Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sage and Gold

"Sage and Gold" 5x7 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
In late September, the cottonwoods and poplars are the first to dress their canopy in brilliant gold. It's as though they catch all the rays from the sun and hold it in every molecule of their being. They add brightness to any overcast day. But once the winds return—making their presence known with howls and gusts—these golden leaves struggle to hang on. Until finally, the last blast of coldness leaves them fluttering from their branches. And skirted about these lofty sentinels is a ruddy field of amber.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Distant View

"Distant View" very small 2.5" x 8.625" oil on bamboo panel
"Distant View" started as an abstract, then I couldn't resist making the top more sky-like and the bottom more grass-like to represent a windy day in this colorfully hilly terrain.

I am trusting these playful expressions that come about after a longer painting session in the studio. And from a more spiritual viewpoint, these expressions do seem lighter, more spontaneous, and more purely creative.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Russet Trio (SOLD)

67 "Russet Trio" 4x4 oil on board, copyright Laura Gable

​Sometimes the most successful pieces are the small studies. And this is quite small ... merely 4inches by 4inches. This one especially appeals to me, painted recently in oils. It was inspired by my cornucopia display of autumnal fruit. If fruit could talk, I wonder what conversations this sweet arrangement would be having.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Trio of grape themed paintings (SOLD)

A dear friend of mine thrilled me recently with a purchase of this triptych of grape themed paintings. The center painting is a re-painted revision of a larger painting I did titled Visionary. They make a lovely statement hung together in a grouping and measure 24 inches tall. She purchased it as a surprise gift for her husband for their 30+ year anniversary. Congratulations my friends.

Living in a prolific grape growing region of southeastern Washington, one is apt to paint a few images of grapes, close views of the foliage, and more distant representations of the rows of vineyards that cover these lovely hillsides. We are blessed with fairly mild growing conditions and long seasons. The amount of wineries and their artful tasting rooms has grown immensely since we've lived here these past 15 years.
Concord Cluster, Visionary Reprised, Golden Cluster ~ oil paintings on cradled masonite panels, ©Laura Gable
I always enjoy modifying a painting online, and was recently pleased with the way this one turned out. Perhaps the next time I approach a grape themed painting, I might just lean it towards the opposite of the "local" color and abstract it in that way. Sort of like what happens when you digitally alter the image by using the inverse command in Photoshop.
same as above, digitally altered in Photoshop.
Interesting that the blueish purple grapes turn golden and the golden grapes go blue.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer's Flower (sold)

"Summer's Flower" 8x8 oil on board (with an underpainting in acrylic), ©Laura Gable
If this painting has a similar feel to the last one, then you have a good eye. It was painted in acrylics (see previous post) and had such a dismal dull finish that I decided to brighten it up with a gloss varnish. But later decided that since the birch panel it was painted on was so porous, that the varnish would likely disappear into the surface and I'd be back where I started with a very dull lifeless painting.

So I gave it a coating of clear gesso and then went about to "touch up" the surface with oil paints to give it a bit more luminosity. After about an hour of this fiddling about, I discovered that very little of the original painting was left. Oh well, sometimes fiddling has good results. I'm much happier with this and it has a deeper color range than the previous piece. Edges ended being a bit more crisp than I'd intended but I'm calling it finished.

Hope you enjoy this depiction of my favorite summer flower.

This painting was just sold at auction at the dailypaintworks.com website. Here's the LINK!

Friday, July 5, 2013

"Over Yonder"

"Over Yonder" 6x6 oil on bamboo box panel, ©Laura Gable
Painted on the back side of a small bamboo box, this lively painting was done entirely with a palette knife. I rarely paint exclusively with palette knives, so this was a fun experiment. And below is a side view so you can get an idea of the depth of the painting. This expressive small painting, reminiscent of the rolling hillsides in eastern Washington, evokes a memory of travels to distant lands.

