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Still Working on the Giant Prickly Pear Painting. . .

5 May

It’s still unfinished–you may remember it from this post. Here’s what the painting looks like right now. The colors are a bit off in the photo–the background is a bit more purple-magenta-ier than it shows here. But you can get the basic idea:

Giant Prickly Pear (unfinished). Oil on Ampersand Clayboard panel. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Giant Prickly Pear (unfinished). Oil on Ampersand Clayboard panel. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

As I wrote in my first post about this piece, it’s my first experience using a Clayboard Ampersand panel. I think I like it. For one thing, the panels don’t take up as much room as a stretched canvas–always an important consideration for me, in my small 1950s ranch house! These panels can be stored in a flat file, unlike stretched canvas. And they appear to be very durable. Hooray!

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Dining Room Art

4 May

This is on the wall of my dining room. I couldn’t get the whole composition into the photo; it’s actually a rather large painting. This was my first experience using the water-mixable oil colors and I remember having trouble with the differences in how the canvas handled the medium:

 

Sunflowers and Bells of Ireland. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Sunflowers and Bells of Ireland. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Latin American Art Collection

4 May

The art collection of Florida businessman Jorge Perez is now on display to the public in Miami (see link for a slide show of examples), including this one by Joaquin Torres Garcia:

Work in Progress

25 Apr

Here’s a photo of a painting I am doing–my first effort in oil paint on an Ampersand panel, rather than on canvas panel, gessoboard, or stretched canvas. I’ll post the finished piece when it’s done:

Work in Progress: Prickly Pear Cactus.

Work in Progress: Prickly Pear Cactus.

Experimental Work

11 Apr

This is an experimental work employing a square of foamcore, a pencil and an X-acto knife. First I drew the jade plant silhouette lightly with pencil on the foamcore, then I scored it by pushing down harder on the pencil and also, in some places, using the X-acto knife to make deeper impressions. Then I wiped oil paint and oil medium over it in various thicknesses and shades, letting the paint settle into the scored areas to complete the design.

I will have to lacquer it well with acrylic medium to preserve it. This is a small piece (about 6″ x 8″), but I like how it came out very much, and am thinking of doing a larger,  more complex piece with the same technique.

For the past 15 years or so, I’ve been doing work that I thought was more commercial, with the hope of being able to sell it. I pushed my more experimental techniques into the background.

But no one’s buying the traditional stuff anyways, so I’m thinking, what the hay, I might as well go back to my experimental stuff.

Jade Plant. Oil paint and medium on foamcore. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Jade Plant. Oil paint and medium on foamcore. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

More Stuff That’s Hangin’ Around. . .

11 Apr

This is hanging in my main bathroom:

Daffodil, Watercolor on 140 lb hotpress watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Daffodil, Watercolor on 140 lb hotpress watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

This was a gift to my grown son, Justin, who loves to plant and tend roses. This painting is of a beautiful peach-colored rose he planted for me years ago, called “Sunset Celebration.” Unfortunately, we have a huge gopher/vole problem in our back garden, and they ate out the roots of Sunset Celebration several years ago, killing it. We got to enjoy it for a few years at least.

Peace-Colored Rose. Oil paint, impasto medium and colored pencil on gesso board. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Peace-Colored Rose. Oil paint, impasto medium and colored pencil on gesso board. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

This large painting is in my bedroom. It’s from the tail end of my “White Period” as I explained in this post.  I was still under the influence of my white-Louise Nevelson mania, but had started to add in colored non-abstract objects, influenced by the Sacramento neo-Impressionist painter, Wayne Thiebaud. This painting is in oil on canvas, with plaster texture powder mixed in with some of the paint to provide the relief effect. It’s a bit hard to get the full effect of what it looks like from the photograph:

Fruit on White Background. Oil paint on stretched canvas, with plaster texture powder mixed in with some of the paint. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Fruit on White Background. Oil paint on stretched canvas, with plaster texture powder mixed in with some of the paint. Copyright 2013, by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

This is in my living room (it was a bit hard to get a detailed shot through the glass of the frame). It’s a painting I did of an arrangement of glads I bought for a long-ago Fourth of July party at my old house. The local Safeway conveniently had red, white and blue glads for sale at the time, hence the title:

Fourth of July. Watercolor and gouche on 140 lb watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Fourth of July. Watercolor and gouache on 140 lb watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

I probably have 200 or so works stored at my house in various places. I either need to start selling stuff, or I need more house. I remember reading that Pablo Picasso would buy a house, fill it up with his work, then move on to a new house and start the process all over again. I should be so lucky.

Stuff That’s On My Walls. . .

10 Apr

This one’s in my family room:

Calla Lilies. Original oil painting on canvas. Copyright S. K. Cole 2013, all rights reserved.

Calla Lilies. Original oil painting on canvas. Copyright S. K. Cole 2013, all rights reserved.

This one’s in my dining room:

Coleus Plant. Watercolor on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Coleus Plant. Watercolor on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

This one’s in my family room (I have a pretty big family room):

Artichokes. Watercolor on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Artichokes. Watercolor on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

This one’s in the main bathroom:

Sunflower. Watercolor on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Sunflower. Watercolor on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

This is another one from the family room:

Copper Mold. Watercolor on 140lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.

Copper Mold. Watercolor on 140lb cold press watercolor paper. Copyright 2013 by S. K. Cole, all rights reserved.


And another one from my family room:

Magnolia. Watercolor on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper. Copyright S. K. Cole 2013, all rights reserved.

Magnolia. Watercolor on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper. Copyright S. K. Cole 2013, all rights reserved.

I need more house!