Saturday, December 31, 2011

Painting my Orchid - step by step by Barbara Rudolph

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Starting with my blank white canvas size 32x44", I painted black gesso over the entire canvas.  Then one of my favorite tricks that will add a nice little bit of a "shimmer" in my under painting comes next.  I paint in random strokes of metallic gold paint.  Each layer has to dry completely, especially the black gesso, which I allow to dry overnight.    When using oil paint, even more drying time is necessary.  This technique can be done in either acrylic or oils however.

The next step is to paint in swirls of colors.  I was going for a "brilliant aqua blue" background, so the colors I chose were bold and bright.  This is the fun part, but it is important not to cover up all of the black.  I often paint with a lot of dark colored backgrounds in my work in order to create drama and focus on the subject matter such as musical instruments or books.  I am getting ready for the 2012 "Celebration of Fine Art" show in two weeks.  I want to have a painting with a bright pop of color to catch the interest of  those walking past my studio in hopes they will stop in for a closer look.  Since so many of my latest paintings are darker in color, I thought this one would do the trick.  (We will see).

 Here is a close up of the swirls of colors being careful
not to cover up all of the black area

The next phase is to "blend" in my colors to create a nice soft misty background.  All the time spent on the under painting is necessary to create the various shades and values to the background.  I even added a bit of finely ground metallic powder pigment to give it a luminous effect.  I also use Liquin medium for blending.  Use in a well ventilated area if you can.

 Then I placed my beautiful live "orchid" in front of my dry painting background to photograph.  I took tons and tons of pictures.  I then went through them all and selected my favorite one for the actual "oil painting".        
The image above is an example of just one of the many images I took.

 Then I chalked in my "orchid" and began to paint it in oil here.  I used my own photograph for reference.  This is not a really tight painting, much looser than I normally paint, so it was fun.   This whole process actually started a couple of months ago with all of the drying time etc.

It wouldn't be complete however without a "bird." 

 Just a small detail here.
A "chestnut sided warbler" painted in sitting on the 
"orchid" branch.

"My messy studio"
Stand back and have a look.....Is it done?

I think so

I think I will call it "On The Wild Side."  It will be available at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show on January 14th.  Opening is right around the corner now so I better get back to painting.

I hope you can stop by the show.  For information about this show click on the link below.

Happy New Year,
Barbara Rudolph

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CELEBRATION OF FINE ART 2012 - is opening soon

The Celebration of Fine Art

The "Celebration of Fine Art"  is opening soon in our new location.  It is one of the premiere art events in the West.  If you are visiting Scottsdale, Arizona this winter, don't miss this wonderful show.   We have a new location on the Southwest corner of Hayden Road and the Loop 101.  It opens to the public on January 14th and runs every day until March 25th.  We will be open 10:00 - 5:00 PM daily.  

The image above is a view of my studio from last year, along with artists "Sue Averell" and Penny Benjamin Peterson's. 

For more information about this even visit the "Celebration of Fine Art" website:
Celebration of Fine Art

Barbara Rudolph

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fishing Rod with Kingfisher - "Let's Go Fishing" oil painting

"Let's Go Fishing"

This new oil painting "Let's Go Fishing" is 10 x 7".  It features a "kingfisher" sitting on an old "fishing pole".  It is painted in oil and will be custom framed for the opening of the 2012 "Celebration of Fine Art" show which opens on January 14th.  This show will have 100 artists from all over the country exhibiting their works for ten weeks in a row.  It is a wonderful show to visit and to meet the artists working in their temporary studios.   We are in a new location this year, so please visit the website for directions.

Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hummingbird and Trumpet painting "Groovin High"

"Groovin High"

My new oil painting features a curious "hummingbird" that loves the sound of "Cool Jazz."   I call it "Groovin High" after a famous song performed by "Charlie (Yardbird) Parker"  and also performed by Dizzy Gillespie, and Al Jarreaue.  

It will be available at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale, Arizona which will run from January 14th - March 25.   The trumpet belongs to "Gabriel Bey" who came to the art show last winter and performed an impromptu performance in my studio.  He also performs here locally with a band called "Spooky Kool."   You can find information about "Spooky Kool" on their Facebook page and:   Watch and participate in the growth, improvement, advancement, and success of the Artist, Gabriel Bey aka Spooky Kool...

If you would like information about this oil painting "Groovin High" please email me.  I hope you can visit this amazing art show in Scottsdale which is ..."one of the premier art evens in the West."

Barbara Rudolph

Gabriel Bey playing a song at the "Celebration of Fine Art"
The painting in the background is by
Penny Benjamin Peterson

Gabriel Bey with "Spooky Kool"