Here it is again, shown at an angle so you get a sense of the depth of the panel.
These are actually drawer dividers from BB&Y that I gessoed with black.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mandarin With Leaves

"Mandarin With Leaves" 5.75 x 5.75 art panel, oil painting, ©Laura Gable
This hearkens back to cooler weather again today. I guess it's because the weather here of late has been a bit autumn-like with it's rainy days and cloudy skies. I'm not complaining, as I love cooler moody days especially after we have a string of really hot ones in this almost Summer season.

"Nestled on a shelves and tucked into nooks, these mandarins add elegant pops of color throughout the studio. I love it that you can tell the holidays are approaching when these arrive at the stores with their lush green waxy leaves and stem type branches attached."

Enjoy this walk back in time to our pre-holiday days.

And another quote for the day:
"If you keep a green bough in your heart, the singing bird will come." 
-Chinese Proverb

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Solitary Pear

While we are on the subject of fruit and still life... this is a delightful little painting of a pear that I just adore. The board was primed with a black gesso which was allowed to peek through in places.
I love the contrasts of the blues to the greenish yellow of the fruit. Want to take a bite?

"Solitary Pear" 5.75"x5.75" oil on art panel, ©Laura Gable

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hearkening Autumn

"Hearkening Autumn" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
On a warm day I think of cooler weather and the fruits of that cooler season. This little painting was a joy to paint - and I love the juxtaposition of the orangish red tones agains the lavender & periwinkle tones of the shadows. Some of my favorite colors. This has a more effortless quality that I love and strive to do more of in my work.

During this time of transition, I am reminded of a very lengthy quote full of artistic advice by the artist Milford Zornes. I find it most assuring.

"To decide to become a painter or an artist in any field is not so much a matter of choosing a profession as it is following a way of life and thought. An art career cannot be a business. One may have to be professional in order to work successfully and he may have to be business-like in order to survive, but to be an artist, 
one must be a person.

My suggestion would be to simply set about being a good painter and a good designer. Paint pictures. Let every picture be a challenge to speak graphically in the most forceful and colorful way possible. Let every picture be an effort to speak some truth about a subject, or to present an abstract form from your imagination to 
stimulate the imagination of others.

Do not be afraid of making a bad picture, but never make a bad picture by intention to make it acceptable or salable. Always paint a picture for yourself;
never paint one to sell.

Be sure that if you are a good painter, you are needed and that your pictures are needed. In the world of stereotypes we live in there is a need for what a painter can see and what he can say. Do not use your painting;
use yourself for your painting.

Best of luck to you. Milford Zornes"
(as published in American Artist 1986)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Friendly Nod

"A Friendly Nod" 12x12 oil on board, ©Laura Gable, $350 + s&h
The head dips low as I pass by -- it seems as though this friendly flower has something to say. Beyond just embracing it's cheerful beauty with the full yellow petals and wide open faces, I feel these flowers display a level of personality like the endearing faces of loved ones. Can't you just hear the sweet dialog beginning?

Like this painting? You can buy it online at the Daily Paintworks website:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

There Was a Crooked Man (sold)

"There Was a Crooked Man" 6x6 oil on canvas, ©Laura Gable
This painting, with it's fresh color and lively brush strokes, has had quite a evolution bringing it to a point where it is likely overworked (perhaps happily, she squeaks). What started out as an abstract... eventually became a landscape with young trees and a light pole... that then eventually became a landscape with a little crooked man. It is fraught with issues, but still there is something about it that I find a bit interesting. Like there is an inordinate amount of unexplored dialog here.

Perhaps I'd do better studying from life, rather than focusing on these made-up landscapes. But somehow when I'm not limited by what nature supplies, this allows me more free reign of my imagination. And somehow when I am looking at the real thing, I fail to be imaginative. A conundrum to be assured.

