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.