Friday, February 26, 2010

"One Big Happy Family"

12 x 12 Framed oil on Masonite

These Shasta Daisies are so happy and bright. Made
me think of a big happy family enjoying their day.
Need to get a better photo of this. These rainy days
make it so hard to get a decent shot!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Pear Pair"

6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

The pears are so juicy and delicious right now. They are

the perfect fruit for practicing Still Life painting. Their
curvy shapes allow for so many different angles.
Goodness knows I need the practice so I'm going to try
to paint these several more times.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Odd Man Out"

6 X 6 oil on canvas SOLD

My sister gave me this little dish. It was just the right size

to fit a family of Clementines on, with the exception of
Slow Poke who missed the boat.

I'm trying to "go off" chocolate cake (my Crack Cocaine) and
am using the Clementines as Methadone. It keeps me away
from the hard stuff like...well, chocolate cake and ice cream.
I'm only human though, and they have no idea how lucky
they were to have lasted through a Still Life before I lost my
and ate every last one of the sweet little things!
My grapes in "Four And Counting" we not so lucky.

Monday, February 8, 2010

"Red On Red"

6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD

Another apple. Can't get enough of the beautiful reds in them.

This Oriental bowl sits in my living room and I don't know why
I have never thought to paint it before. You know how things
seem to disappear if you see them too often. The reds in the bowl
were nearly identical to the apple. I also played around with lost
edges a bit in this one. Admittedly, they are small but definitely lost.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Apple Slice"

8X6 framed oil on canvas SOLD

Found this great little bowl at the Thrift Store. I love

the delicate red floral pattern. Since I "lost" (accidentally
threw away with the rest of my "lost" supplies) my favorite
blue Still Life bowl, I'm hoping this one will take it's place.

I tried out some of the new skills I learned at Carol Marine's
Workshop. First, it is painted on a Raymar Canvas panel, a
improvement from the usual Masonite I've been using for
over a year now. It has the hard surface I like and the bit of
tooth that
the canvas offers. Secondly, I tried the toned canvas
rather than
my usual black ground. This is going to take some
getting use to
since I have to retrain my eye to the way the
color looks when it's
laid down. The goal is to find the value
and color before laying down the stroke. I'm finding this much
harder than expected. Third, I tried to paint with straight lines.
This was the
hardest of the three.