Flower Pots at Heathcote

Flower Pots at Heathcote
9x12 acrylic on canvas

Saturday, May 28, 2011

From the Sketchbook....

I'm posting a watercolor and pen sketch from my sketchbook, which I have been neglecting lately! After doing the big mural and the three egg temperas, I needed something less serious, more fun and free! So today, I have been sketching away at anything that I fancy. It's fun!

Click on it for a better view. Have a great weekend, Egretta

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Sea Gull"

"Sea Gull"

6 x 6 Egg Tempera on panel


This painting was done with a limited palette. It was interesting to paint with only a few colors and was done rather quickly. I deliberately tried to do it in a loose manner with a few thin washes of color.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Finished Mural

Hi everyone,
I finished the mural today! It has been an awesome project, taking 8 days of work, mostly all day every day, but I enjoyed every moment. The client was thrilled and all who have seen it have given me positive comments, which certainly makes one feel good. The first two photos are of half ot it and the last one is the whole thing. Click on any of them for closer views of details. Let me know what you think! Now back to some studio painting!

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Mural---lots of work to go!

Hi everyone,

This is the mural I am painting. It is of the 12th hole at the Masters golf course in Augusta, Georgia. I have been trying to get all the foliage in the background today and mostly what you are seeing is undercoats. There is a stream and the water is as clear as can be and will show the reflection of the azaleas and other flowers. The grass will look smooth and perfectly groomed, too, hopefully, when I am finished!

I have a few more days' work and then I will post the finished mural.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pictureless Wednesday! Just a word.....

Hi everyone,

I am very busy this week painting a mural for a customer. It is of the 12th hole at Augusta, Ga. Masters golf course. If you play golf, you know that this must be the prettiest hole in the world, or at least one of them! I am working hard on it and enjoying every minute. I will try not to forget my camera tomorrow and let you see what I am doing, although I'm a few days from being finished.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Threading the Neddle"

"Threading the Neddle"

11 x 14 Egg tempera on gessoed panel

Not for Sale

I finished it!! Talk about stewing over something.... I did! I suppose the reason was because this was a painting of how I remember my grandmother Worley who passed away in the 80's. I was trying to get it to look like her, which it does..SOME.. but not to my satisfaction! I only had a small frontal view photo of her and it was very hard to see, so I just tried to do it from memory. She was a quilter and made many beautiful quilts.

I am glad to finish this! Click on it to see a closer view.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Still working on this......

I am still working on this egg tempera and I frankly am about ready to scrap it! I just hate to give up, though, so I am going to try and finish it somhow or another!

It is wearing me down! You artists out there: do you ever start a painting and wish you hadn't?This one is it! First the panel I was painting on wouldn't hold the paint. Then I started it again on another panel that I had primed. The paint holds, but I haven't been pleased with the composition or the colors or the drawing I did before I began to paint. But I am stubborn so keep watching and I am going to finish the *#//!x#*/ thing! And that is about as strong a statement as I ever make!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Starting over......

Sometimes the strangest things happen and the more I painted on the egg tempera painting I started the other day, the more trouble I had with it!

I have always primed my hardboard myself with gesso, putting on about 4 to 6 coats of gesso, going in different directions and sanding between coats until it is smooth as silk. This time I bought some pre-primed panels. The ad in Dick Blick catalog suggested for egg tempera.

I am using ready made egg tempera from Rowney and Sennelier.

The paint would just not stick to the surface!!It was totally impossible. Even after 2 days of drying, a damp brush would pick up the pigment! So I primed my own panel and it is taking the paint beautifully (the bottom one). I can't tell you the time I spent on the top one, and the bottom one so far I have done maybe 30 minutes of painting. Well, things like this happen and we learn things. I know for certain...I will not be using factory primed panels again! I will show you my progress on this tomorrow. Cheers!