Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Peony and Shells

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Peony and Shells
original by Peter Yesis
8"x10"
oil on canvas board
SOLD

A very quick arrangement and a quick daily painting. I know what you are thinking...."I thought he said no more peonies". Well, I 'm using artistic license to change what I said. I like how I did the shells the best...loose brushwork. I think I should have loosened up a bit on the glass. A bit too linear for my taste.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Clouds Gathering Over the Platte River

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Clouds Gathering Over the Platte River
original by Peter Yesis
30" x 40"
oil on canvas

Here is a studio painting I am finishing. I think it is done... I always mess with the sky too much at this stage, so I am calling this finished and will let it sit for a while. Then if I see something it should (he says hopefully) only be a small touch up. Any thoughts or comments get them in now or forever hold your peace.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Plein Air Tree Study

Yesterday our small Plein Air group painted at the (Mount Vernon Gardens Park) in Omaha. It is a beautiful little park built in the early 1930's to replicate George Washington's home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.(only half the originals size). Though beautiful, it took a while to find something I wanted to paint. I finally decided on this large maple tree.
Of course the sun played hide and seek behind the clouds. And the mosquitoes had a picnic on my arms but overall it was a lovely day. I really liked how the sun lit up the tops of the hedge rows. Notice how the painting seems so much warmer in the sunlight compared to the studio photo below.
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Plein Air Tree Study
original by Peter Yesis
9"x12"
oil on canvas board

We had a new person join our group yesterday, Jackie Newell. Jacki does wonderful plein air work. Our plein air group must be getting very brave. Next week we all decided to paint in downtown Omaha at the Old Market...at lunch time...yikes.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Playing at Rosenblatt

Warning: This is a long winded blog. If you have other things to do, read this later.

First a little background. Omaha hosts the College World Series for a week every year in a lovely older stadium called Rosenblatt Stadium. It is a bit of Americana. A big controversy brewed in Omaha over the last year because they are going to build a new stadium in the downtown area over the next 3 years and knock this one down. I hope they design the new one as close as possible to this old one...except for the bathrooms and vending areas, those need to be demolished.
So here is the continuation of the story I mentioned in my last post. I drove over to the stadium early on Tuesday morning to buy a ticket and take more reference photos ...this time with fully charged batteries...two sets!

At 10:00 AM, the line for tickets was half way around the stadium so I turned to leave. I didn't want to spend all day waiting. As I turned, I bumped into a wonderful man selling one ticket. What a break, no waiting! I bought it and drove home. I had no idea where the seat was but I had one.....

This photo was taken from my seat. It doesn't get any better. The man I bought the ticket from has had series tickets and the same seats since the 1960's. I sat next to him and his lovely wife. In fact, I met several nice people around me, all of them had tickets for the same seats for years...some even handed down through the generations. The man on my left had been going to the series since the beginning ( that's 60 years!) I can see why there is so much nostalgia for this old stadium. They hate to see it go....except for the bathrooms.

I was able to sneak down to field level and get a bunch of good shots.
I love the choreography of baseball. It would make a great ballet.
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Playing at Rosenblatt
original by Peter Yesis
5"x7"
oil on masonite

I had a great time, met a bunch of terrific people took a bunch of photos. I have a lot of new ideas for paintings. I would like to capture the feeling of what it means to play and watch the game at Rosenblatt stadium before they knock it down. I guess I have my work cut out for me over the next 3 years.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Game Day College World Series Study

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Game Day College World Series
original by Peter Yesis
5"x7"
oil on masonite

Every year Omaha hosts the NCAA College World Series. It has been doing this for about 60 years. Yesterday was the first day I have ever gone. My wife was given tickets to the LSU, North Carolina game. We thought that it may inspire some painting ideas. I grabbed my camera and off we went. I snapped 3 or 4 pictures and... the batteries died! What a bummer! LSU and North Carolina have great team colors and the crowd must have been a sell out .

I painted this in a very loose impressionistic manner. It makes a great study for a larger work. I need more references, I have so many ideas for paintings I can't wait. I left this morning to try and buy tickets for tonight's game... Its very late now so ...More of that adventure tomorrow.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Plein air at the Park

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Plein Air at the Park
original by Peter Yesis
11"x14"
oil on canvas

Thursday is Plein Air day. I am very grateful for the small group of us that do this each week. It makes me get out of the studio. Today they all came to my house and we painted at the small city park near by. It was an absolutely beautiful day...unlike the day before, torrential rains and tornadoes every where.

I really tried to capture the dappled light hitting the grass. The lush green is so difficult to paint....a lot of fun, but difficult.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Pears and Wine Study

I like the composition for this piece. I tried about 30 different arrangements but came back to the very first one.
The key I think is making sure the long neck of the bottle has soft edges. Hard edges on the bottle neck or the top of the glass would have lead your eye away from the fruit.
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Pears and Wine Study
original by Peter Yesis
5"x7"
oil on canvas board
SOLD

I will do this again on a larger canvas. My wife / art consultant suggested this daily painting should be a gallery painting. It's a good thing I like it too. It will be fun to try it again.

I once read that when an artist paints a portrait the highlights in the eyes should not be equally bright. One eye or highlight should dominate. The same probably is true in still life painting. One highlight should be the brightest.... but which one?

Friday, June 06, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Peonies and Roses

Starting a new large painting and the little daily at the same time. The large painting is the local flower market. I'll show you progress photos along the way. I thought the difference in the sizes was interesting.
I started with a pencil drawing on a pre-toned canvas board.
Put in the darks and keep it loose and wet.
Next those beautiful pinks of the peonies and start the lights on the roses.
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Peonies and Roses
original by Peter Yesis
6"x6"
oil on canvas board
SOLD

I picked these this morning after we had severe thunderstorms last night. The wind and rain have really beat down the peonies but the roses have popped open with today's sun. I guess I may be nearing the end of peony season and the beginning of rose season.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - White Peonies

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White Peonies
original by Peter Yesis
5"x7"
oil on canvas board
SOLD

The white peonies are the last to pop open in my garden. But I think they are worth waiting for. They have such class. Don't you think? I was tempted to paint the black ants that swarm all over these plants... but that would be like painting a portrait with a pimple on the person's nose. Couldn't do it.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - First Peony

The peonies are out in force this week. This is the first of, I am sure, many peony paintings to come.
Peonies are great flowers to paint. One interesting thing to observe is that the blooms nearly triple in size as they mature. This was a young one.
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First Peony
original by Peter Yesis
6"x6"
oil on canvas board
SOLD

Most of my peonies are pink but I do have a few white ones. There are some neighbors that have very dark purple and deep velvety red ones....I may have to plant some new varieties so I don't get too bored painting the same thing year after year.