Happy New Year All! It's been a wonderful 2019, and I want to thank all of my collectors, and followers for all of their support over the years. God Bless you! I truly appreciate it so much, and I wish you all the best in the new year.
Here is my first painting this year, inspired by all of the snowy days we've had lately. I'm calling it "Snow Day"! It's actually a cup of pumpkin spice coffee and Italian anise cookies. Yum!!
(note: I had painted this just before the holidays, and had signed it, 2019. I had still wanted to touch up a few things, and finally did just this week. Even tho it is now 2020, I left the signature as is)
This is painted on a linen panel, which was a nice change to paint on. I had painted the background a lighter color, but I never was pleased with it. I finally tried the dark background and liked it much better!
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
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!
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.
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!