Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blue Jay, Bird, Original oil by Carol DeMumbrum

8x10 inch oil on linen
Title: Pretty Boy
Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I posted on my facebook page how I started this blue jay and it changed a lot from my start.
I wanted to look more like the oil sketches I worked on in Nancy's workshop, so I took my brush and started softening and pulling out the color into the background. I am so much happier with it now. Fun to deconstruct, but I will admit scarey. I used the Senso clear primed canvas again and love the look of the brown canvas.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Little Lamb, Original oil by Carol DeMumbrum

4x4 inch oil on gallery wrapped canvas/ Sides painted also

Continued the children theme with this little baby face. Hope to continue to do these small warm-ups each day if time permits. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ballerina, Original figurative oil

9x12 inch oil on linen
"Tiny Dancer" 

Another painting from my recent Nancy Franke workshop. Nancy stressed how important it is to get your drawing correct before you paint. It was fun using vine charcoal to draw with again, I usually just draw with thinned paint. She said I was done when it did not feel like I was, and I still want to fill in around her eyes, but I'm afraid to lose the loose feeling. I do like the white canvas and the feeling of air in these oil studies.

Monday, October 6, 2014

On A Mission- Little Girl on the Beach, Original oil by Carol DeMumbrum

8x10 inch oil on RayMar Linen

I attended a Nancy Franke workshop last week and have fallen in love with these oil studies. This little girl was on the beach during one of our summer vacations and I kept an eye on her because each day she had on the cutest little outfits. Nancy said she loves painting children because they are so confident, they don't have the world telling them of their flaws yet and are truly enjoying life. She encouraged me to leave the painting loose and not to fill in all of the white space on the canvas. I would have to say she is my newest hero. 

Nancy starting her demo.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Challenge Fall Collage

My 30/30 challenge paintings. As you can see I did not make it all the way through, but I am proud to have tried and to be a part with so many fabulous artists.  Thank you Leslie Saeta for this wonderful challenge once again. Maybe next time I'll make it.

I hope you will visit Daily Paintworks and read a little bit about me in the artist spotlight this week.  

 Sign up to win my "Autumn Dew" painting on Daily Paintworks.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I Am Not Amused - Siamese Cat , Original Oil by Carol DeMumbrum

6x6 inch oil on ampersand board

This was a fun painting and I enjoyed using my new Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel.  Most mediums tend to give me headaches and this did not smell at all. YAY!! Definitely has a nice feel as the paint glides across the painting surface.

Cats were always my favorite when I was younger, but now I am pretty equal on my love between felines and canines. How about you? Love the siamese cat's eyes!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Gang's All Here - Cows, Original oil by Carol DeMumbrum

12x12 inch oil on gallery wrapped canvas, Palette knife painting

Loved all the different colors of cows in the reference photo. I had fun carrying the blue through the painting with the lines of paint. One of the most helpful things I learned in a workshop with Matt Smith was the importance of these lines of color and how they can add the needed extra touch to a painting.

Friday, September 26, 2014

I Have my Eye on You - Owl

4x4 inch oil on gallery wraped
Purchase Here

Just attended a workshop where the artist stated that in the best paintings that not two brushstrokes of color are the same. That every brushstroke is a different value or color. Really has been making me look at paintings differently. 
This I painted before the workshop, but I look at all the brushstrokes and see there are a lot of different colors, but they are not all different. Love how you get something new to think about from all workshops.

I hope you will visit Daily Paintworks and read a little bit about me in the artist spotlight this week.  

 Sign up to win my "Autumn Dew" painting on Daily Paintworks.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Horse Painting, White Horse, Original oil by Carol DeMumbrum

16x20 inch oil on linen

I received the most incredible opportunity to be the spotlight artist starting tomorrow on Daily Paintworks!!! Click here to go to the interview.
Thank you so much Daily Paintworks!  
You have a chance to win the painting "Autumn Dew" in the post below if you purchase a painting on Daily Paintworks this week. Lots of beautiful paintings to choose from, so go take a peak. Remember, Christmas is not that far away. :)

The reflection of color on white animals has to be one my favorite things to paint. Once again I am using the palette knife to achieve more texture and movement in the painting. I'm so excited to have one of my dear collectors say she would like to purchase this piece. Thank you so much, Ruth!!!
I think since it has not yet been named, I will let her title her painting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Dew - Win this Painting - Painting Giveaway

5x5 inch oil on ampersand

The weather here in Tennessee has been very fall like lately, so I have been in the mood to paint the colors of fall. I found this beautiful reference photo and instantly I was transported to my grandparents farm on a cool autumn day. Do you ever see a photo or painting and you can smell the air and feel the emotions it stirs up in you? This is the beauty of art.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Harvest Time

6x8 inch oil on ampersand board

Back to the painting challenge after missing a few days with painting out and then as usual followed by allergies. Love painting outside but it sometimes does not like me. 
I enjoy the colors of fall with pumpkins, gourds and the beautiful leaves.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day 9- Through the Storm

5x7 inch oil on linen
Purchase Here

This was painted for two challenges. First the 30/30 challenge with Leslie Saeta and second the Daily Paintworks challenge, the stormy weather challenge.
Love the beautiful colors in a late afternoon storm clouds taken overlooking Playa Samara.
Thank you Cher for the beautiful reference!

Psalm 89:9
You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day 8- Fields of Tuscany

4x6 inch oil on linen

Loved visiting the beautiful lavender fields of Tuscany today. 
It has to smell amazing standing here and what a beautiful quilt it must make from above. Sorry I missed my post yesterday, I did paint a sunflower but the photo was blurry. :(

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day 6 - Moving on Down the Row

6x6 inch oil on ampersand

Where in the World is Carol? 
Today I stayed close to home. This is painted from a photo I took walking down what they call Music Row in Nashville. I wondered if this girl was a singer, song writer or just enjoying this beautiful street in Nashville. I am finding I really do enjoy the challenge of painting figures again. I would love to find some more joggers and their dogs. I just love paintings with the interaction of a person 
and their pet.

Here is another I painted a while back. 
Both paintings are available.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 5 - Big Ben and His Friends

 5x7 inch oil on linen

Today we travel to London. Loved the mood of the reference photo and it made me want to be there. Painting is the best way to travel around the world. :)  

Big Ben Facts from Wikipedia.
The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.[3] The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009,[4] during which celebratory events took place.[5][6] The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London.


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