Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Master Painting- The Goldfinch


The Goldfinch - Master painting study by Renee Brennan Art ~ 
 8'x10" oil on canvas board

Trying something a little different. Painting the masters!  Wow, it is so much fun and  interesting to push paint around that mimics a painter such as Dutch Master Carel Fabritius  1622 -1654  
It's such a great learning tool to concentrate the subtle color changes of his brushstrokes.
I did leave out the chain on the birds leg as in the original. (see below).  There is a tutorial by
Miss Mustardseed on how to paint this.  Her's turned out wonderful...AND she has other > tutorials < Check it out!  (I did print out a copy to go by as well) ;)

Here is the original painting with signature and chain on birds leg.  
Carel was born in the Netherlands 1622.  
He was a pupil of Rembrandt during the Dutch Golden Age movement
Fabritius died at the age of 32, in 1654, the same year as his painting.  
He was caught in an explosion that left a large portion of Delft in rubble.
His painting now in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands.   
I hope to visit someday.

Another note is Author Donna Tartt wrote a thriller book about this painting 
and has been adapted into a movie.  Both called The Goldfinch- of course!


Sunday, July 19, 2020

Bingo Paintings

Bingo Paintings

What to do with all those vintage Bingo cards one has been hoarding? 
 Hmmmm paint on them.  Why not?  They make a nice little painting surface!

I purposly didn't completely prime them and was just playing around. After all playing and not worrying about end result is much more interesting right?
 First, I started using oils and then switched to 
Golden Open Acrylics (more on these below)
I liked the effect that the Bingo numbers and letters peaked through.  
What do you think?

Lake & Nest paintings. 
A few left in my Etsy Shop

Sold all of the Cherries but will add more in my Shop at 
The Front Porch and on Etsy soon!

A few thoughts on using Golden Open Acrylics.
As a painter who loves oils, I'm so happy to finally try them.
They are SLOW DRYING, which is the definate benefit when being used to oils.
They mix together nicely and I even used an Open Thinner which extended the drying time a bit more.  Yay!
I started with the basic color kit from Dick Blick and added a few more colors that I like to use such as Panes Gray and some of the Umbers.

SO, in short I do recommend giving these a try! 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

"Cardinals appear when Angels are near"

Cardinals appear when Angels are near. 
I'm sure you've heard of that saying or something similar right?
I alway's think of my mom when they are around.  I see them everywhere.  
All. The. Time.
Anyone else?  
I painted several of these for my booth at The Front Porch and sold out!!  Some of the customers have that same thought about these "Angel Birds"  Maybe that should be their new name. Anyway's it's a nice reminder of our loved ones :)
The large one is my favorite partly because my dad made the frame.  We used old tobacco sticks.  He's clever like that.  The others are on reclaimed wood siding or an old cupboard door. Upcycling. Good for the Planet ;)

A'hem....Sorry, not sorry for not making a post in a 1 YEAR!  
Busy with my little shop and life in general.  It's all GOOD!
Yep Slow moving journal :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

One More Shop! The Front Porch

Sooo just like I needed one more thing to do...
haha I go and move into another little shop!!
Well it's a shop within a shop.  I just LOVE this place!! 
It's called Front Porch Goods, in Muskegon Michigan.   
Full of awesome vendors who are pickers and makers just like me.  
I'm more a maker/artist but it's a great mix and I'm having FUN!

 So this shopping season Shop Small, Shop Local, make a Maker do a happy dance when they make a sale!!  I do!! 

on Instagram
Custom Pet Portraits by
Renee Brennan Art

Watch for more listings on my Etsy page soon and as alway's 
THANK YOU for following my on my slow moving journal we call a blog ;D

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The 30/30 Collage

Almost 30 Painting's in 30 Day's Collage
by Renee Brennan Art

Ok so here is the final "TA DA"  
Just a couple of thoughts... doing this for the 4th time.

