Friday, July 31, 2009

Sara N., 6x6, 7/31/09 SOLD

Sara Noori was our model today and she spoiled us by bringing her homemade Lemon Poppyseed Muffins.   They were yummy!  I will have to ask all the future models what they are going to bring.   Finally, I painted a portrait in one session that is in good enough shape to post.   Some days they work out and some days they don't.   I do better when there is no pressure, when I have 2 sessions to work on it or if I don't care how it turns out.   I don't know why that is.   Can anyone explain it?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Coffee in Tahiti, 5x7, 7/30/09 SOLD

I wanted to do another one using reflective objects.    Threw in an umbrella for color.   My tendency is to put in more detail so I'm constantly reminding myself to pull back, squint, then paint the large shapes and values and hope for the best.  Was distracted briefly by lots of loud, shrill barking when Whirly Girl (my Shih Tzu) saw a cat out front that was hanging out and eating some bread that someone dropped.   Finally I shut the blinds.   Out of sight, out of mind.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What do we do now? 6x6, 7/29/09 SOLD

Oranges, how refreshing.   No classes today so I hope I can get a lot done in the studio.  Working on new dog portraits in preparation for the Bluegrass Dog Show in Lexington KY.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Naked Shadows, 7x5, 7/28/09 SOLD

I think these popped up over night!  I would swear they weren't there a couple of days ago.  Thought it was a good idea to take advantage of the opportunity to paint them while they were here.   Until later when I was tearing my hair out trying to get the color, value and composition painted.    Until I was reminded how I hate doing flowers.   Until I was weak from fatigue and hunger.   OK, maybe that is a bit much.   I would like to mention how I did not really enjoy doing this painting.   With the colors, it could go in a baby's room.  Not my usual style.   What can I learn from this?

Monday, July 27, 2009

June Taylor Cherries, 6x6, 7/27/09


These are very talented cherries.  This was only one routine out of many they could perform.  This was the most relaxing for them, so they could hold it the longest.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Can you come out to play, 7x5, 7/25/09 SOLD

There is this glow from within the center of the mass of Q-tips that I liked.  This glass jar with it's plexiglass top came from the cosmetic counter at Stewart's Department Store.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Snaps hangin out, 7x5, 7/24/09 $100

I waited until the end of the day to do this painting and it shows.   I just wanted to be done with it so I hurried.  I do much better and care more about it in the morning.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Inner glow, 7x5, 7/23/09 $100

The glowing light effect inside the paper bag is what excited me.  I thought at first that the bag was going to be too big for the painting size but I think it worked out well.  There is something about the common paper bag that is intriguing. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ballet shoe with bow, 6x6, 7/22/09 SOLD

A few years ago I did a series of ballet shoe paintings. Thought I'd try one as a daily. The shoes are light pink but there is a lot of grey in there too. John Howard Sanden has a Pro Mix Color System that he developed for painting portraits and figures. I bought the little box of ten colors a few years ago and did not like using them for skin tones. But when I was doing the ballet shoes the colors were perfect. At least I can use them for something.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gossip, 7x5, 7/21/09 $100

The two strawberries in the middle look like they have their heads together in conference.  I'm leaving Oklahoma today and heading back to Louisville KY.   I painted this one in advance because I knew there would not be time to paint one today.  

Monday, July 20, 2009

Purpurea shadows, 5x7, 7/20/09 $100

This is an Echinacea plant, who knew that you have to shove this up your nose to get relief from a cold.   There is an awful lot of nature around here, I feel like I'm at camp.    Need more bug spray.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Something fishy in Oklahoma, 7x5, 7/19/09 $100

These beautiful salmon heads were in the deli when we selected dinner.    I never see this in Louisville KY.   Guess I don't go to the right places.   Now it is in an Asian stew.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tiger from the garden, 7x5, 7/18/09 SOLD

These tigers have been lurking in the garden begging me to paint them.   As I was painting, a dark shape caught my attention through the window.  I was just about to let Whirly Girl out to investigate when I saw it fully and discovered that it was an adult skunk walking through the garden.  Don't think I will let her out for a few hours.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Black-eyed Palm Trees, 6x6, 7/17/09

The garden here is a great source for painting objects.   These Black-eyed Susans are something I don't have at my ready at home.   The shadows look like Tahiti.   Went to the Phillbrook Museum yesterday and saw a fabulous drawing show.   We are headed off to Oklahoma City today.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sticky Violetto, 6x6, 7/16/09

