Sunflower Garden 24 x 36 Inch Oil Painting

This is a 24 x 36 Inch Sunflower Oil Painting done in CYM no K (Cyan (Phthalo Blue), Cad Yellow Light, Primary Magenta and no Black) plus White.  I started experimenting with this palette a few months ago and have been slowly learning its oddities.  I really like the warm yellows, rusty oranges, brilliant reds, turquoise blues, vibrant purples…and I am even starting to get the hang of greens.

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Poppies Oil Painting in Purple and Orange 14 x 18 Inch 

Just messing around with a relatively new set of primary colors.  Cyan, Magenta and Yellow plus white.  

Pastels on Black Pastel Paper By Mrs. Breeden’s 3rd Grade Class

Today the kids got to experiment with pastels on black pastel paper.  I believe one of the phrases used to describe the experience was OFF THE HOOK!  Others included fun and epic.  We drew two pictures and the kids chose one to hang in class and one to take home.  These are the drawings they chose to hang on the class “art clothesline”.  Please forgive the clothespins in the photos.  Our subjects today were cityscapes and mountains because…Albuquerque.  I know I had an “epic, off the hook” time.  I smiled when a few of the kids asked where they could buy their own pastels.  One even asked what kind of paper she could use at home if she didn’t have the good paper.  Awesome!  Hat tip to Mr P at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nMiyNwQJ13w!  

Art with 8 year olds: Abstract day!

This is a 16 x 20 abstract that Kaeleigh painted today during our art lesson.  Two weeks ago, I had Kaeleigh coat her canvas,with some good blops of gesso and then had her take the palette knife and make designs in the gesso while it was still wet.  That gave the canvas a really interesting textured base to do our abstract.  Today we mixed phthalo blue and raw umber for the base coat (thinned it with acrylic glazing medium).  Next, she decided red was her color and we mixed three different reds which she applied with a knife and smoothed in a few places with her fingers.  She took a sponge to some areas and threw in some brush strokes.  Next, we did the same with the greens we mixed and finished the knife work with a few shades of blue.  The best and most fun part were the paint splatters.  We took the painting outside and I showed Kaeleigh how to throw paint onto the canvas using the two paint brush method where you tap one brush against the other to get splatter and then the single paint brush sling method.  She missed the canvas and got my face with her first single brush sling.  Yellow.  She got herself every single time when she used purple with the double brush tap.  Anyway, I think Kaeleigh painted herself a great little abstract.  I helped her with a few strokes with the knife as I showed her how to use them, but this painting is 98% Kaeleigh.  Awesome!

Orange Poppies, Ochre Sky 14 x 18 Inch Oil Painting

I discovered cadmium orange a few weeks ago.  I hate to admit that I can’t mix an orange as pure as cad orange out of the tube.  It is such a happy color!  I like to keep my colors to a minimum (I usually have about 10 colors I work from), but lately I’m thinking cad orange and cerulean blue need to be part of my palette.