good combination!

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Citrus

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Citrus - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #42 – Citrus
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 7.5 inches — 14 x 19 cm
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Inspired by daily paintings #41 – Country Breakfast and #27 – Calamansi (the sprig I used here is actually one which I cut from my Mom’s calamansi plant).

When I do my pencil drawings, I add an extra 3/4″ (1.9 cm) margin around the paper to give clients some allowance for framing. When I started doing a painting a day, I borrowed that practice so all of my previous daily paintings also had margins of about 3/4″ (1.9 cm) — a third of which was painted on while the rest was left unpainted.

I noticed, however, that oil paintings by other artists do not have white borders so just to conform to standards, starting with this painting, I won’t be including the usual 3/4″ (1.9 cm) margin. I will still leave about 1/4″ (6 mm) though, but that will be painted on as well.

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Country Breakfast

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Country Breakfast - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #41 – Country Breakfast
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 14 x 14 cm

I missed posting a painting yesterday because our computer and internet connection were not working. The computer has been fixed, but the internet connection is still very slow. To make up for yesterday, I’ll try to post two today.

I’ve always wanted to try a loose painting style, and all the while I was working on this, I kept thinking, “loose, loose, loose.” It still turned out pretty controlled, but I’m pleased with it.

I think I am attracted to compositions with cloth in them. Somehow, I feel that they easily transform an ordinary still life into one which tells a story. I liked the effect so much that ideas for new arrangements immediately came into my mind, such as painting #42 (will post that in a little while).

I’m not sure why, but this painting speaks to me of a quiet country kitchen in the early morning (hence the title). Perhaps it is because of the lighting, or maybe the color scheme, or maybe the Bobby Goldsboro songs that I listened to while working on it…

Note: I try to make the images on this blog as accurate as possible, but I could not make the orange here a little less redder without making the apple too yellow. There is also some glare showing, especially on the wood board, making the brushstrokes more obvious than they really are.

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Red Delicious Apple No. 2

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Red Delicious Apple No. 2 - A Painting a Day

Daily Painting #40 – Red Delicious Apple No. 2
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Oil on gessoed matboard
Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches — 14 x 14 cm

The fine red skin around the apple slice was difficult. I was struggling to keep it from mixing with the surrounding colors.

Whenever I encounter this problem, I say that I’ll let the painting dry for a day or two before adding the fine lines and strong highlights. Then I remember to thin the paint with enough medium and I say, “Why didn’t I do that earlier?”

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