Anyway, there is a storyline in here none-the-less. A little man looks down the distant road, while waiting for the bus to come barreling past, he wants to go visit his sweetie in the next borough ... or it's a teenager waiting for his friends to ride by on their bicycles so they can catch a ride and head off up town to grab a movie at the cinema ... or maybe it's just a kid coming home from his baseball game. It was a long and harrowing game, they were up in the top of the 9th inning with all the bases loaded when little Johnny O was struck out and everything shifted direction after that. The opposing team managed to rack up just enough runs to take the game in the final inning. Such a sad story. I think I'll stick with the little man waiting for the bus. ;-)

(sorry it is quite late in the evening for a post such as this)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Autumn's Paintbrush (SOLD)

"Autumn's Paintbrush" 6x6 oil on board, landscape, ©Laura Gable
Today I passed by this lovely tree along the Columbia River while on a walk. Though it's colors weren't quite this lively on this June day, I was reminded of the magnificence of this tree and view of Pasco farmlands on the other side of the river. On the weekends this park is filled with people, renting wave runners and kayaks. The shores are lined with families--their little ones dipping their bodies and toes in the water to cool off. It is a very cold river. Understandably so, as it's head waters are in Canada. Once on a trip up north, I stood at a view point looking out at this mighty frigid Columbia Lake in British Columbia. Twas a spectacular sight to behold.

Per Wikipedia:
"The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It flows northwest and then south into the US state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state of Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river is 1,243 miles (2,000 km) long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River. Its drainage basin is roughly the size of France and extends into seven U.S. states and a Canadian province"

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Miles of Furrows

"Miles of Furrows" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
This little painting is part of a 2 part series of stylized landscapes. Posted below, is what they look like sitting side by side. Each is a finished 8x8 board.

The swirly, windy sky is reminiscent of Van Gogh's depiction of wind. It feels like a tumultuous day here in the windy side of Washington state. The miles of furrows traverse across the myriad of undulations in the land, receding into the distance. This is a land built on agriculture, feeding a hungry nation.

Here is the diptych:

Diptych: An Unknown Landscape, and Miles of Furrows
both available for sale on Daily paintworks.

Friday, June 7, 2013

An Unknown Landscape

"An Unknown Landscape" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
After a series of realistic landscapes, I thought this would be a good time for an altered one.

This is part of a 2 part series of alternative landscapes. I just liked the way the foreground rows created this interesting pattern. Almost as though you could get lost in this "Unknown Landscape" ... because even though it's dreamlike familiar, I've probably not travelled there any time recently.

I'll post the other section tomorrow.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pristine Vista (SOLD)

"Pristine Vista" 5x7 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
A look back in time to a lovely unspoiled vista in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming. I have a hankering to return to these pure and pristine parts of the world that are so close to the natural state they've been in since the dawn of time. This was painted on board, from a photograph I took a few years back when we went to the parks in and around majestic Yellowstone.

Quote of the day:
If you keep a green bough in your heart,
the singing bird will come.

-Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

River Willows

"River Willows" 3x6 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
The oranges of the river weeds are so lively against the hues of the water. I wanted it to look like a bright and crisp day. We are blessed with our many rivers and trails here in the mid-Columbia region of southeastern Washington. We are entering our dry months, so the river offers a bit of dichotomy to enrich the area.

I wish I'd painted this onsite, but it's inspiration was drawn from a photograph. The colors of the front bushes were pushed a bit to enliven the tones of the water. Nearby Bateman Island is barely visible from the shore.

This is an odd size. It was painted on a bit of scrap from a larger gessoboard that I'd cut. It also is framed in a small profile reddish toned wood.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pear and Quail Eggs

"Pear and Quail Eggs" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
A sweet little still life in the studio, painting quail eggs and a pear revealed a delightful light blue shadow on the front egg.

