Monday, February 17, 2014

Still Life of Egg and Japanese Lanterns

"Egg with Japanese Lanterns"

Oil on Linen Board, 8" x 6"

Eggs are nature's wonder. They're the perfect food, have a wonderful shape, come in many colors, and flavors, if you count chocolate. And...they're wonderful to paint. They glow from within.  I have a farmer girl for one of my students and she brings me fresh eggs. This one had a very slight green cast to it that intrigued me. I kind of hung on to it for future paintings. It has its own little spot in the fridge.  It would probably be dreadful to eat by now, but it's still lovely to paint. The Japanese Lanterns were a gift from a good friend. Thank you, Anne!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oil Painting of Mountains

Alpine Morning

8" x 6", Oil on Linen Board

I painted this mountain landscape from Hurricane Ridge this past summer. It was mid morning when I started and nearly noon when I finished but I think I captured the earlier moment in this little plein air painting.

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Plein Air Painting of Estuary

"Morning at Salt Creek"
Oil on Linen Boad, 8" x 10"

This Plein Air painting of Salt Creek Estuary was painted on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. We have it all - from soaring mountains and placid lakes to roaring waterfalls and ocean beaches. I painted this small painting on a summer morning when the air was cool. It heated up quickly and I finished in just under two hours before the sun reached my easel. 

The blues appear quite intense on my screen but are in reality more subdued.

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Friday, February 07, 2014

Oil Painting of Green Teapot and Mandarin Oranges

"Tea and Mandarins"Oil on Linen mounted on Board, 8" x 6"


I've been doing some small alla prima paintings to post on Daily Paintworks and this little piece is my latest. The crystalline glaze teapot was a gift many years ago and has remained my favorite over the years. I love it's shape and the way it holds light very softly. I've painted it in a dozen different ways in both alla prima and a very polished high realism.