Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Sisterhood" Still Life

oil on canvas panel 8x8 inches
These two big events I've been working on have prevented me from painting for over a week. It will be a great day when things settle down and I can get back into the daily routine.
Meanwhile, I've posted this painting done back in March. There's a story behind this one: A group of women artist friends got together in January and loaded a suitcase with about 9 old junky items. We dubbed ourselves "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Trunk". As you might guess, the "trunk" is making it's way from house to house where each artist uses her choice of at least six items to create her art piece. Just about every medium will be represented in an upcoming exhibit of these works. We get together once in a while to see how it's going and share food (of course) and laughs...a great idea from a creative whirlwind, Melanie Phillips. Hey artists out there, you could start your own group!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Ripe -sold

oil on canvas panel 6x6 inches
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This natural looking cluster of grapes from my daughter's backyard really got me excited! You don't get clusters like this in the store--leaf and all. My goal was to capture the translucency and varied color in the grapes. I also wanted to practice painterly edges: more softness so the fruit seemed part of the setting rather than cut out and pasted on. I'm especially happy with the feeling of light on the grapes below the leaf.

I didn't post yesterday due to internet connection problems. Thanks to Jyoti by phone from India, my uploading and downloading resumes! Amazing. From India. Also, just letting you know, in the next six weeks I'll be very busy working on two events: Mom's 90th Big Birthday Celebration, and Associated Artists of the Inland Empire's Fall Art Show. Though my posts may be sporadic, I'll get back in the daily routine as soon as the dust settles!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Jug & Citrus

oil on canvas panel 8x8 inches
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Well, my painting pendulum has swung in the opposite direction from the last post! Here we have a more classical arrangement with dramatic lighting. The jug came from Oak Glenn, where delicious apples are grown. It has a charming "less than perfect" hand made look, and it's deep color dictated a dark background so it could have those lovely lost edges.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


watercolor on paper 14x12 inches
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I had a wonderful time demonstrating for Santa Ana Ebell Society today, a welcoming and interested group, some of whom stayed on way past time to see me finish. Thanks, ladies! The format is a larger version of a previous painting in the hopes that everyone could see, but to finish I had to paint much faster than usual! A cactus in bloom always interests me--tough and prickly yet with such beautiful flowers. Two of my favorite color pairs are here also: pink with orange, and yellow-green with red-violet. Yummy combos!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reception Flowers SOLD

watercolor on paper 10x14 inches

Tomorrow I'll give a watercolor demonstration at the Santa Ana Ebell Society. While getting ready, I thought the above a fitting post for today. This painting was purchased recently by my aunt in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It shows off the beauty of that preserved white paper--so crisp and clean. The loose and fresh approach while still being representational make it a personal favorite.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Oranges & Blues

oil on canvas panel 6x6 inches
Well, I missed two days of painting and posting. Sometimes other things are more important than paint on canvas, but painting has become so habitual for me that it feels like something is "off" if I haven't painted. I was so glad to get back at it yesterday.

These oranges are from Orange County where we visited family on Saturday. I paired them with the complementary blue cloth and blueberries remembering also the elements of "line, dots and areas." Yesterday's sorry attempt is below, but I'm quite happy with today's above.

Being backit, most of the orange was in shadow. I decided I wanted a bright, fresh and clean look with more blue in the surface cloth. The stems and leaves are successful, but the orange is perhaps a bit larger than life size, which makes it less convincing. I added more oranges in today's painting to make them smaller.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Just Glass

oil on canvas panel 8x8 inches
Third Place in Oil, AAIE Fall Juried Show, Sept. 2010
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I'm just having a great time with these little glass trinkets! Some larger glass objects lent some size and shape variation to this composition. I capitalized on the colored light coming through into shadows, and of course the backlight coming forward between objects. The highlights are a blast because there are so many! There's a lot to look at in this painting. I hope you like it.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Day Lily Peach -sold

oil on canvas panel 8x6 inches
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Another painting from my peach series, it amazed me how similar in color the peach and lily were. The main attraction here is the light, first shining through the lower part of the flower, then the jar, and between the jar and peach. I love little shafts of light coming from back to front between objects.

By the way, I want to sincerely thank all of you who make comments on my posts. Several of you out there even comment on a regular basis. I really appreciate everything you have to say. Thanks so much!

Thursday, August 5, 2010


oil on canvas panel 6x6 inches
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These little glass gems sit in a crystal dish in my living room. Sounds fancy, but I'm really not a fancy person. I just like the do toddling grandkids, until they find out they're FAKE and they can't eat them. Real "eye candy."

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Waiting To Sail SOLD

oil on canvas panel 8x6 inches

Yesterday was a perfect day of painting with friends on Balboa Island. I chose this scene for sentimental reasons, but also to gain practice at conveying distance and ocean water. I can see progress compared to my first attempt..which was, oh my gosh, more than a year ago! I've got to get out more often!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Baby Lemons & Branch -sold

oil on canvas panel 6x6 inches
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Still on my lemon yellow kick, this time I cut a branch from my neighbor's bush to pair deep red violet with the yellow. The bright flower centers are perfect for the color scheme. The light coming through between the lemons infused the shadows with lemon. I tried to execute the leaves and flowers simply to show off the lemons.
By the way, the branch was hanging over our fence--fair game for my clippers. This neighbor "shares" lots of his plants! That's okay---it gives me more subjects to paint!