Friday, July 10, 2020

591 Kitchen Sunflowers


Kitchen Sunflowers
oil on canvas
11x14"
$338

     These big ol' sunflowers were a gift from friends to warm my new kitchen remodel. I knew immediately that I would try to paint them because they would serve my still life endeavors. I tried to see less (squint) and connect shapes. Such a lot to learn, even after you think you know everything there is to know.
     The kitchen looks good and the flowers looked good in it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

590 Fox Squirrel


Fox Squirrel
oil on canvas
8x10"
$176

     When we moved to town, we made a new friend, the fox squirrel. Where we lived before we had gray squirrels and Douglas squirrels (so cute!).  We think this guy is pretty cute too.
     The canvas had a mishap that affected the surface quality. I had put it in the freezer to keep it fresh until the next day to finish it, and the freezer breaker switch flipped and the freezer defrosted on my canvas overnight. I thought it would be easy to repair, but it was not. The marks still show. I have decided to accept them.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

587 Traveling Raspberries


Traveling Raspberries
oil on canvas
9x12"
$238

     These raspberries are from a bush originally from Oakland, CA, the yard of the the sister of my friend Jay.  I planted them at my old house, and then when we moved here, I brought them with me. They are doing fine because the deer do not eat them. 
     Painting raspberries is a good thing because as they continue to ripen and fall off, I can just pick them up and pop them into my mouth.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

586 Sunflower Challenge


Sunflower Challenge
oil on canvas
6x6"
$80

     It has been quite some time since I participated in the DPW Painting Challenge. I should do it more often because it is such a good discipline. For example, here I am painting a flower, not my best thing. That is OK. It is good for me.
     This particular flower grew volunteer in my yard, so, naturally, I took its picture and I am glad I did. I needed it for this challenge.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

585 Toyon


Toyon
oil on canvas
8x10"

     Toyon grow wild just over the split rail fence in our backyard. There are only four lining the property line, but I wish they went the whole way. Some people call them Christmas bushes. Very cheery red berries in the winter.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

582 Fuyu Line


Fuyu Line
oil on canvas
8x24" 
$288

     This year's series of persimmons has been fun. Next week we go to the Mandarin Festival in Newcastle CA where I hope to find my favorite little oranges with stems and leaves still on. I will be needing new material for next year.

     

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

581 Eli


Eli
oil on canvas
12x9"
$216

     Eli lives at Animal Ark in Reno NV. His ears are very short because they froze off before the good people in Reno could rescue him. I took this picture of him considering a reddish fruit. I think it was a carrot, but since I do not paint carrots very well, I turned it into a tomato. I hope it is true that bears eat tomatoes. If not, then this is an example of artistic license.

Sunday, November 10, 2019


Persimmon Crowd
oil on canvas
6x18"
$162

     Sometimes when I paint these little orange fruits, they begin to take on personality. I think of them as individuals, people, boys and girls, friends. But at dinner time I don't think about that.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

578 California Apple


California Apple
oil on canvas
12x9"
$216

     It is harvest time for apples and persimmons in Northern California, so I must hurry to get my photography done before they are all gone to market. The trees are beautiful fully laden with their fruit. I just take lots of pictures of the trees, go home, download, and look for the paintings in the trees. One tree can give me several compositions to choose from. I feel so rich.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

577 Red Zinnia


Red Zinnia
oil on canvas
9x12"
$216

     I believe this is the most difficult piece I have done all year! It was not the white on white that was the problem. It was all the little bitty details in the phone itself. And I left most of them out.



Sunday, November 3, 2019

575 Peach with Leaves


Peach with Leaves
oil on canvas
18x6"
$162

     I had toned the canvas with Venetian Red and then found the reddish peach looked pretty on it. I decided to keep the color of the toned canvas but thickened the surface with more paint. The colors worked for me and I had very little more to do. It was like the painting said, "Here, Cheryl. We are going to give this one to you."
     Thank you very much.



