Monday, November 26, 2012

Red Sleigh and White Poinsettia

Red Sleigh and Poinsettia - SOLD
6x6 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012
I've been planning to paint a few Christmas images this year and now that Thanksgiving is past, I managed to get one done this week. 

I was kinda blown away by the brightness and warmth of the red sled. Usually green will enhance red, but this red didn't need enhancing... I decided the cooler white in the poinsettia would emphasize just how bright and warm it is.  Merry Christmas!



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to all...

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving no matter how you spend your day - of course it is best to do this with a grateful heart. ;o)

The following days many of you will then spend lots of time shopping and decorating for the next big day of the year!

My wish for you is that you carry that same grateful heart with you for a more sane and peaceful holiday season.

 Best Wishes

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Little Grey Pot, Sunflower, Cranberries

While getting the oil changed in my car a few weeks back, I walked over to the Goodwill store. This little pot caught my eye, so I decided to add it to my collection for quick studies. A nice 99 cent moment.


Little Grey Pot, Sunflower, Cranberries
6x8 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Copper Pot, Eucalytus and Pear

I've had this hammered copper pot for about 5 years and have wanted to paint it, but just didn't get around to it until now. In fact, I have several copper items that I want to paint.

As for format and size, I am working my way up to doing larger images again now that I am out of the powder room and have more studio space. However, it feels overwhelming yet when I set my large canvas on the easel.

Of course I enjoy painting the smaller ones, and can do one a day if I stay consistent, yet I long to do a larger image where I can really get transported to another mind set.

This image was intended to have an 'old world' feel to it without going too dark and somber. Hope you enjoy it...

Copper Pot, Eucalyptus, and Pear
8x8 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fall Arrangement

I wanted to do at least one image for fall and went with 8 x 10 canvas panel. Still working with the lighting in the studio to find out the best approach - the idea was to have a little brighter mood. Attempted a random arrangement with only a small effort to influence the composition.

The pine cones were gathered while walking my dogs and I have enough to use as  fire-starters for building a fire this winter. They really are fun to paint. ;o)


Fall Arrangement - SOLD
8x10 Oil on canvas panel
© 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Really Fresh Garlic!

This painting is the second done in my new studio. Subject is 'really fresh garlic' pulled straight from the ground. My neighbor Cindy use to grow these in her garden and they were amazing! I used a photo as reference, and added a little artistic license with color.

I think the most amazing thing about this painting for me was when I took it to a critique session, it sold on the spot! We never really know when someone will fall in love with an image. ;o)

Really Fresh Garlic - SOLD
6x8 oil on canvas panel
© 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

Green Pot with Full Bloomed Rose

I picked up this little pot at a garage sale and thought it was just right to paint actual size for these small daily paintings. The flower was in full bloom and ready to start dropping petals.

This is the first small painting done in my new studio space. I have to say I struggled a bit trying to get comfortable in the new surroundings. I found that getting spacial perspective was the biggest challenge after painting in such close quarters.

Controlling the lighting was also a tricky maneuver. I need a different spot light for the small arrangements so I don't blow out the light areas and/or end up with odd shadow values and patterns or none at all. 

For now, I am just happy to be painting again.


Green Pot w/ Full Bloomed Rose
6 x 6 oil on canvas panel
©2012