Another set up from the different direction of light, also with the smaller slices of the grapefruit.
Stay calm with the holiday shopping pressure's up!--That is what I tell myself, because I still haven't got any presents done yet...But I still couldn't beat my husband, he would ask me "what do you want for Christmas?" on the day before Christmas Eve!--Typical last-minute shopper!
I found this Flaming-Red Florida grapefruit from our local farmer's market. According to the name, I set up a glass of water and shinny fork to keep them balance. I focus on the reflections bounce between the different surfaces of the objects. It is such fun to have the practice within this simple set up.
A man with hat viewing the painting "Clown with Cornet" by American artist Walt Kuhn. I captured a moment of men with their hats.
This is the last one for the people in art gallery series for these group. Thanks for viewing!
Two ladies were viewing in front of a painting "Portrait of Judith van Volbergen, nee Langley" by Dutch artist Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn. I love the "contrast" between the modest ladies in present to the wealthy wife with luxurious dress and accessories in the portrait.
A lovely couple were viewing the paintings by American artist Colin Campbell Cooper's "Columbus Circle, New York" and Guy Wiggins's "New York Snow Scene". Their body language are so imaginative to me, they seemed like "tourists" were lost in the big city...
A couple were viewing in front of the painting "The Beach at St. Tropez" by French artist Pierre Bonnard. The large painting on the background conveys a sense of domestic harmony and natural beauty through vivid color and brushwork, the ensemble communicates a sense of rest and recreation along the Mediterranean coast. I found the couple just added more interesting element into the beautiful beach scene.
This little princess is my daughter at her last year's Halloween. She was so concentrating in her candy counting during the trick or treating, silly girl! -- I suppose the real princess would only count her jewels! We all have the different perspective with the world around us.
Here is a picture of her "after" look -- trick or treating was a tough job for a 2 and a half year old princess! A necessary beauty sleep would help.
By the way, I would like to post these two paintings that I did last year during the Halloween again, I dressed up my daughter in her favorite "Moo Moo Suit", she became my "little model" since she was 1 year old. What does she want to be this Halloween? Let's find out later!
We took our daughter to the mall doing Trick or Treating last year, every family with the kids were waiting in the line to get the treats store by store. This girl in her butterfly costume was in front of us, she could not wait any longer to treat herself a candy, so that she can get back the energy and "fly away" again... I just love the butterfly wings with her cool pose, combined a very interesting composition.
This is my entry to the DPW's "The Paint The Fall Challenge". I chose one of a picture that I took many years ago when I was just arrived in the U.S., it is the country road not too far from home. I sent this picture to my friends via email in China and let them know I saw the BLUE SKY and colorful leaves (which are rarely to have in Beijing), they all thought that I bought a postcard to fool them around...!
The fall season in New England is still my all-time favorite.
A lady with her flower jacket (which is not only with carnations) was checking out at the painting "Man with Carnation" by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A moment like this, I conceded a lucky day at museum for me.
These two ladies were viewing paintings at the corner of the show room, which starts with the American artist Childe Hassam's painting "Gloucester Harbor", on the right side is artist John Henry Twachtman's "Pink Flowers". While I was waiting for my turn to have a close look of the arts, I came up with this name for my painting.
This giant gumball machine was standing outside at the fair. The natural sunlight brought out more fun on the colorful gumballs. I was watching the kids putting the quarters in the machine to get the color as they wished. It didn't happen all as they wanted. But in my situation, I can control what color I want of the gumballs in my painting.
A tropical style frozen drink booth brings everyone into the happy mood with the colorful bottles hanging around the window. The presentation is very inviting ( I had to wait to take a photo between the crowd, so it didn't seem too busy at that time.).
This is a challenge entry to DPW's " The Notan Challenge" this week. I used one of my reference photos from the trip to Monticello few years ago. I love the view through this shade to the rest of Thomas Jefferson's flower garden at Monticello. The Notan Challenge's concept is to start a basic drawing with black and white, and then stick with this simplification of the patterns and shapes to finish your painting into colors --that is what I understand from this concept.
Below is my sample photo and the basic drawing of black and white, I used color pencil to sketch out the lines, but not very confidence to use white color first for the bright spots to begin with, during the whole process, I really stick with the basic patterns because I don't want to mess up the white color with the greens. At the end, when I view the finish painting, I am so happy with the result and glad that I improved another skill from this "Notan" challenge. Thanks Robin Peterson for this post!
Maybe you would push your diet plan back for one more night after passing by this giant burger and hot dog booth, the fast food always attract to you when you are hungry. What I most "desired" was to capture this crowd in front of the contrast of warm and cool lighting.
After a long day crazy rides at fair, the sweet treats seem to be very helpful and necessary to the exhausted crowd. I believe that it will be a perfect entry for DPW's "The Paint The Night Challenge" this week. Lightened up billboards with the illuminant candy booth, few neon signs on the background combine the night scene so attractive and playful. And the people are glowing...Thanks to Linda McCoy posted this fun challenge!
I always have this passion to paint the food booth in fair someday, and make them in series. Here they are, the first one from the reference photo which I took from our family fun trip to the fairs. They have so many ways to challenge myself , I am so "craving" to paint! Hope you enjoy the painting as I do. Have a pleasant day, it is always "concern-free" by just look at the food!
I painted this 56 Chevy for my husband's Uncle Bill as a gift -- it is his first car when he was young and is still kept in the best shape and condition! My husband's uncle and aunt only take it out for a ride once in a while now-a-days. They said that they will play the 50's songs in the car while they are driving, take them back to the time they were kids....I am so proud of my final result of this painting, just like them being proud of their collection. It is always amazing to know something is more meaningful to somebody than it looks from outside!
A gentleman was walking through the show room full of American Collections. He was paying lots of attention to the details of every masterpiece, I assume he could be a master artist himself, maybe he was searching some artists he might know in the past.
This is my entry of DPW's challenge "The Paint a Pet Challenge" this week. While I was taking photos for this "daddy's girl" on the beach that day, she was moving around to making all kinds of poses for me, how could I resist by this cute face. The expression on her face was telling me: How you like me now?! Thank you Diane for this great challenge! It was a bit difficult to find values in this scene. But I am happy with the final result.