Thursday, December 23, 2010

Portrait of Rachel

"Rachel " is a beautiful young woman who I recently had the pleasure to paint.

This is a commission to be given to Rachel's mom for Christmas.

It is an 11" x 14" oil on canvas board.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Yet another Painting

Okay this was a tough one for me to paint. I took this photo out at a friends ranch. A fire in a tall industrial can was started but the wood was wet thus lot's of smoke.My colors were limited and it was hard for me to stay in all those grey/blue tones of smoke. So there is an occasional splash of color.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Large Painting of Model

Okay this is a large 36" x 48" painting that I completed recently. I used big brushes to obtain textural variation and color. I painted this from a model I had in the Figurative class I've been attending.

So here it is.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A new Painting

This painting is from a class I've been taking on Figurative Painting . The model was placed under strong contrast lighting. We were to create a believable sense of space by incorporating components of the physical environment. Create atmospheric perspective using contrast and edges. So here it is

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Break Through

Recently I embraced texture,reflection, color absorption and better use of negative space. I've become less fearful of laying down a stroke of paint, of leaving it and moving on. Then coming back later and joining the strokes I've laid down. Letting one color enter another. Using larger brushes . So here's a new painting. I've used a very limited palette and had some fun.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Madison and Horse

Sometime has passed. Much has happened.

I have been working on mostly sketch's and studies for new paintings.

Here's a painting I completed in the near past. This is my niece Madison and her horse. I Painted with oils on Linen board.

The painting is 22" x 28".

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Another painting from the 1920"s

Here's another painting I did recently in my 1920's early 30's genre.

I'm keeping with the unfinished feeling. Leaving some room for the imagination.

I just love the outfits and hairstyles and furniture of this era. My intent is to work on a very large piece depicting all the above... soon


Some new pieces

These are just a few of my new paintings. I'm in and out of animals, people and now working on landscapes.
A couple of theses paintings are second time around pieces. I've painted the Lion and the Lamb and Cricket on the Haystack before. It's an exercise in seeing if I'm improving. The good news is I see an improvement. HOORAY! So I will continue to work hard and learn.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ocean Oil Paintings

Sunset in Carlsbad
14" x 18" Oil
One of Mother Natures Best
18" x 24" Oil

Carlsbad Sunset
16" x 20" Oil

I took a break from people and animal depictions recently and painted a few Ocean scenes.

It was rather soothing and refreshing.

So it's another avenue of expressing emotion with color.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Let There Be Color

The Rug Seller 14"x 18" Oil
Hulu Girl 14" x 18" Oil

The Time it Was 14" x 18" Oil

Grazing Plus one 30" x 40" Oil

He Called You Bab 28" x 30" Oil not done yet

Yes, I've been working.

I'm expanding my palette...adding more colors, using more glazes and transparents. Learning more about tiling and contrast. I really enjoy emphasising dark and light.

So here are some recent works. I'm still working on one or two.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oil Painting in Progress Cowboy Vic

Here's a new painting I'm working on. Once again It began as a burnt umber pick out and I am using a limited palette. Staying real close to the zorn palette, black/blue, red cad light, yellow orchre, titanium white.
I took this photo of Victor at a party we went to at a ranch in Valley Center.
I'll post the completed painting when I finish.

I'm also working on another painting in the late 20's early 30's genere collection. So here it is.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Here's a List of some of my accomplishments in the Past Years

