Monday, March 30, 2015

Pears work in progress....

I had drawn some pears on a blue sheet of paper and imagined if I did a painting of them with a blue background it would look nice... so  set this up and began a little 5x7 inch painting...
...this is the painting I wound up with, and I felt like it was ok, but didn't have anything special about it.  I felt like, if I could wipe this painting off even after having worked on it for a few hours, would I care?  I didn't, and I wiped it off... and the next day started over with something a little different....

I folded up some origami butterflies and added one to the set up... and started painting, I liked this much better.... (I temporarily put those black strips of paper around the painting to help "frame" it in a way.. it sort of helped me visualize the composition in the space better)

I'll post the finished painting tomorrow.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

"Blue Bottle and Fruit" Oil on 6x8 inch board

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I was inspired to try to keep all the background and fruit colors less saturated, so that the deep blue of the bottle would stand out the most. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Tea and Cookies"

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Oolong tea and almond cookies dipped and drizzled in chocolate.
I'm sure they would have been delicious. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Tomato and Garlic" Oil on 6x8 inch board

Work in progress photos...
Thank you for taking the time to look at my artwork!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Tea and Biscotti" Oil on 6x8 inch board


Here is a picture of work in progress.   I worked from a photo on my ipad to get this 'more over head' view of my subject and referred to my real life set up to paint from.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Tea and Lemon" Oil on 6x6 inch board

Here is a picture of my set up, and the start of my painting.   I used my camera to take several photos of the cup and lemon in different positions, also with and without the cloth... I chose the composition I liked best and used it to start my painting.  The set up remained for me to paint from life, as a photo never really has the best color or feel of the real thing!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Peeled Lemon and Cranberries" Oil on 5x7 inch board

Here is a picture of work in progress
Thank you for stopping to look at my artwork today!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

"Creamer with Persimmon and Pear" Oil on board 6x8 inches

Hello! and Happy New Year!   This is the first painting I've done this year.    I had gotten a variety of fruits a couple of weeks ago, but busy with the holidays, I just didn't have the time to spend painting them.  So, I thought I might spend a bit of time making some arrangements with the fruit and other objects and photographing them white they were still fresh.   Now, with the holidays over, I still have a few pieces of this fruit to refer to,  but it was fun looking back over my photos and choosing one to paint.  I don't usually work this way, but it was fun and worked out nicely.
(note: at the time I took the photo of the painting, I hadn't signed it, but it is signed now)

I set my ipad up with my photo displayed to paint by!

Here are a couple of progress photos.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my artwork!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Clementines, Acorns and Cranberries" Oil on 5x7 inch canvas board

The holidays are quickly approaching... and with Christmas only a few short days away I've been too busy to even think about sitting down to paint.  But, today I found myself sitting at my easel working on a painting that I had done a few weeks ago but wasn't really happy with.  I made a little pile of clementines, they really are darling (like it says on the bag) so cute and small.... and I added some cranberries in for color.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One new, and one reworked painting...

"Winter Pomegranate"  Oil on 6x6 inch board
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I decided to rework the background of this pomegranate.  I like it much better.
And below, is a new painting... a peeled clementine and a sunburst tangerine....

"Peeled Clementine and Sunburst"  Oil on 5x7 inch board

My favorite part of this one is the glow of light showing through in the back of the peeled tangerine.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Matted Drawings

I picked out a few of my favorite drawings from this year, and matted them.  You can view some of them on my drawing blog, here, by scrolling down the page.   They are in a  variety of medium, charcoal, pastel and graphite.   
They are available for sale in my Etsy shop.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Pomegranate" Oil on 6x6 inch board

I love the unusual shape of pomegranates, and wanted to paint one.  I looked for one that still had the little tips still attached on top.   This one had a couple tips missing, but still such a beautiful red, and fun shape to paint.  Here are a couple in progress pics...  I had chosen a piece of decorative paper to use in the background, but decided not to use it.  

Sunday, November 30, 2014

"White Cup with Tangerine, Blue and Turquoise" Oil on 6x8 inch board

Finally, a new painting to post!  And I really love this one, the combination of orange, blue and turquoise is so attractive to me.  The flower pattern is a sheet of decorative paper, and so is the blue base.  The white cup is from the Goodwill store. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Autumn Gourds" Oil on 8x6 inch board


 Didn't get any pictures while painting this one, but here it is close to the end, with the set up. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Autumn Gourds and Acorn" Oil on canvas board, 5x7 inches


This is painted on a canvas panel that I had applied about 3-4 extra coats of gesso, and then a coat of acrylic paint in a neutral shade.   You can see some of my other drawings of the little collection of gourds I had picked up from a nearby farm market here.  I love all of their shapes and colors!

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Plum, Apple and Grapes" Oil on 6x8 inch board

I started this one on the white gessoed surface with very thin oil paint.  I waited about an hour hoping this underpainting would be dry enough to work on top of.  It wasn't quite dry enough, but I went ahead and continued anyway.   I painted in the background first, then the fruit.
 The finished photo above is a bit bright.. especially the green apple around the highlight.

Monday, September 15, 2014

""Crab Apples" Oil on 6x8 inch board

I recently did some drawings of crab apples from my backyard tree. (see them here)  I decided to do a painting too, since I just love the contrast in colors of yellow/green and red.
I started with a pencil sketch on a gessoed panel...

After the sketch, I sealed the drawing with a mix of turp. and damar varnish. (I'm trying that again, making sure to wipe off the excess better)  Once it was dry,  I colored in with thinned oil paint...and then, I put it up on my easel to finish.  I added some more leaves to fill out the space better.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Acorns and a Mineola" Oil on 5x7 inch canvas board

So, just trying something a little bit different.  This is a canvas board that I added 3 or 4 extra coats of gesso to, and sanded it a bit.  I sealed the dry gessoed surface with a mix of oderless mineral spirits and damar varnish.  That dried fairly quickly and I began my painting.  I thought I would do a sort of under painting and leave the details and color for another session.  I was surprised to find, that my painting stayed moist for days on this surface, and I just kept going back to it whenever I had time.  I added, scraped off, added again... until I was happy.  I'm not sure how long this painting will take to dry completely.  I don't think I'll do the coat of oms/damar again... even tho it made a nice surface to paint on. and I'm happy with the painting.   I'm not sure about the slow drying time.  We'll see how this one goes tho.

I took this picture after I had already painted on the board and scraped and wiped off what I had done and started again. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Daisy and Blackberries" Oil on 5x7 inch board


It's that time of the season, lots of flowers to pick, and these blackberries I found while out on a bike ride.  I stopped to pick a hand full, and brought them home.  I was disappointed, they were a little bitter... but still nice to add to my still life!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Lemon with Basil and Garlic" Oil on 8x10 inch canvas board


 I started this one on a canvas panel that I primed with tinted gesso.  I used thinned paint to begin with.  (I had taken the basil out of the set up and set it in a glass of water to keep it from wilting)
I had taken a picture of the basil first, so as it changed position, I could just refer to the picture.  I was surprised to find I had more trouble painting the lemon, than the basil.  I thought it would be the other way around.