July 29, 2011

Inspiration II


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"Inspiration II"
18” x 24” (45.7cm x 61cm)
Acrylic on Canvas Panel

I had this on the works for a while, it’s a big size for my standards; I finally called it done today.
As was my second painting, this is inspired by Mark Gould’s work, in particular the one entitled  “My Neighbor's House #824”. I just love how Mark Gould uses color, and how he simplifies shapes and details. I tried to render his style, without making a replica, but I have to admit it came out closer to the original than I thought! 

I look at my painting, and it makes me smile. That means it's creating positive energy for my soul. I have to hang it in a meaningful area of my house, where I can see it often. 
I happen to have a bare wall in the “Fame and Reputation” area, according to the Bagua, and with all the reds in the painting I think that’s where it will belong! :))
Oh, in case you are wondering, the Feng Shui Bagua is a map that relates the various areas of your life to sections of your living space.

Thanks for visiting.
Love, 
Robie

July 28, 2011

Another one-hour challenge

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"Garden’s Tulips"

6” x 6” (15.2 cm x 15.2cm)
Acrylic on Canvas Panel

Painted in one hour, actually less, considering all the interruptions by my busy household. I lost count of how many minutes I had to leave the easel to respond to situations that “just couldn’t wait”, like: where is the glue?, I need white cardstock, the phone is ringing, etc etc.
But I made it, I got my second painting done in 60 minutes (or less) using only four colors. I’m debating if I should post this to the DPW challenge, since I did not do it plain air, but from a photo of my front yard tulips that I shot in the spring…
But painting outside was not an option: three of the kids were having a water fight all around the house using empty water bottles and buckets. Kind of splashy out there! :)

July 26, 2011

Very Limited Palette for the DPW Painting Challenge - Small Acrylic Plein Air Painting

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"Garden's Roses"
6” x 6” (15.2 cm x 15.2cm)
Acrylic on Canvas Panel

Painted in exactly one hour, using only ultramarine blue, cad red, cad yellow, and white, exactly as the challenge requested.  :)
To see the challenge, click here.
Love,
Robie

July 21, 2011

On the painting path




I’m working on a new painting challenge. I thought I was done with this piece, then I realized I got the colors right but the values are not. And this is great! It means I can see values! lol

I took a digital photo and looked at it on the monitor, it helps me seeing the things that need fixing. I took notes of the things I think I should improve, we’ll see.

This photo is a detail of the path and purple flowers how they look now.
Ciao

“Where love reigns the impossible may be attained.”
Indian Proverb
 

Love,
Robie

July 16, 2011

Ice breaker

 Red Tulips
5.5" x 8.5" acrylic on sketch paper
(Click image for larger version)



Why is it so hard to resume painting after few weeks off?
First a was on vacation in Italy, then I was at a wedding in CT, now I’m finally home, but relatives are staying with us for the summer and I'm busy keeping four children entertained every day. ;)
Yesterday I took them to the park, and said “stay in sight, don't get hurt, 'cause I'm gonna paint for half an hour or so". And it worked.
I got the chance to break the ice painting this tulip field on my sketch book - not fancy, but the red color kind of reinvigorated me, and I'm looking forward to the next paint occasion (hopefully for a longer time). 
:)