Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Galleano Windmill

oil 10x8 inches Click to Purchase Recently I discovered the work of Dutch plein air painter, Roos Schuring. I stayed up late one night pouring over her work and watching her videos. Painting in extreme weather and covered in paint, she gets down on canvas a powerful impression of light and atmosphere. Incredibly inspired, I adopted just one of the many ideas gleaned from her and for this painting simply used a different brush! (Duh) I put aside my perfectly shaped synthetic bristlons for a scruffy hog bristle. A not-so-perfect mark sounded good. Out at Galleano Winery about 5pm I scrubbed on the paint and had a ball. The light changed dramatically. I kept painting and goofed up all my values. I decided to take it home and look at it the next day to correct it or wipe it off. Here you see the finished painting, the photo of the scene and the field study. To check out Roos' work, click here.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bottle Necked -sold

oil 8x8 inches Click to Purchase Don't know much about wine except it's great with garlic bread or in a nice sangria, and the bottles are pretty. I save the ones with the artsy labels, as you can see.

This painting is available at Vander Molen Fine Art, Arcadia, CA

Friday, July 27, 2012

Floral Bowl- sold

oil 6x6 inches click here to bid This ceramic piece is a favorite of mine. It has three little tubes in the center you stick the flower stems into. When we went to San Diego recently our friend, Angie house and dog sat for us. She likes to keep busy, so there are always surprises when we come home. (One time she built a gate!) This time I found this cheerful little display in my studio. I added some green sprigs to break up the round cluster, and it looked like a painting.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Red Show -sold

oil 6x6 inches click here to bid I liked the blue-green band on the tea cup as a foil to all the red. The yellow-greens put in some extra kick. Adding back in cad red medium to my palette seemed necessary for the geranium and it gave me cleaner color than I got in "Cherries Meet The Giant Peach."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


oil 6x6 inches Click to Purchase I've used this mug in several paintings. Indigo blue and extremely reflective. This is my response to the Daily Paintworks Challenge. I used three primaries: ult blue, cd yellow med. and reds (aliz, cd red med. and cd. red lt.) Oh, and of course TWhite. Hope I was operating within the "rules." :-)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cherries Meet The Giant Peach -sold

oil 6x8 inches This grocery store peach had an amazing array of deep color, and a leaf to boot. After having been away from my easel for a few days, I felt a bit rusty. I see a pattern developing: when I go a while without painting I tighten up. The more I paint, the looser I paint. Later, the giant peach got chopped up over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Summer in a bowl.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tea Cup With Fruit -sold

oil 6x6 inches click here to bid Admittedly, I ran out of titles for fruit paintings a long time ago. I like this painting. Can I say that? When I finished I decided to sneak tiny bits of red into the grapes and the cup for unity's sake. When I looked hard, I could find little red specks in the grapes, but for the cup I just invented some. The cherry edges are quite soft so that the cup can try to steal the show.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Fruit (and a little history) -sold

oil 6x6 inches click here to bid We're having a great time in San Diego, but not much painting going on! Here's a still life I did before we left. I'm especially happy with the grapes here. They're loosely suggested, and the green is natural, not overly saturated. Today we visited the San Diego History Museum which included an exhibit of artworks from local artists of the past. These two paintboxes were from 1916. I was surprised to see little Grumbacher tubes and a corked glass tube for oil in the smaller one. The larger box was completely lined with tin, having two little square holes for medium in the front right corner. Fun to see.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Flower Happy

oil 8x8 inches click here to bid I love cut flowers, but don't buy them often because they die usually sooner than later. Not so with this bunch. Got them at Ralph's grocery store (!) and they're still good after 3 paintings and more than a week. For this painting I strayed from my limited palette and mixed in some permanent green light for those bright green notes. Tomorrow we're off to San Diego for a few days of biking and sightseeing...maybe painting and posting too.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Studio Flowers 3

oil 10x10 inches, FRAMED magnify/purchase Continuing with the same idea but a different design, I backed up a bit on the subject allowing for breathing room and made the painting in the back more prominent. In other news, I'm excited to announce that I'll be in the Millard Sheets Gallery at the L.A. County Fair throughout September. I'll demonstrate and have paintings for sale. This weekend I'll prepare my inventory. Please come find me if you visit the fair!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Studio Flowers 2

oil 9x12 inches click here to bid Every time I take a bunch of flowers into my studio I love the way they look against the taupe walls. This time I noticed a painting on the wall that complemented the flowers too, so I put it in my painting. Maybe it's hardly noticeable in the back, but that is the typical pear and grapes still life. For this painting I swung the taupe toward violet for those yellow sunflowers. I was a "loose woman" :-) with this one. Today is my birthday. I'm happy to be alive and thankful for a million blessings. Off to the beach now to lie in the sand.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Snap Peas & Tomatoes -sold

oil 6x8 inches click here to bid Mostly I like my subject to fill the picture plane, but when I painted this I thought maybe I'd plan for some breathing room. I don't know if I like it better or not. For the past couple of months I've been using a more limited palette. Cad red medium is one that I have taken off my palette and I wondered if just cad red light and alizarin would give me the reds I needed for these tomatoes. I think it works fine.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Five Cherry Tomatoes -sold

oil 6x6 inches click here to bid I planted Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes in a pot in our backyard. First time growing tomatoes in a pot and the plant doesn't seem to mind at all. They're tiny and oh so sweet.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mass Contemplation

oil 10x8 inches Click to Purchase We visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on the day "the rock" opened for viewing. Titled "Levitated Mass", the sculpture was many decades in the making. Interesting. Kinda creepy to walk under it. There were lots of figures to choose from for my painting. These two showed the puzzlement that I think many of us were experiencing.