Marla Epstein Born: Brooklyn, New York
Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y. AA Degree
Oswego State University, Oswego, N.Y. BA Fine Arts
Copenhagen University, Denmark studied Fine Art
Watts Atelier , Encinitas, Ca.
Ginger Grayham Fine Arts, Carlsbad, CA
2 Spoons Coffee, Oceanside, CA
Chandlers, Carlsbad, CA
Phantom Gallery, Carlsbad,Ca
Acapella, Temecula, Ca
Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery, Vista, CA
Foothills Fine Art Gallery, La Mesa, CA
Catwalk, Carlsbad, CA
San Diego Art Scene, San Diego, CA
City of Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA.
Off Track Gallery, Encinitas, CA
4 Zero 9 Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA.
Fogel Fine Arts, N.Y, N.Y
Special Consideration’s
Commissioned to do the awards for the National Newfoundland Dog Championships
2nd place B’na Brith
Winner of the Deputy Chief award for “Art in the Heart of Carlsbad”
Official Artist for the Boys and Girls 2007 Carlsbad Bocce Ball tournament poster
G Schlesier award for the 19th Annual Wildlife in Art Show, La Mesa, CA
3rd place Foothills Juried Wildlife Art show La Mesa, Ca
Seminars/Shows I Juried
City of Carlsbad 2003
Vista Charter School 2004
I juried the 2002 Carlsbad Village Arts and Craft show. There were 121 artists and various mediums. Awards were given for first, second and third place of the entire show.
Corporate Collections
Lions Tigers and Bears, San Diego, CA
Alphatec Carlsbad, CA.
Sutro and Company, Los Angeles, Ca
Union Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Doheny Trade School, N.Y, N.Y
Berkeley University. Foundation, Chicago, IL.
San Diegato Heritage Museum, Encinitas, CA.
Ohana’s in Carlsbad, Ca. I painted a Mural on their building
Private Collections
Collected both Nationally and Internationally

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finished Painting

Okay I finished the painting from last week. Once again I used a very limited palette so here it is. Hope you like it.

I have another one on the easel and will post photos soon.

Just in case you don't know if you click on the photos you can view the painting larger.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New Paintings

I'm working on a new series of paintings. All about emotion. The first goes out to all "The Prayer". I used a very limited palette on this piece, maybe 5 colors. Started with burnt umber under painting.
The Prayer is for the world the way it is.
The next piece I'm working on and is not finished yet is "On Her Mind". I am also working with a limited palette on this one. I hope to finish this one this week and will post the finished image upon completion.
So Here they are.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ballerina Oil Painting

Here's a large 30" x 40" Oil on linen I just completed of a Ballerina.
I did a few painting studies from a live sitting and then took some photographs and worked in my studio.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Year of the White Tiger

2010/4708 the year of the White Tiger, celebrated February 14 the night of the first new moon in the Lunar Calendar. So here it is the White Tiger done in oil on Canvas board. The size is 9 x 12.

I have completed 5 small pieces to enter into a wildlife show in May in Fallbrook.

Here are a couple of those pieces. I'll keep you posted on the results of the show.
I am also working on a commission of a painting on a surf to follow upon completion.

Have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New Wildlife Paintings, Bobcat, Tiger, Swans

Here's a few new paintings for your perusal and consumption. You do know all my paintings are available for sale.

These are small 8 x 10 and 9 x12 pieces. It's definitely challenging for me to paint this size . I find it difficult to put such a huge creature as a tiger into such a small limited space. But so be it.

I am actually preparing these oil paintings for a upcoming show this Spring. To participate the size of an artists submission is limited to 9 x 12 framed. Sigh.... I like to paint larger.

These paintings are being offered at a much less expensive price point... ranging from $250 - $425.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

I won an Award for a Wildlife Art show

Gosh I forgot to mention the Wildlife art show in La Mesa and the award I received. I came in third place with the painting in this photo.
Well here I am with the painting and award.
I am in the process of submitting 5 pieces to another Wildlife show in Fallbrook this week.
I'll have photos of the new pieces up on the blog by the end of the week.
I have some new pieces at a Phantom Gallery in Carlsbad and few new pieces at Acapella in Temecula.

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Year New Work

I'm learning to incorporate more color. Color for depth, color for emotion, color to satisfy a need and curiosity. So here's some new colorful oil paintings.
The first painting of the two beautiful dogs was done on tile for a client.
"Carla loved the portrait of Lulu and Aidabanana. She just about cried when she seen it. You really captured both dogs. Thank you. Linda"

Lots more to come!