Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Just You & Me, Babe_10 x 8 inch Oil, Still Life

Just You & Me, Babe © Donna PierceClark
This was just a little challenge to myself, an exercise in opposites:  reds, pinks and greens.
I like challenging myself to do glass and reflected objects as well.
This one was fun to do the green dots on the pink fabric as seen through the green glassware.
Below are a few steps along the way
My first challenge to myself was to get the drawing just right.

The second challenge was to mix and apply just one color at a time.
One color, then one stroke.
Then, on to another area of the painting.
One color, then one stroke.


Once a few local colors were established, the next step was to
start finding and applying "mixes" of the two complimentary colors:
reds and greens. Then, I started a bit of blending.
You can click on any of these photos and make them much larger, so you can see details!
Have fun!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Touch of Pink, 5 x 7 oil, still life

Touch of Pink
© Donna Pierce-Clark
Stages of Touch of Pink
First the drawing.....
Then, the initial paint-in, just shapes and colors.
Then highlights and sparkles and dots!

On to the large easel........
Above is my large studio easel, on which I have started a 24" x 36" canvas in oils.
We traveled to Rainbow Bridge on a river cruise several years ago and this canvas was actually begun soon after that trip. I think this poor canvas has been neglected for at least 3 years! 
I am so happy to be back to this painting. 
Below, you can see a few later stages of development
and the photo reference on the computer monitor, from which I paint. 
Ideally, I would prefer to be painting on location; 
but, I'm happy to use the computer monitor for now.
To the left of the easel, I also have a still life table.
If I am doing a large still life, I'll use this set up and the larger easel.
At this time, however, I'm working on two paintings:
I get bored just working on only one painting at a time, 
so the little one will go more quickly and satisfy my impatience!
When the larger one is finished, you will see some people walking on a path.
And, with this comparison, you will be amazed at the immensity of this place
and how tiny the people will look!
I hope to be finished with this at least by March 1st. 
Stay tuned for updates!
Family Favorite Recipes!
Pedro's Special
was a "south of the border" recipe that my mother prepared often.
She loved hot, spicey, crunchy foods!
I think it must have been the American Indian in her.

Ingredients:   Sauce (below), 2 cans of Red Kidney Beans, and 1 bag of Original Fritos, Shredded lettuce, and chopped onion.

Directions:   Cook all the sauce in a large skillet.  Layer beans, sauce, Fritos. Repeat. Bake in 375ยบ oven for 45 minutes, uncovered. Cover and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve with shredded lettuce and chopped onion. You might want a large glass of cold milk!
Layer One [Sauce]:  
  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 "12 oz" can of tomato paste
  • 12 oz of water
  • 1/4 tsp organo
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • dab of tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Layer Two:  Kidney Beans
Layer Three:  Fritos