Saturday, May 31, 2008

Roots No.6

Roots No.6
Roots No.6, painting by Delilah Smith

About This Painting:
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $100 USD

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Geraniums and Watermellon

Geraniums and Watermellon
A painting in the Organically Grown Series

This painting is still in the begining process but it is starting to take shape. I'm not happy with the background, so I will be making some changes to it as I work. I think I need to reason out the color in the back ground.

"How difficult it is to be simple." (Vincent van Gogh) "Brevity is the sister of talent." (Anton Chekhov) "Less is more." (Robert Browning)

Pierre Bonnard, no slouch in the colour department, said, "You reason color more than you reason drawing. It has a logic as severe as form." Understanding and mastering colour requires thought, diligence, experimentation and commitment. Taste plays its part--a sip here, a sip there--and simple ingredients often make the best soup. "Color is like cooking," said the granddaddy of colour knowledge, Josef Albers. "The cook puts in more or less salt, that's the difference!"

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Roots No5 completed

I'm finally finished with the first large painting in the series. It is 24x20 done in oil. Here is the painting about half way done.

Time to add a little more color. I think it needs a little visual texture to it so I add some in the beet leaves.

Now I an adding a glaze of color

Finally a little detail starts to be painted in.

I step back and look at the painting often as I work on it.

Add more layers of color.

The finishing touches put in place and this painting is done.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Roots No 5

I finally named this one. I have titled it Roots No 5. Now I have the base down it's time to add some color.

I understand that it is Internation Pickle Week so I am giving you a little information on it along with two fun watercolors I have done of pickles. I wouldn't want to miss out on the fun and I hope you don't either so eat your veggies and make one of them a pickle.

International Pickle Week is sponsored by Pickle Packers International, who promote the idea that pickles are the world's funniest vegetable. Not everyone agrees, however. In fact, pickles are considered subversive by the PPP, the Pickle Protesters of Pittsburgh, who point out that although pickles originated in Asia, they've now infiltrated the entire world. The PPP especially fears the increasingly popular Mediterranean Squirting Pickle which, when ripe, explodes and squirts its seeds all over the place. The PPP will mark International Pickle Week by calling for an International Pickle Freeze. Which, if successful, could mean the end of chow-chow as we know it.
Pickle Week is the brain-child of Bill "The Dill" Moore of Pickle Packers International in Chicago. Bill traveled the world promoting Pickle Power. He said, "Pickle Power is neither right-wing nor left-wing -- it's in the middle with the mustard."
One of the big Pickle Week observances is the annual Pickle Fest in Atkins, Arkansas, featuring the World Champion Pickle Juice Drinking Contest. Which sounds like a quick way to seriously gag your bladder.
This is International Pickle Week, sponsored by Perky Pam Peck's Pressure-Packed Peppered Pickles of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. It's ironic. Perky Pam packed a passel of peppered pickles in Pottstown, yet there was a time she didn't even have a pot to pack in.
International Pickle Week marks the discovery of the pickle in India 4,030 years ago, give or take a few centuries.
This is International Pickle Week. How can they have a special week for pickles? What's next, National Pork & Beans Month? Turnip Tuesday? Stewed Tomato Weekend? Prune Fortnight? I just hope they never have National Leftovers Year.

So here are some fun little watercolors.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Started yet another Painting

Starting another oil painting in the Organic Series

This painting is 24x20 and the sides will be painted. I have laid in some under painting and am working with the negative space here.

I am adding some under painting to the beets.

Now the underpainting for the leaves.

I have decided some things need to be moved around in the painting. I like to get this done in the very early stages of the painting. You can see that I work very loose and use large brushes on this painting.

Time to let this one dry for a day or two. I'll give it a name the next time I start to work on it.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Plain White T's sing about Delilah

Hay There Delilah" by Plain White T's. just listen for a little fun today To day I will work on making a little history just like the song says.

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Organic Series

Esoterica: Proficiency in art is a contract with your self and
the empowerment of your self. Not all of us demand or even
desire proficiency, but for those who do it's necessary to
temper the influence of groups.

And while some artists think history is bunk, the historical evidence is overwhelming:

Paul Gauguin said,"In my isolation I grow stronger," .
Claude Monet said ,"My work is always better when I'm alone and follow my own impressions,
Edgar Degas said" "If the artist is serious he must sink himself in solitude,"
Winston Churchill said "Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong," .

As artist we have our Esoterica ways, that is what make us artist. I have started another painting in the series, while I wait for the first one to dry. I always work on several at the same time. It seems to make thing flow better for me. This is just one of my esoteric ways of doing things. I won't even get into how when I start to paint I loose all tract of time and it might be 4 AM when I finally stop painting.

I first do a basic shape drawing in charcoal. It doesn't have to be detailed because I am going to paint over it.

Here I am filling in the background to get a feel for the negative spaces.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Begining of a Series of oil paintings

I am starting a new series called " Organically Grown". I plan to paint almost daily on this series and will be posting work in progress as I painting daily. I am often asked, how do you paint so fast? I don't paint fast, I paint consistently, I paint every day, and I work on my art for 8 or more hours each day. This is my job I paint 7 days a week. The series will be done by July 30,2008. I am planing on 52 paintings in the series.


30x30 -4








These size may change as I start the series and find certain size seem to flow with the work better. This is the first painitng in the series.

This painting is 24x20.

It is starting to take shape.

The beginning of day one. I often work on several paintings at one time so you will see three or four in progress at a time.

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