Sunday, May 24, 2015

A little under painting underway!



This afternoon, I'm laying in the structure for this new landscape with a value wash,  it's very rough, which is how it should be... What I'm looking for is whether I think the values themselves create an interesting composition.  Now is the time to make that determination and make any alterations in composition.  I've used a mixture of permanent violet and raw sienna with terpenoid. I've only suggested where the trees will stand at this point - paying more attention to background values.  After drying a bit, this will be ready to add more color.  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The first steps - a new idea, a new painting!


I'm just beginning the first steps for a new landscape.  This one will be a little larger 16 x 12".  I used to work always in this size or larger... And now I'm returning to that desire, especially for landscapes. 
Tonight I toned a canvas and did value studies while working out a structure.  I'm still interested in doing a tonal  painting, but with colors of spring.  
Perhaps tomorrow or this weekend, I'll be able to start painting.... I hope!  It's a very busy season with the end of the semester, administering finals, helping students finish things up, and putting the classrooms away for the summer.  But, I plan to paint as much as I can!  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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Besides featuring my newest work and my comments about how and why and my intentions as I paint in my monthly newsletter,  Notes from my Studio, I also made a limited time offer on these 2 paintings.  I only make this offer available to my newsletter recipients.  The offers vary from month to month.  I also include interesting tidbits about managing a full time job & art, about various travel experiences I may have, about how faith and my work intersect, and family events.  
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Forest Landscape

Forest Light,  12x9" Oil on gessoed panel 
©2015 Helen Read 

$245.00
Ready to frame
(Please add $20.00 shipping in the US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax)




This morning, when I woke up, the world was filled with a misty fog... so beautiful and mysterious, made even more beautiful by the light of the sun breaking through.  This painting captures that idea; a quiet awakening with the glorious light of the sun breaking through.

This one is now finished and looking for its new home!  It is almost dry and will be ready to send in a few days.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Last weekend







Last week was very busy as it always is when we hang our student art show.  We estimate we had over 1,000 entries - a wonderful opportunity for our students! But, exhausting!! 






Wednesday, April 29, 2015

More....


Well, it is one of the busiest weeks of the school year this week with our student art exhibit- so my work on this has temporarily slowed a bit.  But, I'm adding some touches to cool the predominance of warm colors just a little.   I hope that it will be in it's final form very shortly!   If you look back a few posts, you will see the progression, I think! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Almost finished!


This week I've been working on a new landscape. (9x12" - oil on panel).  I've challenged myself to work with values within a color (mostly green).  The value range is  what makes for a more complete painting.  There are also other considerations, such as color temperature and edges that create atmospheric perspective. It's easy for the eye to be distracted by the color... It can even be deceptive to the artist as work progresses.   Within the many greens in this, there is also much gray.  I find that the longer I paint (now several decades of work), the more I know that I don't know! The more I need to learn!

So, this is not done.  I am pleased with some passages in it, but after some drying time I will make some adjustments. 

Below are some pictures of its progress: 








Monday, April 20, 2015

Don't forget about Mother's Day!!

There's Still Time to Give a Flower for Mother's Day!   

Descanso Iris Print
10.5 x 7" matted in white to fit a 14 x11" frame
(ready to frame) 

$59.00
(Please add $10.00 shipping in US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax)

This original painting, which was sold to NBC Studios for the set of Chicago Fire, is now available as a giclee* print! 
How cool to own a print that is nearly impossible to distinguish from the original painting, but priced at far less!   It is printed on a textured watercolor-type archival paper with vibrant inks.

Please order ASAP so that the print can be made, matted, and shipped in time for Mother's Day arrival!  (About 2 weeks should be allowed!) 

*What is a giclee print?  The term  "Giclee print" refers to advanced technology in printmaking. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks on fine archival paper.  This process yields a higher color accuracy than other means of reproduction, as well as excellence in image quality and fine detail. And because inks and paper are archival, prints are light-fast and non water soluble.  It is rather difficult to tell the original from the print! 
Its a terrific way to hang a lovely piece of art at a great price! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Thaw - in its final form!

The Thaw, 9x12" Oil on panel
©2015, Helen Read 
ready to frame 
$245.00
(please add $20.00 shipping in the US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax) 




It's taken a few weeks, but this landscape is now finished - and titled! 
This just captures the tail end of winter here in the Midwest.  It illustrates that time when leaves haven't yet started to unfold, there is still a little snow left in the some shady places, dried leaves are still littering the ground, and there is just a hint of green beginning to show itself in a few sparse places.  The air is still chilled, but nothing like the icy winter months. This is the very beginning of our spring time! 

I learned a lot while working on this painting.  I used a gessoed panel, which has a smooth surface.  The paint handles differently; it does things it doesn't do on canvas.  I used both brush and palette knife.  To get the smooth, misty appearance, I used a brush.  To get the more highly textured foreground, I used a palette knife.  Overall, it has a rather impressionistic feel. 

I hope to send it out to a new home! It is still drying, but should be ready to ship within a week! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thinking of a title...while I work.



Yes,  I'm still working on this!  I'm pleased with the progress, and a little unsure of how to go about the foreground... Crackly leaves - not much spring growth - thawing ice and snow.  You know... The tail end of winter!  

I'm pleased with the juxtaposition of warm and cool colors and values. I'm also pleased with the sense of atmospheric perspective.  I also like that I learn so much as I work. 



Saturday, April 11, 2015

This current early spring landscape is progressing!


Here it is!  Not finished, of course, but more progress on it this morning.  It measures 11x14" and I'm using gessoed panel, which is relatively new to me.  It is very smooth and so the paint reacts and applies a little differently.  I'm also working on capturing a misty light, which makes for lovely colors.  I'm working largely from my memory of woodsy walks, this is pretty much what the color of early spring in the Midwest looks like.  The colors are muted.  Not much in the way of green yet. Yet, the lovely play of light.  I'll be posting more on this soon!  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Perfect for Mother's Day!! The Beautiful Descanso Iris Print

Descanso Iris Print
10.5 x 7" matted in white to fit a 14 x11" frame
(ready to frame) 

$59.00
(Please add $10.00 shipping in US, IL residents please add 8.25% sales tax)

This original painting, which was sold to NBC Studios for the set of Chicago Fire, is now available as a giclee* print! 
How cool to own a print that is nearly impossible to distinguish from the original painting, but priced at far less!   It is printed on a textured watercolor-type archival paper with vibrant inks.

Please order ASAP so that the print can be made, matted, and shipped in time for Mother's Day arrival!  (About 2 weeks should be allowed!) 

*What is a giclee print?  The term  "Giclee print" refers to advanced technology in printmaking. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks on fine archival paper.  This process yields a higher color accuracy than other means of reproduction, as well as excellence in image quality and fine detail. And because inks and paper are archival, prints are light-fast and non water soluble.  It is rather difficult to tell the original from the print! 
Its a terrific way to hang a lovely piece of art at a great price! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Have you ever wanted to see a painting come together?

Spirit,  22 x 30" Acrylic on paper
©2010, Helen Read

About 5 years ago, I painted this abstract, Spirit.  As I painted, I photographed the progress along the way and then made a short video to show its unfolding from concept to final stroke!  Its been awhile since I posted this - so I thought I'd post it again!  
 Hope you enjoy seeing a painting come together in a little less than 3 minutes!  


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