Friday, April 30, 2010

Taking some time off...

I just found out that my dad is having surgery to repair/replace his main aorta valve on Tuesday. I will probably not be posting any art work for a week or more.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Dutton Pine"

Watercolor on Strathmore paper - image size 6x8

Reference painting - not for sale

I did this watercolor to adjust the composition of earlier paintings of this pine tree. I was attempting to reduce the amount of information and focus on this tree alone.

I have not done watercolor in some months, and my technique, which was not that good to begin with, has deteriorated. Oh well.


Monday, April 26, 2010

"Afternoon Shadows"

Oil on RayMar canvas panel - 8x6

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On several occasions, I've painted this view of the old draw bridge across the salt marsh. I am always intrigued by the subtlety of the colors and the softness of the horizon. Unfortunately, this draw bridge has been replaced by a larger, permanent span, but my old drawings and reference photos keep me coming back.

This particular painting was a challenge because I kept getting interrupted and sidetracked.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fits and starts

The last few days have been punctuated and interrupted by a dozen odd and demanding tasks. Little painting has been done, and nothing has been completed.
I've been reading an interesting book, "Mastering Composition" by Ian Roberts. I believe it will be very helpful in drawing my painting to another level (no pun intended, really).
I will be getting back to painting tomorrow. I have a small 8x6 saltmarsh the I should finish early tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Another Slice?

Oil on RayMar canvas panel - 6x6

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After a busy week-end and a Monday morning putting out plants and doing yard work, I got back to doing some lemon slices. I have been intrigued by the translucent yellows, oranges, and grays that they present.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

4-15-2010 - Tax Day

No finished painting for today. I painted most of the day, and spent the last 30 minutes cleaning up and wiping the canvas clean. Wipe-out. It was one of those days when nothing I try seems to work.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Primarily Speaking....

Oil of RayMar canvas panel - 6x6

For sale $35.00. To purchase, contact me.

After a few days in a workshop with Carol Marine, I am trying to loosen my approach and strokes in my paintings. I like the way this new effort is progressing.

This panel was done entirely in primary colors (with a little burnt umber).

I selected this arrangement as a challenge to work only with red, yellow, and blue.

Rick Petersen

Monday, April 5, 2010

Little Palisades

Oil on RayMar linen panel - 8x6

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This painting is a view from Helen Floyd Park across the Intercoastal Waterway toward the eroded bank on the other side of the San Pablo River where it empties into the St Johns River. The park is also known as the "Little Jetties" on the south bank of the mouth of the St Johns River. I began this painting as an extension of drawings and reference photographs take last fall.

I was able to complete this small painting in about six hours over two days. The pallet is composed of three shades of cadmium yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cobalt, cerulean, and ultramarine blue, and an occasional use of burnt umber.