Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Day #26 - Amsterdam 9x12, oil

I should know better than to sign up for Leslie's September 30/30 painting challenge. September is a busy month for us. There is the last of the vegetable garden to tend to, flower beds to get ready for winter, houseplants to be repotted and brought in before the first frost. And beautiful fall days to enjoy just being outside.

I should really know better.... but Leslie's 30/30 painting challenges are always so much fun. She offers another one in January. That should be a slower month around here. 


Our Virtual Paint Out group traveled to Amsterdam this month. We were limited to the area within the A10 highway that encircles the city. 
It was a lucky coincidence that this month's destination coincided with the recent PBS TV Masterpiece Theater mini series, "The Miniaturist", a dark story of Amsterdam in the 1600's.  


A little info - 


Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a flat, low-lying city, connected by canals to the North Sea. Areas of the city lie below sea level and some areas are built on land that has been reclaimed from the sea. It covers approximately 85 sq miles and has a population of about 822,000.

The inner city is divided by a network of canals into some 90 “islands” connected by approximately 1,300 bridges and viaducts. It has a temperate climate with moderately warm summers. The cooler months of October through March can be cloudy and damp.

Amsterdam, 9x12, oil

This painting is available in my Ebay Store – Virtual Paint Out

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Thanks for visiting,
Celene

Monday, September 17, 2018

Day 15 and 16 of the 30/30 Challenge

I'm getting behind with my postings. There just isn't enough hours in the day for chores, cooking, painting, reading and naps. Something has to go. My vote is for chores.

Pete's Cove, 5x7, oil


Abandoned, 5x7, oil


These paintings will be available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.
Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Day #14 - Morning Tide, 5x7, oil

Morning Tide, 5x7, oil

This painting will be available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com
Visit Leslie Saeta's September 2018 30/30 Painting Challenge.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Day #13 - Amsterdam, 9x12 B&W Underpainting

Today was a busy day, but I did find an hour to lay in an acrylic B&W underpainting of Amsterdam - which is our September destination for the Virtual Paint Out. I've included the reference photo to show you how I simplified the scene. It's never my intention to copy a reference photo exactly as it is. I'm not a camera, I'm an artist. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But I have a good feeling about this painting.


Canals of Amsterdam, 9x12, underpainting

Reference photo from Google Maps



When completed, this painting will be available in my Ebay Store - Virtual Paint Out

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Day #12 - We'll Leave the Light On, 8x10, oil

We'll Leave the Light On, 8x10, oil SOLD


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Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Day #10 - Road to No Where, 5x7 oil

Road to No Where, 5x7, oil

This painting gave me lots of trouble. I'm not sure if it will stay this way or if I will make changes. It was an odd day for painting. I have been worrying about a dear friend with serious medical issues and my concentration was lacking today.

Needless to say, this won't be added to my Ebay Store until I think about it for awhile. Tomorrow will be better.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com


Visit Leslie Saeta's September 2018 30/30 Painting Challenge.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Day #9 - Storm Surge, 5x7, oil


Storm Surge, 5x7, oil SOLD


This painting will be available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

The paint is thick on these ocean scenes and they will need a longer drying time. I will be adding them to my Ebay Store at a later date.


Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Day # 8 - After the Storm, 5x7, oil

After the Storm, 5x7, oil SOLD

This painting will be available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Day #7 - Surf's Up, 5x7, oil

Surf's Up, 5x7 oil



This painting will be available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

www.CeleneFarris.com
Visit Leslie Saeta's September 2018 30/30 Painting Challenge.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Day #6 - Sandy Beach, 5x7

Today I began to add oil colors to my underpaintings. A 5x7 black and white acrylic underpainting takes about 30 minutes to complete. Adding the oil colors takes hours.....


Sandy Beach, 5x7, oil

This painting is available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.


Thanks for visiting,
Celene

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Day #5 - More B&W Underpaintings

Today I decided to work on more black and white acrylic underpaintings. I really enjoy the energy that I see in these works. Now the trick will be to add color without losing that feeling.

I created five underpaintings today. Here are three of my favorites.


Work in Progress, 5x7 underpainting


Work in Progress, 5x7 underpainting


Work in Progress, 5x7 underpainting

I wonder if my current choice of reading material has anything to do with my painting choices. In case you are not familiar with Elisabeth Olgilvie, she wrote a wonderful series of books about life on a remote Maine island, its people and the sea.

These underpaintings qualify for the 30/30 challenge. Maybe I'll add color tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Day # 4 - Two B&W acrylic underpaintings

Since I like to begin my work with an underpainting, I thought I would share these future paintings with you. 

Work in Progress, 5x7 acrylic underpainting

Work in Progress, 5x7 acrylic underpainting

Creating an underpainting is a safety-net. Since there are four major elements to a painting - composition, shapes, tones and colors, it makes sense to simplify a complicated procedure. By working with an underpainting, I have established the composition, shapes and tones. In the next step I only have to worry about color. 

Working in two steps is much easier than trying to juggle all four elements at once. I use either oil or acrylic paint for my underpainting. Today I chose acrylic because it dries quickly.

Hopefully these paintings will be finished tomorrow, or at least one of them. But who knows, maybe I'll work on something else.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

Monday, September 3, 2018

Day #3 - Across the Valley, 5x7.oil

Across the Valley, 5x7, oil

This painting is available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.   Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Day #2 - A Pretty Walk, 5x5, oil.


A Pretty Walk, 5x5, oil

This painting is available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.

Thanks for visiting,
Celene

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Day #1 - of the Sept. 30/30 Challenge - Moonlight, 5x7, oil


Leslie's September 2018 Painting Challenge has begun.

The goal is thirty paintings in thirty days. That is a challenge! Let the fun begin.

Moonlight, 5x7 oil SOLD

This painting is available in my Ebay Store - Small Paintings.

Or if you prefer, you may purchase directly from me. Please contact me for more information.


Thanks for visiting,
Celene