Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Oil Painting of Hyacinth and Tanagerines, 9" x 12" on canvas panel

"Up Close and Personal"

My painting buddy recently told me that my backgrounds are too dark. Well, I didn't change my background here, (sorry buddy) but I brightened up things in the foreground a bit. I think it was the crummy weather. It snowed!!! Agh! So I brought out some bright color to cheer myself up. Lots of pretty thick paint here. My palette was a few hours old so the paint thickened and I didn't use any medium in the paint. I actually carved the whole thing. Enjoy.

Friday, March 21, 2008

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March. Wish it would just march right out of here. Oh well. Ultimately, I'm an optimist - you have to be in this line of work. So here's a touch of spring to cheer you and warm your day.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

"Peonies and Lemons, Cool Light"SOLD

There are just some days when I can go into the studio and it's just a day job. But on other days, if I show up, the magic happens. Today was just such a day. I loaded the palette with lots of juicy paint and the stuff just flowed off of my brush. Perhaps the mostly painterly piece I done in awhile, it's now my most recent favorite. There's lots of generous paint on the blooms and the lemons are just luscious. I didn't bother waiting to glazing the vase, instead I just let the paint sculpt it today.
Check out my notes on this piece on my painting blog.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Hyacinth Flower Oil Painting, 12" x 12" on Canvas Panel

"Hyacinth and Le Creuset"SOLD

Yellow and Purple/Violet are compliments on the colorwheel. That means that they enhance one another when placed side by side. If mixed together, they create a lovely gray. So Hyacinth were the ticket for this piece. Click here afternoon tomorrow to get a demo/lesson on how this painting was created. Thanks for looking.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Oil Painting of Lilies, Satin Cloth, Grapes and Rose, 12" x 17", Oil on Canvas Panel


With Easter, Spring, and Passover just around the corner, I felt a painting that encompassed the symbolism of this season was called for. The whole season of spring and it's holidays makes me think of rebirth, freedom and celebration of life.

There's a few symbols in this painting. Some obvious, some not. See if you can find a couple. I used some cool colors in this painting to offset the beautiful green leaves and red tones in the fruit and flower at the base. Even the color of the cloth was chosen carefully. It has meaning too.
To see how this painting was done, click on the link below after 8:30 PM tonight.
Teaching/demo Blog.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Oil Painting of Yellow Crueset Pitcher with Magnolias and Cut Apples, 9" x 12" on Canvas Panel

"Le Creuset"SOLD

As you can imagine, a still life painter must ave a lot of nicknacks and "stuff" hanging around the studio or house. I often get bored with the things on hand and start looking about for standins. My walking buddy returned from her southern sojourn and the little brought this beautiful little Le Creuset pitcher back for me. I absolutely love it and it has quickly become my favorite thing.

I love it's rich yellow color and the way that the bright yellow moves into an orangey yellow toward the bottom. In this painting, I wanted to make the pitcher the cetral player and not have it upstaged by the flowers. I think it pulled it off. Or maybe the pitcher did all by itself. To see how this painting was done, click here to visit

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Oil painting of Asian statue and magnolia, 9" x 12"

This is small commission I did upon request for a customer in Australia. It came together rather quickly. I think I'm getting to know the old man in this piece quite well.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Oil Floral Painting of Tiger Lilies in Pewter Vase, 9" x 12"

"The Pewter Vase"

I'm not sure if "vase" is the right word for this little gift I received from my friend upon her return from the sunny south. It has a lovely patina that, unfortunately, translates to grays in paint so I included the Tiger Lilies to add some color.