Saturday, April 29, 2006

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Lilies

Monday, April 24, 2006

Green Apples


And here is the final result. Adding light and shadow gives the apprance of a sphere, which with the right colour and a few details can be turned into almost anything!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Rough painting


This stage isn't completly necessary but I find it helps in giving me a mental picture of what I am about to paint. No attention is paid to light and shadow, just the shape.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Rough Charcoal Sketch


The next stage I go through when doing an oil painting is to make a very rough charcoal sketch of what I plan to paint. Depending on my mood I complete this stage in one of three mediums: charcoal, pencil or in oil paint. I find that for myself each of these mediums work particularly well. But each artist should experiment to find which works best for them.
This stage of the painting is necessary to work out perspective and where the objects will be placed. There isn't really an emphasis on details just layout at this stage.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

It's not abstract, its my undercoat


I thought it would be nice to post the series of stages that I go through with each oil painting that I paint. In this particular painting I have used a yellow ochre acrylic undercoat. Acrylic dries quicker which allows me to get to the actual painting much faster than if an oil undercoat was used.
The size of this painting is 6.5"x5.5"
I hope you enjoy seeing a painting revealed right before your eyes.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Shades of Grey on Black


Shades of Grey on Black
by Maxine Frances
5"x7"
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Friday, April 14, 2006

Lovely Lilies


Lovely Lilies
by Maxine Frances
6"x5.5"
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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Sun Goddess

Sun Goddess
by Maxine Frances
5"x7"
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For as long as I can remember I have always loved painting and drawing flowers. So naturally I would include one of my favourite flowers, the sunflower, in my series of postcard paintings. As a child I remember going on really long drives past farms with my family and on one of these long summer drives we came across a field of bright yellow sunflowers. They were gorgeous. We then stopped and my dad picked two large flowers one for my sister and one for me. That was the day I fell in love with sun flowers.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Untragic Saddness

Untragic Saddness
by Maxine Frances

5"x7"
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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Dusk As The Swallows Fly Home

Dusk as the swallows fly home
by Maxine Frances
5"x7"

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Firstly I would like to apologise for not updating my blog, a little thing called life took over and I didn't have any time to paint. Hopefully my painting "Dusk as the swallows fly home" will make up for this. This painting is done in oil paint and is the size of a postcard as most of my paintings are. I enjoyed this painting very much as it isn't what I would normally paint and it offered something new to create. Thanx for taking the time to look at my paintings.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Ballerina

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Ugly Ducklings

The Ugly Ducklings
by Maxine Frances
5"x7"

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Everyone knows about the story of the ugly duckling, and I think it offers a message of hope. Hope offers us all an equal opportunity, to dream and become the best we can be. We all have to rely on hope at one time or another. In addition hope speaks to the possibility that things won't be bad forever. For instance I'm not sure this everyday painting "experiment" will work, but I love painting and I do it because I love it and hopefully someone, somewhere will like my work. Everyday, this is what I hope for.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Hand With Flower

Hand with Flower
by Maxine Frances
5"x7"
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I have never been a fan of gardening so I don't know when to plant roses or in what climate they florish. So you could say I gambled as I lovingly sccattered the seeds in the soil. Some might say I lost because only one grew, but I don't think so because the one that did is beautful. Its bright red petals illuminate the garden and I thought I would capture this in a painting. I decided that I would keep the background dark because I didn't want to detract from the roses beauty.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Love

Love
by Maxine Frances
Oil on board
5"x7"
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This is my first postcard size painting going up for sale. Don't all rush at once everyone, there will be plenty to go around. All of my paintings will be sold at a fixed rate of $70 and if you click on the link you can purchase the piece from my online gallery.
"Love" was my first postcard painting and I really enjoyed painting it as it gave me the motivation to carry on painting.

I thought I would try something new for April, since it is a new month and I don't want to bore all my regular viewers to death! So I decided that I would set myself a challenge/goal for myself. I want to complete a painting eveyday and post it on my blog, I thought these regular updates would keep viewers of my blog interested as well as challenging me as an artist.
I do plan on selling my paintings at a fixed rate but there are a couple of details I need to work out before this can be done safely. All of my paintings will be done on thick corrugated cardboard, unless otherwise stated.
So in closing I hope you will enjoy the challenge I have set myself and view my work regularly.