Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cracked Rim

"Cracked Rim" 
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I love painting blue and white patterns! (Which is exactly why a friend loaned me this dish.) I could have ignored that chip in the rim, sure, but I liked the way the warmth of the clay showing there echoed the colors of the orange.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Grape Time - And A Private Workshop!

 "Grape Time"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I taught a private two-day workshop at my home studio this weekend, walking through my process from start to finish. Here's a look:

Thumbnail sketch on the right, 5-value study in the center, and the finished piece on the left.

My student's work, and a shot of her, painting away. It was a really nice weekend, thank you for painting with me, Valerie! 

Friday, October 26, 2018

California Pomegranates

 "California Pomegranates"
8 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

I was recently in Sacramento, teaching "Oil Painting Boot Camp" to a fantastic group of artists. One of them gave me these pomegranates, picked right in his own back yard! Nice people, beautiful weather, and the neighborhood I was in, Oak Park, was lovely. What a great visit!

Here's my value study, made with Procreate on the iPad:

If you're curious about just what "Oil Painting Boot Camp" might entail, you'll have several opportunities to find out in 2019 - including another in Sacramento in May, and on Bainbridge Island, Washington - a FOUR day version - in April.

And if you'd like me to visit your home town for a workshop, please get in touch. :)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Three Limes

"Three Limes"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Phew! I have been away from the easel - at least the home easel - a little bit lately, and I have a couple more workshops coming up in November, both with spaces still available. 

So...a last minute getaway to a sunny destination, anyone? I'm offering three-day "Painting the Dynamic Still Life" workshops in Tubac, Arizona and San Clemente, California! Click on the place names for more details.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


10 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

This plant - which I've painted several times this year - is surely growing, and so am I. So are you! 

Life is beautiful.  

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

One Plus Three

"One Plus Three"
8 x 10 x 1.5 inches, oil on canvas

Keeping it simple! Still lifes of a few simple objects with their cast shadows and a colorful background are a great way to focus on loose, painterly brushwork and edges - and taking some risks with color too! 
Simple, but not easy. There's no satisfaction in easy - and this one was very satisfying to paint!

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Bread on Glass - and Mentorship Students' Work!

"Bread on Glass"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I've begun doing a monthly challenge theme for my online art mentorship program, and August's was "Bread." Aside from a random hot dog bun, this is a subject I've never tried myself - until now! What fun. And my students' work has been fantastic!

I'm a proud mentor. ;)

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Three Spoons

"Three Spoons"
10 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

How did I ever live without digital painting? Making quick color studies with the Procreate app is helping my finished paintings more than I ever imagined it would. Click here to watch a time-lapse of this digital painting-in-progress, and click on the image below if you'd like to scrutinize it more closely for the differences between the virtual and the real deal!

("Real deal" being the one on the bottom, of course. 😉)

Friday, August 24, 2018

White Hydrangeas

 still life floral painting by sarah sedwick white hydrangea art
  "White Hydrangeas"
16 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

In this one, I really wanted to play up the darkness inside the glass vase against the light fluffiness of the blossoms. 

Here is my color study - made on the ipad! Which means I've got a time-lapse video of it coming together. Click here to watch!


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Plums and Lemons

"Plums and Lemons"
10 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

I painted this during a public event called "Studio Without Walls," in downtown Eugene. It was a lovely evening - perfect weather, and a fun, funky crowd with lots of diverse artists participating. Here I am, painting on location!


I set this still life up at home, began the painting and mixed all my colors from life, and then finished it from a photo on my phone. You can see in the picture how I rigged that up. Clamps! Can't paint without them. The beret helps, too. ;)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Early Apples

apple painting art still life oil on canvas sarah sedwick
 "Early Apples"
12 x 24 inches, oil on canvas

I've been experimenting with digital painting lately. I know! It's crazy. I never thought I would venture into this realm, but it's actually really fun!

The program I've been using is called Procreate. It's an app for the iPad. I also use an Apple Pencil, for drawing on the screen. Below you can see my "sketch" for this piece, above the "real" thing. I'm surprised at how much this digital preliminary color study informed the finished painting.

Another great thing about Procreate is that it records a time-lapse video of the painting as it's created. Click here to watch this one come to life!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Seeking Sunlight

"Seeking Sunlight"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

This is the season for Black-Eyed-Susans - they are everywhere! So, it's no surprise that a dive into my painting archive turns up several paintings of this lovely flower, from this week in history.

Here is my first one, from August 2008:

 "Black-Eyed-Susan" 5x7" oil on canvas panel, 2008

I am still fond of this painting! I lost the vase in a wax-spilling accident a couple of years ago. It's quite remarkable, the relationships I develop with my still life objects, living with them and painting them over and over for years. I could show you half a dozen paintings of that vase, and now there won't be any more.

This green beauty is a recent gift from a friend. I wonder how many times I'll paint it in years to come?

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Letter

still life oil painting grapes by sarah sedwick "the letter"
 "The Letter"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Grapes are so much fun to paint. Every time I try it, I wonder why I don't do it more often. 
Here's a work-in-progress for this one, with its black-and-white oil study. 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tomato Time Machine

oil painting still life tomato art by sarah sedwick
"Spilled Spoons"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

We all have one: that thing we just CAN'T seem to paint. And mine is tomatoes. Or, at least, that's what I've been saying to myself, and plenty of other people, for years!  But! After watching my students create amazing tomato paintings in a workshop I taught last weekend, I thought - maybe I'll give it another try....

So this is my first big red tomato since... 2008! I love getting in the painting time machine. