Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Shoreline

Summer Shoreline
Oil on Canvas Panel, 11" x 14"
Available at $77 plus $10 shipping. ($ .50 per square inch)

I liked the reference photo for the quiet and the greens in the water.
I think I caught a bit of that sunny warmth.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Twisty Red Pepper

Twisty Red Pepper
Oil on Canvas Panel, 6" x 8"
Available at $48with free shipping.

Don't you love the cool, twisted shapes of these red peppers?
This will be the last painting with these guys, though, as they are slowly going into recipes.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Quiet Inlet

Quiet Inlet
Oil on Canvas Panel, 12" x 12"
Available at $144, with free shipping

I hold my breath, posting this at such a seemingly high price. But then I remind myself: (a) I'm not responsible for making my art "affordable" and (b) I know how much money women spend at the hairdressers, or shopping for a new outfit of quality.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Overlook Revised

Overlook Revised
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 14" x 18"
Available at $65 plus $10 shipping.

After looking at this one on my wall for a week or so, I decided that it needed to be more "open." There was too much of a claustrophobic feel to it, with all the dark foliage. So today I took my time, tinkered around with it. Made the pink bush bigger, consolidated the foliage, added more sky, cleared some underbrush so more of the field shows. Overall much better. I've dropped the price, since the sky is lumpy, even though I sanded it where the tree on the right covered the sky area.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Still Life in Red and White

Still Life in Red and White (Romas, Garlic and Red Pepper)
Oil on Cradled Gessobord, 8" x 8" x 7/8"
Available at $64 plus $10 shipping. ($1.00 per square inch)

Detail of painted edge below.
This one is painted all around it's edges, and needs no frame.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Clear Out Sale, New Pricing Structure

Two things to mention today.
One: I had some oral surgery this morning...ouch...so I won't be posting much this week, and what I post will be slloooooowwww, since they gave me some good pain meds, which make me droopy.

Two: I normally listen to videos, sermons, movies, shows...while I paint. And for the past couple of weeks I've been listening to Stefan Baumann. He's a internationally known professional artist, and quite an inspiring teacher. I've been getting a lot out of videos of his classes, where he also interacts with his students, and you get to watch over their shoulders.

So to keep myself going, I'm cleaning out a couple of paintings that haven't sold.

Where Does the Sun Find You?, Stretched Canvas,  8" x 10", $10 plus $10 shipping

 Shady Lane, Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14", On Sale at $10 plus $10 shipping.

Summer Creek, Canvas Panel, 12" x 12", SOLD.

Spring Creek, Canvas Panel, 12" x 16", SOLD.

Pick Two or more, and pay shipping once. If you want one or two, just send an email to me at NelVanL@aol.com  to claim.

The other result of watching the Stefan Baumann videos, for ME, is a new pricing structure, very easy, very predictable.  He tells his students to simply charge $2 per square inch minimum for every painting that they do. So an 11" x 14" will be 11 x 14 to get the square inches. 154 square inches times 2= 308. So an 11" x 14" would be priced at $308. Here's the video. Very worth watching. (The bit about this price structure starts at 11:25.)

I already know that it's TOO much of a sticker shock for my collectors. So the new structure for me will be $1 per square inch, in this case $154. Maybe next year $2 per square inch. I'll start with the next painting, see where we go with it. Ready?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cumulonimbus -SOLD

Oil on Canvas Panel, 12" x 12"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

I think I did this one just for the name. Are you a word buff?
Don't you love interesting words? Like cumulonimbus?

Here's a interesting time lapse video of this type of clouds, pretty cool, I thought.
Clouds Forming.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Plum Pyramid Two

Plum Pyramid Two
Oil on Gessobord, 6" x 6" x 3/8"
Available at $30 plus $10 shipping.

This one is priced a bit higher than my regular 6" x 6", since it's painted around both sides, top and bottom. There is a hole in the back of the board for hanging, so this one needs no frame or wire. Open the box and hang it up.... well, you have to hammer a nail first.

We had another life drawing session on Tuesday evening, and I had a spot right in front of Omar, so a lot of his poses were facing me and my seat mates on either side. I thought both of these were good enough to post, with a little sticky note loin cloth attachment. He's got really long arms and legs.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Plums on Blue - SOLD

Plums on Blue
Oil on Canvas Panel, 6" x 8"
SOLD at $25 plus 410 shipping.

