Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Walkin' on Sunshine

I painted this for our daughter Molly's 21st birthday yesterday. It seems like just yesterday I was saying the same thing for her 19th birthday. (Click here to view her 19th birthday painting, Red at Heart.) Molly is a creative soul who expresses herself beautifully through her art, her career, her style and her life. When I saw her in these new glittering gold shoes with her colorful tattoo peeking out, I knew I had to paint it. I actually sprinkled some very fine clear glitter into the wet oil paint on her shoes that's not visible in the scan. It's subtle but very cool when the light hits it. Shine on, Molly!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"
NFS

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Riches

It was fun to try to capture the glow of the grapes and the metallic surface of the compote.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Twister

Ahhhh...color delights me! 
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fragmented

I love painting pears...in any shape or form. 
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lace Effect

Just here trying to paint light again. We have lace curtains throughout our home and I love the way the light shines through them and casts delicate shadows. I've painted the lace pattern on eggs, stones, pears...and now bowls.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Huddle Up

This is the second painting in my recent lighting experiment (see previous post). I wanted that same glow, but with a warmer light...so I applied two coats of black gesso and again left the spaces where the stones would go white. Once the gesso coats were completely dry I applied a cadmium yellow under painting on all of the stones. I wiped most of it off as usual and proceeded with the painting. I like the obvious warm glow of all the stones from the under painting. It's not really apparent in this image, but I also like the subtle shadows cast by the stones on the dark background.
Today's musical inspiration was this(Right click on the colored word 'this' and go to Open Link in New Tab to continue looking at the art while you listen.)
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Intervention

I tried a little experiment today. I did two very similar paintings with two different light effects. First of all, I'm having fun working with black backgrounds. I wanted these stones to really glow so I applied two coats of black gesso to the background but left the spaces where the stones would be, white. This painting was the result. Tomorrow I'll post the second painting.  I was stymied... so my daughters came up with this title. Three heads are always better than one. Thanks Sadie and Molly.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel)
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jailbird

I did this painting as part of a Daily Paintworks Challenge. The task was to paint an all white object in full light on some type of printed fabric...using only primary and secondary colors.Well, the color part was a cinch for me since that's pretty much all I use anyway. Having said that, there's a LOT going on here! The light and dark sides of the pot, the shadow of the pot on the stripes of the fabric, the stripes of the fabric reflecting on the pot, the shadow of the handle reflected in the pot. Phew! It could have gotten mind boggling, but all I reminded myself throughout was 'paint what you see'.
Oil on panel, 6" x6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In the Drink

I haven't painted enough glass to feel confident with it yet...sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I'm happy to say this glass just sorta painted itself.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

With This Ring

This piece is another in my One Hundred Hands series. If you'd like to see more of the artwork and read about this project please visit One Hundred Hands.
SOLD

Friday, March 18, 2011

Attitude

Forgive me while I indulge my current 'Pears on a Pedestal' whim. Here's one more similar piece. I just couldn't resist this posture and attitude. Talk about a diva! 
On another note, so to speak, music is a HUGE part of my art. I NEVER paint without it. And if there's a day when I'm having a hard time getting to it, all I need to do is put on some rock, crank it up...and I'm running to my easel. So I thought I'd occasionally let you know what the musical inspiration was for the day's painting. Today, this is what got me going. (Right click on the colored word 'this' and go to Open Link in New Tab to continue looking at the art while you listen.)
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Perched

Another in the mini series, Pears on a Pedestal. More to come...should the urge strike and the pears allow.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

On a Pedestal

You may have noticed I have a particular fondness for a certain fruit. So I finally decided to put this sensuous and versatile fruit where it belongs. 
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping 
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Monday, March 14, 2011

The Stones

I love painting these stones. This one was all about the grays...grayed colors, that is. Not a pure color in the bunch. All cool and warms grays I mixed (except the yellow 'white'). The possibilities are endless. Only as I was typing the title here did I realize what music I should have been listening to while painting it! Oh, well...next time.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel)+ shipping
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Distant Summer

I began these strawberries at this Saturday's mini pastel workshop and finished them today.

Cheryl and Dawn are enthusiastic learners willing to try anything... even persevering through the muddy middle of under painting with pastels! It really paid off. They've shown visible improvement. 

This was their second workshop here. They are happy painters and hopefully they'll be joining me again.
SOLD
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Round Up

Love the three colors of the pears.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6" SOLD

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spent

I love my new tube wringer (ouch...sounds painful). Not only does it squeeze out every last bit of paint, it leaves you with these funky looking empty tubes! I just love the shadow this one cast...like something right out of Loch Ness.
Oil on panel, 6"x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What are We Waiting Four?

Forgive the title. What can I say?...it's a solitary profession.
SOLD

Monday, March 7, 2011

Ups and Downs

I love the curvy sensuous shapes of pears! I especially liked the background colors on this one.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping 
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

May I Join You?


I just love this orange spotted plate! It's a blast to paint. You'll probably be seeing more of it. And there's a good chance you'll be seeing more pears, too. Ha!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 ( with free display easel) + shipping
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rainbow

I love painting these smooth beach stones. I like the abstract quality. I painted a similar one earlier (click here to view) but the first began with a cadmium yellow under painting. This one began with cadmium red which added a warmth to it. I like them both.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

100 % Pure


I've discovered that what I'm most interested in is not the subject at all so much as the light. I'll paint anything as long as the light fascinates me. The possibilities are endless!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"
SOLD

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Anna's Ring



This piece is another in my One Hundred Hands series. If you'd like to see more of the artwork and read about this project please visit One Hundred Hands.
SOLD

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Different Strokes

This is my entry into this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge. Wow - I have such a hard time following the rules! But I had great fun trying...and for the most part, I stuck with the one stroke per color. Sort of. Well I really tried. This is a much needed exercise for me-to lay down a stroke and move on. I enjoyed it and try to incorporate this type of thinking in all my work.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"
SOLD