Monday, November 23, 2015

Daily Photorealist Painting of a Pile of Matchbox Cars - Organized Chaos Art

"Matchbox Cars with Beetle," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8"/$129

Available on Etsy.

See step by step images of this piece as I painted it on my blog here.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

EBay Auction Ending Tonight - Autumn Leaves - Daily Acrylic Photorealist Painting

"Autumn Leaves," acrylic on panel, 6" x 6".

EBay auction ends tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Click here to bid.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Step by Step Photorealist Acrylic Painting - Matchbox Cars Pile - Organized Chaos Art

"The Beetle in My Matchbox Cars," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8".
I thought I'd share some step-by-step images of this piece, which took me just under two days to paint. I used my husband's old matchbox cars as the model for the piece. I'll post for sale soon. Enjoy!
1. Guidelines include and blocking in begin. The dark areas of the piece will help to unify the painting and give it depth, and help to guide me as I figure out the complexities of the shapes and colors.
 2. Continuing the blocking in of the dark areas. I am using a mixture of Payne's Gray, Raw Umber and Titanium White.
3. Dark areas blocked in. Some of these darker spots will be revisited or even toned with a glaze of color at the end.
4. I've lightly added color to each of the cars to give me some guidance on building up the colors and details of each one. It doesn't matter if they are exactly the right color at this point. There will be lots of paint layers added to each.
 5. Building up the colors and details.
6. Mostly complete.

7. Done! Thanks for looking!

Daily Painting EBay Auction Ending Tonight - Memories of Letters to Santa Claus

"Memories of Letters to Santa Claus," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8".

Auction ends tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Click here to bid.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Step by Step on the Easel - Daily Painting of Autumn Leaves - Organized Chaos Art

"Autumn Leaves," acrylic on panel, 6" x 6".

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This is my first fall up living up north in almost 20 years, and last weekend I had to rake leaves for the first time as a grown-up. And although it was laborious, I did enjoy myself, and so at the end, I went through my piles and picked out a handful of colorful leaves to paint. They weren't perfect, but I still thought they were beautiful.

I've been calling these paintings of piles of objects my "organized chaos" pieces, which I find to be a lot like painting a puzzle, making sure everything is painted in careful relationship to the adjacent parts of the painting. I took a few photos of the painting as I completed it that I thought might be interesting to share. They are posted below. Thanks for looking!
1. I start with blocking in the basic shapes and some colors. I have basic outlines of the shapes of the leaves, and I applied a grid which I erased back, so it's very faint and won't show through even thin areas of paint later on. 
2. As I keep working, my general goals are to keep refining the color, shapes and dimensions of the leaves within the painting. Some artists work methodically from grid block to grid block. I find that I have to keep bouncing around, looking at the painting as a whole, which helps me keep a more harmonious color scheme and painting style.
3. Continuing to build the textures and dimensions of the leaves. It's easy to start becoming complacent at this point and leave everything a bit washy, but continuing to add layers is what eventually makes things pop.
4. Close to finished.
5. Done, and photographed with my Nikon, not my camera phone! Thanks for looking!







EBay Auction Ending - Advance to Board Walk Monopoly Board Game Trompe L'Oeil Painting

"Advance to Board Walk," acrylic on panel, 6" x 6".

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Daily Acrylic Painting - Letter to Santa with Crayons - Trompe L'Oeil Art on eBay

"Memories of Letters to Santa," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8".

I wanted to create a couple of holiday-themed pieces, since I'm one of those people who really gets into the season. For this piece, I decided to paint a trompe l'oeil-style piece of an envelope addressed to Santa Claus. But I wanted to "age" it, to make it more like a memory, and give it the handwriting of a child. So for the subject, I dyed an envelope and crayons with instant coffee grounds, then used my left hand (I'm right-handed) to address the letter.

As with all of my trompe l'oeil-style pieces, my goal is to make this painting look deceptively real and three-dimensional. And, like most of my paintings, I just hope it makes you smile.

Available on eBay. Click here to bid. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

EBay Auction - Daily Acrylic Trompe L'Oeil Painting - Monopoly Advance to Board Walk



"Advance to Board Walk," acrylic on panel, 6" x 6".
 
EBay auction ends Sunday November 15 at 9 p.m. EST. Click here to bid.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Daily Acrylic Trompe L'Oeil Painting - Mad Hatter's Wonderland Tea Party with Crayons - SOLD

"Mad Hatter's Wonderland Tea Party," acrylic on aquabord, 8" x 8".

SOLD

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Monday, November 2, 2015

On the Easel - Seven Dwarfs Group Selfie - Organized Chaos Daily Acrylic Painting

Just finished: "Seven Dwarfs Group Selfie!" Acrylic on panel, 8" x 10".

This is another piece using my new aquabord panels, which allow me to use a technique that lends itself to much richer, deeper colors and an almost perfectly smooth finish to the paint (no bumps). For my subject, I used a grouping of plastic toys of the Seven Dwarfs that my parents got me when they took me to Disney World when I was three. Although I wasn't sure how it would turn out, I'm really pleased. I think it's a lot of fun and makes me smile to really think of them all posed for this "Group Selfie."

Here are a couple of progress photos the piece, too. As you can see, it was complex, so like my other chaos paintings, I used a grid to help guide me.

Thanks for looking! I'll post for sale soon. I hope it makes you smile!


I put in several hours between the above photo and the one below, not just finishing Happy's face, but also continuing to layer and enrich the colors and details on the other dwarfs.
 
Sunday, November 1, 2015

On the Easel - Mad Hatter's Wonderland Tea Party with Crayons - Daily Acrylic Trompe L'Oeil Painting

"Wonderland Tea Party," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8".

I thought I'd share another side by side comparison of my painting and my still life subject. This is the most complex of the Wonderland pieces I've done, and the largest. It was also my first attempt working on Aquabord, using an acrylic watercolor-style technique, and I'm really pleased with how the surface and the acrylic behaved in just the way I prefer, and enabled much richer, deeper and brighter colors. I'll post for sale soon. Thanks for looking!