Saturday, July 18, 2020

"Out having fun" 6in x 6in oil


To me the cherries on the cloth look like they are having a party and are pretty tipsy!   I cannot figure out why I am not painting much during this pandemic.  All I know is that I am glad I painted today.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

"Fresh Tomatoes" 8" x 16". oil

The first thing I noticed about these tomatoes at the grocery was how beautiful they were!   The check out person noticed that they came to Kentucky all the way from British Columbia Canada.     I painted this a couple of weeks ago and waited for it to be dry so I could put a re-touch varnish on it so the color would look vibrant.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

"Analogous Figure Painting" 12" x 12" Oil

Last Friday I tried something new, well, new to me!    Atelier Dojo Austin (Texas), has open studio available by Zoom, so anyone in the country can see the model and paint along with others painting or drawing the same image.  I hadn't painted a figure in about 3 months also I wanted to see how it worked.    You join up at their site and pay $5 to join one of the open studio sessions and they send you a link and at the time of the session you join the group.

The dress she wore was a middle grey with black polka dots and the background was bright Kelly green.   I decided to make the dress a color that would represent the grey and choose colors that were close together on the color wheel, analogous colors.   Teal, green, blue/violet, with the skin tone, boots and chair being brownish.   I decided to tie everything together with the circle and not have the green bleed off which left her floating.    All was painted in about 2.5 hours.   I am an hour later than Austin and by 10:00 I was ready to stop, it was past my bedtime!

Atelier Dojo Austin has several open studios to choose from.    Check it out!

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

"At Wits' End" 6" x 6" Oil

Missy Blue was at her wits' end with all her kids running around in the house, so she went to the grocery to buy some cherries and thought to herself.... this would make a nice hat!  While riding home she felt so much calmer... and chic!  Even though the stem stuck out of the sun roof.

Maybe it is me going a little bit crazy!   And it is starting to feel normal, which is the scary part!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

"Mostly Out & About" 6" x 6" Oil

Things are opening up a bit and the cherries are out and about looking for places to eat and play, but a few of them are staying put and not risking it, waiting to see what happens.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

"Cherry Visitors". 6" x 6" Oil

The family of 15 were staying inside when their friends visited.   All they could do was lean out and waive to their single friends and the cozy couple.

So glad Trader Joe's had fresh cherries this week!!

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

"Pink Daisies" 8" x 8" Oil

These daisies are so happy in the green blown glass vase.   I just could not squeeze all these on a 6x6 inch canvas.    I am going to offer it at a 6x6" price though!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

"Rex and Curly" 6" x 6" Oil

Rex was tired of playing alone so he asked Curly if she would like to play blocks with him.

Acquired this dinosaur a few weeks ago and have been wanting to put him in a painting.  So I combined my little robot with a doll head.  Looks like a sweeter version of the neighbor's doll in Toy Story.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

'The Iris and the Marble" 6" x 6" Oil


The Marble is lusting after the shiny turquoise glass vase. 
This Iris was just a bud yesterday and that is the last of the one plant that I have. :-(

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Monday, May 4, 2020

"Iris in a silver cup" 6" x 6" Oil

I worked on setting this one up yesterday, Sunday, because the bloom was huge and beautiful with 3 buds and one almost bloom.   I had some difficulty because the stem was so long it was hard to find a vase that did not make it flop forward so the bloom was facing down.   I thought I had a great idea, I would gently wrap some floral wire around the base and stem and gently angle it upward.  The bloom broke off!   So much for that.... I decided to do laundry.    I saved the bloom but it did not last the night but the bloom that was almost a bloom looked fabulous this morning so I painted it.  

This iris is very dark, almost black so when lit with a spot light it brought out the purple, red and blue.   I used to have numerous ones in the garden but now only this one blooms.  Sadly my irises send up leaves but do not bloom.  Sup with that?

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Friday, May 1, 2020

"Standing Alone" 6" x 6". Oil

The composition came together fairly easily but getting the colors right took some doing.   I still need lots more brush milage to get back to my painterly self.   I will keep trying!   Tomorrow's another day for a fresh start!

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

"Social Distance Hugging" 6" x 6" Oil

Blue went for a walk and saw his friend Pink and she wanted to give him a hug but needed to keep the social distancing.  So she just fluttered around.

I painted this on Tuesday and kept forgetting to post!!   I need to work on my follow through.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

"Hanging Over" 6" x 6" Oil

The Grape family, the whole cluster of them, leaned over the edge of the bowl to hear what the twins were saying.    The twins were just saying that they loved them and to stay healthy.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

"Clustered" 6" x 6" Oil

Everywhere the grape family went they went together wether they wanted to or not.  This painting looks very patriotic with all the red, white and blue.  Funny the things you don't see until it is reduced to a small square.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

"Visiting" 6" x 6" Oil

Pear One and Pear Three thought they would go and visit Pear Two who is in isolation because he is sick.   They can wave, wink and holler, but no touching.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Two lumps please! 6" x 6" Oil

These sugar cubes remind me of a by gone era when sugar was measured in cubes for your sugar or coffee.   However, when I grew up no one sweetened their coffee everyone drank it black, which is the way I like it, but I love the idea of the cubes.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Ahh, Coffee! 6" x 6" Oil

Coffee in the morning is one of my pleasures.   But I have found that I don't want as much as I used to want.   These days I only make half a pot and that is fine as long as get two cups.  Sunday I make it a little extra special and put in almond creamer.   Yum!  I am allergic to the Casin protein in dairy which makes me stuffy and can give me headaches and sinus infections.   Maybe some of you have experienced this.  I cut out dairy back in 1978, and there were no good substitutes at that time.   I used to put grapefruit juice in my cereal.  

