Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spider Lily-Day 8

© Ellen Blonder
The leaves just weren't right, so I studied the spider lily's growth patterns on the plant downstairs and also looked at some photos I took last year. It isn't often that I have to paint out and rearrange things this far into the painting, but I do feel better about this. I shouldn't have been so hasty, beginning painting before this was worked out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Spider Lily-Day 7

© Ellen Blonder
The background color was too much in the middle range; I spent most of the day darkening it. Now the white flowers stand out more and the leaves feel more grounded. There's still much work to do.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Spider Lily-Days 5 and 6

© Ellen Blonder
It's harder to paint large areas than small ones with graduated shades. This doesn't look like much for two day's effort.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Day Post Script

Foodie break to describe Valentine's Day dinner a few days ago. Since going veggie, it has been harder finding interesting food when going out on Kauai. We cancelled our fancy dinner plans when I discovered the vegetarian tasting menu would be pea soup or salad and (ho hum) mushroom risotto for $55 per person. Instead, we drove up to Duane's Ono-Char Burgers in Anahola. They'll make vegetarian Boca burgers in any of their styles, so I had that version of my old favorite, the Island Girl and my husband Nick had the Boca teriyaki burger. 
We then drove back south to park at Kealia Beach*, to chow down while we watched the surfers. Turned out to be a great Valentine's Day.
(*Kealia, by the way, is now on the cinematic map, being the spot where George Clooney turns inland to his view his family's pristine property in The Descendants.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Spider Lily-Day 4

© Ellen Blonder
You won't see much difference after a day's work, unless you look at the very center of the painting, where all the flower stems come together.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spider Lily-Day 3

© Ellen Blonder
In order to make the white highlights on white flowers stand out, I'll need to darken all the whites, and yet try to keep them from looking muddy or dead. I think these may look bad for a while until they start looking better again.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Great Valentine's Day Blog Hop

© Ellen Blonder
Chris Chun inspired a handful of fellow artists and me to take part in his first ever Valentine's Day Blog Hop, and you can see the wonderful and varied results on his blog. For an extra treat, "hop" to the other artists' websites/blogs:

My painting is actually derived from older posts, but recolored in the spirit of the day, because it's a beautiful thing when two hearts find each other in the jungle out there. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Spider Lily-Day 2

© Ellen Blonder
I just laid in the greens roughly so I could see the composition better. The challenge in this will be painting white flowers that look white, not muddy, but not flat, either.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spider Lily-Day 1

© Ellen Blonder
I'm finally starting a new acrylic painting, after a long break. This is a white spider lily, on a 20 x 24-inch canvas board.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


© Ellen Blonder
They're a bit raucous, but also amusing to look at, with superhero yellow eyepatches to match their yellow legs and beaks. They're also the most skittish of beggars, always flying away at my approach when other birds hold their ground to see what crumbs I scatter. These sketches are from some photos I took on a morning walk in Kauai. They'd never stay still long enough for detailed drawings like these.