Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Assortment -a still life painting in oil


oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase Today is about as wintery as it gets in Southern California...cold and gray and a "winter storm warning". I don't even know what that means! Anyway, here's a warm and cheerful assortment of stuff. Hope you like it. Special thanks to our friends, Audrey and Ken for sharing their lemons and tangerines.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Vying For Attention -a still life painting in oil


oil 12x12 inches magnify/purchase Here's a bold arrangement of color. Usually I know whether I'm satisfied with a painting or not. This one has me baffled. I'm going to tuck it back my studio for a long while and take a fresh look at it in a few weeks. If you have any constructive comments about it, I welcome them! Here's a black and white. I do like the values!
Our Christmas celebration was wonderful, and now I'm anxious to get back to my easel. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wine & Roses -a still life painting in oil SOLD


oil 12x12 inches magnify/purchase I approached this piece with some specific considerations: reduce the number of objects compared to my last few paintings, and allow more breathing room within the picture space. And as far as my progress in painting roses, the lower rose is my favorite so far. It has the freshness I'm after. Below are a few progress shots. The bottom shot is closer to the actual colors in the painting.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Little Romance -an oil painting of roses and wine


oil 16x12 inches magnify/purchase Quotes and expressions stick in my head. "A Little Romance" was a piece of music for piano that I played a long time ago. It seemed to suit this painting. Another quote that stuck: "Never knowingly leave something wrong in your painting." I avoid going back into a painting, but the cast shadow on the pitcher was the wrong value and temperature. Funny how you see these kinds of things the next morning. I tried to ignore it, but it just kept gnawing at me along with the quote. So below see a few progress shots and how it looked before I fixed it. Still learning how to paint roses, but these are acceptable. They have some nice impasto you can see if you click on "magnify" and roll your mouse over the image.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Backlit Nanners -a still life oil painting of bananas -sold


oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase The perfect degree of ripeness, yummy and paintable. I have craved bananas lately. I painted this on a re-used canvas panel to which I had applied a coat of oil ground. The underlying brush marks give the painting a nice texture.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Silver & Stuff -a still life painting in oil -sold


oil 12x12 inches magnify/purchase Maybe I'm weird. I like my silver tarnished and my wine with pretty labels. And I love it when red, pink and orange come together. ADDITIONALLY, I'm really happy to be part of this show!!! (But that's not weird at all!) Opening soon!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lily Pads -a watercolor painting


watercolor 7x10 inches magnify/purchase Painted from a photo reference. Watercolor and a bit of gouache at the end.