Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Suspended Grapes II" Oil on 6x8 inch board

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This is how I began this painting, with a charcoal sketch on a (dry) toned board.
Below is a possible framed look.  The painting is sold unframed.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Suspended Grapes" Oil on 7x5 in. board


Every so often I'll see a painting of a suspended bunch of grapes, and I've been wanting to try to do one myself.  So, today was the day, and I love how it came out!  I started out with the light casting a long shadow, but I changed it later.

Also, for fun, I digitally put the image in a frame just to see how it would look.  (The actual painting is not framed)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

"Cup of Strawberries" Oil on 5x7 in. board


Happy New Year to all!  Here is a new little painting to start the year off... I am looking forward to lots of painting and drawing this year, especially during the cold winter months. The days may be shorter, but I spend more time inside. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"An Eternal Light". Oil on board 7x5 inches

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Below are a few "in progress" photos.  I loved trying to capture the brightness of the candle flame.  I didn't keep it lit the whole time,  I put it out now and then to make the candle last longer.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Started this one today... 11x14 canvas

A red rose, shiny metal creamer, and a bowl with lemon... I'm always very excited when I start a new
painting, I just hope the excitement lasts through to the end.. I'm taking my time and started with a raw umber under painting for this one.  It seemed to put me at ease knowing I just have to work with values, dark and light, and that's it.... I did sneak in some red on the rose though, I couldn't help it!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Fruit and Butterfly" Oil on 8x10 in canvas

Another new painting... and I did finish the other still life I posted earlier, I just need to get a picture once it dries.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Autumn still life

I've been slowly getting myself back into painting, and after doing a couple of little practice paintings, I set to work on this 8x10.  I've refreshed my mind, gotten some focus back and I am finding ways to make sure I am relaxed and am enjoying the process of painting. I'm very excited with how this one is progressing!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Getting back to work... hopefully soon!

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I have been away from my studio, and my blog.. and the computer for most of the summer... I just stopped trying to do any artwork with my eyesight giving me so much trouble.  I had cataract surgery scheduled for the end of August, and another in September.  Now, both of my eyes have been done, and still need time to heal, I still have some flickering reflections in my right eye and a bit in my left.  They say it should go away... but I am so impatient, I just want to start doing something! So, I am re posting this painting of cherries, I adjusted the color of the picture now that I can see better.  
Thank you all for your comments, I'm sorry I didn't get them until now, I had a problem with my computer, and I stopped using it, and didn't check the blog.   
Since the cataract surgery, my eyesight has changed dramatically.  Everything is brighter, and clearer than before, it's taking some getting used to.  Another big change is that I can see fairly clearly for distance, but I can't see clearly up close, and need reader glasses for that.  (I used to be extremely nearsighted, so without my glasses everything was blurry for me except up close to my face was clear) So, I will have to learn how to do my artwork looking through the reader glasses, and then looking over them to see my subject further away.   ;-)... I haven't tried to paint anything yet.  I've just been practicing sketching for now.  It's been so long since I've painted anything, I feel as if I've forgotten how!  I hope not! lol...
I'm not sure what the end result of my eyesight will be... it's still a bit blurry in the distance... but it's still early,  they say vision improves during the first month after surgery... I hope so.  Or, I can just get glasses to correct that I suppose... we'll see!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

"Assorted Cherries" OIl on 5x7 inch canvas board

I took this photo from above,  with the painting lying on the table beside the cherries.

I've been slowing down a bit with my painting, as I've been having more and more trouble with cataracts affecting my eyesight .Over the last year especially it's been a nuisance,since my eyes are very nearsighted the cararacts just make it worse.  So,the  doctor says I'm ready to have surgery (in late August) to replace the cloudy lenses in my eyes with clear artificial ones.   Hopefully afterwards my eyesight will improve and the glare and cloudiness will be gone, and painting will be a little less challenging!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Purple Iris

I love botanical drawings and paintings. I don't think I'll ever become an expert at it, but I just can't resist when flowers are blooming in the garden.  I used pencil, watercolor and some colored pencil for this iris. 
(not that it matters a whole lot, but I just discovered after I took the picture, I had signed it with tomorrow's date... Oh well..)  I"m sure I'll be doing more of these as more of my flowers come into bloom.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Cherries and Berries" Oil on 5x7 inch canvas board

This painting was done from a photo I had taken last summer.  I also bought some new cherries to add to the picture and to use as reference. 
 I began this painting a little differently, it is painted on a canvas panel that I applied 3 or 4 extra coats of gesso to, and sanded to smooth out the texture of the canvas.   I thought I would try an acrylic underpainting. so, I loosely painted it in with acrylics, and when it dried, I completely painted over it with oil.  
Below is a picture of the underpainting stage....

