Sunday, October 6, 2019

"Crab Apples and White Pumpkin" Oil on 6x8 inch board

Available on ebay,

Autumn is here, and I love to paint these little crab apples.  They grow along the path where I ride my bike.  The path is a few miles long and I never remember exactly where they are, so I keep my eyes open for them.  I am always excited when I spot them.  

Also, I have been reading a book of poems by Mary Oliver, and I'd like to share one of them... how wonderful and beautiful our imaginations can be...and the last part of it made me think of artists, and how they might see the world.

How Would You Live Then?

What if a hundred rose-breasted grosbeaks
flew in circles around your head? What if
the mockingbird came into the house with you and
became your advisor? What if
the bees filled your walls with honey and all
you needed to do was ask them and they would fill
the bowl? What if the brook slid downhill just
past your bedroom window so you could listen
to its slow prayers as you fell asleep? What if
the stars began to shout their names, or to run
this way and that way above the clouds? what if
you painted a picture of a tree, and the leaves
began to rustle, and a bird cheerfully sang
from its painted branches? What if you suddenly saw
that the silver of water was brighter than the silver
of money? What if you finally saw
that the sunflowers, turning toward the sun all day
and everyday-- who knows how, but they do it-- were
more precious, more meaningful than gold?

-Mary Oliver

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

I am always painting, or thinking about painting, but not always posting....

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!
I just thought I would show what I am currently working on.   The summer has kept me busy, with beautiful weather, yard and garden work, but I do make time to paint.  This is a larger painting, 11x14 inches. 

I've been wanting to paint these artist models, the skull and the little mannikin, together with some game pieces.  My set up looked like this (photos below)... and I made a black and white sketch of it on toned paper.
 I started the painting on a gessobord, with a drawing and a thin wash of raw umber.  Then, each day, I worked for 3-4 hours on it, and so far so good!  I'm happy with it.  I will post the finished painting when it's done. 

 I left out the pansy in his hand.  It seemed like a fun idea, but it felt a bit distracting, and looked better without it. 
 This is the first stage, with the drawing done, and washes with thinned raw umber oil paint.

I painted the background, candle, and flowers first, even tho I had the lily in a tube of water, the day lilies only last a day, and it wilted quickly.  I also had the photo of the set up to refer to.

 This is the where I have left off, I still need to paint the marble, playing card, scrabble tiles and puzzle piece...   

Thank you so much for stopping to take a look at my artwork today!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

"Cherries, Grapes and Oranges" Oil on 6x8 inch board


This piece began as a demonstration for our art group.  I finished it the next day at home, making some small changes.   Below is the painting as it looked at the end of the hour and a half demo.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

"Game Pieces" Oil on 6x6 inch board

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This was a fun painting to do, I love the graphic elements, and bright colors.  The background had been a plain color, but I added the floral doodles in the end.  I liked it much better. 

Below is a simulated picture of how this painting might look framed. It is sold unframed.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

"Strawberries and Orange Half" Oil on 6x8 inch board

More strawberries!  They are one of my favorite things to paint.  Thank you for looking at my artwork today!!  

Sunday, April 28, 2019

"Lemon with Berries" Oil on 6x6 inch board

This painting is a combination of the three primary colors, red yellow and blue.  It makes a very nice color scheme.  It is painted on Ampersand board, 1/8 inch thick.  It is varnished and ready to be shipped (unframed) to the winning bidder as soon as payment is received.
Below are some pictures taken during the painting process.  
Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

"Orange Half and Strawberry" Oil on 5x5 inch board


I had fun with this sweet little painting. Strawberries are one of my favorite things to paint.
 This is on a small 5x5 inch hardboard panel,
 3/8 inch thick.  

Monday, January 14, 2019

"Strawberry Kisses" Oil on 5x7 board


Below is a photo of work in progress.  I had started the painting with a sprig of pine in the cup, which I ended up not including.

