Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Back in the Studio: Week of March 6th

Painting #2 of 68
Ringo, Oil on Matboard, 5.25" x 5.25", 
©2011 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
completed 3/6/11

Ringo is my 3 1/2 year old exuberant pup that joins me every so often at the studio, on days he's been sufficiently exercised! Last Sunday I was under the weather and walked the dog to the studio to work on the commission at the bottom of the post. After a few hours of painting, I wanted to work on a small piece towards my goal of painting two works / week.

Ringo was in the studio and actually posed for me, well, between intermittent treat doling. He'd walk away, come back, look up at me, lie down, sit, leave, come back. This is the end result! It was a great painting exercise in speed and immediacy. I would have liked to resolve Ringo's paw, but once I completed his head, Ringo decided he was done, and therefore so was the painting.

Painting #3 of 68 
Sugar Bowl, Oil on Matboard, 5.25" x 5.25", 
©2011 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
completed 3/11/11

Sugar Bowl features the same bowl that's featured in the commission I'm working on below. It's vintage, glass, and reflective; all things I love. I didn't spend much time planning the composition, but I did intentionally place the bowl in the upper left. Many of my recent paintings place the focal point near the center, so I wanted to explore other structures.  
The main colors used in the painting are oriental yellow, cadmium yellow, viridian green, quinacridone magenta, and pthalo blue. The painting is completed on a primed archival matboard, the inner panel left from cutting a window mat. 

Current Commission (in progress as of 3/12/11), 
Oil on Stretched Linen,
18" x 30", ©2011 Jennie Traill Schaeffer
During the week, I've made quite a bit of progress on my current commission featuring the sugar bowl, a percolator, Hoosier cabinet, and a vintage Cosco kitchen stepstool. Check back in soon for this week's paintings.



Martha C. Hall said...

I absolutely love the sugar bowl! It's so "you" - the reflective nature of the glass, the paint handling - really beautiful. Stuff like this makes me want to set up my paints. I know you would tell me to "just do it!" and maybe I will one of these days - perhaps for small works like this as a start. I do still need to make my quilts though, too!
68 paintings is ambitious - good luck!

Jennie Traill Schaeffer said...

I really enjoyed painting this piece; it's evident by your reaction to it! Thanks and would love to see what you come up with in paint, as well as quilts!

Anonymous said...

How do u make such good art work???????????????????????????????