today on instagram

instagram daffodils

Today on Instagram I posted a painting I made ages ago.  I painted a still life sketch of some daffodils — on paper — am amazed that it has survived through the years.  Oil paint is strong!  even on paper.

I guess I have always loved painting flowers.  Since nature loves making flowers, it’s a great subject, one that’s always abundantly available.  I figure that nature wants us to paint them.

I also posted these.

Doing some blast from the past posting.  It’s fun seeing how paintings I made a long time ago relate to things that I’m painting now.

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on view at the Torpedo Factory

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Got a chance to take a picture of my latest painting on exhibit.  It’s the long format landscape on the bottom right.  It’s now on view at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  Here’s another view:

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long crepe myrtles reworked

long crepe myrtles reworked

I liked the first version a lot and thus was reluctant to have another whack at it right away.  And there’s nothing wrong with that: I had plenty of other things to keep me busy.

But it’s undergone another swipe.  I still like it.  And I still think it needs some further something, though I’m not sure what that something is, so once again I’m briefly setting it aside while I contemplate my next move.

The earlier version is visible here:

https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/crepe-myrtles-in-acrylic/

The painting measures 36 x 18 inches.

the little meadow reworked

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I decided to let loose with the paint over pretty much the whole scene.  It has different colors with a slightly different ratio of sky to land and other changes of a “bustin’ loose” sort.  This acrylic painting on canvas panel measures 18 x 14 inches.

I like it a lot better than before.  I knew I would do this at some point, repaint it using a loaded brush.  I just didn’t know when I’d do it.  And now I’ve done it.

The earlier version is here:

https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/little-meadow/

little garden

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Measuring 13 x 8.5 inches, this little picture is a color study for a new, upcoming landscape motif.  It’s painted on un-stretched, raw canvas treated only with clear acrylic (to make the surface less absorbent).

I like the raw color of the canvas, though I glopped on so much paint already that the raw canvas doesn’t show anymore.

Lots of garden plants are here with their slightly differing shades of green.  A couple roof tops are visible in the upper right.

looking back

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I painted this summer scene of crepe myrtles a while back.  It will become part of a landscape portfolio that I’ll be assembling soon.  It’s an oil painting measuring 30 x 24 inches.  In contrast the ones I’ve been posting lately are acrylic paintings.

It’s fun to see how it looks with its new landscape companions.

two flowers

two flowers

This is my crazy little practice painting.  I just pile up paint on it.  Measuring 8 x 10, it’s already gone through a second swipe and there’ll be a third, maybe a fourth, maybe more.

Last session I painted in very low light using a limited palette of teal, orange, brilliant yellow, primary magenta, thalo blue, and white.  I couldn’t see the colors properly, which was interesting, plus there’s a blue curtain over one window that creates pale bluish light in the morning.

So it was interesting.  I love to play around with color — with the colors on the canvas and with my own color perception.

the sheen

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Acrylic paint has a pleasant sheen.  You can see the reflection of light on the surface in this detail from the lower half of the Long Blue River featured in the previous post.  The material, the paint surface itself, has its own beauty.