This is my first bigger and more complex try, after I did two small experiments. The background is colorful, but this time I stayed with similar colors and not the rainbow approach. I will do more of these. Had a lot of fun.
This is a continuation of my first Birch-trees painting. I took the concept and pushed it further than I did then. This is more expressive with the brush-strokes and colors. The first one was simpler and had a limited color pallet, this one ... doesn't.
Did this one a few days ago. I bought Persimmon fruits and tried some compositions (alone and with other objects). I really liked them in combination with Horse-chestnuts, but it isn't a secret that I love Horse-chestnuts. Here is the result anyway, a fun and playful painting inspired of one of the photos I took.
I did a painting earlier of some berries on a bush, trying to capture the fall. It was a challenge on Daily Paintworks and I called the painting "Autumn berries". Tracie who bought the painting, recently asked me to paint a complementary painting to it and she wanted the theme to be Holly leaves and berries. We agreed that it shouldn't be too X-mas. This is the result. Am also putting up a picture with both paintings together.
A while back I played around with an idea that object lacked color, and the background and negative spaces were filled with over the top colors. The focus isn't on the object but rather on the meeting of the object and it's surrounding. This is a 2nd take on that idea. I have reduced the object compared to the first try, got a more abstract feeling.
After a small detour from trees and landscapes, I am back painting a small tree painting. I am considering leaving small paintings for a week or so, and only do some larger paintings. That will probably mean that I will not post a new painting every day like now.
Haven't done much Water Lilies lately. It has been my favorite subject for many years, always trying to find new ways to do them. I have been more interested in the leaves on the water, than the flowers /(reminds me of PAC-man). I have mostly done buds, and to be honest, had difficulty finding a good way to do a fully open flower. With so many petals, it is hard to be a line-based style and be able to make it work, at least I have. Slowly as my style has loosened up I have started to feel comfortable doing fully open flowers. I am happy with the result of this one.
I did paint this fruit for a challenge a few months ago, and I liked the result a lot then. Thought I get back and do some more. Trying some different ideas, having fun as usual. Kept it simple with loose brush strokes.
Back to those last tomatoes of the season. Took some liberties when it came to their colors, there were some that were between green and red, but I decided to keep the contrast. I was playing around, having fun with it.
Finally time for one of my favorite subjects for the moment. Tried to keep it rough and fresh. Not sure what it is that I like about them, but I think it is a combination of color, shape, forms and sizes. This is almost kind of a family of Horse-chestnuts.
A peak up, looking at trees around me in the park, taking pictures. This is the result of one of those. Was a little bit too "realistic", at least when my art is concern, had to simplify it, and going more to the graphic and abstract approach before I was satisfied with it.
And a warning for those who have week stomachs. I have painted Horse-chestnuts again, so that is coming up soon.
Doing still life always make me ask myself if it is the right thing for me to do. Not still life as subject, but how and what I paint. My favorite still life painter Carol Marine has a wonderful eye for color, composition and has a little whimsical touch. I get inspired, but I also get warning bells, I must keep my identity. I fooled around with apples, photographing different compositions and ideas. I tend to like close-ups, to work with shapes that overlaps, lines that meet and negative spaces. This isn't one of those, so I was in kind of out of my comfort zone. I think it still is me, but I had to work to find the balance in the background between creating energy and just being messy.
Didn't know if I should name this one "Looking up" or "Birch-trees 4", well I chose the last name. The painting is the same approach that I did on my "That time of year 2 "-painting, but not as abstract and with birch-trees. My first attempt on this failed. It lacked the graphic feeling I wanted and it felt messy, so that one will be painted over later.
Since it is getting cold now, especially at night, we have harvest all the tomatoes left on the plants, and put them to ripe on a big plate. Most of them were green or green-yellow in the beginning, but slowly a lot of them is changing color to yellow, orange and red. I have taken photos of them at different times, and I do like to paint close-ups of fruits and vegetables. Finding a composition among the chaos.
My tomatoes are more fun than appetizing. If you like to see appetizing ones, take a look at Kara Bigda's tomatoes , they look tasty.
Well, this is a new take on a old composition and idea. This is a larger version of That time of year 4, and painted on Canvas Hardboard-MDF. The format is a little different, so I had to adjust the composition.
There are things I like better in this version, but there is also things I like better in the old ones, but over-all I am satisfied with the result.
I finished the larger painting today and did also a small painting. The sun sets so early at this time of year, that when I got out to photograph the paintings, the light was so bad that I only got an "OK" photo of the smaller one, so that is the one I have to post. I will probably take new pictures of the paintings tomorrow, but this one have to do for now. (Have changed the photo, so now it is a more accurate photo).
The painting is a continuation of my first Birch-trees painting. This time I changed the palette and played a little more with it. I wanted it to be graphic and simple. I like the result.
This is a simple birch-tree painting I did to test some things out. I will probably make a larger version of it, but right now I am working on a bigger painting on "canvas board-MDF". I got the suggestion from someone, that she would love to see one of my tree-paintings on a larger "canvas board-MDF, so I got inspired and bought a 19.7" x 24" canvas board-MDF, and am now working on a new interpretation of the motive used in "That time of year 4".
A few days ago I went to a park near where I live to get inspiration and some reference photos to work from.
The photos that was taken was mainly fall/autumn trees, a lot of warm colors. This paining is inspired of a tree's character and my way to interpreter it. I kept it clean and simple, I thought about going more wild with it, but I liked it as it was, and I can always do another where I let go more.
It started with me walking around photographing things around me and doing a 2nd version of a DPW challenge, I fell in love with the Horse-chestnut. Can't promise that this is my last one, but it is at least my last for a good while.
When I did the first Birch-tree painting, I kept it simple with a restricted color palette. After that one I did a small (8" x 8") more colorful Birch-tree painting, to be shown later, and then I did this one.
I have had the idea for some time. An object with form, but without color, and the negative space full of color, over the top of color. So I tried the idea out on this 8" x 8" painting. This is something I might explore later. It's a little over the top perhaps, but I like it.
After I did the first "That time of year" painting I wondered what it would look like if I had painted it bigger. I think I do have a better flow in the lines when I go up in size. This is the answer to that question (what it would look like....).
Thought I would go back to nature. I continued with my quest to find my way to capture nature. Birch-trees are graphic and stunning, and you can find many artists painting them. Do I do something new? Probably not, but hopefully I will put my twist on it in the end.
I kept this one simple, held back on color and let it have a graphic feel.
Lets mix things up. For a long time I have wanted to paint sunflowers, but doing so can result in shooting myself in the foot. No secret that one of my all-time favorite painters is Van Gogh, and sunflowers is one of his most known and loved subjects. Sunflowers is also a very commons subjects artists paint overall.
Finally I tested my wings with this sunflower painting, and I know now that there will be more, had a lot of fun painting it.