Hope you like it! and Thank you for looking at my artwork today!

Monday, April 18, 2016

"Halved Pomegranate" Oil on 6x6 inch board


This is how the painting might look in a frame... (the painting is sold unframed)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Sweet Strawberries and Creamer" oil on 5x7 inch board

It's a lovely spring day here, and I'm enjoying the longer daylight hours.  I don't feel so limited with time during the afternoon when I get the chance to paint.  So nice.  
Below is a pic of this painting in progress...  the tracing paper drawing propped up there is what I used to transfer my drawing onto the board.  There is thinned oil paint scribbled on the back. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

"Three of Hearts" Oil on 7x5 in board

My pencil sketch

This is how I started the painting, using very thin paint

 This is my little set up, it's been a long time since I've cut paper dolls, it was harder than I thought it would be. I decided to change the clubs to hearts to add some color.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

"Reds, Yellows, Blues, Green and Gray" Oil on Canvas, 8x10 inches.


I thought it would be fun to paint a bunch of random things... I especially like the red yarn running through the picture. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

"Chocolate Heart" Oil on 4x4 inch board

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A chocolate heart just in time for Valentine's Day.  To save time, I didn't give this one a week long auction, just a" buy it now" option, that way it can be purchased at any time. Even though it needs about 3 days to dry, it will have a better chance of reaching the buyer before the 14th.

Here is my little chocolate painting and set up, below:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Working on Carnations and a Tangerine...

I had sketched this still life set up in pencil, and I really like the sketch so I thought I would do a painting of it too.  It seemed pretty well planned out, but now that I've come near to the finish of it, I feel like it's not quite right. 
Maybe it's that sharp line dividing the background and table...I kind of liked that line when I put it in though... My sketch has a lighter background... but, I put a darker background in my little value sketch and I liked it,  the proportions are different in my painting though.. and of course, my carnations are completely wilted now... hmmmmm.... a work in progress.....

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"Winter Afternoon Snack" Oil on 6x6 inch board


I had done a few sketches using a cup of coffee and the windmill cookies, you can see one over on my drawing blog- here.  I really like the shape and designs on the windmill cookies and wanted to do a painting.  Also in the painting are  a chocolate dipped spritz cookie and some grapes. 
It snowed here today, and I was looking out the window as it began to get dark, and it struck me that a lot of the snowy landscape colors of blue, violet, and brown were similar to this little still life I'd just done


Sunday, January 10, 2016

"December Rose" Oil on 8x6 inch board

I picked this yellow rose from my yard in December, and began a painting of it.  I wasn't happy with the way it came out, and put it away to continue again after the holidays. (you can scroll down to see the previous work in progress pic) 
I finally sat down and finished it today,  using a picture for reference.  I am much happier with it now. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

"New Year Tangerine" Oil on 5x7 inch board

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A new year, and a new painting...  I chose this tangerine to paint because I felt it was something I'm already familiar with painting, and that would be a good subject to start off with, after being away from my easel for a few weeks.  Now that the Holidays are over with, I can start taking more time to draw and paint again.
Even though this started off without too much thought other than getting the peel to curl in an attractive way-  after it was done, the image of the opening tangerine seemed like a symbol of the opening of a new year to me..... and I like that thought :-)
Below is an in progress shot....
Thank you so much for stopping by to view my artwork!  and Happy New Year!

Monday, November 30, 2015

"Candle with Ornament" Oil on board 6x6 inches


I enjoyed painting this Christmas ornament and candle.  It is my first Christmas themed painting I've done this year.  I hope to do some more.

Just a little side note:  I've been signing my paintings with my name rather than just initials lately... I'm not sure why, just thought I'd try something different.   

Just for fun, I've added this virtual framed look, to see what it might look like in a frame.
The actual painting is not framed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Persimmon, Pear and Tangerine with Cranberries"

This is still the same persimmon from the last 2 paintings!  I'm getting alot of use out of it...
Here are a couple of "in progress" pictures...  I added the cranberries at the end, that's why they aren't pictured in the set up.
Thanks for looking!