Friday, February 22, 2013

The Year of the Cardinal, 6x6"

I will remember this season as the Year of the Cardinal-- every time I look out my window, my trees are filled with the most brilliant red imaginable.  Why are they flocking to my backyard?  Is it the safflower seed that I've filled the feeders with this time around?  Is this happening everywhere?  Time to pour a cup of tea and plant myself by the window for another show.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Fracturing" with Julie Ford Oliver

My eyes have been opened to a new approach to Impressionist painting.  If you are not familiar with the paintings of Julie Ford Oliver, I hope that you will check out her blog and her ArtByte tutorial on Fracturing.  I downloaded her tutorial this morning, and the resulting painting is above.  Be kind-- it is my first attempt at this technique, but I got very excited about the prospect of breaking through the forms of my painting to achieve a very unique mood!

My usual painting style is shown below.  I've always felt comfortable breaking up my color into various tones in my painting, but I never disturbed the forms themselves before.  I hope that I will be able to make this technique part of my style in the future.

I'd love to know your thoughts on my attempt to fracture my painting!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Red Hat Adventures (Triptych) 6x6 each

I have a demo coming up next week, so if you are in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, I hope you'll stop by!  The topic will be "Loosening Up Your Painting Style", and it will be put on by the Long Grove Art Guild on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30pm in the Long Grove Village Hall.  Email Barbara at to reserve your space.