Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jim Richards Workshop

This is Jim's Pallette, and yes he only uses 4 colors! I freaked out at first but after he demonstrated what he could accomplish with these 4 colors it actually makes things easier and the color harmony he achieves is amazing!

Jim working on his demo

Jim's nearly completed scene

My WIP 36 x 48!

This workshop was absolutely amazing! If any of you ever get the chance to take a class from him you should! He is a fantastic teacher and he spends lots of time explaining why he does the things he does. He explained alot about composition and why he placed certain things in his composition and not others. He also taught me alot about color values and color harmony. The biggest challenge for me was working on this huge canvas! It is sooooo big. The fumes in my car on the way home from Atlanta were really strong! I still have some work to do on this so I wasn't super concerned with the picture quality I posted, I know it is cropped poorly but I will post a better picture when the painting is complete. I took this class at "The Art School in Sandy Springs" and it was fabulous! Thanks Donna and Jim!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Still Life Mood

Grannies in a Bowl
9 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas

I have been working on several still life paintings lately, trying to get back to basics and simplify my painting in an attempt to loosen up. I have done two paintings with green apples, and two paintings with flowers........ugh.....I'm not very good at flowers, but I will keep practicing! I may post photos of the other paintings if I can get good photos. I painted some of them in oils and I have a difficult time getting good photos of my oil paintings because of glare. Hope everyone is doing well!

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Party of Three
11 x 14
Acrylic on Canvas

This past week I went to Carole Foret's Wine and Paint Night where we painted a cow so this inspired me to paint these 3 cows that I have had a picture of for a long time and just never got around to painting them. I just loved the way they were all looking at the camera.  I just love the shapes of cows and they are really fun to paint. These cows all had the same hairdo as if they had bangs! The colors in the pic did not come out exactly right and I tried to adjust it but I haven't quite got the hang of photoshop yet. So, come see it in person if you are interested!!!