If it were not for my commitment to the Daily Paintworks Challenge I would have skipped this one.  I’m not terribly inspired by the image of a young woman texting on her cell phone even if her hair is blowing nicely in the wind.

Making Contact - Watercolor Portrait

Now that I am caught up with my Daily Paintwork Challenge submissions I am going outside to pick up the twigs and branches that have fallen to the ground during the last month of rain and wind storms.

Then …. if the sun comes out I will paint outside.  I wish that I had Wednesdays off instead of Thursdays.  I would love to join the local en plein air painters on their weekly outings.

Portrait of woman texting on her cell phone: Drawn first in pencil, then painted with watercolor.

A rainy weekend and only one commitment to spend time anywhere else but with my paints and brushes.  A perfect opportunity to catch up on the Daily Paintworks Challenges that I haven’t completed yet.

German Landscape - oil on wood panel

This challenge was a joy for me.  I haven’t painted a road cutting through a landscape since I completed my Road Series several years ago.  Carol Marine presented two photographs to choose from.  I chose the one in which the road acted like a ribbon in the wind.

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Oil on primed wood panel.  I toned the panel first with a thin wash of terra rosa that I allow to show through.

I just posted the second and third daffodil paintings to the Daily Paintworks Challenge to raise funds for the displaced people of Japan.

Daffodil Blooms No 2

Daffodil Blooms No 3

A garden has always been a part of my home, wherever that home has been. Daffodils grew in my mother’s gardens and they have always grown in mine, a reminder of new beginnings. These are the second and third paintings in the Daffodil Series of three paintings that I whave posted on the Daily Paintworks site to help the people of Japan. The profit from the sale of this painting will be sent to the Japanese “Aid for Bed” – directly helping by providing shelter for the displaced.

All three paintings were painting en plein air in early April of 2009.  They are oil on wood panel.

I will be posting three of my Daffodil paintings for auction on the Daily Paintworks Site to be sold, helping to raise funds for the people of Japan.

Daffodil Bloom, Oil on Canvas Panel

This is the first of the three paintings.  The profit from the sale of this 5″ x 5″ oil painting will be donated to the Japanese “Aid for Bed” – directly helping by providing shelter for the displaced.

A garden has always been a part of my home, wherever that home has been.  Daffodils grew in my mother’s gardens and they have always grown in mine, a reminder of new beginnings.  This is one of a series of three paintings that I will be posting on the Daily Paintworks site to help the people of Japan.  All three paintings were painted en plein air last spring in early April.

Link to the Daily Paintworks Fund-Raising for Japan page.

I’m a week late submitting this painting for last week’s Daily Paintworks Challenge.  Tax prep and life in general kept getting in the way.

Sugar Bowl that was a Tea Pot

The challenge is to paint a white object on a patterned cloth using only primary and secondary colors plus white (red, yellow, blue, orange, green purple).  The spout of the tea pot was giving me a great deal of trouble.  Finally, I decided to eliminate it and, along with the spout, I eliminated the handle, turning it into a sugar bowl.

To my surprise, photographing the painting was almost as challenging as painting it.  The colors were totally off regardless of what lighting I used.  The digital camera would not read the yellows in the painting.  The best result came from taking the painting onto the front porch this morning.  It is cloudy and…… of course …… snowing again in spite of the 70 degree weather on Friday.

If you would like to view more of the challenge entries visit The Color of White Challenge.

Thank you for viewing my work and reading my blog.

Painting:  5″ x 5″ oil on wood panel.

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My commitment to the  weekly Paintworks Challenge forces me to do things I don’t want to do.  Portraits are always difficult and I often feel I don’t have the focus or energy to tackle it.

Oil Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 5" x 8"

This week’s challenge is to paint a portrait of Lincoln (photograph supplied) using only Titanium White, French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber.  I decided to stick with a five step value range.  Though I seldom pre-mix my colors, I squeezed out a large amount of Titanium White, then mixed four values of paint using more blue than umber and another four, similar values using more umber than blue.  The result was eight mixtures (four warm, four cool) plus white.

I think I could have used far more of the cool mixes on the face, especially because the background is so cool.  Though I began using cool mixes for the eye sockets and the shadow side of the face, it looks as if I warmed them up as I labored over the painting.

What a great exercise!

I am a week late in painting last Saturday’s Daily Paintworks Challenge.

Ten-Minute Challenge, Oil on Birch Panels

The challenge is to choose a subject and to paint several 10-minute paintings of the subject.  I chose a game piece and a wooden pattern block from my early childhood.  After an exhausting eighty minutes of painting, only ten-minutes per square I took a break for dinner and then painted another, larger version of the same subject.

One Hour Painting, 10" x 10" oil on wood panel

The ten-minute paintings were done on two, 9″ square wood panels.  The second, one-hour painting, was done on a 10″ square wood panel.

I will definitely repeat this exercise.  I look forward to doing it outdoors as soon as the weather breaks.