Here I am in Oklahoma and in the garden are these artichokes that are fabulous.   Whirly Girl (my Shih Tzu) has been investigating the area under every place she could after the rain last night.     Came in the house with black mud all over her face and feet.   Had to clean her up before she got all over the white carpet. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Six beans, 6x6, 7/15/2009 SOLD

The shadows that are cast by the beans is more interesting than the beans themselves. I'm leaving today for a small vacation but I plan to post a painting every day. But you know how the best laid plans go. Lets hope for the best.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Anchovy olives, 6x6, 7/14/09 SOLD

When Ruth and I were painting in southern France a couple of years ago, we stayed at Jacqueline's house in Entrevenne.    She would cook up wonderful meals and sometimes serve hors d'oeuvres.  One of Jacqueline's favorites was olives stuffed with anchovy.   I must say that it did not appeal to Ruth or me but we tried them to be polite.   Let me tell you, these little treats became one of our favorites.   Yum!  (There is not as many in the jar now.)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Birthday balls, 6x6, 7/13/09 SOLD

The birthdays keep rolling along no matter what you do.  So I went to get a pedicure, now my feet feel great.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Witch Hazel, 6x6, 7/12/09 $100

We found this old bottle of Witch Hazel in a house we moved to in 1968.  It was in an old cedar closet on the second floor.   The little bottle I found in a yard.   I love the reflection and shadow they cast.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Salt & curry, 6x6, 7/11/09 SOLD

I don't have a pepper shaker to match the salt shaker so I paired it up with my curry shaker which is really a powdered sugar shaker but I use it for curry.    I tried using soft brushes and ran into trouble so switched back to bristle and that worked better.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Hiding out, 6x6, 7/10/09

I liked the reflections so much I thought I'd do it again but more simply. We had a model today but the painting needs more work or to be burned. I'm not sure which at this point. So this is today's painting instead. I like it. It's simple, clean.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Two for tea, 7x5, 7/8/09 SOLD

This was scary to paint but after I started it was fun.  It took longer than others I've done, maybe there are too many elements.   I need to either use less objects or simplify the detail. Can you see me in the painting?    Whew!  I'm glad it's over.  Now on to the rest of the day.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Are we related? 6x6, 7/7/09 $100

Seems like a perfectly normal question.   They are exactly the same color but the tomato, because of it's translucent quality, seems to glow from within.  Where as the pool ball reflects the color that surrounds.  So even tho they look alike they actually have different DNA.  In case you were wondering.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Staring into the light, 6x6, 7/6/09 $100

The glow from the inside center of the small strawberry is what excited me.  Also like the reflection that they cast on the cup.   I think the glare from wet brush strokes interfere with the image.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Escaped slavery, 6x6, 7/5/09 SOLD

These tomatoes remind me of the slaves chained together, moving in unison rowing the slave boat across the ocean .    

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Plum delicious, 6x6, 7/4/09 SOLD

Being overcast today might be the reason this painting photographed so grey. It's rainy, overcast and cool...what a Fourth of July.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Night club singer, 9x12, 7/3/09

Our model today was Sara and I thought she looked especially wonderful in this red sequined dress.   This is actually the second time painting on this one.    The first session was on 6/5/09 and that is pictured on this blog for that day.   So it is actually not a one day painting but it is what I painted and finished today.   I realize why the reds were coming out so bright on my previous pictures.   It was because I shot then on the vivid setting with the camera.   This was taken on the normal setting.  The red was a little bit more bright than this but it does show values better.

It is painted on a 9" x 12" oil primed linen panel, it took 6 hours and the price reflects this.  It is going to be beautiful when it is framed and would be a complement in any room.   Lets see.....which room am I going to put it in.   I did painting of a a different model in this dress and it sold quickly.   A lot of people wanted it but it went to the first person that gave me money $400 (it was larger).   

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Beans & a bug, 6x6, 7/2/09, SOLD

This beetle was on my patio so I brought him in and have immortalized him in this painting.   He is searching for new horizons but all he sees is more beans.   His future is not looking good.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Purple/grapes, 6x6, 7/1/09 SOLD

I believe the color on the grapes are better. I loved the shadow, it almost looks like a hand puppet with an umbrella.

Conga line, 6x6, 6/30/2009 SOLD

I woke up this morning at 3:30ish and realized that I had not posted my painting. So here is yesterday's painting. There were some loose grapes in the bag so I lined them up. I think they are at the Copacabanna, can't you hear the rhythm and beat. Theys swingin they hips and swayin they little heads.