This brings to mind the lovely little quail that frequent our yard during the year. With their various calls and there floppy top-nots, they are a treat to see and hear. One call in particular reminds me oddly of "Danger! Danger! Will Robinson!!" from the old Lost in Space TV program I watched as a child. It's an urgent high pitched call, obviously indicating they are feeling threatened. Yesterday on my walk, I spied the neighbor's black and white kitty hiding in the sagebrush. Eventually there was a ruckus of urgent calls with a scuttling about, and several quail flew low across the road into a nearby arborvitae. The kitty wasn't quite as stealthy as she thought she was, as the birds found refuge elsewhere. I'm not sure if they were nesting there in the sage, but I have occasionally come across there speckled little eggs tucked into soft places on the ground. Little treasures like these are a joy to find.

Today's quote is on my bulletin board at home, and I see it often when I look up from the computer:

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, 
Speaks to us in our conscience, 
but shouts in our pains. 
It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world." 
--CS Lewis

Monday, June 3, 2013

Late Bloom and Harvest (SOLD)

"Late Bloom and Harvest" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
It certainly feels like the unofficial start of summer. June 1st always does that to me. So why am I posting pumpkins and late harvest roses? Well this is a painting on my shelf here that's in need of some love. SO... I thought I would share it so that "you" could send it some love. It's got some little issues all it's own, but then that's what makes it unique. 

What I do like about it ... is the way the periwinkle reflection on the cup shimmers, the reddish shadows cast on the punkin grab at my heart and attention, and the limey greens on the cup's brighter side have a luminous, playful feel to them. Don't we all feel better about ourselves if we focus on the positive aspects rather than what is "wrong" with us (and our work ;-). Afterall, we are only human and so fraught with shortcomings.

For today I also thought I'd share a lovely quote that so speaks to my heart. While cleaning out cupboards in my art room, I found this lovely quote I had scrawled on a torn piece of paper. I love revisiting it. Hope you enjoy.

"To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart ~ 
and to sing it to them when they have forgotten." 
-Thomas Chandler

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Double Clusters

"Double Clusters" 8x10 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
This colorful piece, was painted on an Ampersand aquaboard that has been primed with yellow ochre gesso. Why use the aquaboard, you ask? I have an abundance of them and seem to paint more in oils lately so I wanted to see how the texture and absorbency would work with oils. The gesso allows the paint to sit on top a bit more than if it wasn't primed. The oils from the paint do soak into the substrate a bit more than the gessoboard surface, but some of the paint's gloss is still retained. I brought the shine back up with Retouching varnish to give it an even luster.

I was enjoying this close view of one of our local vineyards when the leaves were just starting to turn to crimson and burnt orange last Fall. So harvest time was nearing and the grapes were reaching their most juicy and succulent levels. I'm sure there was a bountiful harvest and a lovely vintage is now aging in the oak barrels housed in this winery's cool cellars, built back into the earth.


On another note, I went to a artist talk at the local gallery. The painter from Portland gave a very nice discussion about the emotional aspect behind some of his current paintings. This painter has a strong point of view, and clearly wants his paintings to emote a certain narrative about underlying themes, concepts, and discoveries. The viewer could easily discern these themes with just a bit of study of his art, with the titles giving a window to the concept. He had visited his family's homestead in the Midwest and so the pieces had a dominant feeling of Americana, with a wistfulness of discovery about his rich familial heritage.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Wooded Path

"Wooded Path" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Beyond this thicket and down a path, there lies a lovely serene pond. The softness of the scene and the variegation of blues and greens were most appealing. I was imagining what Monet may have been feeling about the scene, as I painted this wooded path.

Painted in oils on a 8x8 primed board.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Discovery (SOLD)

"Discovery" 8x8 oil on canvas, ©Laura Gable
Whimsical and fluid in movement, she floats about on this lovely day. Recognizing at least for today, that she is connected to everything and all is one.

Painted in oils on an ampersand gessoboard.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Emergent Growth

Emergent Growth, ©Laura Gable, 16x20 watercolor on paper
Reaching from within the vines, I find an abundance of flavorful fruit at my fingertips. I reach forth as though my hands and arms were growing on the same stalks and vines as this abundant plant. The hand melds with the growth and makes a plentiful offering.