1.  Carve out more time but if you can't don't stress!
2.  My motto was written on that coffee mug "make it happen" and most importantly "Do it for the Process"!
3.  Yes I faked a couple...my son's Heart painting and the little Teacart. 
haha needed something to go into my little local shop.
4. Grateful for family, friends and new friends genuinely interested in following along!  Thank you!  and Thanks to our host Leslie Saeta who let us upload to her 30/30 page every day.
5. The hardest part was doing all the blogging, posting on FB, & Instagram...Now catching up putting on Etsy...whew!  
6.  It really was fun!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Day 30 - Morning Peonies

Morning Peonies
8"x8" Acrylic on canvas board
by Renee Brennan Art
Available on Etsy

Day 30 - Of the 30 Painting's in 30 Day's Challenge
Whew!!  I did it (minus a couple)  

That was a blast and I hope you enjoyed getting a daily dose of flowery art. 
There wasn't a live model for these lovely peonies but instead I found a beautiful reference photo by Cathy Casey on a site called - Paint my Photo.  She has many wonderful shots of all kinds of flowers.  Also on the site are many other photographers with all kinds of photo's from automobiles to zoo animals.  You can check it out here PMP.  

I also wanted to thank artist Leslie Saeta for hosting this challenge again despite her super busy life.  She is a blogging of her 100 Year Old Home...(it's so pretty!), this lady paints', has a family,  social media guru and OH she also has a radio podcast called Artist's Helping Artist's which is nice to listen to while painting!  I don't know how she does it but THANK YOU LESLIE!!

Stay tuned for the collage of all the painting's tomorrow.
I also will be listing some on my Etsy Shop!!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Day 29 - Tiny Petals

Tiny Petals
6"x6" Acrylic on canvas board
by Renee Brennan Art
Available on my Etsy Shop

Day 29 - 30 Painting's in 30 Day's Challenge.  
Yay!  right?
This is my 4th time participating and I do it because 
#1. I desperatly need practice.
#2.  I have a few pieces to sell...hopefully:)
#3.  I LOVE it!  

If you want to see the 30/30 collages from the past click here

Stay tuned for tomorrow's last painting and then a collage.
I will be listing some of these in my Etsy shop soon.

Do it for the process!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Day 26 - I Love Tulips!

I Love Tulips!  TBM
8x6 Oil
by Renee Brennan Art

Day 26 - 30/30 Challenge got away from me due to things out of my control,
SO here is a TBM (throw back Monday).
  I painted this one a couple of years ago. One of my favorites!! 
Blank cards with this image you can find here in my Etsy Shop. 

I have a suprise for you when the 30 day's are up...stay tuned

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Day 25 - Peonies in Blue Pottery

 Peonies in Blue Pottery
by Renee Brennan
Available in my Etsy Shop


Day 25 - of this 30 Painting's in 30 Day's Challenge.. Almost there!
I swiped these from my daughter's room.  She had a little silk bouquet of these pretty peonies in a little blue pottery piece that she swiped from me.  
It's ok...we like to share :)

Tried to keep this loose and a bit more impressionistic.  
Sometimes I get obsessed when trying to paint too realistic.  
I agonize over shadows and every little detail...so much more relaxing when there is a self imposed deadline and painting quicker!

Do it for the process right?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Day 24 - Red Tulips

Red Tulips in Old Coffee Pot
10"x20" gallery wrap canvas
By Renee Brennan

The set up

Day 24 - 30 Painting's in 30 Day's Challenge

How can you go into Trader Joe's and not buy flowers?
You can't.  It's not a joke.  The temptation is real!   haha

Anyway, here they are. Still needs some background work. 
The most difficult part still are painting the dang leaves and stems! 

The coffee pot I've painted before.
 It's from my husband when he was on board the Aircraft Carrier, 
USS Ranger CV-61, or as he say's  CV -by God 61 !! 
After it's final cruise before decommisioning, the Officer's got to take a piece of it's history and he chose this coffee pot from the Ward room.  It's probably about 60 yrs old.  I just love all the patina on it!!