Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mandarin Bowl
Oil on Canvas
8x10"
$160

     I love to see the mandarins in my blue bowl. What a color combination!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ginger
Oil on Canvas
6x6"
$100

     I love working with the limited palette. It gives me much more interesting shadows in the little faces. This is ultramarine blue, alizarin, and yellow ochre, and white.

Monday, August 7, 2017


Golden Plums
Oil on Canvas
8x10"
$160

     Very often I enjoy painting just one piece of fruit in a small scene of nature, but the tree was loaded, and painting all the plums I could find in this one shot was a pleasure.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

V Lake

V Lake
Oil on Canvas
6 x 6"
$100

     I needed a blonde to add to my collection. I chose Veronica with both eyes showing. I thought she was cute in Sullivan's Travels.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jenny

Jennifer
Oil on Canvas
6 x 6"
$100
     The more I look, the more I want to add this, nudge that, adjust here and there. Finally, I say there is no way to be finished. It is time to stop. 
     This is Jennifer Jones quite young. I think I will try her again sometime in her later years.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Snowy Rose

Snowy Rose
Oil on Canvas
11x14"
$308

     Spring had already come, but it always snows in April. 
     I used filbert brushes for this. I was better able to pile on the snow.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017



Grazing Buck
Oil on Canvas
9x12"
$218

     This young deer was grazing in a shady place in the woods. Almost no light source to help me out. But I liked his serene expression and he was so young and gentle looking. 
      Still working with limited palette, I found the results a little disappointing this time. Somewhat somber, but the buck charmed me. I did not know they had long eyelashes under their eyes, like a horse.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ready Plums

Ready Plums
Oil on Canvas
18x6"
$100

     I painted this small scene of nature on an extreme rectangle. It is more extreme than the Golden Ratio canvas, but it is fun because it is a little odd. I have done many "extremes" and plan to do more.
     The palette was limited to ultramarine blue, alizarin permanent, yellow ochre, cad red light, and white, of course.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Garconne

Louise Brooks
Oil on Canvas
7x5"
$100

     I have recently been fascinated by limited palette and have examined several. For this painting I used the most limited I found: ultramarine blue, alizarin permanent, and yellow ochre (and white, of course).
     I am so amazed by the unity and range of color. I struggled with the painting and the process went haltingly, but I am pleased and eager to try another soon. 
     As for Louise Brooks, she is very cute with her bob, little bitty straight eyebrows, and pouty lipstick. They called the look Garconne. Louise is from the 20's, an earlier period than I usually use, but I like her very much. 
     The image from the internet that I used was not good resolution. She was a little out of focus. Maybe that is just as well.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On Your Mark
Oil on Canvas
10x8"
$160

     We have Gray Squirrels here in Nevada County, CA, and we also have these adorable Douglas Squirrels. This one visited our bird bath regularly, and here he is getting ready to make the great leap from rock to bath.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Early Plum

Early Plum
Oil on Canvas
7x5"
$75

     At our old house we had a plum tree. I painted it sometimes. I found some old pictures of the tree and here was this little plum snugged in behind the leaves. I like its plummy color next to the green leaves.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ava's Hat


Ava's Hat
Oil on Canvas
6x6"
$100

     Ava Gardner--pure beauty. They say she had auburn hair and green eyes. I like to think she was also nice and smart. I have painted her before and will paint her again. But those Hollywood photos are so manipulated with back light and fill light that you cannot get a good light source effect, so I just make it up the best I can.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Posey





Posey
9x12"
Oil on Canvas

     Posey belongs to my niece (that makes her my dog niece) and she asked me to paint her as a Christmas present for her family. I do not do commissions anymore, but I could not refuse the opportunity to paint such a great girl. Posey is not supposed to get on the furniture, but she was tired from swimming all day.