Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"Old Creamer II"

"Creamer II" oil 7" x 5"
As long as I had this set up I decided to try a different background. I'm not sure which I like best, I think they are just different. I might even try another later on down the road.


Sunday, January 21, 2007

"Old Creamer"

"Cream Pitcher" 7" x 5" oil
This is a favorite piece that I saved from an antique store that yearly gets rid of it's discards. I think it's really pretty and have wanted to paint it for a long time ( I have several pieces that I feel that way about so I'll have to do more of these). Just as I started this a friend told me she was putting together a white on white piece to paint so I will, hopefully, post her's when she finishes. It would be good to see how we approach this. It seems to be an exercise that artist like to try every once in a while.
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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Daily Painting - "Coffee & Grapes"

" Coffee & Grapes" 5" x 7" oil
A still life study. I have been wanting to paint this small, rustic coffee urn and will use it a few more times. I really don't paint many still lifes although really like them and doing these small sketches will hopefully make me more proficient. Perhaps I'll get to liking them enough to take more workshops with artists that I admire. I had a workshop in Taos with Gregg Kruetz that was terrific. I'd like to take from David Leffel or Sherry McGraw but I'm not sure I would enjoy the greatly darkened room for 5 days. I had to take my easel outside and paint in the sun after 1 day during Kruetz's workshop.
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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Daily Painting - "Butterfly #II"

"Butterfly #II" oil 5" x 7"
This image background is not quite as blue as it looks here. I'll do some better photography on these in the next couple of days - I need to take the paintings up and reset up my photography lights. They got taken down when I was doing another project.
The butterfly family is Papilio demoleus found in the Philippines. A gorgeous insect, it was fun to paint. Because I was using black and yellow which turn green I did this in two sittings (or standings) instead of my usual one. I have another that is dark blackish brown and silvery that I'll do in the same way. I could do these in one sitting but I'd just start fighting it and not be as happy painting it.
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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Daily Painting - "Fall Leaf 2"

“Fall Leaf 2” oil 7" x 5"
Another of the oak leaves I gathered and stashed around the house. I like to paint these because I can try out different variations of the color choices I’m going to use for the primary painting I’ll be working on after warming up with these small quick studies.
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Daily Painting - Fall Leaf 1

“Fall Leaf 1” oil 5” x 7”
I painted a couple of the leaves I gathered this fall. We live surrounded by a forest filled with deciduous trees that make a gloriously colored autumn. Having cleared a large space for our home we’ve been planting trees to take their place. One in our front yard is a Fire Maple, it’s so pretty that I think we’ll plant more of them. Not to be confusing, the leaf in the painting is an oak leaf.
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Last of the Cherry Tomatoes

This is titled “Last of the Cherry Tomatoes” oil 5” x 7”
We have 5 acres but with the deer, raccoons & other tomato loving animals that proliferate in the forests around us I must grow tomatoes in large pots on our terrace.
This year there were so many that we could gather more than a dozen per day for several months. They tasted great! This painting was done to relax me before starting on the finishing days of a large painting of lions that I was doing for the wildlife show at the San Bernardino museum in California.
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Daily Painting - Butterfly

“Butterfly 1” oil 5” x 7”
This is one of the series of butterflies I’ve been painting. This one’s family is Appias Nero and is found in the Philippines. What a subtle, luminous beauty. I really enjoy painting these gorgeous creatures and spend about 1 ½ hours on them. The veining in the wings takes a bit longer even though they are still loosely painted. I’ve painted others but hadn’t photographed them before they sold, I’ll try and keep better records from now on.
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