Thursday, September 10, 2020

592 Monte and Keely

 Monte and Keely
oil on canvas

     How hard it is to lose a loved one. When our yellow lab Keely left us, we had Monte, a pup mix, to help us through the grief. Now, years later, Monte is gone and we have no new generation to comfort us. 
     He loved Keely and I always treasured this photo of them together. I painted it and I am pleased with it, but it was hard.

Friday, July 10, 2020

591 Kitchen Sunflowers

Kitchen Sunflowers
oil on canvas

     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

     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

     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

     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

oil on canvas

     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.