International Artist - August/September 1999 (page 23 - 29)
Paintings from the Article Passion + Planning = Productivity
"Here to Stay", oil on masonite, 8 x 10" (20 x 25cm), Private Collection
I haven't painted many snow scenes, but I live in New England, so I sometimes give in and do so. The snow gives me the opportunity to play with complementary colors - lots of blues, purples, and oranges. The village nestled in the background, and the bundled up figure scurrying through, tell a story. The trick with adding figures is that they have to be painted in a consistent style using a minimum of strokes and with colors that relate easily to the rest of the painting.
|"The Sidewalk Cafe",
oil, 6 x 8" (15 x 20cm), Collection of the Artist
The same principle that was used to paint "The Yard Sale" applies here. This was a very crowded scene on a hot day in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I wanted to convey that feeling without making the painting too complex. To make it look like a cafe, I included the waiter with his white apron and people sitting at tables. The pedestrian adds movement. As you can see, there were dozens of flower pots in the original photo, but I simplified the composition, replacing them with some flowering bushes. I wanted a "cafe" painting, not a flower pot piece.
"Winter at the Pond", oil on masonite, 16 x 20" (41 x 51 cm), Private Collection
This pond in my neighborhood changes dramatically from season to season. I wanted to make it winter-like, yet at the same time warm and comforting. Warm reflections in the pond break up the blue foreground. I borrowed a group of trees from the distance in order to obtain connecting verticals. An artist, after all, can move trees, mountains, and anything else she pleases!
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Monique's Palette Discussed in This Article
Painting Lesson Discussed in This Article
Second Opinion in This Article & About The Artist
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