Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Original floral oil paining of Bush Peonies, 11" x 14"

"Peonies ala prima"

OK. I got a little carried away with color here. Maybe it's my head cold. Anyway, my good friend dropped a bunch of these humongous Bush Peonies on my porch and then, standing a good ten feet away from my contagious self, suggested I paint them for therapy.

These flowers are so huge, they don't look real. And the color! head is so stuffy I probably sniffed too much of my paint fumes but couldn't tell. After a brief "ala prima" (that means "all at once") session, this little gem emerged. Not my usual, but then I'm not my usual self.

This would definitely brighten up a bathroom, kitchen or dark hallway. Put your sunglasses on.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Original Oil Painting of a Silver Jester Vase with Fruit, 14" x 18"

"The Jester Vase"

A neighbor lent this lovely silver vase to me. Ordinarily I don't paint tall vases because of the compositional problems but I rose well to the challenge here. The lace table cloth sets off the silver and the luscious red grapes beautifully. The peach is reflected in the vase and the smoky glass jug works well too. I especially like the shadow areas of the lace table cloth. There's lots of generous paint in this piece and as all beautiful things, it's style is timeless.
I working on building my body of work and was thinking seriously of not listing this one. But I couldn't resist showing it off. Enjoy

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Original Oil Painting of California Coastal Valley, 9" x 12"

"Coastal Valley Storm"
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The central coastal valley area of California is my all time "happy place". I did a larger pastel of this piece recently and decided to do it as well in oil. This is much smaller than the pastel, but captures the same feeling. Enjoy.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Just a quick note to let everyone on my blog send know that I'll be posting less frequently over the next two months. I have a couple of shows and a festival coming up and I'm a bit swamped. I'll still be posting to E-bay via my blog every week, but I've suspended my account with Daily Painters until the end of July because of other committments. Please stay tuned, however. I'm getting ready to open an Ebay store at the end of the summer and should be back in full swing by August as well. Huggs to all, Susan.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Original Pastel Painting of California Central Coastal Valley, 20" x 24"

"Coastal Valley Storm"

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My absolute favorite "happy place" is the central coastal valley of California. Just a little north and inland from Santa Barbara, the coastal valleys have rolling green pasture and beautiful California Live Oaks. I painted this from memory. The painting features beautiful warm greens and sunlit hills. The mountains are just upriver, kissed by late afternoon light. Although pastels were not my first medium, they turned out to be my most expressive and sometimes my best work is done in them. This is available for two weeks at an unframed price. After that, if it doesn't sell, it goes to the gallery. Email me if you'd like to view a larger image.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Oil Floral of Scotch Broom in a Glass Vase, 9" x 12"

"Scotch Broom"

Most people in Washington State consider Scotch Broom to be a pesty weed. I love it. It's bright yellow blooms serve to remind us all that winter is a memory and that Spring is here! I went down the road and picked some today. I put some Eucalyptus leaves in the vase with them. They're for you.

Lots of thick paint on the blooms although it's difficult to see in the picture. Enjoy.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Oil Floral of Red Poppies, Cornflowers and Peaches, 16" x 20"

"Peaches and Poppies"

Spring has finally come to the Olympic Peninsula and Poppies are everywhere. These delightful and colorful flowers always lift my spirits and brighten the room.
This painting is on a gallery wrap canvas with the sides carefully painted. So you can just hang it as is or frame it. It's a standard 16" x 20" so it will fit a standard frame. Hanging wire is provided.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Oil Floral of Lilacs, Chrysanthemums,Iris and Lilies, 16" x 20"

"Loving Lilacs"

This 16" x 20" oil of Lilacs, Lilies and Chrysanthemums (and one Iris) is larger than my usual size of 9" x 12". It's painted on canvas which is stapled on the back so you can just hang it without a frame - or frame it if you like. Hanging hardware is included.
I enjoy painting larger pieces and so took a little extra time with this one. The flowers have lots of generous paint and the ginger jar just glows. A pretty painting for spring.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Oil Floral Painting of Red Poppies in a Copper Pot, 9" x 12"

"Red Poppies"

This 9" x 12" oil of poppies is so bright and colorful it popped off my canvas and went dancing. OK. So it didn't. But it is bright and colorful! And I had a lot of fun painting this one. Enjoy!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Floral Oil Painting of Yellow Irises, 9" x 12"

"Dancing Irises"

A recent long distance conversation with a friend reminded me that Iris festivals are springing up all over the country. One of my favorite flowers to paint. Today was gorgeous - sunny and warm(ish) so after a quick trip to the market, I pulled out my brushes and here you go. I'd like to paint these as a triptych in three long panels. What do you think?