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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