Green Apples

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Oil on canvas panelboard.

I’ve been painting green apple studies for the past few days, trying to get my values right.  Although I’m not thrilled with my brush work or values on the apples in this one, I do like the way the bowl turned out!  These Granny Smiths are going back into the crisper, but I think I’ll keep the bowl around for the next painting.

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Gears!

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Oil on gessoboard.

I painted these bike gears for the Exposure Challenge on Daily Paintworks.  It was a great painting exercise for me this week.  I learned a lot from painting this, and was reminded of the importance of value studies!  Related to this, my painting teacher just reminded me yesterday to keep working on getting good contrast in my paintings by focusing on my values, getting the darks and lights right.  So, my plan is to follow his advice and work on a series of small, everyday objects in order to really study the values and transitions from dark to light.

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Backyard Dancing Partners

Oil on gessoboard.

I spent Sunday morning out in my backyard painting these “dancing partners.”  While I was outside, a lovely variety of neighborhood birds provided me with a great soundtrack!  I heard mourning doves, cardinals, grackles, song sparrows, chickadees, and a red-winged blackbird.  Or maybe there’s a mockingbird out there, just messing with me…I’ll have to watch and see!  Anyhoo, the weather was perfect for a little plein air painting, and it made me so happy to be outside, doing something I love.

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Spokes

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I tried painting on gessobord for the first time with this one, and WOW – so fun to feel out how the paint moves around differently from when I paint on a canvas or canvas panelboard.  I love the way the paint effortlessly glides onto the surface, and because of that ease, I was able to adjust the angles of the spokes a little by blending the edges.  I think I’m hooked!

My very talented brother, Justin Pyatt, sent me the reference photo of a bike wheel for this one.  You may recall that he provided the reference photos for my Car Show series a couple months ago.  Thanks, Justin!!

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Lucy & Pig

This week, I decided to switch gears and paint my 11-year-old puppy.  This is the first time I’ve tried to paint her — very challenging!! This still needs some work, but it’s driving me crazy, so I’m going to set it aside and try again soon.  Happy Adoption Day, Lucy!!

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Nasturtium 1

We plant nasturtiums in our veggie garden every year.  I painted this from a reference photo I took last summer…I’m looking forward to warmer weather so I can get outside and paint from real life!

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