Wednesday, September 7, 2022

607 Deer Gaze

 Deer Gaze
oil on canvas

     Although the whole family of deer were in the yard, lying about, they would not let me get close enough for many good pictures. I have moved the bird bath in hopes of luring them closer so that I can have more of a clear shot at them this year.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

611 California Quail

California Quail
oil on canvas

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -

How Emily Dickinson expressed the inexpressible!

I think paintings can be like poems. I have recently learned that James McNeill Whistler thought of paintings as musical compositions. I suppose all these means of expression are ways of making connections with others. I hope that is true.

Monday, August 22, 2022

610 Satsuma Branch

 Satsuma Branch
Oil on Canvas

     This branch with one satsuma was hanging over the edge of the table. The setup had several oranges and a lovely white teapot, but this little hanging branch is what looked beautiful to me. I especially loved the cast shadow against the table cloth.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

608 Allison's Kitty

Allison's Kitty
Oil on Canvas

     I love cats and love to paint them. This one belongs to Allison and is so very black. It was surprisingly easy to paint his blackness. I used ultramarine blue and transparent oxide red to get the deep, deep black. The white catchlight against the black pupil really makes his eyes live. It is fun to save that until the end. It is like turning the lights on. Great cat.