Painted in watercolor on a gold gessoed paper. The paint has a brighter tone than it would if painted traditionally on absorbent paper.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Orange Valley

"Orange Valley" 6x6, oil on cradled panel, ©Laura Gable
The Monument Valley region of Arizona is one of my favorite places to visit. Though I've been there in person many years ago, this is the first painting that I've done based on the memory of the place. The sunset was catching the tops of the foremost bushes causing them to almost glow from within -- like the soulful person who has a deep inner glow. It was truly a golden hour.

Into the canyons and buttes of old,
we travel with misty eyes
Our heartbeats follow this ancient rhythm
of drum beats rising from the center of the earth.

(This is painted on a 3/4" deep art panel).

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Domicile of Color

"Domicile of Color" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
"Tucked beneath the sheltering leaves,
the nested home awaits the return of it's caretakers. 
They protect it from harm and warm the eggs.
For once this sweet trio of tiny birds is born
into this world aloft within the arms of this supporting tree,
their task ensues: to feed with great urgency. 
A loving duty shared by both adults."

I love playing with my color palette here, and using unexpected colors in the shadows and crevices. The network of leaves in the background is my favorite area, and I love this broken textured area just spattered with branches and leaves.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rose on Cream

"Rose on Cream" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
"Nurtured by nature your blooms burst forth,
You greet the day with marvelous magnificence
Crimson and rose tones on a cream colored cloth
the periwinkle shadows are delicious to behold."

I wanted to paint a simple red flower to indicate my love and prayers for the people of Oklahoma, that were affected by the recent tornadoes. This painting is currently at auction with a starting price of only $45 on dailypaintworks website. I am donating 100% of the proceeds to the Red cross fund for these victims. It all happens automatically once the auction closes on the website.

To bid on this painting click HERE. (you can pay via paypal, and I will mail it directly to you).

To read more about the Oklahoma Tornado fund set up by dailypaintworks.com click HERE.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Lean on Me

"Lean on Me" 8x10 watercolor on aquaboard, ©Laura Gable

Two pear friends snuggle in close, almost like yin and yang. With both leaning in towards the center they become symbiotic partners, supporting each other and creating a magnificent whole. Perhaps that is how it is with the significant people in our lives. Together we create beautiful synergy, and sometimes we question where the one starts and the other leaves off. 

The colorful blanket grounds this little still life, painted in bright tones with watercolor on aqua board.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Vineyard Glimpse

10 "Vineyard Glimpse" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable, $110

Warm grapes in a cool vineyard, 
harvest time is nearing, 
listen to the rustle of wind in the leaves,
stories worth hearing
of erstwhile beginnings
they thrive in this setting.

We live in an area prevalent with orchards, vineyards, and wineries. It's a little bit like mini-Napa here in Eastern Washington. The burgeoning wine community is a large part of our regional agricultural industry.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pinky Drinky

"Pinky Drinky" watercolor on aquaboard, 8x8, ©Laura Gable
$110, Click here to purchase
Here is a playful watercolor painting on aquaboard, with a bright juxtaposition of color and harmony. Also I'm playing with angular lines and ellipses. This is one of my favorite teacups. I'm the crazy lady with the tea cup collection, so occasionally they do sneak into my paintings. I am using these little beauties more frequently now, since I've decided that even the fine china should be used.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Demitasse Tea Cup

"Demitasse Tea Cup" 8x8 watercolor on aquaboard, ©Laura Gable
$110, if you love this to the moon and back,
and can't bear to live without it, please click here to purchase

Using aquaboard is an interesting venture. The colors land so brilliantly on the surface, and do not dry much lighter as does traditional watercolor paper. The paint is easily removed in areas where you want to lift the color. It has a textured surface, so must be careful not to remove this texture when lifting. I did that once and ended up with a very smooth surface which definitely behaved in a different fashion.

