Day 8 ~ the palette and the block in

The palette is part of the process. I’ve decided to follow along with a painting video by Kathie Odom. She’s one of my favorite artists and she paints interesting places that tell a story to her. Today I’m using a palette that is modified from one that she uses.

Here are the colors chosen for this palette from right to left…

Titanium White

Lemon Yellow

Cadmium Yellow Medium

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red Light

Cadmium Red Scarlet

Yellow Ochre



Burnt Sienna

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Burnt Umber

Cobalt Teil

Ice Blue

I also did the block in of my painting today, as you can see in the photo. I actually progressed further than this today, but I’ll share that tomorrow.

And in case you’re interested, here’s a link to Kathie Odom’s website The Oil Paintings of Kathie Odom


Fading Beauty

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Fading Beauty
9″ x 12″ oil on Ampersand Panel

One thing I tried in getting out of my painter’s block was using a different color palette. I love the way this one turned out. This was a fading bouquet of flowers that my daughter had and being that I am well into that “fading beauty” stage of life, it intrigued me to try and make something beautiful out of something that was aging.

Looking back I think perhaps I should have continued to explore this looser painting style and this palette. Perhaps I will be able to do that now that I have a fresh perspective on things. 🙂


Back to Posting

I’m really going to try and post an update once a week  of a painting that I’m working on. This one is turning out to be a much longer project than I anticipated, but it is coming along… you may recognize it from Day 27, 28, and 29 as my Unfinished Bouquet


It’s still unfinished, but there is a little story behind this that I want to share. This was a bouquet I picked out of my garden. My designer daughter gets some very interesting magazines, and this particular one had a Spring/Summer 2015 palette that contained the same colors as my bouquet…


How special is that… 🙂  So I decided to follow these palette colors. I’ve done this before with the pantone palette and a bouquet.

I was so impressed with Deb and her organizing skills, that I cleaned up my tubes of paint, threw away some really grungy ones and placed them all in a new home of their own…


They still look messy. Someday I will take an after picture of my studio. For now everybody will be happier not seeing it. 😉