Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Napoleon meets Kirstyn" 20in x 16in. oil


This model showed up today wearing an outfit that looked like a revolutionary soldier and was wearing a hat like Napoleon.   We loved it!   I am not sure he would have glasses but I liked the way she looked so I went with it.    Her clothing was more of a brown/black combination but I thought a little color was called for.   

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Monday, February 26, 2018

"Bright Morning" 6in x 6in oil



Well, the sun finally came out today and I can see in my studio!    I like to use the natural north light when I paint.  I do use a spot light on the set up and a light on my palette.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

"Gran Patron Piedra Tequila" 8in x 8in oil

At first glance this looks like a bourbon but... much to my surprise... it is a Tequila!  I thought all tequilas were clear.    Obviously, I don't know much.  I was sent this bottle to do a painting for someone and I thought I would practice first.    When I saw those glass stripes on the sides of the bottle, I panicked.   Much to my relief they were fairly easy to do.  Whew!  The cork top is stainless around a lava rock.  It's heavy and pretty cool.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Coffee with Friends 6in x 6in oil on panel

It has been so long since I have posted and I think I have forgotten how!   However I have been painting on a body of work that is going to be in a gallery.   Plus some commissions.   Today, the model, we were expecting, got the flu and had to cancel which opened up my Friday and I could paint this little daily!   Yea!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

"Buffalo Trace, No.2" 6in x 6in oil

I went on a bourbon painting frenzy a couple of months ago and then never got around to posting them.   So in the next week or two I will be posting them.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

"What's in the Box?" 8in x 8in Oil painting

What is in the box?  Maybe it is a new cell phone, a pair of tiny roller skates, a toy lawn mower, a necklace or bracelet, car keys, a new bed, a bowl of soup.      Which do you think is more likely?  Maybe it is empty.
This is an 8" square painting which is about 175% bigger than a 6" square painting.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

"And the three stand alone". 8in x 8in. oil


These three grapes are about to go on an adventure.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Old dial up" 8in x 10in oil

I am experimenting with a new technique.  Don't know if it will work for everything but I won't know until I work with it a little further.  I am using this on my larger work for my Pyro Gallery show this Spring.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Five Peonies" 12in x 12in oil on linen panel

I was going to paint my regular small painting but then got an urge to use my #12 hog bristle brushes so I decided to paint a 12" square!   The flowers are painted with the big brushes and bits of the background and vase are painted with a #5.   Used a palette knife on some areas.
Had fun with this one.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Peony Duo" 8in x 8in oil

Working on my larger paintings for my solo show leaves little time for my daily paintings which are valuable in keeping my paintings fresh.  Finding these beautiful peonies at Trader Joe's gave me the longing to paint a daily.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

"On the beach" 16in x 20in oil on linen

She has the most beautiful long thick black hair.  It was actually a little longer but I had to have the curls in the picture.  I added the sketchy background for effect.   I know the horizon is a little high but it looks good for the composition.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Town Branch" 6x6 oil

I just love this bottle shape!!  The bourbon is not bad either.   After you have enjoyed the bourbon you could have the top cut off and have a beautiful square vase!

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Two roses" 8in x 8in oil

Thought I would experiment with this painting.   I made the focal point the strongest color and the rest in muted opposite tones.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

"Miranda" 16in x 12in oil on linen

This is something I painted a few weeks ago.  

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

"Hydrangeas in Blue" 8in x 8in oil

One of my students left these beautiful hydrangeas for me to paint.   I used the palette knife with the blue background color to keep the focal point in the light.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"Buffalo Trace" 6in x 6in oil


I love the label on Buffalo Trace.   This painting comes in a black floater frame.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Tomatoes" 11in x 14in oil


http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/claudia-hammer/tomatoes--11in-x-14in--oil/584642

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Monday, June 5, 2017

"Hat from Mali" 16in x 12in oil

I've had this hat for about 40 years, can't remember where I got it but it's construction is so interesting and it is pretty comfortable to wear.   It came from Mali.  If I went there today, would I see people wearing it?

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Weller" 8in x 8in oil


This is Weller bourbon and it is one of my favorite shaped bottles.   This 8" square painting comes in a black floater frame.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Woodford No.28" 8in x 8in oil


Here is a more contemporary approach.  I have really liked using a palette knife lately.   
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

" Maker's Mark No.12" 6in x 6in oil



Here is another popular bourbon.    This 6" painting comes in a black floater frame.

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"Looming shadow" 6in x 6in oil

I love the ominous shadow behind the bright cheery cups, bowls and plates.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Knob Creek Straight" 6in x 6in oil


This 6" square painting of Knob Creek Bourbon comes in a black floater frame.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

"Red tea" 6in x 6in oil


This is such a classic little red teapot!    I love it!  The tea isn't bad either.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Blanton's No.10" 6in x 6in oil


This is another one of my bourbons that did not get published.   Thought I would get it in before Father's day.   This 6" square painting comes framed in a black floater frame.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Pappy aglow" 8in x 8in oil


This 8" square painting of Pappy Van Winkle comes framed in a black floater frame.  Which means that it show the entire painting.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Woodford No.29" 8in x 8in framed, oil


I have neglected to post a few bourbon paintings.   This one reflects my new painting style.  It's about color and texture.  
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Friday, May 12, 2017

"Churchill Downs Derby viewer" 16in x 12in oil on linen

He wore his Derby outfit and doesn't he look great!   I sketched it in with a dark brown mixture with Winsor Newton Bt Sienna and Ultramarine blue and blocked the shadows also.   I love the way it turned out.   He wore a beautiful lavender woven suit with some raw sienna woven in.   I think the bow tie makes the look.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

"Portrait experiment" 14in x 11in oil

In order to improve and grow, we artist are always trying new things and experimenting with different methods.   Today I used a limited palette consisting of titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre.   I found that using those 4 colors simplified the color mixing process.   I will have to try it again.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Blue Shoes" 14in x 11 in Oil on linen

The model got into this pose and at first I was thinking that she was holding so much tension.  After looking through a viewfinder I noticed that the pose was so dynamic!    Love the position of the legs and arms so I made it all about that.   In the three hours that she posed, I sketched it in two times too large, third time was the charm.   I had to realize that the center of the canvas was the hem of her skirt, then it worked out.

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