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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


Friday, June 29, 2012

From Touchet Road

"From Touchet Road", 7 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
This painting was done in between the rainfall in the Southeast corner of Washington State. I think it is usually much drier in this area by this time of year, but we have had so much rain.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Clouds over Dana Passage - SOLD

"Clouds over Dana Passage", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
Here I am again, painting out the back--its an ever changing view.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Flowers in Green Vase


"Flowers in Green Vase", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
Here are the roses again, this time in the green vase and with a very simple design.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Clouds over Harstene


"Clouds over Harstene", 11 x 14 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is another subject that I just keep doing over and over--the view out my studio window. Clouds are not easy for me, so it is a process of trying to see them and understand them, and unlike my fake roses which I can set up for days, the clouds are only there for a few minutes before they have changed dramatically.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Roses in Glass Vase - SOLD


"Roses in Glass Vase", 18 x 14 In, Oil on Fredrix Panel
You probably notice that I keep doing the same flowers over again. It is practice and experimentation as much as anything, though sometimes it is different moods that have me painting them one way or another. One thing I try to do, is bring in different colors.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Road Near Angoin


"Road Near Angoin", 12 x 16 In, Oil on Museum Boaard
The small village where we stayed in France had maybe 10-15 dwellings at the most, all of them old and made of stone. It was so pastoral and beautiful. We did have several cloudy days, but that makes for beautiful skies.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Burgundy Mist - SOLD


"Burgundy Mist", 8 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
Sometimes the scene has little color change and in the mist, little value change. So it is a challenge for me to do a painting like this. It is mostly abstract color/value shapes.

Friday, June 15, 2012

White Lilacs Study


"White Lilacs Study", 12 x 16 In, Oil on Museum Board
Big brush strokes, simple shapes--that's what this painting is about.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Field in Burgundy - SOLD


"Field in Burgundy", 12 x 16 In, Oil on Museum Board
This was a field close to the chateau where we stayed in France--beautiful rolling hills with old stone houses.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Field above Cormatin


"Field above Cormatin", 4.5 x 4.5 In, Watercolor
This is a first for me in many, many years--watercolor. I think I haven't painted a watercolor for maybe 20 years. We sat up on the hillside on one of the beautiful days and played with a very limited set of colors. I felt like a kid having fun without any thoughts of how I should be doing it.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Daisy Study


"Daisy Study", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board NFS
Painted in the back of the Chateau where we stayed in Angoin, this still life was another painting started with transparent washes. Some of them I just left there. I've known for a long time, but have not worked on it significantly enough, that leaving transparencies showing in the painting gives it a quality that is lost when every inch is covered with thicker paint.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bridge at Angoin

"Bridge at Angoin", 12 x 16 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is the second painting I did on the cloudy/rainy day in Angoin using mainly transparent washes to start and not going far beyond that. It is unusual for me to paint so deliberately though it probably doesn't look particularly deliberate!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

House Gate at Angoin


"House Gate at Angoin", 12 x 16 In, Oil on Museum Board
For two weeks in May I painted around a small town in Burgundy, France at a workshop.  I experimented with a different approach, mainly starting the oil painting with a water color like wash.With this painting I didn't actually go far beyond the wash, so it was an interesting contrast in approach to my usual thick paint brush load. The skies were overcast much of the time, so this painting was full of grays.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Zangle Cove - ON HOLD

"Zangle Cove", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
Sometimes I want to close my eyes and paint--not just in my imagination, but with paint actually coming onto the canvas. Maybe it is a kind of physical/mental metaphor for painting without having any thoughts about how it should be done--those thoughts that are so hard to get rid of. This is a 10 minute painting done from the view out the back of my house "with my eyes closed."

Friday, June 1, 2012

Self Portrait

"Self Portrait", 16 x 12 In, Oil on Panel
I have done many self portraits and mostly I toss them. I'd be interested to know how others work with this subject--I always seem to manage to have a lot of anxiety when I approach it.

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