Monday, October 7, 2013

Rose Pink

Rose Pink
Acrylic, 8" x 8"


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Single Rose

Single Rose
8" x 8", Acrylic

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Three Amigos

Three Amigos
11" x 14", Acrylic
This painting, acrylic on watercolor paper, has thin layers of paint so you can see colors underneath colors. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tangerines

Tangerines
6" x 6", Oil
Pretty little orange things- so sweet and juicy.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Red Grapes

Red Grapes
6" x 6", Oil
I much prefer to paint from a real still life than a photo. Colors are always different. For larger paintings setting up the composition takes time.  When I just want to sit down and paint I usually grab something from the kitchen like this one.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Artomatic Frederick 2013

Artomatic in Frederick MD is now open!  Over 300 artists have displayed their art in two buildings.  The grand opening is tonight with music from 4-11PM.  Check out the entertainment schedule.  www.artomaticfrederick.org  September 4 thru October 5 Wednesday & Thursday 3-9PM, Friday Noon -11PM, Saturday 9-11PM, and Sunday Noon -5PM.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Crayons

Crayons
6" x 6", Oil

Crayons bring back some good memories for me.  I am sitting next to my father coloring a Santa workshop scene for a contest and asking him if that was the right color to use.  I think I was 10 or younger.  It's funny how some objects can release vivid bits of the past and transport you back to long ago.   Well, I won second place and received a Chatty Cathy doll.  I was disappointed I didn't win first place only because the price was a new wardrobe.  The winner added cotton balls to Santa's beard!   

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View
18" x 18", Oil
My last of the bird's nest.  So fun to paint! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Another bird's nest

A New Start
6" x 6", Oil
I love bird's nest!  If you ever find one look closely at the construction.  It is amazing how all the small pieces of grasses fit together.  I found one that had a long blue plastic strand (from a blue tarp)running thru it. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Table Setting

Table Setting
6" x 6", Oil, sold
Again this is on gessobord and in black frame.  A fun composition and I do like the shadows!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Onions & Garlic

Onions & Garlic
6" x 6", Oil, $125
 
I have started to paint on 1/8" ampersand gessobord.  It has a smooth surface and the paint goes on so nicely.  There's no canvas weave texture.  I mount them in frames I got from www.frankenframe.com. This company is exceptional- great customer service! 
The great thing about painting still life is... if you are out of ideas just go to your kitchen and grab what's available!    My "go to" are apples and pears but I thought I would give the onion family a try. 
 
 



Monday, August 26, 2013

Corkscrew still life

Job Done
6" x 6", Oil $125
 
For all you wine lovers!  This small one is mounted in a one inch black frame.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Daffodils

Spring is Coming!
Oil, 6" x 6"
Found this brown/amber vase in an antique store.  so cute!   "Wyeth 271"  is on bottom.  It is a medicine/pharmaceutical bottle.  John Wyeth and brother had a pharmacy in Philadelphia in the late 19th century. Not sure of it's original purpose but it must have had a cork stopper.  When the light shines through it is orange glass.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

White Carnations
Oil, 6" x 6"
More carnations!  I collect old jars. This one has a lid that is held in place by the metal wire around the neck (pre-Tupperware).   great color too! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pink Carnations
Oil, 6" x 6"
Carnations are great to have in flower arrangements because they last for more than a week. These were hanging on so I decided to paint them.  This is framed in a big black molding. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Apple Still Life

Apple Still Life
Acrylic, 11" x 14"
 
Another acrylic with an under-painting.  You can see the texture in the background and glass jar.
I don't know why I love to paint apples and pears.  I just do.