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Friday, September 16, 2016

Knitted Quilt


Knitted Quilt

This is a throw I knitted. The box is covered in satin and was probably used for sewing items.
I put this composition together and set up the lighting from front to back. My goal was to create space with overlapping, volume, diminishing shapes, and warm to cool colors. I drew the subject in with paint and brush and started by painting the center of interest. I had to change colors and color relationships to make it read well for the painting. This was difficult, but fun. Again this speaks about a subject women would be interested in.

12 X 16
Oil on canvas board
$775.00 - plus shipping, contact the artist 


email, foster3@gvtc.com
www.leighannfoster.com
www.leighannfoster.blogspot.com
www.artistswhoteach.org

Grandma's Creamer


Grandma's Creamer

This creamer belonged to my husband's grandmother. The rest of the items I put together to tell a story. The handkerchief is linen and has a hand crocheted edge. Women would buy commercial handkerchiefs and then add the decoration when needle skills were more popular. The box is a vintage glove box. The necklace is contemporary and the photo is from the 1,800's. I imagined his grandmother might have looked like this because she was born in this time period. I used bricks for the background as a symbol of strength and rigidity. And then there are the softer more feminine things that might have been in her life. I think this painting reflects many women even today. 

9 X 12
Oil on canvas board
$435.00 - plus shipping, contact the artist 


email, foster3@gvtc.com
www.leighannfoster.com
www.leighannfoster.blogspot.com
www.artistswhoteach.org

French Purse and Gloves


French Purse and Gloves

This painting is part of my series about subjects women are interested in like the sewing and needle arts, clothing, hats, shoes, dresses, jewelry, perfume, flowers, cooking, children, dolls. More specifically, things our mothers and grandmother included in their lives that expressed their feminine side or things they needed to be working women, wives and mothers.

I have painted this subject before but this time the purse is closed and the shadow is more prominent. I had to paint it twice this time to understand how to make the cast shadow look believable. I did the drawing first, then painted the wallpaper, then the purse and gloves. I softened edges as I went along so when I glazed in the shadows over the established color, the edges would remain soft. Sometimes I had to repaint areas next to the shadow while painting the shadow to express the soft edges. This painting has layers of steps as I brought it to completion. I rarely complete one area and move on to the next. This way I keep it open for adjustments.

12 X 16
Oil on canvas board
$768.00 - plus shipping, contact the artist 


email, foster3@gvtc.com
www.leighannfoster.com
www.leighannfoster.blogspot.com
www.artistswhoteach.org

Waterlilies


Waterlilies

Aside from the design and color, getting the depth of the water was a challenge. 

12X 16
Oil on canvas board
$750.00 - plus shipping, contact the artist 


email, foster3@gvtc.com
www.leighannfoster.com
www.leighannfoster.blogspot.com
www.artistswhoteach.org

Kent Filling the Bird Bath


Kent Filling the Bird Bath

Here is my grandson again playing with the hose. A hose and water is a great toy.
The light is obviously coming from the left and I wanted to show the transition of light from yellow to red to blue, in the wall and in the grass. The curve of the hose copies the curve of his back. All the other lines are mostly vertical or horizontal.


9 X 12
Oil on canvas board
$435.00 - plus shipping, contact the artist 


email, foster3@gvtc.com
www.leighannfoster.com
www.leighannfoster.blogspot.com
www.artistswhoteach.org

Kent Watering the Duck

 

Kent Watering the Duck

This is a painting of my five year old grandson when he came to visit. The large plastic duck goes outside in the play pool and inside to the bathtub when it is time to take a bath.  It sees a lot of action at my house.
In this work I wanted to capture the sunlight on his arms and legs and to get that reflective glow under his chin. The light is shining through his right ear and makes it look almost transparent. The sun is also shining through the play pool and the duck. The bluish background pulls the eye back in space and offsets the warm foreground. Again I had to practice the water coming out of the hose to get it right. The hose itself was a good directional tool and without it makes the composition incomplete.

9 X 12
Oil on canvas board
$435.00 - plus shipping, contact the artist 


email, foster3@gvtc.com
www.leighannfoster.com
www.leighannfoster.blogspot.com
www.artistswhoteach.org

The Teacher


The Teacher

A friend and I were taking pictures in Castroville, Tx last spring. The teacher is Bonnie White and she is helping her twin sister with a painting problem. Bonnie and I were is a class together some years ago and we both happen to be in Castroville that Saturday, me taking pictures and she painting with her sister.  We were both surprised.  
Bluebonnets are everywhere in Texas in the spring but in this town they have planted Poppies for the tourists.
I wanted to lead in with the flowers to the center of interest, Bonnie and her sister and underplay the background. The flowers on the horizontal line are lighter and bluer to take the eye back and the curved clump of trees mimic the curve of her back.

12 X 14
Oil on canvas board
$500.00 - plus shipping, contact the artist 


email, foster3@gvtc.com
www.leighannfoster.com
www.leighannfoster.blogspot.com
www.artistswhoteach.org