Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Narrow Ribbon
Oil on Canvas
8x10"
$160

     The marbles are getting easier to do, but the ribbon would not cooperate. I finally just let it have its way.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Small Buck
Oil on Canvas
11x14"
$308

     This young deer was drinking at the birdbath with his herd. 
    My first try at painting him just fell flat. I knew it was worth a second try. He was so lined up in such a happy Dynamic Symmetry. I just could not give up on it. The painting went fast the second time around and I tried not to labor over it and ruin it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rochelle
Oil on Canvas
7x5"
$100

     I try to do the faces fast. When I struggle with some part, I will, without fail, overwork it. I am learning to wash it down right away and start over. Saves time. I want it to be the briefest expression of the lovely face. And if I do enough faces, I will learn so much about how a face is made. 
     I learned the indentation above the lip is called the philtrum. I love knowing that.

Sunday, October 22, 2017



Little Round Vase
Oil on Canvas
12x9"
$216

     I have painted flowers many times (often in great frustration). Seldom do I create a still life setup to paint. Lately I find I am enjoying it. I wonder what will become of that.
     I used Dynamic Symmetry to help me arrange the objects, and I used the concept of the color triad in a key, like in music. This is supposed to be a blue/green painting in the key of red.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Louise in a Hat
Oil on Canvas
6x6"
$100

     Louise Brooks, from the 20's and 30's, I think. Those crazy little eyebrows. I think she is cute. I must try to see one of her movies.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Little Square Vase
Oil on Canvas
10x8"
$160

     These marbles are from an old Chinese Checkers game. I keep them because I think they are wonderful to look at, and I was happy to be able to put them in my little still life.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

La Brunette
Oil on Canvas
7x5"
$100

     I have painted her before and she did not look any more like her then than she does this time. She is perfectly perfect. You would think all I needed to do was line everything up and there would be her likeness. I must have made some mistakes in lining everything up. She is still a pretty face and I like that.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pink Carnations
Oil on Canvas 
12x9"
$216 

     Pink carnations are modest flowers, but they are among my favorites. Very serviceable too. The do not cost much and they last a long time. I hope I can get some more paintings from this bouquet before they must go.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ruan Lingyu

Ruan Lingyu
Oil on Canvas
6x6"
$100

     Ruan Lingyu was a Chinese silent film actress who died young. Her sweet gentle expression charmed me and made me want to paint her.