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Daily Oil Paintings of Kathryn Townsend. The paintings posted on this blog are a journal of process. Daily practice, exploration and experimentation are the life blood of the artist's way.

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“A man learns to skate by staggering around making a fool of
himself: indeed he progresses in all things by making a fool of
himself.” --George Bernard Shaw


Saturday, July 30, 2011

White Roses

"White Roses", 11 x 14 In, Oil on Panel
Even with a cloudy day, I set the still life up on the back deck. The days this week are hot and sunny, but I've been up in the San Juan Islands and this painting was done a couple of weeks ago before the break in the weather.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Zangle Summer Clouds

"Zangle Summer Clouds", 11 x 14 In, Oil on Panel
We are waiting and waiting for the sun to come out! It is strange weather here in the Northwest.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Small Bouquet

"Small Bouquet", 9 x 12 In, Oil on Panel
I am away this week at a paint out in the San Juan Islands, so this is one of the paintings I did last week.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Old Roses

"Old Roses", 18 x 14 In, Oil on Panel
There has been so little sun this summer in the Northwest that when it does come out, I set up the still life on the back deck or my patio. It sometimes seems so bright I can hardly see!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Harstene Island - SOLD

"Harstene Island", 9 x 12 In, Oil on Panel - SOLD
Harstene Island is part of the view from my studio window. This was a beautiful day as the clouds scudded across the sky. I didn't try to make it a perfect painting, just a sketch of my first impression, just as I've done many times before with this view and will do many times again. It is like a studio meditation.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Roses - SOLD

"Roses", 11 x 14 In, Oil on Panel
When my daughter and I watched the BBC miniseries of The Impressionists, one thing that struck me was that Monet intentionally picked up paint on his brush and made three strokes, then picked up more paint. Its easy to get into a habit of just stroking on the paint without thought, so in this painting and others that I am working on I am trying to remember to intentionally pick up more paint more often with variation of color.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pinks and Reds - SOLD

"Pinks and Reds", 14 x 14 In, Oil on Panel SOLD
This paintings is a little rough on the surface because I scraped it so many times to get the colors and the values the way I wanted them. Its not always obvious on the first go around and there are habits to overcome.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Overcast Day

"Overcast Day", 12 x 16 In, Oil on Panel
Sometimes I stay on a theme because I have a better chance of learning something new when some of the variables stay the same. Painting flowers in sunlight and overcast conditions is a subject that has a never ending interest--there are so many things to study.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Red Flowers in Sunlight

"Red Flowers in Sunlight", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Panel NFS
I'm still following the theme of flowers and since the weather has finally gotten better, I'm able to set them up on the back deck or the front patio. Much of the exercise is about values and color saturation.

NFS

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Three Roses

"Three Roses", 12 x 9 In, Oil on Panel
This is a simple painting, done primarily in order to practice using more saturated color.

Purchase this unframed painting for $135.
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