Playing with complimentary colors here with another of my treasured tea cups.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On a Blue Day (SOLD)

"On a Blue Day" ©Laura Gable, 8x8 oil on board, $110

A jaunty sunflower tucked away in a tea cup with a brilliant blue background. Very fun and exciting color combos. A little playful for a Friday. I have a number of tea cups and have chosen recently to use them. It is fun to have a little tea party with these lovely little beauties.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Wandering among the flowers and vines in my front yard, my heart goes all aflutter when I note that the Rose of Sharon bush is in full bloom. I love this little bush, which came to us in a bare-root state with little inkling as to what it would become. And it had become a beauty with it's pink blossoms that go seem to last forever. Perhaps that's how it is with people. We're born all cute and wiggly with mounds of flesh and happy eyes, so much promise as to what we'll become but definitely a mystery after all. To see the child blossom as they seek out their own special interests is truly a string of magical moments indeed.

Painted in a loose painterly style, using bright transparent underpainting with heavier applications of oil floated over top. Hope you enjoy this small bit of happiness today.

"Happy" 8x8 oil on board, copyright Laura Gable, $110
click to buy

Red Onion Sonnet

This large red onion sat playfully in a pool of color, and came away as the shiniest part of the painting. Love the red onion in a salad, they have such a sharp flavor. This was the first painting in my 100 day challenge that I started and ended last summer to winter.  It was a learning experience, and a joy to create so much in such a short period of time.

still life, oil on board, 8x8, price $110, copyright Laura Gable
click to buy

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dalliance (sold!)

still life,oil on board,8x8,price $110
copyright Laura Gable SOLD

Being a Nebraska girl, I am constantly drawn to sunflowers. They have a whimsy about them, with bobbing heads in the slightest of breezes. And the centers have such expressive face like qualities. I completed this painting in the studio last August, on a very hot day. It's energetic brushwork is sometimes like second nature, sometimes I have to dig it out of the bottom of the well. It appeared more effortless on this day.

[Dear constant follower. You may see some duplication here, as I am loading the unsold and unframed work into my dailypaintworks portfolio. Until I get an opportunity to get fully back into my studio after this year's hiatus, you may continue to see some repetition.]

Monday, May 13, 2013

Batterbowl and Figs

still life,oil on board,8x8,price $110
copyright Laura Gable
Reprising a previous entry, this was painted on a cool day in May -- a studio still life with the antique spouted mixing bowl in the most delicious shade of turquoise. The figs were cut and ready to be eaten, and they were juicy and yet very mild. A fig examined, is quite a little treasure.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Absent artist

I've been scarce in the studio this year. My sweetie has been ill, and I've been busy taking care of him. Hoping things will turn around soon, and I can get painting and posting again. Stay tuned.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blossom and Shell

 "Blossom and Shell" 8x8 oil on board, copyright Laura Gable
It's nice to study the shadows on white objects, with a dark background. I learn more working with life, as photos have a tendency to lie to us a bit -- shadows are darkened, and highlights are completely blown out. Have you ever noticed that when you look at photos? Often in landscape photos, the back hills have similar values to the front hills. More sophisticated photography fixes a lot, but not always these basic elements. A myriad of color is found in white objects. This magnolia was no exception.
title: "Blossom and Shell"
size: 8" x 8"
medium: oil paint
surface: gessoboard

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A compilation of paintings in the chunkier style

Here's a quick sampling of some of my brighter florals and a landscape of Red Mountain.

Devotion, 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
This painting is available for sale on dailypaintworks

Dalliance, 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable (SOLD)

The Lookouts, 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable, SOLD

Red Mountain, 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable, SOLD

Siblings, 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable, SOLD

Recently I took a workshop from Dreama Tolle Perry. Actually it was a year ago. I loved the concept she uses of doing a loose underpainting in transparent oil mixed with medium. Then while the paint is still wet, float saturated thick color over top with loose painterly brushstrokes. Some of the underpainting comes through, and it's quite luminous. These are all painted in that style, using the brighter color palette I picked up from her class.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Forward Motion

