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Australian Gum Tree for a Jiltaroo I know…

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“See”

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Happy Saturday to you!   I am having a lovely weekend thanks to my many friends and family.   Yesterday was my birthday and I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and birthday sentiments that I received.  I feel so very blessed and grateful for all of the love.  If you are one of those special people, thank you for loving me.  

Below is a painting that I love.  It reminds me of the sea in Mexico…an old memory of days gone by.  It could be anywhere though….anywhere crystalline water meets the horizon.  It was done completely in oil and its dimensions are 24 x 20 inches on stretched canvas.

I hope you find it as serene as I do.  Have a wonderful finish to your weekend and as always, blessings to you and yours.

Best,

k  i  m  b  y

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“Suspended in Animation”

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“Birds Eye View” progression photos…

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Hello there and a very happy Thursday to you.  The weekend is almost here!  Yippee!!!

I finished a painting that I happen to love this week.  I am in love with the palette and I also love all of the different ‘things’ I can see in this finished abstract piece.  This painting was done in oils.  It was a very fulfilling piece because over the last month or so I have been working primarily in acrylics.  If you follow my blog, you will know that using acrylic paint is a totally new medium to me.  Initially, I hated them; however, once I hung in there and continued to push my boundaries by exploring this incredibly versatile medium I was pleasantly surprised to find that I thoroughly enjoyed them.  I must be honest and state that my true love is (and will probably always be) oils.  They are so vibrant, so luscious, so forgiving (sometimes), and they allow you to re-work an area and blend colors so well….you just have to know what you are doing in order not to muddy the colors (I am still learning this lesson).  This is why I had so much fun with this particular painting….I got back to using oils for the first time in awhile.

The painting is called “Birds Eye View”.  I titled it this because this painting was a totally abstract expressionistic piece.  No pre-planning was done and everything that you see came from an emotional place.  During the process of painting this piece, one of the first things I painted resembled a bird and a large eye (see initial photos below).  I liked where it was going from its inception.  After I finished the piece, I started noticing many eyes and faces within the painting.  A dear friend of mine also saw the same…as well as some additional surprises that my eyes didn’t initially pick up.  It seems to be a repetitive theme in many of my abstract pieces:  eyes and faces.  These items are created totally intuitively, not purposefully.

Anyway, what follows are some of the progression photos.  I hope you enjoy this little journey.  Have a wonderful weekend and take good care of each other.

Warmly,

k  i  m  b  y

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“Holy Cow” or “Wholly Cow” Update

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She is finished!  I completed this painting last night.  I have been working on it for the last three months approximately.  If you click on one of my recent past posts:  “Holy Cow” you can check out the gradual progression of this painting.  

It is primarily done in oils save for the base/background of the calf’s body.  I used Titanium White for her base.  It allowed me to create an abundance of underlying texture.  I then added oil paints over the acrylic. I really love the effect it elicited.  

Last night, I added the eyes and eyelashes (this is the first time I have ever painted eyes on a living creature in a painting) as well as the additional abstract colors that made this little calf appear more lifelike, even if the colors are not.  

I am quite happy with the finished piece.  I hope you enjoy it as well.  I have never painted a portrait of a living creature before so this was an experiement….a successful one at that.

I hope your week is off to a superb start!

Warmly,

k  i  m  b  y

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My oil painting progression photos of: “Fall Barn”

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Since fall is my favorite time of year, the season of my birth, and I have a pension for old barns…I decided to try my hand at painting a “fall-themed” old barn.  My memories of autumn in the Midwest will never leave me.  The changing of the Autumn leaves in Brown County, Indiana is a veritable cornucopia of color for the eyes and senses and one that you should see at least once in your life.  The  brilliance is quite honestly stunning beyond belief!  Seeing the change of seasons is a process I continue long for to this very day.  California has some changing leaves but no where near the drama of the midwest and east coast.

