Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tre Zucchini

“Tre Zucchini”

I was forced to eat too much of this bland vegetable as a child because it was super easy to grow; and as an adult, I’ve shunned zucchini as a tasteless and mushy vegetable. But after painting this trio, I forced myself to give it a go in a frittata with bacon, potatoes, and onions; and it was excellent! I’ve been known to proclaim to my friends that any vegetable can be delicious when properly cooked, and I’ve proved my own hypothesis cooking this vegetable I’ve maligned since childhood.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Eggplant


Eggplant

I’m still painting and cooking Italian! An eggplant’s reflective skin makes the dark vegetable surprisingly colorful to paint because the skin reflects colors from the surrounding environment. And the resulting symphony of purples is accented beautifully with the green stem end. The color combination purple and green has been a favorite of mine since I was a child!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Vine Ripened

Vine Ripened

My Italian obsession continues with “Vine Ripened!” Painting all red subjects is a color mixing challenge because of the physical limitations of pigments. What does that mean? Specifically with these tomatoes, lightening red paint with white to get lighter tones and highlights gives you pink instead of light red. And white paint also has the effect of “cooling” color temperature which is bad in the case of painting tomato red-a color generally described as “warm.” What’s the solution? -using a warm light paint to lighten the red. And here I used a combination of yellow ochre with white to get the lighter tones I needed to paint these tomatoes in 3D. This is an excellent example of how artist’s “interpret” nature’s incredible range of color with the limited means available to us. And here is where I believe an artist’s creativity and skill can best be evaluated-creating beauty from a challenging subject due to the inherent limitations of paint. How do you think I measure up?

Monday, May 19, 2014

First Dance

First Dance

I really enjoyed taking an impressionistic approach with the background in this wedding portrait to communicate movement and a romantic mood. The dramatic rim lighting on her hair and his face was also very fun to paint. I always prefer dramatic lighting over subtle lighting; it’s just my style!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Italian Sweet Peppers

Italian Sweet Peppers

This is installment two in an Italian kitchen art series I’ve begun exploring, and I’ve become addicted to a new background color! My husband doesn’t get why I like this pale violet so much; I just find neutral background colors so BORING. My etsy shop’s name is MadAboutHue after all...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Garlic sur la Viollette

Garlic sur la Violette

I’m experimenting with a fun, new background color for my fruit and veg still lives from life-orchid! It’s not a color everyone will appreciate in their kitchen; it’s a trifle romantic really. But in addition to painting, I am also an avid cook, and garlic has a very special place in my cuisine and heart! So, I give you Garlic sur la Violette!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

California Dream House

California Dream House

In this lovely composition leading to the Pacific Ocean only the background is lit in sunset light; so the challenge of this work was bringing out the lights and darks as the focal points (the door and succulents) are in shadow. My solution for this challenge was to fill the shadows with imaginative color and pay very close attention to subtle gradations. Exaggerating color temperature changes also helped to add interest. For example, I painted the cast shadows of the planter and mail box cool blues and purples against the warm peach of the plaster walls. Exaggerating the complements orange and blue in the reflections of the door and the bright red of the door frame all helped the focal point to stand out. These elements all contributed to the success of the piece.