I thought I'd try the plums again.
They really are fun to paint.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Shady Lane

Shady Lane
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14"
Available at $10 plus $10 shipping.

This one is from May, and one of my most discerning collectors mentioned to me that the very straight road, that it had originally, was distracting, so some revisions this morning.
I've also lowered the price.Just can't see wasting a good stretched canvas.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Plum Pyramid - SOLD

Plum Pyramid
Oil on Gessobord, 6" x 6"
SOLD at $25 plus $10 shipping.

Plums now in the Natural Foods Store, organic, no doubt.
Aren't they pretty, with all the shine spots?

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Overlook Two - NA

Overlook Two
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 14" x 18"
Not available, revised on 7/19/2017

Sometimes a painting just sort of "paints itself", which means that it just all goes smoothly and easy, everything falling into place in one try. Well, that didn't happen here. Two days in the works. A whole bunch of mistakes and corrections, a lot of changing my mind, and fumbling along. BUT in the end, I'm quite pleased with this one. Please click on the image to see it larger. There's quite a bit of detail on this larger canvas.

Here are a couple of process photos, just for interest.

The Notan start, and an adding midtones shot. After that.....I got into the messes.

Friday, July 07, 2017

The Overlook - SOLD

The Overlook
Oil on Canvas Panel, 12" x 16"
SOLD at $35 plus $10 shipping.

Another wild and sketchy landscape today, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
The buyer should be aware that this is painted over an old canvas (hydrangeas), and I didn't realize until I was almost done, that it has a slight smush-bend in one corner (wear and tear.) Hence, the relatively low price for this size painting.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Sunlit Back Alley - SOLD

Sunlit Back Alley
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 10"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

Some days you just don't have a clue what to paint. It's been raining all day, and I just couldn't get out of my own way. Ever have a day like that? So instead of starting something new (I had three ideas and couldn't get excited about any of them) I just decided to revise this little guy, which I have always liked, and lower the price. We'll see if it sings to anyone. Below is what it looked like before.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Summer Creek - SOLD

Summer Creek
Oil on Canvas Panel, 12" x 12"

This one was an experiment today, I used ONLY big brushes, and tried to paint loose.
Not easy for me, I tend to fuss too much. So it's rough and loose and lacks detail, but oh, aren't the colors wonderful? Purple, turquoise, pinks, yellows and oranges, besides all the greens.
Rough, though. What do you think?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Garlic Cloves - SOLD

Garlic Cloves
Oil on Gessobord, 6" x 6"
SOLD at $22 plus $10 shipping.

What to say about garlic cloves?
They have such interesting shapes, and who doesn't like the taste of garlic? This is actually a practice painting for a commission series that includes garlic.

Monday, July 03, 2017

It's a Start - SOLD

It's a Start
Oil on Canvas Panel, 12" x 12"
SOLD at $40 plus $10 shipping.

I just love painting on square canvas.
This time I also remembered to shoot a few process shots, which are below.
I didn't set up lights and curtains and fuss, so these are pretty rough. You get the idea though.
The thing in the middle top is the shadow of my easel clamp.

Step 1: Notan, start with darks.
Notan step, really just picking out the darks. I wish I had gone a little further, the darks are so fragile.

Step 2: Midtones, starting to add in the mid values.

Step 3: Sky and Reflections
This is actually out of order. I should have completed all the midtones first, but since there was so much light blue, I decided to put it in at the stage.

Step 4: Midtones,  Light and Details

There were a couple of other steps in here, which I didn't shoot, but I thought I was doing pretty well to stop and take a few photos at all! I like this one very much, those lovely cool shadows, yum.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Mango Mango - NA

Mango Mango
Oil on Gessobord, 6" x 6"
Not available, gifted.

I can hardly wait to cut into this baby and enjoy that juicy, slippery sweetness.
Mmm, mmm, mmm. It's slightly soft now, so maybe one more day.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Queen of Lumps - SOLD

Queen of Lumps
Oil on Gessobord, 6" x 6"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

My pear was not happy to be upstaged by the mango in the last still life, so I dubbed her "The Queen of Lumps" and gave her a painting in which she is the only star. You need happy fruit around you, after all.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lake with Reflections - SOLD

Lake with Reflections
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14"
SOLD at $50 plus $10 shipping.

