Yuletide Greetings, 16x20, Oil on Canvas, Available through Cole Gallery
Aaaaaannnd back to posting:
So much for consistency. I want to blame it all on my lack of photography skills but I'm sure we could create a list of my discipline issues. However, photography is my nemesis.
Frosty Noel, 12x24, Oil on Canvas, Available through Cole Gallery
How to get the correct colors , the saturation, exposure, not to mention all those little sparkly reflections that happen with oils. It's all a mystery to me. Even with the Googles for reference, I have to set aside a full day for nothing but photography and editing. My job is to make the image look exactly like the painting. Sometimes it's enough to make my hair fall out.
North Light Tulips, 16x20, Oil on Canvas, SOLD
But not everyone loves EVERY aspect of their job even if it IS their DREAM JOB. So, I let the paintings stack up then I pull out the camera and all my little camera gadgets, light box, lights, umbrellas, filters, blah blah blah and get the job done.
Still, after all the fuss, I think they are best seen in person. Which you could have done at the Oldfield Show in October. Love that show. So much going on. Food, wine, coffee, music, auctions - live and silent, rows and rows of artists all in doors! Put it on your calendar for next year. It's usually the first weekend of October but there is a rumor they may be changing that.
North Light Roses, 16x20, Oil on Canvas, Available through Cole Gallery
Of course you could make a trip to the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Wa. I love that gallery too. Featuring ME. And several other artists, of course. I was asked if I would consider painting some lighter pieces (because I have a tendency toward darker palettes).
My knee jerk was: No.
But I percolated on it for a while and thought, maaaybeee. I can still paint the same concept with in a much higher key. Much, MUCH higher key. A key so high one might need an oxygen mask. (Did I lose you?). Because, frankly, if it's not overplayed, it's just sitting there. So I overplayed. I lit. I over lit. I blew out edges with light. Over exposed. And that's saying a lot since I paint from life 99% of the time.
The galley calls it my "White Period".
BTW, I am back to chiaroscuro. :)