Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Sweet Pair

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Sweet Pair
original by Peter Yesis
5"x7"
oil on canvas board

Sorry, no progress photos today. I am in a rush packing for my trip to the (American Plains Artists) show in Midland, Texas. I am flying down staying for the opening and flying back. I'll be taking a break from posting for a week but I'll be back again soon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Tuesday's Tomatoes

Several of the artists in our group (Daily PaintWorks )thought it would be fun to all paint the same subject. We decided to all paint tomatoes.

I thought I was very clever. I taped the tomatoes on a painted canvas board so I could have a different background color... Not two minutes went by after I finished drawing this arrangement and the tomatoes dropped off the board. The tape could not hold the weight so I had to reinforce it with a tack. Good thing the tomatoes didn't break off the stem.

I don't know why I would call this a Still Life...as soon as I hung them up for the second time I noticed....the tomatoes started sagging and the leaves started curling. I thought the painting gods were ganging up on me.
Almost finished. If I ...I mean if the tomatoes could just hang on a few more minutes.
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Tuesday's Tomatoes
original by Peter Yesis
8"x10"
oil on masonite
SOLD
I had to remove the tack. All I kept imagining was in two hundred years some art collector is going to find this piece in an old attic. Then they are going to go crazy analyzing the meaning of the tack and tape ... " why would the artist paint both a tack and tape holding up the tomatoes? What was he trying to say to us?"
I can't go to my grave knowing I may be the future subject of an art major's term paper.... so I took the tack out.
I am so conventional.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Peaches in a Brass Bowl Study

My daughter gave me this oriental looking canister as a gift. She thought it would make a great painting subject. My wife/art prop reclaimer quickly snatched it. She holds it hostage in the kitchen. I swiped it back for this study....if I'm careful she'll never know it was gone.
I started with a pencil drawing transferred to the panel. Then I sprayed it with a fixative so I would not loose the drawing. This way I could wash in the background and still see the guidelines of the drawing. After laying down a raw sienna/burnt sienna mix of paint I can pick out the lines using this paper charcoal blender.
With the basic tones blocked in I am very impatient to get to the color.
If I add color immediately I have to be careful not to pick up the under painting.
Using Liquin the thin paint drys fairly fast.... good thing for impatient daily painters like me.
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Peaches in a Brass Bowl Study
original by Peter Yesis
8"x10"
oil on masonite

My color is rather muted in this study. I originally thought it would end up much more intense.... that's why I called it a study...it sounds better than Peaches in a Brass Bowl Mistake. I still like it though. My favorite inch of the painting... the fuzz on the half hidden peach in the front. I think it is rather amusing that I may not like anything in a painting except for 1 square inch.... And that I could find so much enjoyment in that 1 square inch. I'm just simple I guess.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - A Bold Assembly

I should have lowered the painting to make it easier to compare. For the moment just tilt your head. I let this under painting dry overnight before adding the color the next day.
That's better ...my neck was getting sore.....At this point the only part I liked was the plum. The red was driving me crazy....I was silently using a colorful vocabulary to compliment my palette.
The glazed porcelain was an added challenge.
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A Bold Assembly
original by Peter Yesis
8"x8"
oil on masonite

The reflective table surface is actually the back of a piece of masonite I purchased from the art store with the cellophane wrapper still on it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Summer's Gift

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Summer's Gift
original by Peter Yesis
9"x12"
oil on masonite
SOLD

Every year my gardener/wife plants certain flowers just for me. Marigolds and zinnias are always on my list. We have been enjoying these for the past month but I needed to paint them now because the heat is taking a toll on the flowers and the end of the season is approaching.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Poached Egg and Porcelain

More experimenting. Blick Art has new panels to play with and I am continuing to try out my new medium. Make sure you click on the images to get a closer look at the stages of development.
I really wanted to concentrate on the background this time and not do my typical...go back into it after the painting is complete.
Eggs may be my new fun thing to paint. They are the best thing for practicing values.
Before I started this painting I remembered seeing a website for the National Gallery of Art in Washington that talked about Vermeer's proportions and compositions. Here is the (link). It is incredible to think he put so much thought into his work. I don't think I will ever get to that point.
I am more of an organic fly by the seat of my pants composer.
Though, I found it kind of funny that this is how my drawing lined up. Purely by accident! Just eyeballing the composition and sitting down to draw... I wonder what Vermeer would have said...Beginners luck. He would be right.
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Poached Egg and Porcelain
original by Peter Yesis
8"x8"
oil on masonite
SOLD

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Plum Shades

Another day another color combination to play with.
The plums really stand out against this old piece of pottery.
The thing that is giving me the most trouble is how much detail to show in the pottery. Too much and it comes forward and takes away from the plums.
I thought I had it at this point but there were a number of things that bothered me. The foreground for example... don't like it.... take it out!
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Plum Shades
original by Peter Yesis
6"x6"
oil on canvas board

I also put a layer of background color on a ran it into the shadow side of the pottery. Then went back in to bring out some texture. It has a real southwest feel to it. Don't you think?

