November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale at Scarlet Shoes Studio

Visit Scarlet Shoes Studio on Etsy and receive 30% off today through Wednesday.
Coupon code cmon30 at checkout.

I'm a little behind on adding stuff, so check back throughout the day for prints, original paintings, and digital downloads!

November 23, 2012

No. 194 - SOLD

“Cream and Sugar”, 5″x7″, oil on gessopanel, ©2012 Heather Hingst Bennett

Only six more to go and I’ll be at 200 paintings!

Don’t forget to grab some great stocking stuffers from my ebay shop!

November 21, 2012

No. 193

“Flora”, 6″x6″, oil on gessoboard, ©2012 Heather Hingst Bennett

Gotta’ do some baking and house cleaning today. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Hopefully, I’ll have time to fit a painting in. This will be added to my etsy shop later today.

November 20, 2012

Scarlet Shoes Studio

I’m slowly getting paintings into my newly re-opened Etsy shop, Scarlet Shoes Studio. I will be carrying my alla prima paintings along with prints of my original paintings.

November 19, 2012

No. 192

"Vintage Flair", 5"x5", oil on gessoboard, ©2012 Heather Hingst Bennett

Last week I think I mentioned that I was a bit disappointed in my paintings. So, it was time to make some changes to the process.

For this painting I first did an initial drawing and then transferred the drawing to my painting surface, which is a gesso panel (I decided to stay with panels for now). By doing this I hoped to get a little more detail in my drawing, but I hope it doesn't make the painting too stiff. I’m really not going for photo realism, just an impression of my subject, but an accurate impression.

What I love about painting with oils is seeing brushstrokes. So, I’m trying to make those more visible.

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by my ebay shop, here’s a painting that is currently available. It’s one of my favorites!

"Liquorice Trio No. 2", 6"x6", oil on hardboard, ©2011 Heather Hingst Bennett

November 17, 2012

No. 191

"The Discussion", 5"x7", oil on carton panel, ©2012 Heather Hingst Bennett

Only 9 more paintings until I reach 200!

November 16, 2012

Black Friday on Ebay

My ebay shop is being loaded up with $1 paintings for Black Friday! I’ll be adding items ALL DAY! Check back often to see if I added your favorite…

P.S. My little paintings would make great stocking stuffers.

November 14, 2012

No. 189 & 190

No. 190
First of all I have to say that I am not pleased with my latest paintings. For some reason I have had a hard time painting this year. For every one painting that I feel is OK, I wipe at lease 5...or more.

This week I have been trying to apply less paint and working more in layers. We shall see what happens!

The paintings to the left are from last week. No. 189 was a wipe and No. 190 was ALMOST a wipe, but for some reason I decided to keep it. Maybe just to have at least one painting completed for the week.
No. 189 - wiped

November 4, 2012

The Pumpkin 10 Minute Challenge

It's time to start painting again! To get warmed up I thought it would be good to do some 10 minute paintings. This is an exercise I learned when I attend the Carol Marine Workshop back in May.

For this challenge you divide your surface into small sections (mine are 3"x3"). You then choose a single object to paint for 10 minutes. When the 10 minutes are over you can rearrange your subject, paint it at a different angle, or change your light source.

The top row I did on Saturday and the bottom row I did today. I think you can see some real improvements with almost each 10 minute painting. When I finish one 10 minute painting I analyze it and give myself a little improvement goal.

The colors on my palette are: titanium white, hansa yellow, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red, cobalt blue, and burnt umber.

I also apologize for the state my blog is in currently. I took an online Blogger CSS class and I'm trying to implement what I learned on my blog...and I'm moving very slow with it!