Friday, November 30, 2018

"Spice Tea with Peppermint and Gingerbread" Oil on 6x6 board


Christmas time is approaching and I love to do a few holiday themed paintings during this season.  
Here is the first one, hopefully I can get a couple more done in the coming weeks.
Thanks for visiting my blog and looking at my artwork today! 
 Below are a couple of in progress photos...

Sunday, November 18, 2018

"Red Grapes" Oil on linen board 8x6


This is an original unframed painting on linen panel.  Below is an image of what it might look like framed... ( it is sold unframed)

"Pumpkin and Crab Apple" Oil on 6x8 board


A beautiful little autumn painting, this is done in oil on hardboard panel.  It is sold unframed, but here are a couple of "photoshopped" examples of how it might look in a frame...

Sunday, August 26, 2018

"Late Summer" Oil on 6x6 linen panel


The hydrangea's blue colors are fading, and the crab apples are still bright green.  I thought their  colors together made such a pretty picture!
This is an original unframed oil painting on linen panel.  The linen panel is Claessens Belgian linen adhered to a 1/4 inch thick hardboard panel.  

Sunday, August 19, 2018

"Peach, Pitcher and Grapes" Oil on 8x10 Linen board


I started this painting earlier in the summer and didn't have time to finish it.  When I decided to continue a few weeks later, I needed to make changes since the grapes and peach I had used in the set up were long gone.  So, needless to say, it took me longer than usual to complete it,but I am finally happy with it!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Friday, June 8, 2018

"Red and Golden Cherries" Oil on 6x6 board

I love the colors of these Golden cherries mixed with the dark red cherries.  I look forward to painting them every year.
Below are pictures of work in progress...
Thank you for looking at my artwork today!!

Monday, June 4, 2018

"Pear and Cherries" Oil on 6x8 wood panel.

Available on ebay, 

One of my favorite things to paint are cherries! They are like little gems.  Don't miss the one I put  hiding in the shadows inside the cup!
This is painted on an oil primed linen panel, which is linen adhered to a hard board panel about a 1/4 inch thick.  It is a lovely surface to paint on and I will definitely be using it again.  

Sunday, June 3, 2018

A Painting demonstration painting....

Available on ebay,

A few weeks ago I did a painting demonstration for our art club.  It was fun, and the time (1 1/2   hours) went by quick.  My painting was only in it's beginning stages when my time was up.  So, I took it home, set the still life back up, and eventually finished it.  Below are pictures of the demo, and above is the finished painting.  
Since this painting was created in this unusual  way, I thought I would offer it for sale with a special lower bid price.  
Thank You for stopping to look at my artwork today!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Grapes, Chess piece and Butterfly... wip Oil on 7x5 inch board

I started this new painting over and old one.  The previous painting was never finished and I decided to sand it down and start something fresh.  You can still see bits of the old paint behind my new drawing.  (By the way, if you are sanding down an old painting, if you pour a little OMS -odorless mineral spirits, onto the painting and then "wet sand" it with sand paper, there is no dust, and easier to clean up.)

 I don't know why I chose these objects to paint, other than they were interesting shapes and made a nice arrangement together... in the end, I changed the colors of the butterfly... I think it's finished, not quite sure yet.   Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"Cyclamen and Forsythia" Oil on 7x5 inch canvas board

Cyclamen are so fun to paint and draw, their petals twist and turn in every direction! I bought the cyclamen plant in the store, and the forsythia are from a bush in my yard.  They aren't in bloom yet, it is too early, but I cut some twigs from it and brought them inside.  After a few days in water, they began to bloom!  
Below are some work in progress photos,  I began on a toned canvas board, with a dry wash of burnt sienna (or similar color, I forget).
Then with thin raw umber and a small brush, I drew the flowers and then filled in with color.  

Monday, January 1, 2018

"Your Heart's Desire" Oil on 5x7 board


Below are some work in progress photos,  I set up a small table top easel, and had the still life right in front of me on a small table...