I love this one, and even better, it more or less painted itself. As sometimes happens, I had an old canvas that didn't really work, and so sanded it down and reused it. I think sometimes it helps to not care so much, figuring the painting is a wash anyway. Then voila, you get a winner.

This is the one I used, so there might be tiny bits of orange or pink showing thru, here and there.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mango and Friend - SOLD

Mango and friend
Oil on Canvas Panel, 6" x 8"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

It's been awhile since I've done an oil. First I have been messing about with watercolors, and then a life drawing class, which was glorious! (photos below, a couple of modest ones) -  so it felt good today to be back with my oils. This one took me longer than usual, though, getting the rust out.

Here's Omar:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Iris in Mauve - SOLD

Iris in Mauve
Watercolor on Hot Press Legion Paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

This one is on Hot Press paper, a surface I don't normally choose, since it's very smooth. But it seemed to work okay, as long as I took it slowly. The blending isn't quite as easy, and seems to work best if I wet the entire surface to be painted beforehand.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bright Pink Iris - SOLD

Bright Pink Iris
Watercolor on Legion CP Paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $25 plus $10 shipping.

If you're not too proud to beg, and I'm not, you can sometimes get good art freebies from different companies. I asked and got some nice samples from the Legion Paper Company, including this cold press, and a pad of hot press, which I haven't tried yet. I'll do a couple more pieces before I review the paper, but it's certainly worth the trade. Free samples for fair reviews.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Summer Day in June - SOLD

A Summer Day in June
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 10"
SOLD at $30 plus $10 shipping.

Another Notan study, then adding form thru midtones and color.
I took a couple of photos at the beginning, then forgot to keep shooting.
Here's the Notan:

And an additional process shot:
And after that, I just kept going to the end.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Forest Sketch with Notan - SOLD

Forest Sketch with Notan
Oil on Canvas Panel, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $25 plus $10 shipping.

I've been listening to some videos about Notan by Dianne Mize, who has tons of great information, much of it free, online. Here's a link if you're interested. Compose is simply her blog. Anyway, much there to read and explore. So I tried thinking in terms of dark and light for this one. I really like the Notan sketch. Then I built the midtones and then the highlights on top. A fun way to work.

Haven't posted in a couple of days since I've been working on a couple of commissions.
It was time to play!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Black and White Strawberries - SOLD

Black and White Strawberries
 Oil on Canvas Panel, 6" x 8"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

 I've been working on a fairly complex commission piece, and had some strawberries left over.
 So today I grabbed a small canvas panel, and found the best of the berries, and did this little guy.
What do you think? Too stark?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Drama in the Garden - SOLD

Drama in the Garden
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 10"
SOLD at $30 plus $10 shipping.

I decided on something simple and dramatic today, and what could be more of both than a single, beautifully colored iris. Still and always my favorite flower.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spring Creek

Spring Creek
Oil on Canvas Panel, 12" x 16"
Available at $45 plus $10 shipping.

I revised the one from 5/23/17, figured it had been sitting around long enough. Sometimes it's fun to just "go for it" on one of these older pieces, see what happens. I punched up the color considerably.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pines and Lake Sketch - SOLD

Pines and Lake Sketch
Oil on Canvas Panel, 6" x 8"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

This one is a sketch, done with a large brush, even though the canvas panel is fairly small. You can see how rough and sketchy the brush marks are here. I wanted a landscape, loose, today, after the radishes yesterday, which were pretty complex. I am studying the work of Katheryn Stats, who is an awesome painter out of Utah. You can see her work here, and see how I'm trying to imitate her colors and style and brushwork. I guess every artist has ideals, painters that they would like to follow.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Radishes on Red Plate - SOLD

Radishes on Red Plate
Oil on GessoBord, 6" x 6" x 3/8"
SOLD at $25 plus $10 shipping.

Detail of Side Painted Below:

This one is an easy hang. There is a hole for hanging in the back, and the 3/8" sides, top and bottom are painted as a continuation of the front view. No framing needed!
I wasn't sure what I was going to paint today, but when I stopped at the Food Pantry for my monthly food allotment, there was a choice of two fresh veggies. I chose these guys to paint! (Plus some salad greens.)
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