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. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mountain River Landscape Colorful Original Oil Painting Summer Art

"Mountain River Summer"
5 x 7" oil
It's late summer. The mountain run off is evaporating faster in the hot sun. The rocks and boulders are exposed from the lowered water levels of the river. However, it is still cooler in the mountains than in the triple digit heat of the valley. 
This small colorful painting depicts a similar scene in southern Oregon. This oil painting is the popular size for group displays of art or for the special wall locations for your favorite scenes.

I haven't uploaded this painting to my website or Etsy shop yet. Be the first to contact me if you want to purchase it for your art collection. It comes to you unframed.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Iris Study #2"
5 x 7" oil
Several of my floral watercolors were painted from the iris fields of a fellow painter near Salem, Oregon. One painting more recently is an oil on a large canvas nearly 4 ft. in size. However, that oil painting looks rather abstract because it is not completed as I planned.
I've debated what to do with the painting, whether to destroy it or paint another image. So, I needed to get back into painting irises to make a decision about this incomplete painting.  Hence, a couple of small individual irises as studies.
The iris pictured here and its companion piece are oil on canvas panels. I've listed both of them today in my Etsy shop KJoannRussellArt. They'll make a perfect pair when framed. 
Yes, I'll complete the large painting, but not today. More small paintings are being added weekly on 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Small Colorful Landscape Oil Painting of Valley in Oregon Daily Art by K. Joann Russell

"Valley View #2"
5 x 7" oil

Time flies when you're having fun, right? Summer flew by while I was painting some small oil paintings in the warm weather. We're still enjoying warm weather, but it's time to focus on acrylics and watercolors that dry faster in the soggy days of fall and winter. 
This small colorful painting with lots of green tones in it is the second of this location in the Williamette Valley of Oregon. They could be a great pair when framed.
Look for the Valley View #1 among the many small paintings on my website.
In addition to painting this summer I've been working on my website and other venues after installing a new computer system. If you've missed any of my paintings, you can order prints on canvas or paper with custom framing optional. The color swatches are a big help in your decorating decisions. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Paintings of Sunflowers from One Sunflower Sketch Over 13 Year Time Period

Sunflower painting by K Joann Russell.
"Unfolding Sunflower"
7 x 5" acrylic on canvas panel

Recently I found a sketch of a sunflower I drew with pencil and watercolors in the year 2001.  I still liked the imagery of the unfolding petals from a seed head so I decided to do a small painting from the sketch.

Sketch of a sunflower by K. Joann Russell.
As I was painting the new unfolding sunflower I recalled I had painted from this sketch previously. I was intrigued to look back at my earlier painting. 

I dug into my inventory list of completed work and the files and photos of the paintings. Lo and behold, I painted three not just one interpretation of the sketch! The earlier paintings were completed in late 2001 and sold in 2002.

Oil painting of sunflower by K. Joann Russell.
12 x 16" oil

Oil painting of unfolding sunflower by K.Joann Russell.
20 x 16" oil
Colorful oil painting of sunflowers by K.Joann Russell.
22 x 14" oil

All of these paintings were larger sizes and painted in oils. Which one do you like the best?

Monday, August 25, 2014

High Tide Surf Original Painting Colorful Limited Colors Palette Knife Daily Painting

Seascape daily painting of hide tide surf by K. Joann Russell
"High Tide Surf"
5 x 7" acrylic on canvas panel 

Ocean beaches on my mind here! Have I been eating too much of the fresh tuna my neighbor catches and shares with me? Nevertheless, the other day I wanted to start a new seascape painting, so I pulled out a newly gessoed canvas panel and grabbed a palette knife to dig into some leftover acrylic paints, two yellows, two blues and a bit of burnt sienna.

I did not intend to do a palette knife painting, but when I indicated the horizon I went with the fun of seeing what I could develop with the few paints and one palette knife. I had no idea what the final result might be; I was just having fun "emoting" over beaches I've been around all my life.

The fun continued and suddenly a picture was developing. I exclaimed, "that's just like the surf coming in at high tide, rolling and churning." So, I finished with a few dark colors to give more contrast and quit, before I ruined the painting with overworking which can be my downfall.

Later that day I showed the small painting to the fisherman and his wife without giving any explanations because I wasn't sure of its merits as a seascape. He immediately said, "Boy, do I know that!! The surf rolling and crashing around. Can I have it?"

 What has been your fun today?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Versatile Artist Palette for Acrylics

Palette for Acrylics
15 x 18 inches
An artist's palette speaks volumes about the artist, haven't you noticed? The former scientist (chemist) in me keeps an eye out for new techniques and supplies. I'm always "experimenting" to make my art processes better. Palettes are one of them. 

One of my daughters shared with me a nifty palette she learned about in working with Ali Edwards for creative memory keeping, an art form beyond the popular photo scrapbook.

In the photo above the dark brown under the paints and palette knife is the 15 x 18" sheet of heat resistant, slick work surface that is reusable and non-stick. What artist wouldn't like to have that for a palette instead of breakable glass?
So, I had to find out if it would work for me, possibly replacing my freezer paper inserts in John Pike boxes. Acrylic paints on this palette, called Ranger, turned out an artist's dream especially for clean up! 
Next I wanted to try water miscible oils with this palette. I used Cobra brand oils. They worked well even with clean up but not as easily as the acrylics did. 
Then I tried traditional oils. The results were unsatisfactory even using solvents for oils. Also the palette was easily scratched with repeated use of the palette knife. Clean up was so much more labor intensive than scraping a glass palette or disposing of freezer wrap.
Maybe this palette would work for you. It is sold at  or places such as Amazon, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn's and usually packaged with two sheets of 15 x 18" each.  
Because of the warm summer weather I'm painting in oils with my usual palette. And I've even set up my pastels again.
Maybe when Seattle gray and rain return I'll use Ranger when I work more in acrylics for faster drying. I'm a little reluctant to cut down this new palette to fit my boxes. 
Maybe the curious scientist will show up this fall! Meanwhile, I'm soaking up the sun, which can be my excuse for not keeping up with my blog posts. Oh, I also have been revising my website as completion of the transition to my new computer system.


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