Daub du Jour

My name is Marianne Plumridge. I am an artist of mythic fantasy works and fine art images. More of which can be seen at my website, 'MariannePlumridge.com', and also my main Blog, 'Muse du Jour'. These sites are in the links section of this page. This site began life as a painting a day blog in 2007. However that project has now passed, but I still find myself painting in that way. So this site will now be the showcase my new paintings as inspired by those previous efforts.

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Location: New England, United States

Sunday, March 16, 2008

New Balloon Ship...

Follow The Leader
(10x10", Oil) Price: $160.00 SOLD

This looks a little washed out, I'm afraid. The colours are really deep and vibrant, but I'm still getting used to using our new digital camera.

I painted this at the last minute. I started out with the idea of painting another moon balloon ship piece that involved moonlit waves. The original working title was 'Wavehopping', but the ship looked lonely, and there was a negative space just begging for something to fill it. So I painted a little dolphin. Then I went 'hmmm, this composition needs some last thing'. So I painted the dolphin tail in the foreground. When I stepped back from the easel, I'd found that this little painting had developed a really nice flow and composition. Now the balloon ship looked like it was having fun, and the moon was joining in. Hence, "Follow the Leader".

I painted this in one sitting, as I wanted to get it done fast. The palette was a nice combination of Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian, Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale, French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. Lots of fluffy blending brushes, one fine detail Round brush, and a half inch Flat, and a half inch Filbert. I also found out why these paintings were drying so fast: the Cobalt Blue was actually a tube of Alkyd paint (synthetic oil paint) rather than real oil paint. They share the same paint drawer, and I'd mistakenly picked up the Alkyd instead of the oil tube. Doesn't really matter though - it will not affect the paint one little bit. And it will all look the same. Meanwhile, I've dug out the real Cobalt Blue...

More later,


Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Yes, it's pretty and fun!

March 16, 2008 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Eric Orchard said...

Not washed out to my eyes!
This is exactly the type of image I love, an original and beautiful one. Great stuff.

April 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Thank you so much, Eric! :-D This little chap didn't sell again last week at the Memphis convention, so I thought that I might go back and repaint and highlight the balloon ship a little more, now that I have some time. It's currently sitting up on my easel in the studio. :-D


April 10, 2008 at 3:41 PM  
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November 10, 2008 at 11:23 PM  

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