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

574 Peeking Deer


Peeking Deer
oil on canvas
16x12
$384

     It was pretty cute. This one was standing behind the tree and peeked out to look at me when I took his picture. He was coming in to get a drink at the birdbath (the one that got broken when we moved). Now we have a new birdbath and I am hoping for visits from our new neighbors, the family of deer that lives here in the woods near us. I need fresh material.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

573 Greta in Blue Cap


Greta in Blue Cap
oil on canvas board, cradled
6x6"
$100

     I measured her face to see how she stacked up to the Golden Ratio. Point for point perfection. I love her in Ninotchka, when she says, "Must you flirt? Suppress it."


Thursday, September 5, 2019

572 Pink Camellias


Pink Camellias
oil on canvas
14x11"
$308

     As you may know, flowers give me trouble. Our camellias this year were so beautiful and I love that pretty pink color. I am just always worried that my paintings of flowers will look trite, and they often do.
     I did enjoy composing the canvas though. I am interested in the divine proportion. If you multiply the length and width of the canvas by .618, you arrive at a result that is better than the rule of thirds. I never brag about my math skills, but I find the way the divine ratio works is great fun.



Monday, August 26, 2019

571 Madison B


Madison B
oil on canvas
12 x 12"


     I do not do commissions. I have said it before and I say it now. But when I saw Madison, I knew I would make an exception. She struck me as truly exceptional.
     She did, however, remind me of why I do not do commissions. First, she is a brown dog. How to make the brown look beautiful? Then there are her white spots. How to include them without it looking stupid? And I never would have been able to reproduce her spots and not someone else's spots. So leave them out.
     Her eyes though turned out more easily. I did work on them quite a while and used all the tricks in my art bin, but I did not find them to be problematical. I hope her family agrees with me.
     



Monday, August 12, 2019

570 For Julee

For Julee
oil on canvas
12x9"

     Julee did a big favor for my sister when she needed some serious help after her hospital stay. As a way of saying "thank you," my sister asked her favorite artist (me) to paint Julee's adorable dog as a gift. Here is the little darling, and, as usual, I fall in love with the subjects I paint.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

569 Peach with Leaf

Peach with Leaf
oil on canvas
6x18"
$162
 
     The Growers Market is the best place to find fruit with the leaves still on. I bought several and then photographed them right away because I knew they would not last. I was right. We ate them immediately. Local summertime peaches--heavenly!


Thursday, July 25, 2019

568 Teapot

Teapot
oil on canvas
24x8"
$288
 
     I suppose most everyday objects are rich material for metaphors, but my favorites are shoes and teapots. When I paint a teapot I can think about the setting, who is doing the preparing, who is doing the drinking, what they are doing and thinking or dreaming. For me, a teapot holds more than just tea.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

567 Drinking Fawn

Drinking Fawn
oil on canvas
12x9"
$216

     They eat everything in sight. Now something cool to wash it down.
     Our birdbath gave us joy with the visits of so many birds and animals. How sorry we were that it got broken when we moved into town.

Friday, May 10, 2019

566 Marlene D

Marlene D
oil on canvas
6x6"
$100

     I like Marlene very much, but she is just a little scary. Those eyes seem to say to me that she means business.
     She is most often seen in her movies as a blonde but this image suggests quite dark hair. It looks good.
     My favorite of her movies is Witness for the Prosecution.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

565 Line Up with Leaves


Line Up with Leaves
oil on canvas
8x24"
$288

    It is fun to arrange the fruit in a long line and paint them on an extreme rectangle canvas. I have enjoyed including the crease in the linen.

     

Thursday, April 18, 2019

564 Deer Nibbles


Deer Nibbles
oil on canvas
11x14" 
$308

     We love the deer, but they eat EVERYTHING! I caught this young buck right in the act.  He looked at me as if to say, "What?"

Friday, March 29, 2019

563 Loretta

Loretta
oil on canvas
6x6
$100

     Same old problem, they are more beautiful than I can make them. I am doing better these days with the likeness though.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

562 Mandarin Leaf Closeup

Mandarin Leaf Closeup
oil on canvas
6x6"
$75

     Sometimes if I zoom in, I find lovely new possibilities.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Mandarin Leaf
oil on canvas
9x12"
$216 

     Must paint them fast. So good to eat.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

560 Sumi

Sumi
oil on canvas
12x9"
$216

     I love sumi painting and these brushes have so much character. (All my brushes are beautiful.) So I decided to paint their portrait.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

