Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015
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)
Thanks for taking the time to look at my artwork!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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
|"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
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.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
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
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
Monday, October 6, 2014
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
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
I started with a pencil sketch on a gessoed panel...
Saturday, September 13, 2014
I took this picture after I had already painted on the board and scraped and wiped off what I had done and started again.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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
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.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
I began this painting with the cherries and little bowl, but decided it seemed a bit boring... and with a garden full of blooming flowers I should try and paint a few of them. So, I picked a couple daisies to add into the picture.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I've always wanted to paint a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I used to make them for my kids, and each time I would think how pretty the jelly was, and I'd notice the swirl designs in the peanut butter and how it might make a nice little painting. So, when I saw Abbey Ryan's DPW painting challenge, inviting others to paint a PB&J, I was excited!! Yes! I'm totally gonna do that! lol.... and so I made a pb&j but I like how the peices of bread look before putting them together in a sandwich. So, I set them up and took pictures from an over head view, and then made the sandwich,cut it, and took pictures of that... and decided I liked it better the first way I had it.
So, I quick printed out the picture I liked best, and used that to go by. And, I left my "deconstructed" sandwich out on the table, so I could still see the actual colors of the subject to paint by. There was only 1/2 a sandwich left then, I couldn't help but eat the other half! It looked and smelled so good, and I haven't eaten a peanut butter and jelly in ages! Yum! ... thanks Abbey for the challenge, what a treat it was!
|my painting with the reference pic below it|
|...an extra piece of bread to get the color right|
|jelly on a new piece of bread to help|