Monday, April 18, 2016

"Self #9" 11" x 14" oil

Started a new painting session today and everyone is going to paint a self portrait.  To get them started I did a demo of the process.   Next Monday I have hired a model so they can get some practice with a real person.  Then the following weeks they will work on their own self portrait.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

" A shot of Woodford" 8" x 8" oil

When thinking about doing a painting like this I felt I needed to work just a little bigger on an 8x8 inch panel.  I like the abstract quality of this.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Study in warm and cool 15" x 18" oil

I actually painted this a week ago but the dark paint glared so much in the photo I decided to wait until it dried and I could put on a wax varnish.   I like using the Gamblin Cold Wax  which can be used as a medium or varnish.   

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Red roses with a Copper Ribbon" 8" x 8" oil

As long as the roses last I feel I must paint them.   Here they are  with a copper mesh ribbon.  I painted it on a larger canvas which gave me more freedom of movement using larger brushes.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"Roses in a Julep" 6" x 6" oil

Finally had time to get in a daily today.  One of my students left these roses for me to paint so I gave it a try today.   Roses in a Mint Julep cup is a classic image here in the city that has the Derby.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

"White Hydrangeas with a Red Daisy" 8" x 8" oil

Yesterday I set out to paint two small paintings.   I painted one and wiped it off, then I painted the second one and wiped it off too!   Yikes!   Today I started with a new approach and I liked the way this one turned out... finally!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Longing for Spring" 6" x 6" oil

It was around 70° here today!  It feels like spring is here before it is official.   The daffodils have bloomed and everyone is longing for spring.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Tulips" 8" x 8" oil

Saw these tulips and just could not resist getting a little bit of spring to put in my home.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

"Hamilton Beach Mixer" 18" x 18" oil on wood

This is a larger piece, 18" x 18" painted on wood with 1.5 " painted sides.   After painting this mixer realistically I was not satisfied with it so I decided to make a bold leap and put some interesting brush work and knife work on it.   It was very scary at first and then I really got into it!   

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Friday, February 12, 2016

"Snake Eyes" 6" x 6" oil

This little adjustable antique magnifying glass looks like a robot to me.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Green Yellow Orange" 6" x 6" oil

Did you know that there are more than 8,000 grape varieties, and it takes about 2.5 pounds of grapes to make a bottle of wine.  

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Friday, February 5, 2016

"The Odd Berry" 6" x 6" oil

Raspberries in the bowl, raspberries on the table, raspberry on the spoon... how did that blackberry sneak in?    

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Grape clusters" 6" x 6" Oil

My favorite thing about this set up was the way the shadow changed color.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

"Yum... that was good!" 6" x 6" oil

I love the way the table looks after a good meal.   Good conversation and ideas abound.   Looking at this set up brings back happy memories.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

"A Raspberry and a Napkin" 6" x 6" oil

I had this all sketched in with paint and then decided it needed a bit of red so I added a raspberry.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"Berry nice forks" 6" x 6" oil

Forks and a blackberry.    Isn't that what everyone has on their table?

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Sprightly's mine field" 6" x 6" oil

Sprightly tiptoed into the space and found himself surrounded by bright shiny round things.  He tried to get to the other side where the cheese was but the shiny round things moved and made too much noise.   So much for trying to be stealthy.   He was doomed in this mine field.

The mouse, Sprightly, is bronze and made by artist Steve Worthington, you can click on his name to see what other wonderful creatures he makes.   

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

"Serving it up" 6" x 6" oil

I worked so hard at trying to NOT overwork this one.   ARRRRG!   I painted it yesterday and thought it look fine but when I went to post at the end of the day it just did not look worthy.   So today I reworked every square millimeter!   Is that called overworking?  Maybe, but it does look better.  
I am over it.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Silverware toss" 6" x 6" oil

I am building up my painting stash to sell at the Cherokee Art Fair this Spring.    I also wanted to practice on my silverware skills.   I am liking my looser style.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

"Green bowl full of cherries" 6" x 6" oil

I know this looks like the same bowl I used yesterday but it isn't... I swear!   Although it is the same color  :D

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

"16 Cherries and a fork" 6" x 6" oil

I switched to painting cherries.  Twice this week I had to wipe off my painting.   This is what I get for taking some time off!   So I am painting something I am comfortable with to get my confident brush stroke back.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"Red Box with Scissors" 6" x 6" oil

The ribbon was tricky on this one.  But I persevered and finally got it painted!

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Monday, January 4, 2016

"Cutting the Ribbon" 6" x 6" oil

This was my demo for my Monday class.  I started by blocking in all the dark values and trying not to draw the objects.   This leaves room for the brushwork to be looser and expressive.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

"The Blue Package" 6" x 6" oil

When purchased the ribbon for this series I got two widths of red satin.  One was 2" wide and the second was 1.5" wide.   It was not until today that I realized that the smaller one was red on one side and gold on the other!   What a nice surprise!

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

"The Red Gift" 6" x 6" oil

This series has certainly been fun to paint and it is great to be painting again after a long time off.   I actually was hesitant to paint and felt out of practice which goes to show that you really need to paint often to stay in practice, to make bold strokes and have the confidence to do so.   I feel that my style of painting has changed a little, for the good I think!

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"Tied with a red bow" 6" x 6" oil

What a classic combination of color... I wonder what's inside?

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"Little Green Package" 6" x 6" oil

This series of packages with bows has been rambling around in my head for about a year and I am just now getting around to doing them!   I don't want to rush it.  

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Sipping coffee" 20" x 16" oil

We had the same model as a few months ago and my easel was about in the same vantage point.   I was planning on lighting her from the right side but it did not work out for everyone so we changed the light to the left.  On this painting I used a palette knife in some areas.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Lavaski, in charcoal" 26" x 20" charcoal

Thought I would do a charcoal instead of a painting on last Friday.  Used a large vine charcoal about the size of my thumb and broke it in half.   The paper is arches.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

"4 down, Vessel for liquid" 18" x 18" x 1.5" oil on wood panel

This crossword puzzle solver is taking a coffee break to contemplate the answer.    I believe for sure they will get 4 down!

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