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Lots of Layers

 

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This one is more tightly wound than I would like.  I was so enchanted with the light on the hair and face, that I got carried away.  I should have gone alla prima with this. Instead I blocked it in (thinly under painted hues and values), and kept refining to achieve more detail, in order to work all those little hairs.  If I were to paint this again, I’d let go of the detail, keeping the painting looser, in order to capture the feeling of joy and abandon. Instead, the expression took a back seat to all of those tiny little hair highlights.

Alla Prima

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I’ve been oil painting almost exclusively lately, weighing different techniques against one another. I tend to paint tight more detailed work only when it feels right to me, depending on what I’m trying to achieve. But, I must say that working alla prima-direct to surface, wet into wet in one session, like the painting above, is loads of fun.

Young V

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A fabulous slide show of the Women Painting Women Fifth Anniversary exhibit at the Principle Gallery, South Carolina, USA.  The show runs from September 5-30th.    I won’t be able to make it to the opening, so it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to view the work of each especially terrific participating artist.  Principle Gallery has also published a gorgeous catalog.  Kudos to each and every artist and also to the gallery, who has been nothing but supportive of the Women Painting Women movement!

Young IV

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Oil on Canvas 11″x14″

After Class

bafterclass copy Sketch of  an after class discussion or complaint…

Women Painting Women

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12″x 12″ Oil on Canvas

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my painting, Divide1 will be part of the Women Painting Women show at the Principle Gallery Charleston.  I’ve had a look at some of the excellent work in the show, created by some wildly talented women artists, and I’m honored to be a part of this inspiring exhibition! Have a look:

‪#‎PaintLikeAGirl‬ ‪#‎WomenPaintingWomen‬ ‪#‎PrincipleCharleston‬

Young III

 

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The “Young Series”                                                                         Oil on Canvas 12″x12″

Summer Days

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The Descent Series

Wary

 

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Another Descent Series piece.

 

For those who may be interested, I start with a drippy big brush sketch, then refine just enough to try and hit the sweet spot.

Young II

bbetsy copy                                   Second in the “Young Series”                                                                              oil 11″x14″

Young

 

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A new series.  I’m not sure how many pieces I want to make or how far I want to take it, but this series is pretty straight forward.  It’s about being very young-on the brink of adulthood. It’s not about nostalgia, but instead an unflinching look at the close to the surface intensity of older teens and very early twenty somethings. I’m only painting cropped heads, and facial features, asserting the unfiltered expressions of these hauntingly beautifully fresh faces.

Drawing from Life

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A sketch drawn from nature’s bits and pieces, strewn about my yard, while I delighted in the breeze.

Resigned

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The Descent Series

 

Lively Yellow Warblers

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These petite yellow birds dashed playfully about the swamp at such speed, that focusing my camera was much like a playing a video game. As you can see, I was unable to capture any sharp images, but thought I’d give you some idea of their delightful exuberance.

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End of the Day

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Sashay

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I See You

 

 

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Mustached

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Cherry Fest

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Our backyard cherry tree is a fruit eating bird delight site.  Though the tree is full of cherries, the birds are fighting over the choicest, deepest red ones.

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Even the least successful still seem content to snatch up the nearly ripe fruit.

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