"Forward Motion" 12x12 oil pastel and oil paint on board, ©Laura Gable
Today I wasn't able to connect with the studio, so I painted a bit at home with the materials I have here. Or actually, I felt like I had an opportunity to play at "coloring" with my old friends -- Sennelier metallic super creamy oil pastels. They are so fun to work with--a step up from the crayons I used when I was young.  The surface is an Ampersand aqua board, which I like because it has a lot of tooth. In a few places the color was thinned and spread a bit using mineral spirits; plus I added layers of oil paint and oil glazes in places. I wanted the lines to have a lot of dynamic tension, with pleasing color, and a definite focal point. Also focused and spreading the light, middle, and darkest values around the painting.
title: "Forward Motion"
size: 12" x 12"
medium: oil pastel and oil paint
surface: aquaboard (formerly called clayboard textured)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

In a Crowd (sold)

Ever feel invisible in the midst of a crowd of people, or lost in a world of your own imagination? Gives the mind pause to think how visible or invisible we can seem at times. When I was little I had recurring dreams of being invisible. Wonder if that's normal for shy children? I also dreamed that I could fly a lot. I'd go running and my feet were really springy, and then I'd bound up really high with each step.

"In a Crowd" 6x6 oil on board, ©Laura Gable, available for sale

Sunday, January 6, 2013

At the Seashore, revised (SOLD)

This is one of the paintings that I did during my 100 day challenge last fall. I had a few artist friends critique it recently, and they gave me some suggestions to help with the boy's physique, and skyline. He was holding a bag of sand, which I removed because it was confusing. I added a cast shadow, and with that connected the two figures making for a stronger composition (and with that I'm recognizing the difference between a cast shadow and a reflection). His back side was adjusted so his pants had more droop fixing the butt area. I added shadows under his arm, and highlights along the top. The skyline and background colors were softened a bit to let the figures spring forward. I realize that if I were to put them on a different plane the painting would be more powerful, so perhaps I'll do a mini-series of this seashore scene. Here's the original post of this painting.

Revision of "At the Seashore" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable

Friday, January 4, 2013


"Windswept" 4x4 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
A quick visit to the waters edge, and a quick shot from my iphone provided the inspiration for this piece. It's a little bit stylized, as I love the movement of the branches as they sweep across the page. It harkens to the dancing trees on the original Wizard of Oz movie.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Solitary Pear"

When my friend was closing her art studio, she gave away a lot of her still-life props-- and a lot of imitation fruit. I also bought a plethora of canvases and boards from her. This little pear has the sweetest shape, a bit big in the bottom. Perhaps it's a shape I relate to ;-) as I see it often in my mirror at home looking back at me. This is also painted on the black gessoed surface. I love the effortless quality that other artists' utilize, when the paint doesn't go all the way to the edge and some of the background peeks through. The pieces seem to have more confidence. Hopefully this little solitary pear has a confident, jaunty quality about her.

"Solitary Pear" 5x5 oil on art panel, ©Laura Gable

Mandarin with Leaves

"Mandarin with Leaves" 5x5 oil on art panel, ©Laura Gable
Paintings are just more fun when you have something to observe. I try the imaginary one, but my mind can't quite recall all the details. As my artist friend says, "I'm just intrigued by realism." Though I do enjoy a good abstract, or a swirl of paint on a page, there is something to be said for doing a true study of an object. These little mandarins are so sweet this time of year, and if they sit still long enough without being eaten, they make nice little subjects.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Simple Apple (SOLD)

I'm experimenting with black gessoed surfaces. This little 5x5 board was a quick study using an edible still life -- yes it disappeared after the painting was done ;-). I've admired the work that Cathleen Rehfeld has done on black surfaces. Her paintings are luscious. I've got 12 of these little boards so hope to do a few more still lifes as the month progresses. I've got a couple commissions this January so that's going to keep me away from a daily challenge for a bit. But I'll post when I can.

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"A Simple Apple" 5x5 oil on board, ©Laura Gable