It has been a while since I have posted anything on this blog. Seems like there are so many virtual things to keep up with! I will be regularly posting on my Sandra Flood FB Page which you can like HERE and only occasionally on this blog. I also have some new prints available HERE.
Enjoy the season which will be upon us before you know it!
Your invited! Allison Malafronte, a senoir editor for American Artist magazine, has curated a show "Converge" in NYC and has invited 31artists, including myself to participate. A catalog of the show is available here.
Artemis was a greek goddess and one of her jobs was to be a protector of prey animals. She was so angry at Greek sailors who killed a hare and her babies, that she delayed them from going to the battle at Troy. Otis is my very good friends rabbit. So I dedicate this to you Otie!
The Wall 8x10 oil on linen
Something I very rarely paint, a building, But it was a very relaxing exercise!
Framed and matted Giclee prints on archival materials are now available for these pieces, here! "Look Away" is also offered in a signed limited edition of 200 in a larger size from the other prints and on higher quality archival paper, here.
Well I certainly have not been keeping up with posting but life really gets in the way! I just don't know how people keep up with it everyday. So I have a few paintings to post now and should post a few more tomorrow!
Once again it has been a while but here is a painting from my Headgear series, a small group of paintings of people in hats. I have always loved the Napoleonic period of "headgear" so I have a few portraits of people in bicorn hats.
A very good friend of my husband and I who lives in New Mexico. He has one of the greatest faces to paint and I finally got around to painting it. Not only a great face but one of the greatest people we know! So sorry we are so far away!
I always start a figure piece by making sure the face is going to work. That is always the hardest part and since my work has very little else then the figure, it has to be a face that is going to grab you, keep you interested and wondering just what is going on.
I can't say how one paints emotion in a face.I think that it is just something that happens through the artists own unconscious ability.
I used in this painting burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cobalt blue, some cadmium red, a blue/grey and cremintz white for the face and hair. Actually I used all those colors plus raw umber for the rest of the piece too.
A painting for all of you with sisters! I am a sister to three brothers but I have none myself and always wondered what it would be like.
This is one of my mother's little brothers back in what was probably 1955. It is 9x9 and an oil on linen mounted on board.
I plan on doing more of Davy, who is now David, because he was such a strange looking little boy that I just have to paint him for my series of old family movies.
I think it was the glasses that made him look so strange when he was young. He was probably about four here and had these coke bottle glasses that were always crooked or taped up where they had broken. Anyway, he is a treasure trove of work waiting to happen! By the way he did grow up to be a good looking man!
As with most of my other paintings my palette was limited. This time I used yellow ochre, burnt umber, burnt sienna cobalt blue and a touch of cad red medium plus black and white.
The painting always seems to go much faster when you are working on a hard surface even though you are still painting on linen. I also tend to get a little more detail oriented when working on the board.
This series is a bit of a change for me. It is forcing me to put other things in my paintings beside the figure or an animal which I really don't like to do. I love other artist's work that can incorporate all kinds of things in a painting but it always feels unnatural for me to do it. My eye is always seeing less is more in my paintings or maybe I could be just plain lazy!
This painting is 12x16, oil on linen and mounted on a board. This is my "breather" painting from the series I am working on. I really need to do a piece or two in between three or four paintings from a series. One, I would get very bored if I did not break it up that way and two, it is great to come back to the series with fresh eyes.
I have entered a prussian blue mode. As with the last few paintings from my series, this piece was painted with mostly prussian blue, yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt sienna and yellow ochre with a little bit of titanium white.
I used bits of stenciling and scumbling for the background and let some of the stencil carry onto the dress. I also intentionally left her dress and arms flat so that it contrasts nicely with the scumbled background
And with only about five stations plus a sign off with the national anthem at about 12AM. Oh, how things have changed!
I do have to say, that it was kind of nice having the broadcasting day end at a certain time. The world was quiet just for a few hours.
This piece is 10x10 oil on linen. I used Prussian blue, raw umber, yellow ochre and a little bit of cadmium red. My black was Mars Black and the white was Titanium.
I also used a very light yellow from Vasari Paints for the highlights. I love their paints it is just so loaded with pigment !
The ground was an oil primer and I put a transparent wash of ochre and black over that. I roughed in the composition with raw umber and started painting when that dried.