558 Louise B

Louise B
oil on canvas
6x6"
$100

     Louise Brooks--I have painted her several times. I enjoy her "garconne" look, but I do not worry too much about likeness since her haircut identifies her so quickly. But this time I really did try to get a good likeness because I met the president of the Louise Brooks Society, and if anyone would notice if I got it right or not, he would.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

557 Mandarin Shadow

Mandarin Shadow
oil on canvas
8x10"
$160

    It is a lucky find when the fruit still has stems and leaves. I bought the whole bunch and took lots of photographs. When I saw this one, I knew I wanted to paint it right away. At first I did not notice the crease in the linen. When I did, I had to decide whether to leave it in or leave it out. I am very pleased to have left it in. Don't know much about painting drapery, but I like the way this little wrinkle turned out.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

556 Lemon Squeeze

Lemon Squeeze
oil on canvas
8x10"
$160

     I am trying to develop my still life painting, and I love to paint fruit, but utensils are a different story. In my kitchen I use the reamer regularly as I do my steel bowls, but I bet I will not paint them again any time soon. The bowl was not as hard as I expected it to be, but the reamer was ten times harder.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

555 Sliced Boscs

Sliced Boscs
oil on canvas
8x16"
$256

     Although bosc pears look quite brownish, they sometimes also have a lovely orangey color that goes well with blue. Because orange and blue are complementary, the orange came out really, really orange, and the blue really, really blue. They could have used a little neutralizing or some split complement work. Aside from that, I love that little star shape in the center when you cut a pear crosswise.


Friday, December 21, 2018

553 Pitcher with lemons

Pitcher with Gold Trim
oil on canvas
9x12"
$216

     I wanted to paint a still life in an analogous color scheme. The yellow lemons and napkin set the stage. I got my inspiration from Janet Rickus, and I plan to borrow more from her wonderful vision. One problem I have with that is I do not have a lot of crockery. She says she borrows from friends. I may have to do that too.

Friday, November 16, 2018

552 Persimmon Scatter

Persimmon Scatter
oil on canvas
6x18"
$162

     I have always enjoyed round orange fruits for my paintings. It is perfect when they still have a leaf or two on them, but that almost never happens unless I do the picking myself. The thing about persimmons is that stem section. Only four little leaves, what could be so hard? I don't know, but it is.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

551 Army Phone

Army Phone
oil on canvas
9x12"
$216

     My friend found this phone for me at an antique fair. Working rotary phones are very rare now. I just love them. The sound, the weight, the way a secretary would use her pencil to dial because her nails were too long, things like that.
     This one happens to be an army phone. I can just imagine someone using it to call home and tell us all that wars are no more.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

550 Marlene

Marlene
oil on canvas
6x6"
$100

     Marlene embodies that look I love from the 30's and 40's. In this image she is so proud and defiant looking. I almost got it, but not quite.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

548 Lola

Lola
oil on canvas
7x5"
$100

     Lola, beloved kitty. Prettiest eyes in the whole world.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

548 Persimmon Lineup

Persimmon Lineup
oil on canvas
6x18"
$162
     Breaking rules again today. This time it is the "Rule of Odds." There is an even half dozen persimmons in my lineup. Maybe it would have been better with five or seven, but it is six and I do not mind. It looks OK to me.
    


Friday, October 19, 2018

547 Four Fuyus

Four Fuyus
oil on canvas
6x18"
$162

     These extreme canvases, 1:3 ratio, are really too long for good compositions but still fun to do. I like the challenge of arranging the subject, and I find that people enjoy them for just that crazy space on the wall that will not take a traditional canvas.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

546 Persimmon Extreme

Persimmon Extreme
oil on canvas
18x6"
$108

     A funny thing about a persimmon tree is that all its leaves can drop and the fruit still hangs on. You see an old bare tree full of fruit. Persimmons are a good crop in California. The Fuyu, the kind shown here in my painting, is my favorite for eating because it is nice even when a little firm.  The Hachiya, the longer pointy ones are often bitter and make your mouth pucker up unpleasantly. But both can make a lovely painting. Such a color!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

545 Eleanor

Eleanor
oil on cradled canvas board
6x6"
$100

     Eleanor Powell was a fabulous dancer. She had such a sweet, wholesome look that made me like her, but she was not much of an actress, which probably explains why she was never a leading lady. She was still a bundle of talent. I love the one where she dances with the dog.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

544 Redbud Leaves w Rose

Redbud Leaves with Rose
oil on canvas
8x24"
$300

    The leaves here are more interesting to me than the flower. I liked the way they leaned far over to the right (our right, their stage left).

