Monday, May 21, 2007

Green Pears

6in. x 6in. acrylic on gessoed Masonite®
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This one was done as a commission. The photos above show the step by step process. The third photo shows the finished work but I'll post the full sized image tomorrow.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

In Memory Of

5” x 7” (12.7cm x 17.8cm) acrylic on gessoed Masonite® unframed
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As you may have guessed this subject is based on the American Memorial Day theme, sometimes called Decoration Day, celebrated the last Monday of May. Everyone can name someone who is remembered on this day so you can fill in the name in the title of the painting.

In today’s world we usually send flowers or a card to remember someone, but in times past nobility or those who could afford to do so might commission a work of art such as a painting or sculpture to celebrate or remember someone. I thought it would be appropriate to do a painting to honor this kind of memory, once again returning to that long ago tradition.

Each painting can develop differently. In this case I’m working the painting from top to bottom rather than all over at once. And this one is painted on a white gesso background rather than a colored ground. You can see this method in a number of contemporary artists. One that comes to mind is the work of Neil Welliver who generally worked his paintings from top to bottom.

© Copyright by Paul Wolber

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Apple Blossoms: Signs of Spring

5” x 7” (12.7cm x 17.8cm) acrylic on gessoed Masonite®
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I learned a lot while doing this painting. We usually don’t spray our apple tree for bugs so we only use the apples for apple pie by cutting out the bad spots and leave the rest for the deer to eat in the winter. While photographing the blossoms there was a constant buzz of bees seeing nectar so I had to be careful. Also I noticed that some buds were white or pink while others where a deep crimson red. I’m not sure of the reason for this. Maybe someone out there knows the answer.

There is so much delicate and sensual feeling in the buds a leaves at this time of year, and the painting has more of that in it than is possible to see in the computer image.
© Copyright by Paul Wolber

Monday, May 7, 2007

Wild Violets

5” x 7” (12.7cm x 17.8cm) acrylic on gessoed Masonite®
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This is the third and last painting in the wildflower series. The violets bloomed after the dandelion came up but still in time for Mothers Day. I wanted to contrast the purple color of the violets with the yellows and greens in the leaves and stems. That makes this composition a yellow/purple contrast with red/green secondary contrast.
This painting took more time then I anticipated since my tubes of Brilliant Purple and Medium Magenta were not longer usable so it required a trip to the art supply store. There was no way I could mix those brilliant colors from scratch. Then my camera had a hard time seeing the colors I had painted so I needed to take a lot of photos and adjust the lighting to come close to the actual colors. Those vivid purples are hard to duplicate. I’m ready for a break.