The following 22 photos will take you through the main steps and progression of how I oil painted this old barn.  It should be noted that this is not an original painting.  It is a copy of a painting by Wilson Bickford.  It was more involved than it may appear and I wanted to show how I arrived at the final piece.  This was a really fun and challenging exercise for me….and as some of you may recall, I happen to love old barns as evidenced by one of my older posts.  You can find the “Beautiful Tobacco Barns and a Dilapidated Log Cabin” post in the archive list to the right.

I started out by sketching (freehand) a two-point, simple perspective of a barn.  I then painted the barn and the surrounding meadow/grass in with black acrylic gesso.   It is imperative that if one uses an undercoat of acrylic paint you must allow it to completely dry before applying oil paints on top or you will have a mess.  I used a blow drier to help speed up the drying process.  Remember, you can paint oil over acrylic but you should never paint acrylic over oil.  The undercoat of black gesso provides a rich foundation on which to paint the surface of the barn and the grass.  I had never used black gesso before and I must say I am very happy with its effects.

I then placed regular old masking tape over the barn and meadow.  This was done to make my life easier when I went to paint in the background and surrounding trees.  It allowed me to freely paint without having to worry about compromising the underpainting of the cabin and grass with the Cadmium Red and Cobalt blue used for the trees and sky.  I then took an Exacto knife and carefully carved around the outline of the gesso.  This was not as easy as I thought it was going to be.  You have to have just the right amount of pressure when cutting.  If you are too light, when you go to remove the tape, you will end up pulling off more than you want and it just becomes a mess (this happened to me).  If you are applying too much pressure with the knife you will slice right through your support….if it is canvas.  Next time I will use a rigid support, like wood, before I attempt this again.   Even  though I did actually slice through the canvas once, it didn’t end up being an obvious mar on the surface.

After the tape has been secured and cut with the rough edges removed, I began blocking in my background sky, clouds, and the neighboring trees.  I then carefully removed the tape to reveal the black underpainting.  Now the fun began….I started painting the barn.  In order to get a realistic-looking ‘old barn’ rough, splintery surface, it was suggested that I use a rake brush.  Try though I might….not one art store carried this type of brush…..so……I simply made my own.  Yes, I bought a cheaper size 12, synthetic flat brush and used my good, old fashioned kitchen shears.  I simply cut and created a jagged and rough edge along the base of the bristles.  This turned out quite well helped to create a realistic looking surface of an old barn.  Again, when using a rake brush the pressure you place on the bristles is key.  It must be a very light touch or else you won’t get the splinter effect.

After painting the barn, I finished the painting off with creating the grassy meadow.  I am frankly not thrilled with the current look of my meadow; however, I plan on painting this piece again in order to really perfect the results….or attempt to at least.

I hope you enjoy viewing this process as much as I enjoyed painting it.  I hope you have a wonderful finish to your week!

Blessings from San Francsico,

k  i  m  b  y

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I Cannot Live With You…..by Emily Dickinson….and my most recent painting

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I cannot live with you, 
It would be life, 
And life is over there 
Behind the shelf

The sexton keeps the key to, 
Putting up
Our life, his porcelain, 
Like a cup

Discarded of the housewife, 
Quaint or broken; 
A newer Sevres pleases, 
Old ones crack.

I could not die with you, 
For one must wait 
To shut the other’s gaze down,
You could not.

And I, could I stand by 
And see you freeze, 
Without my right of frost,
Death’s privilege?

Nor could I rise with you,
Because your face
Would put out Jesus’,
That new grace

Glow plain and foreign 
On my homesick eye, 
Except that you, than he 
Shone closer by.

They’d judge us-how?
For you served Heaven, you know,
Or sought to;
I could not,

Because you saturated sight,
And I had no more eyes
For sordid excellence
As Paradise.

And were you lost, I would be,
Though my name
Rang loudest
On the heavenly fame.

And were you saved,
And I condemned to be
Where you were not,
That self were hell to me.

So we must keep apart,
You there, I here,
With just the door ajar
That oceans are,
And prayer,
And that pale sustenance,
Despair!

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