Monday, March 28, 2016

Harmony -a still life painting in oil

oil 12x9 inches magnify This painting is in a custom dark wood floater frame with gold lip. It will be available for viewing and sale at "Evening With The Artists", Redlands Community Hospital on April 22nd. The Hospital Foundation hosts this event each year. I'm very honored to have been invited along with four other fine artists. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Balancing Act -a still life painting in oil

oil 8x16 inches magnify/purchase info For this one I used a daylight bulb to supplement my smallish north light window. I toned with a loose uneven gray wash and purposed to paint a vignette, letting the subject disappear into the edges of canvas.
Sandy on the lookout. Apparently she thinks my guard is down while photographing my painting, so she's helping by watching the gate for intruders. Always a big help!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lavender & Lemon -a still life painting in oil

oil 12x9 inches magnify/purchase info Well, here's my comeback after that cold previously mentioned morphed into something really ugly. The upside of this was that my days on the couch with my iPad gave me lots of time to look at other's work I admire and research/think about some different approaches. The bulk of this piece combines a color I've never used before, ultramarine violet along with cad yellow light. So this is a very different palette for me. Working on linen rather than canvas, I practiced again my backgrounds for thin, transparent and textural effects. Another goal was to leave some unfinished areas. I've always liked mixing it up, trying new things. While resting I ran across a quote from Kim English I'd written in my notes; "If you paint the same way all the time it's like playing the piano in only one key." Your comments are always welcome.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Citrus & Grapes -a still life in oil -SOLD

oil 6x12 inches magnify/purchase info I'm back from running Camp Gramma. The kids shared their cold with me...blahhhh. I hope I feel better soon so I can get back to my easel. Meanwhile, here's a piece I did a few weeks ago. I got a good start on it when Edison Company arrived to work on a problem and had to turn off our electricity. About 4 hours later I was back in business. Below are some progress shots taken every 15 minutes till the power went out.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Shiny Fruit Fest -a still life painting in oil

oil 8x8 inches magnify/purchase info Here's the last demo for my workshop. We painted a few very small studies, then a couple of 6x6's. When I picked up this 8x8 it seemed HUGE! I paint 8x8's all the time, but I just about needed a ruler to convince myself it was really only an 8x8. Funny how your eye or mind gets accustomed to a particular scale so quickly. I've included a studio shot below in which the color is more accurate. Now I'm off to run Camp Gramma for three days. I expect no painting, but a lot of fun and cuddles.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lemony -a still life in oil -SOLD

oil 6x6 inches magnify/purchase info This is one of the little demos I painted during the Thursday/Friday workshop in my new studio. The first workshop! It was very exciting! The weather was perfect, so I rolled up the big door. We worked on foundational principles while listening to music and the birds chirping nearby. They worked hard and didn't even complain about the exercises I assigned. They did great! I've included just a few shots of their work below. My April workshop is full, but soon I'll be opening a June workshop. If you're interested and not on my email list yet, just shoot me an email at