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Inktober

Inktober 1801
The Conversation
dip pen, ink, bristol
8x10"

  This is my first ever pen and ink drawing for Inktober. I used a dip pen and a pot of ink. When I make my Zentangles, I use pencil for shading, but here I used hatching and cross hatching for the value changes. It was fun. I looked at Dan Nelson's You Tube video for a lesson in hatching.
     I will not be able to do a drawing for each day of the month during Inktober, but I will do as many as I can and I will use my own theme as I did here. 
     I will post also on my Sierraink.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

543 Zhou Xuan

Zhou Xuan
oil on cradled canvas board
6x6"
$100

     Zhou Xuan is a Chinese actress and singer, very popular from the 30's. She is so pretty and delicate. You Tube has a recording of her singing. Hearing it made her come so alive for me.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

542 New Bottle with Plum

New Bottle with Plum
oil on canvas
12x12"
$288

     I found the bottle at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. The little vase is a gift from a friend. The plum is from my refrigerator and I thought it picked up the pinkish buds on the leaves so beautifully. I was excited and happy with the set up. I used an old used, failed canvas. (I love rescuing them when I can.) And then when I tried to paint, it was crummy, over and over again. So many false starts, but the set up was so beautiful I could not give up on it. Finally, I had to say that is the best I can do.

Friday, September 21, 2018

541 Deer in the Forest

Deer in the Forest
oil on canvas
12x12"
$288

     Getting the black really black for his eyes and nose is a surprising combination of prussian blue and transparent iron oxide red. Alchemical magic I guess. It also works with ultramarine blue.
     I liked the way his face and long throat showed up in contrast against his body as he looked over his shoulder.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

540 Poppies

Poppies
oil on canvas
8x24"
$300

     These are California Poppies that came up in my yard at the beginning of this summer. They grow everywhere. Sometimes they cover a hillside like a thick golden blanket. Sometimes they grow through a crack in the sidewalk. They are dear flowers, but they make painting difficult because they are so simple that your eye does not believe what it is seeing; and their orange and yellow against a blue sky looks almost childish, though beautiful.
     In this painting, I tried for a "surprise color" and surprised myself with the periwinkle blue that showed up in the stems.

Monday, September 17, 2018

539 Gold Slippers

Gold Slippers
oil on canvas
8x10"
$160

     I saw a picture once of Fred Astaire en pointe, so I know men can do it, but in ballet, no. Only the ballerinas. How utterly feminine, satin and ribbons on shoes that enable you to go tiptoe.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

538 Leila

Leila
oil on canvas
6x6"
$100

     I have just recently discovered Leila Hyams from the early talkies. IMDb gives her a glowing write up. I think she is adorable and look forward to trying her again a few more times.
     It is funny how when you are painting, you begin to concentrate on one thing or another and forget about concentrating on so many other things. I would have thought it would all be second nature by now, but for me, not so.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

537 Coffeescape with Moonrise

Coffeescape with Moonrise
oil on canvas
6x18"
$216

   Edgar Payne, the American painter so known for his western landscapes, says to express your composition in one word. When I looked at my setup, I said, "skyline." I liked that and so I went with it.
     (Painting white on white can sure be a lot of work.)

Friday, August 24, 2018

536 Pear Leaves

Pear Leaves
oil on canvas
12x12"
$288

     I sometimes save the greenery from fresh bouquets. They can be so interesting after they have dried. I found them beautifully delicate as they cast their shadow on the background. And I liked how they had not lost their red stem color even though they were quite dead. Mother's antique pitcher was just what I needed to put them in.



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

534 Golden Girl

Golden Girl
oil on canvas
16x12"
$384

     This delicate creature is awaiting adoption at the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center in Reno, Nevada. She looked straight at me and my camera as if to pose. I loved her right away, but I am in no position to be giving my heart to a horse, so I remained all business and came home with a few good shots for studio work.
     For this one I aimed for her long, slender grace in gold in the key of green.