Monday, February 23, 2015

Layers of Mountains, Colorful Original Oil Painting, Small Daily Art

Layers Mountain Oil Painting by K Joann Russell

5 x 7" oil on canvas panel

The color shapes I see when viewing the mountains of southern Oregon remind me of quilting and some of my watercolor paintings. High in the wilderness areas the views are breathtaking. The logged out areas, the forest fire burns, the meadows, the dense woods have their own colors and textures. 
"Layers", a small colorful original oil painting, shows an impressionistic view of mountain ranges. I found the word "layers" so full of multiple meanings. Reminders for me of the quilts I've made. Reminders of my style of watercolor painting in which I use color shapes.

"Layers" is an oil landscape painting on canvas panel ready to place in a standard size  5 x 7" frame. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Original Painting Can Inspire Room Decor

Are you wondering where to start in your redecorating? Too many paint chips and ideas clouding your decisions? Are you telling yourself you're not up to the task? Would you like a simple solution to get you going on the project?

Consider starting with an original painting to design your room decor. Notice how a painting is used in decorating a room in this article from  Room of the Day: A Painting Sets the Tone
Now try a simple plan for your room.
  •  Look at the colors and amounts of each color used in a favorite painting of yours. 
  • Then choose similar proportions of the colors in your room elements such as wall coverings, paint, fabrics, flooring. 
  • Be sure the color amounts are not all the same.
  • Use the accent colors in pillows and accessories.
Play with colors and proportions using paint chips to try out your ideas.

You don't have a favorite painting? Search for one on line and use its colors for your inspiration.  Have fun and let me know if this helped you.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Saying Goodbye and Happy New Year to Font Favorites

As we review 2014 and plan for the new year 2015 I'm having fun while saying goodbye to a long used print font. I have put off the parting of the ways for some time.

I so admire the art of typographers, especially their popular uses of print lettering today. Yes, I passed a course in calligraphy many years ago, but it definitely is not my art form. For me I think it is a question of patience rather than hand and finger coordination.

On a computer back a few systems ago I found a perfect font, Cezanne, which spared my making a gif file of my personal signature. I liked the font. It kind of went with my admiration of Cezanne, the painter. 

Here are a few samples of banners I used with my treasured font. I even loaded the font onto new computers as I acquired them. Some have called it a funky font. Ignore the intense yellow screaming at you, please.

This year I've transitioned to yet another new computer system. In creating new banners for my websites yesterday guess what I couldn't find? My Cezanne font! It is on the old computer! I don't really want to go through working on that system and transferring files.

So it's time to move on. It's a new year. Time to simplify, maybe even go back to tried and true arial. 

What do you think of the new banner for this blog?

Happy New Year, everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Test Painting Watercolors on Canvas, Daily Painting Fun

Today's painting fun challenged me with a re-visit to painting watercolors on canvas.
Recently I used my jar of Golden Acrylic Absorbent Ground to prepare two canvases. In the picture's top portion I used a palette knife to spread a layer of ground on raw canvas. In the lower portion I spread a layer of ground on a previously double gessoed canvas panel.

With a #8 watercolor brush and fresh paints I played with colors on the two areas of ground. What amazed me the most was the lack of uncontrolled watercolor over the surfaces as I've previously found in using commercially prepared "watercolor canvases". I acknowledge "operator error" could have contributed to my previous frustration.

The paint seemed to "grab" on to the raw canvas ground without going through to the reverse side of the canvas. The ground on the canvas panel has a somewhat smooth surface but the paint didn't run uncontrollably. 

I tried adding colors to wet areas of paint, and I also tried  "lifting" paint in places. Additionally, I tried some "negative" painting areas and was very pleased with the results.

Later when the initial paints had dried I added more strokes of paint and also tried to re-wet areas for further work with surprising success

In conclusion, I'm excited to try more watercolors on canvas. I am so accustomed to traditional watercolors that they are a natural medium for me in contrast to using acrylics as watercolors. 

In recent years I've been painting oils and acrylics to get away from the framing challenges of watercolors on paper. Maybe I've found the best of both worlds for me. There's a freshness in the watercolor on the canvas panel ground that I like. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Mountain River in Summer Original Oil Painting | Small Art | Wall Decor

"Mountain River - Summer"
5 x 7" Oil
Today's small oil painting reminds me of warm summers in the mountains of Oregon. This painting will give you a smile on a rainy gray day as we are experiencing today. The sun came and went today, but the dry warmth of high mountain streams made my day.
The contrasts of summer shoreline rocks exposed by the low stream add a different note to the usual contrasts of cool greens and blues. Hopefully, the low river water created some pools for the fish to escape the heat of summer.
Visit my other small paintings for recent landscapes. Small art make perfect gifts and can be easily framed in standard size frames. Treat yourself, too.
Have you considered planning your decorating from the colors of a painting? Start with your wall decor rather than your sofa color for a change!  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

High Tide Surf Oil Painting | Small Seascape | Daily Art

"High Tide Surf"
5 x 7" oil painting

As Thanksgiving Day approaches I am grateful to have challenging work that never leaves me bored. Each painting is a learning experience. 

Most days paintings can be improved, but I have to accept that my learning is where it is today and move on to improvement hopefully tomorrow. A few paintings turn out awesome, an over the top "ah hah" learning experience. 

And then there are those which just don't "cut it". Can they be improved or must they be sent to the garbage or recycle bin?

Today's painting is a "rescue". I posted in August a daily painting created with a quick palette knife application in a very impressionistic style. Even though a genuine deep sea fisherman related to the painting immediately, I still wasn't satisfied with the art. Today that painting improved.

I've added it to my website for purchase. Later I'll add it to my other shop/venues.

Yes, there are more daily paintings being added to my

Please bookmark this blog to receive updates. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Landscape Colorful Original Oil Painting Mountain Stream Runoff 5 x 7 Canvas Daily Small Art

"Mountain Runoff"
5 x 7" oil 
"Mountain Runoff", a small colorful original oil painting, shows an impressionistic view of a mountain meadow where a stream of runoff water finds its path to lower elevations. The grasses and occasional wildflowers add bits of color to the warming landscape.

"Mountain Runoff" is an oil painting on canvas panel ready to place in a standard size 5 x 7" frame. It comes to you unframed.
Slowly I'm getting to the task of uploading files for recent small paintings. I've added this colorful original art to my Etsy shop KJoannRussellArt
Remember that you can find more small colorful paintings at to make a display of today's original art with other small landscape paintings. 


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