Friday, May 10, 2019

566 Marlene D

Marlene D
oil on canvas

     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

    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

     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

oil on canvas

     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

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

Monday, March 18, 2019

Mandarin Leaf
oil on canvas

     Must paint them fast. So good to eat.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

560 Sumi

oil on canvas

     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

     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

    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

     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

     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.