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Yellow Delight

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Yellow Delight
original by Peter Yesis
6"x6"
oil on canvas board

Sorry I don't have progress photos of this one. I did ...but I erased them by mistake from the camera. Marigolds are by far the most fun flower to paint. They are so forgiving. They have such character. You only need to suggest their form and your mind completely understands what it is you are looking at.... not only that but they make the studio smell good too.

Speaking of feeling good. There are several art bloggers that I go to whenever I need a smile. They can write with humor about almost anything. Here's my list of smile blogs;
First up is ( Tracy Helgeson ). Tracy is my cup of tea first thing in the morning blog. To me she is the Erma Bombeck of the art blog world. If you are too young to remember Erma Bombeck...go ask your mom.
Next is ( Maggie Stiefvater ). Down to earth practical with a keen sense of humor. She not only writes well.... Well, she writes. I mean she not only is an artist and humorist she is also a published author. You also will learn a great deal.
Speaking of learning a great deal.( James Gurney )will teach you more about art and dinosaurs than you ever thought possible ...and you'll enjoy it. You'll feel smarter as soon as you read his blog.
Finally ( Bill Jones and Lisa Towers )get my prize for the funniest art blog I know of. Their humor can get a bit earthy. But the two of them take the cake. They can make me laugh out loud. Just what I need sometimes when the painting gets tough.

That's my list to help you smile. Do you have any favorites?

Monday, August 04, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Porcelain Whites

Thank God I have a studio in the basement. Nice and cool down here. It was a miserable hot and humid day today. The kind of humidity that when you walk outside you feel like you are wearing a set of damp clothes.

Another day to experiment. I purchased some Gamblin Neo Megilip medium. I think it is supposed to be a Maroger medium replacement. It looked interesting at the Blick art store so I bought a small jar and gave it a try.....(I have no idea what I am doing). I started with a toned board and grayish monotone underpainting. The medium gets very tacky very fast.
I kept picking up paint from the under painting as I tried to add layers. Perhaps this would have worked better as a two day painting. After a lunch break the painting looked like it was almost dry... but that was just a trick. They should call this trick the artist medium. I made the mistake of using a brush that was damp with turps....oops! off came the paint...when will I learn?
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Porcelain Whites
original by Peter Yesis
9"x12"
oil on masonite
SOLD

Though I struggled with the new medium I enjoyed the way it held the color of the paint. I certainly will continue to practice with it though I think they need to give a new name, Neo Meglip,... sounds like a period of history when small dinosaurs ran around.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Great news

I received some great news this week. I was accepted into two shows.
First, my painting,"Cowboy Dave", was accepted into the (American Plains Artists 24th annual show). It will be held at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. ( I should buy some cowboy boots because I will be flying down to the lone star state for the opening reception on August 28th.
I was also picked for the (International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition) in Naples, Florida - February 2009 show. This painting " On Foot" did not get picked. That's fine because I am free to give it to a gallery now.
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Carafe sur Rouge
12"x16"
oil on canvas

However, this painting was one of 53 chosen by the guild. I love the name... (thanks goes to my manager in charge of titles/wife). The show will be at the (Weatherburn Gallery) in Naples, Florida. I am thrilled beyond words.... OK maybe not beyond them, otherwise how could I tell you? But I am thrilled!

I am also planning on going to that opening. It should be a lot of fun attending these two shows. Luckily they are spaced far enough apart.... hopefully I can sell a few more on Ebay to cover the airfare.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Plein Air Studies at Hanscom Park

Thursday was Plein Air Day for our little group. Only two of us made it though. It was back to Hanscom Park in Omaha for some fun with calla lilies and the water fountain again.
Just started here mapping out the scene. This was a great location, in the shade with a nice breeze.
Here's my two for the day. Not a bad bit of fun!
Summer Fountain Hanscom Park study
original by Peter Yesis
6"x8"
oil on canvas board

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Calla Lilies in the Shade - Study
original by Peter Yesis
8"x10"
oil on canvas board
Plein air fun in the sun. A great way to spend a hot summer afternoon.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Daily Painting Practice - Cake's in the Oven

A good daily painter must be ever on the look out for subject material and always be ready to act . After my baker/wife finished baking the other morning, I spotted this flour covered measuring cup full of egg shells on the kitchen counter. I waited until she left the room, then I grabbed it. I quickly hid it down in the studio so she wouldn't clean it and throw out the egg shells before I had a chance to paint them.
Art schools should teach how to sneak props into the studio. It is a valuable skill that was nearly lost until the daily painting movement came along to reclaim this ancient practice. I have heard that some classical art ateliers still teach this method, but it is a long 3 year process that most young artists don't have patience for. Where is the discipline these days?
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Cake's in the Oven
original by Peter Yesis
6"x6"
oil on canvas board
SOLD
I think this maybe the first egg shell painting I have ever done. As a daily painter I think it is required to paint certain subjects...My daily painting resume is short on runny eggs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pastries. I guess I should get to work on some of those.