Thursday, July 30, 2015

At the Window, Looking Inwards


"At the Window, Looking Inwards"

8x8 acrylic on upcycled hardboard panel

Genre: Portrait

This is a study for a painting, but it became a thing in itself, because the painting I'm planning doesn't have a window in it. I added in the window because the composition needed something more, so here she is, at the window but looking into her own thoughts instead of gazing at whatever is out there in the world.

Monday, July 20, 2015

First Flowers


Title: "First Flowers"
Medium: Acrylic on linen panel
Size: 8x8 inches
Genre: Floral, Still Life

These are the first flowers I've painted in a very long time. Flowers are a lot more challenging than you might think, and they are a lot more geometric and hard edged than their softness implies.

If you look closely, you'll see a seahorse on the vase. The vase didn't really have a seahorse, I just had a little fun putting it there. Also there is a third "flower" made up of the negative white space on the vase.

This color palette was a little different from what I usually use, so it was fun to stretch in that way.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Tea with Davy Jones




"Tea with Davy Jones"
Acrylic, 10x10 inches on panel
Imaginative Realism, Fantasy
©Theresa Taylor Bayer, 2015

One of the followers on this blog suggested a seahorse with a teacup, and whew! here it is. I keep thinking I know how to paint but every time I do a new subject matter there is another learning curve. This time it was ellipses in a still life. The cup had a willow pattern design, but I left it off so the composition wouldn't be too busy.

Below is the setup. As you can see, it's basically a still life.


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Brass Teapot


"Brass Teapot"
Genre: still life
Size: 8x8 inches
Medium: Acrylic on linen panel.
©Theresa Taylor Bayer, 2015

It's back to basics for a while.  This was a lot of fun to paint, but I'd like to learn how to do a more effective job of setting up a still life.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Encounter with a Magic Bird



"Encounter with a Magic Bird"
Acrylic on linen panel, 8x8 inches
Genre: Fantasy

©Theresa Taylor Bayer, 2015

I almost painted over this one, but the painting spoke to me and I revised it instead. In the previous version the Bird was decidedly unfriendly. I decided to make him friendlier, and he came out looking sort of neutral, and I really like that. I also redid the color to give it a more oldfashioned feel.

In the earlier version the Bird symbolized the Inner Critic, but he has morphed into the power of Creativity, which is neutral, and can be used for both constructive and destructive purposes. If the Bird is befriended, beautiful things can happen.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Owl Be Around


"Owl Be Around"
6x6 inches, acrylic on birch
Genre: animals
©Theresa Taylor Bayer, 2015


At present with all my caregiving responsibilities, I'm doing a series of small studies. This allows me to keep improving my skills and provides inspiration for future projects. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Well Owl Be



"Well Owl Be" Acrylic on 8x10 Fredrix panel.
©Theresa Taylor Bayer, 2015


Another one of my small studies. I was shooting for more realistic but the Owl said no, it wanted to be stylized, and you just can't argue with stylized Owls. Also on this one I tried out a Zorn type palette: black, yellow oxide, cad red med., and white.