Monday, August 30, 2010

"Pepper"




















6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Here's Pepper, a beautiful Black Lab. He is the first of
four Pet Portrait Commissions I'm working on. I always
find black dogs to be a real challenge to paint, but that's
part of the fun too. Pepper's smiling expression made this
a delightful experience!

Here's a little background on Pepper: He is a Country Dog
who never meets a stranger.
He loves his ears, chin and
back scratched - and belly too. He loves to sit in chairs
(he barely fits) and watch what's going by outside. He
lives
in Canada with a Mom who loves him very much!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Tea Stack"




















6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

I love the shiny gold handle on these tiny Vintage
tea cups. Just had to paint them! I have one more,
a red one, so you may see several versions of this.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

"Blue Vase"




















6 x 6 oil on canvas panel SOLD

Got all ready to paint this little blue vase and realized
I had not purchased the white flower I planned on
putting with it. It looked too bare by itself so I decided
to dress it up with a necklace.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Yellow Teapot II"




















6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD

Went fabric shopping today. It took me forever to
find something! I anticipated
one stop shopping,
but instead, I nearly had
a heat stroke searching
through 5, very hot,
un-air conditioned Fabric
W
arehouses...on a 104 degree hell on earth Texas day.

The plan was to buy
several different Tea Towel fabrics
but apparently
no companies here in the States make
them anymore.
They are all made in India and China.
This one and one
more (that I didn't like) were IT.
Out of 5 warehouses.
I'm exhausted just thinking about it!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

"Limes With Green Ribbon"




















10 x 10, oil on canvas panel SOLD

After all of the patterns I've been doing, I found

I was in the mood for a more monochromatic

palette. For some reason this photo looks a lot
tighter than it actually is. Maybe because of the
reduction. Maybe I've gradually gotten tighter
due to working on the busy backgrounds. Don't know.
Whatever the reason, it certainly didn't feel tight
when I was painting it.


The green and white cooled me off, at
least psychologically. It's
got up to 104 again today.
We are now going into our
4th week of triple digit
weather. Unusual even
for the hot Texas Summers!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Some Me Time"




















6 x 6, oil on canvas panel SOLD

I am nowhere near to being a Girly Girl, but I do enjoy
some bright toe nail polish and a soothing cup of tea.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Red Tiki"




















6 x 6, oil on canvas panel  SOLD
 Here is another surprise fabric that was sent to me
by
Kim Rempel. This time a dark navy Batik. I
thought
it made a nice backdrop for this red Tiki
Umbrella.
The black coffee cup is not exactly part
of the Polynesian
theme, but I really liked the way
the busy pattern and
the bright red reflected in it.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Bottle of Groove"




















6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
$75. +10. s/h
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Fellow Artist and good friend, Kim Rempel, knows I
like crazy patterns and so she surprised me with some
Uber-cool fabric in the mail! And what a groovy experience
painting this trippy material that seemed to have no
repeat in color combinations. Thank you for the fun gift and
challenge Kim!

I know the title is kind of "out there", but I started thinking
if I put all of these little ellipses in a blender and poured the
concoction in a bottle, what would I call it? The unusual bottle
seemed like a good fit for a unique potion/lotion like that.