oil 8x6 inches click for purchase information and zoom
A few years back my husband and I took a walk through an older neighborhood in Meridian, Idaho. The little old houses were beautifully cared for. When I saw this scene, my first thought was of course, "what beautiful gardening." No, it's more than that. It's love. Someone had poured their love into that yard, and here I was enjoying the beauty of it. I'm thinking about how important it is to do our work with love, whatever that work may be.
oil 12x9 inches click for purchase information and zoom
Painted in the studio from a photo reference taken at Descanso Gardens near Pasadena. I think I'm getting hooked on oil ground. I've been applying it to my gallery wrapped canvases, and also some of my Raymar panels. Rather than destroy "failed" paintings, I sand them a bit and apply oil ground. Now I have a wonderful surface with some texture to start over on. Almost feels like free panels! This one was done on one of those reused panels. The paint just glides on.
oil 12x16 inches click for purchase information and zoom
Painted from a photo I took in La Jolla. These gulls were right on the edge of the sea cliff, probably a safe spot form all the people walking by. I had a great time with this one. I almost always use flats, but this time a soft round brush made a perfect mark for all that ice plant. Painted on gallery wrap canvas. The foliage, sand and water colors wrap around the sides. Ready to hang.
oil 8x8 inches click for purchase information and zoom
I had fun with this one, an old truck at the Galleano Winery just 9 miles from my house. Painted from a photo I took, now I'm itching to go back for a plein air day. The painting is much better in person. I know...heard that before, but really! The lit side of the truck is a yellow orange, not the garish yellow in the photo. I tried all kinds of camera settings and computer editings, and still this is as close as I could get. Would much rather paint! Painted on 1 1/2 inch deep gallery wrap canvas, ready to hang.
oil 12x16 inchesclick for purchase information My surgery went well and I'm hoping to get back to the easel tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who sent me well wishes. I painted this one from a photo I took while walking along the Boise river in November. It was parked next to the Boise State campus. Orange is just a fun color. Makes me think of summer and popsicles. This is painted on 1 1/2 inch deep gallery wrap canvas ready to hang. No frame needed. Just pop it on your wall.
oil 6x12 inches click for purchase information With this one I set out to paint a simple subject and not crowd the canvas. I've been thinking about how allowing some breathing room between and around objects might be more pleasing. I enjoyed the wide format. I wiped out my first attempt. Next day I started again and got the fresh look I wanted. The apple flesh was a bit yellowed by then, but I liked it.
Tomorrow I'll have sinus surgery. Here's wishing everyone a great 4th of July! I'll be back when I can.