Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Another year that flashes by, leaving me a bit confused, stumbling, and tired. 2010 was an intense year full of happy and sad times. So much has changed in my life, not always for the best. One thing that 2010 did show me was that I have an amazing group of friends who love me and who I love very dearly. There are also other people outside of my close circle of friends who have also shown their love and respect towards me and most important, my art. To all those people who have touched me in a positive way this past year I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you all the love, joy, and success life can bring this new year and forever. Good luck to every one in 2011...I in the mean time, will start working on my new year's resolution, which is to become a better person.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Color Palettes

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Robert forwarded me a link of another blog about artists' color palettes. I have always found intriguing the color choices of different artists throughout history. Some color ranges are very limited, mostly because of what is available at the time in certain geographic regions. What is most amazing is the how the same artists with limited color choices were able to do so much with the mixtures they were able to make. I learned about working with a limited palette in 2009, and I think narrowing down my choices has worked so much better for me. Above is my plein air color palette made of Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Kings Blue, Viridian, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Red Ochre, Yellow Ochre, Nickel Yellow, and Titanium-Zinc White.
Here's the link to Oil Color Palettes. Enjoy!

Friday, December 03, 2010

New Painting: Small Yellow Onion

Small Yellow Onion, 2010, oil on canvas, 8 x 7 inches
Here's one more onion for the collection of little paintings of onions. After painting a complex landscape I felt the need to go back to something simple. I had nothing in mind when working on this small piece, I just wanted to have fun in capturing the colors of the little onion I came across in my kitchen one night. These small paintings of onions allow me to try new things such as paint brand, paint application, and colors. In this still life I made used of more transparent, high chroma colors such as Old Holland's sap green, Williamsburg's Indian yellow extra deep and transparent red ochre. The two Williamsburg colors are not part of the regular line, they are limited edition colors made in small batches, and I have the luck to have access to such colors. I tend to use Naples yellow when working on my onion still lifes, but this time I decided to stay away from that and used mixtures of yellow ochre, Indian yellow extra deep and nickel yellow. I like the results, and I think I'm hooked on the limited edition Williamsburg paint. I'm not sure what will be next, there are a few projects I need to finish and a few more I would like to start soon. Breath, breath, and take your time I tell myself. More to come!