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Little Red Dice. 6" x 6" Oil

When I look at this I feel that the dice is telling the ribbon a secret and the ribbon is absorbing it all!

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Singled out. 6" x 6" oil

Decades ago when I was in school, my fear was to be singled out, to be called upon to answer a question or heaven forbid, give a oral book report. Most of the time I was not paying attention, but even if I thought I knew the answer I would say that I did not know.   I never gave an oral book report, I knew I would get a bad grade but I preferred it that way.  I would rather go unnoticed, to slip through the halls and classrooms and never be seen or called upon.   Maybe that is why I am totally comfortable staying at home involving myself with chores and my many other creative outlets.

I hope all of you are getting the comfort, love and support you need during this crisis.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Blackberries 6" x 6" oil

With all this time available, I have been organizing my paperwork and studio.  Already built shelves for my shed and organized there.   There are other rooms to tackle.   I am concerned that I will not get all my organizing done before the staying at home ban is lifted.   This has been a great staycation so far.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Coffee, cream & sugar. 6" x 6". oil

This is another painting that I neglected to post.   I love the bold color and simple strong graphic feel. Maybe I should have called it "Coffee for One".

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Four Gate Bourbon, Outer Loop Orbit, 8in x 8in, oil


This bourbon company is getting great reviews! This FOUR GATE bottle is Outer Loop Orbit, and rated a 92 from the publication WhiskyAdvocate. (See below) 
They blended a 5.5 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon with a 12 year High-Rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon and put it in barrels that were first used for Orange Curaco, then someone used the barrels to finish a batch of gin, then they let nature take it's course!  There is more to the company than I can put in this blog so here is a link to FOUR GATE website where you can read all about them.

92 - Four Gate Outer Loop Orbit, Orange Curacao-Gin Cask-finished, 60.15% (120.3 proof), $200.   A pleasantly oily nose, rich with botanical notes, orange peal, black licorice, herbs, vanilla frosting and macaroons.  The palate is sweet, with tropical notes of pineapple and mango, grapefruit, dried apricots and gentle spice.  A lengthy finish offers lemon cream pie, vanilla cream light pepper and tobacco, ending with a hint of bitter chocolate.  A very unusual bourbon, divisive within our tasting panel, but also very unique, balanced and flavorful.  

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Exception. 6in x 6in Oil

I can remember to paint but I forget to post!  This one of little apples has been on my mantle and I have enjoyed looking at it for 5 months!   Painting it was the important thing to do and evidently posting it wasn't.   Here it is now!   Completely dry, varnished and ready to ship just in case anyone likes it as much as I do.   Cute little guys :-)

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Separated

On a good day of painting confidently I use about 3 brushes a painting.  Today I used 10!!   This tells me that I have a way to go to build my confidence back up.   I feel this is over worked but at least it is a painting!!   Trying to get into the habit of painting daily is taking some mental awareness.

I got up this morning at the crack of dawn, 6:20 to get to the grocery by 7:00 which is the time Seniors can go.   Now why they think old people get up that early and appear in public is beyond me. But I did it today and now have groceries to last 2 weeks.    So I got a late start on my painting.  This is no excuse for lack of confidence... just sayin.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

White House, after Colley Whisson. 12in x 12in oil

TAAO, Tucson Art Academy Online, sent out art instruction from Colley Whisson and I jumped on it.   I had not been painting as much and was in in a slump as far as my painting was concerned.  I thought this might stimulate me enough to get excited about painting again.   Landscape is not a subject I paint very often which was refreshing to me.   

During this time of staying home alone gave me the perfect time to spend a day painting with Colley. I started the 2 hour video and got my paints out, and followed along with him pausing the video to occasionally clean my palette or get more coffee, lunch, more paint.... and I had a great day painting!

Below is the result of the painting struggle.    He starts out simply, roughly blocking in general shapes and color values, usually going darker that it will be in the end.  I would like to show you the photo we were working from but I feel it would compromise copyright but I can tell you that the picture was less color and had more detail.    What Colley does is makes it his interpretation of what he feels the scene evokes.

I loved every minute, dirtied too many brushes and learned a lot.
This White House painting demo and instruction is no longer available but below are links to what is currently offered at TAAO.

This one of mine is not for sale because it is not an original of mine.   I just wanted to share that sometimes artist struggle to keep going for many different reasons.   That is OK, just dust yourself off and start again, doing the same or trying something different.... just do something.   You never know where it will lead.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Red Tea 6in x 6in oil

I could have named this a study in white.  The teapot was a cool white, while the cup is a warm white and the background and shadows vary depending on the reflections around them.  I couldn't resist making it symmetrical.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Isolation. 6in x 6in. oil

It has been too long since I painted a daily painting.  Since I have been staying home I thought I might as well be productive.  When it warms up a bit I think I might clean out my shed!   Heaven forbid!

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Monday, December 23, 2019

M in blue sunglasses 16" x 12". oil

This is a model we use quite often and out of all the years, maybe decades, we have been painting him, this is one of the few times I have really captured him.    He is a dancer, an opera singer and all around great guy with a wonderful sense of humor.    Recently sold this painting and will miss having it hanging around.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Blanton's #17 8" x 8" oil


As requested, here is a Blanton's Bourbon painting, 8in x 8in, painted on Centurion Linen painting panel.  The corks on the bottles are collectable.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Pappy Van Winkle, 20 yr. 8in x 8in, Oil

Everyone here in Louisville Kentucky knows about Pappy, Pappy Van Winkle.   This one is from the Pappy Van Winkle Reserve, 20 year which comes with a red velvet bag.... woo, spiffy!   Just to be clear, it is the bourbon that comes with the bag, not this painting.    I was going to sell it in a gallery here in town but instead I am putting it up for sale on my DPW gallery site.

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