Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SHOULD We Cross The Road?, 8x10 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald



I don't know why I painted chickens today - I should have been doing a thousand other things.  But while I was tidying up my studio I came across a shot of these lovely chickens...  and I couldn't resist!  Now, I sure would love to paint them from life, and I did try that once, but it was funny how I couldn't get them to stand still!  
Instead of painting darks to light or going from most vulnerable color to more sturdy ones, I painted transparent colors first - and then started with the paint that needed a little white mixed in or was opaque.  There is no 'right' way to paint (sorry, but it's true).   And it's all fun, and good.  I think just learning and observing all your painting life is the way to go.

And below, my studio assistant, who is right now very freaked out about the big wind and rain storm...

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11 comments:

  1. Love these! I agree with you Kelley...there is no 'right' way to paint, I would get bored if there was! Everyday I learn something new!

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  2. I am so in love with this painting!!! It makes me very happy.

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  3. That Paco is adorable! Love the chickens too.

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  4. Love this, so fun! It was great to hear how you approached this one. You are right there is no right way or wrong way.

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  5. the brushwork is fresh and exciting...this turned out great!

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  6. chickens are always a good thing to paint- you really captured their strut!
    Paco... Winnie usually hides under the bed...

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  7. I love this chicken painting, and the title made me giggle. My kids are all into chicken-crossing-the-road jokes.

    Paco's eyes say it all. :)

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  8. Fabulous!! Love the sweet subject and the vivid colors and great contrasts.

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  9. Kelley these chicks look so really interested in stepping out. Love their positions.

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  10. Kelley these chicks look so really interested in stepping out. Love their positions.

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  11. Kelley, This painting is such a winner! I love those chickens against the white background! Great composition, subject matter, color, everything!!! Just fabulous, as always!

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