Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Sunlit"Click here to bid.

Well...I thought I'd be taking today to do other things but one of my students brought me these beauties on Wedneday and I just couldn't let them go to waste. See the detail shot below.
Tomorrow starts my official sabatical from so I'll be painting less often for sale until after July.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Asian Still Life of Dragon Tea Pot and fruit, 12" x 14" Oil on Canvas Panel

"The Dragon Pot"SOLD

First off - to see how this painting was created, click here.

A recent trip to Victoria, BC netted me this lovely Dragon teapot from China Town. I just love the light on this pot and the way the peaches just glow. I'm tempted to just hold on to it for my upcoming show in September but as I still have a few days until my official vacation from, I thought I'd go out with a bang. See the detailed photo below.

As summer has arrived - in most of the country, anyway - I will be painting less of my "almost daily" works due to the demands of local tourists and upcoming festivals.

I'll still be posting to EBay, but requires a "leave of absence" when painters take more than a couple of days off at a go. As I'll be needing extra time for my show and other demands, I'll be taking from May 30th to July 31st off from DP but will continue to post to this blog and EBay a couple of times a week.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all my regular customers and my new ones as well for all the support they have given me this past year. Here's to wishing you all a magnificient summer and a restful vacation.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Lilac Oil Painting done in Old Master's Style, 12" x 14" on canvas panel

"Lilacs and Lace"SOLD

Had these left over from my last painting and thought since they smelled so heavenly that I could still pull another painting from them. I'm positively drunk with the scent. Take a look at the detail closeup below.Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Oil Painting of Lilacs, 9" x 12" Oil on Canvas Panel

"Spring Lilacs"

Spotted these on my morning walk today and ran back with my car and a bucket of water to grab them. I was toying with some color ideas for a larger piece. Not bad for a quick study. The yellow is a bit more pronounced here than in the actual painting. Lost my more expensive version of Photoshop and I'm afraid it will be awhile before I can spill $1,000 on a full version. But the rest of the colors ring pretty true. Of course, I can't guarantee your monitor's colors will be the same.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pastel Landscape of sunny fields and oak trees, framed 13" x 10"

"Santa Rosa Morning"nfs

I love painting in pastels and it's been awhile since I've done so. I was helping out a friend by introducing them to the medium and knocked out this little one as a demo. I don't usually sell my pastels on EBay but this one is already framed and ready to go so I thought I'd post it.

Here's the image without the frame.

Monday, May 12, 2008

White Rose Oil Painting with Lemons on Linen Panel, 12" x 16"

"Light from Above"SOLD

The light was perfect today in the studio and after taking a few days off for some badly needed R&R, I was eager to get back in the studio. I've taken quite a few pictures of the process used to paint this beauty so if you get a chance, come by later and check for a a link to my teaching blog to see how it was painted. Or just go directly there later tonight to It takes awhile for me to write the lessons out and so they don't get published at the same time as the daily painting post.
This painting took me the better part of the day. I was pretty focused when I did it and it shows. I used a cool light from above. This is tricky in my studio because I don't have skylights. I do have north facing windows, but they're not high enough to give me the kind of light I wanted for this piece. The concept was to have light pooling from above. I rather like the way it came out. Some of the underpainting shows through here providing a lovely reddish hue around some of the blooms. There is a differentiation of light on the vase that is hard to see in the photos. I've tried adjusting this in photoshop but I makes the contrast too harsh on the other lights. This painting fairly glows. It's the aspect of using various tones of grayes contrasted with cools and warms that gives it that lovely glow. Photos just don't do it justice and you have to see this one up close and personal to know how it looks. If anyone wants additional photos, just e-mail me by clicking on the envelope below. I'll do my best to provide some other shots. You can see the detail in the photo below.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Oil Paint of Brass Pitcher, Magnolias and Lemons, 12" x 16" on Linen Panel

The Brass Pitcher

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I'm completely in love with linen! Having just purchased it, I feel all charged up and wanting to paint up a storm. I worked on this piece quite a bit, and feel pretty happy with it. I'm finding that a more deliberate and delicate touch is reuired when painting on this surface. This surprised me as I always thought that the surface would be similar to canvas. Perhaps it's the fact that it is primed with oil rather than acrylic gesso. In any case, I'm loving it and the work that comes off my brush. I'm still challenged by photographing linen however. It refracts light pretty easily - not something you notice with your eye but the camera really sees it. As a result, I've had to play in photoshop to get an accurate representation. I think this is close, however, there is a bit more orange in the larger photo on the lemons than there is in actuality. Here's a detail shot of this piece. The lemons look more accurate here. As I've taken more time with this larger piece, I'll be starting bidding at $85 with no reserve.

To see how this was painted, click here.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Original Oil Painting of White Roses and Cut Apples with a Green Glass Vase, 9" x 12"

"Roses with Cut Apples"SOLD

I just purchased some oil primed linen and couldn't resist using some for this small painting. I just love the way the paint lays on and the soft look you can get so easily. What surprised me, however, is how easily wet paint lifts off the linen! This made for some surpising effects also. There is a problem with photographing it, however, because it picks up and scatters light differently than canvas or straight board. I'll have to practice photographing the stuff. This was my fifth try! Best I could do under my limited light set up, though. Here's a detail shot. myself a new green glass vase too!