New frames and paintings

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been working on a “top secret” commission, lol! So painting lots, posting little.
These are two paintings I finished quite a while ago, but I was never quite happy with them. They are both on 12″ x 16″ panel and have been leaning backwards against my studio wall for quite some time. The African girl is fairly recent, but the Hula Girl is one I completed in Maui the winter before last. I couldn’t ever put my finger on what was missing, but now I’ve figured it out! It was a frame! Opus had these great plein aire frames on sale so I bought a few, and they’re just wonderful. Simple, but classy.
I couldn’t get the greatest pics of either of them, ¬†there’s glare in some of the thicker areas, even though I shot them on an overcast day. The darks in the Hula girl are darker than they look, and the reflected light on the side of the African girl’s face isn’t that contrasty. I’m not sure how to correct this problem, as it happens a lot when I use thicker paint. I’ve heard about something called a polarizing gel, but can’t seem to find where in Canada I can buy one.¬†

Nuxalk, Native American Art, Regalia, original oil painting

“Light Dancer” 9″x12″ oil on canvas $225.00

This is my newest painting in the Potlatch Series. I’m not sure of the original name of the dance, but the original painting shows some great backlight coming in behind her head, hence the title. The photo is a bit dark, I’ll try to upload a better picture soon. I usually don’t like painting red. I doesn’t work well alla prima…the method of direct painting without glazing. It’s hard to lighten red without it becoming pink, but I liked painting the contrast of the red and black in this one. I used cad yellow light to lighten the highlights to an orange, which seemed to work with the warm light source. I found the end result to be striking. I also enjoyed the abstract quality of the robes of the other dancer that are visible in the background.

“Keiki Hula Girl” 14″x 18″ oil on canvas

Aloha from Maui everyone,
this is one of my newest paintings, not from my upcoming show, so I feel like it’s okay to show it:) The photo is horrible…the paint is still slightly wet and the camera seems to have managed to pick up previous layers of paint in the background…weird…you can’t see them when you look at the original. In fact, I’m going to try for some better pics of this one. Anyways, here it is for now,
Enjoy

Hula Girl

“Hula Girl” 9″x 12″ oil on canvas

I took the photo for this one last winter in Maui at the Children’s Hula in Lahaina. Although it was indoors, the light through the skylights was very dramatic, and I was able to get a lot of great shots. The sun shining today made me feel “Mauish”, so I thought I’d post this painting, which I did a few weeks ago in a frenzy of creativity. I think I completed six paintings that week, all larger ones, too. I’m sure most of them will eventually end up on this blog, too.
I’m starting to feel a little like I’m coming out of the darkness of an extremely long and difficult winter. The weather is warmer, the grass is starting to come up, and I have tulips! It makes me feel like painting again, and dancing, and smiling…all that good stuff.
Happy Spring!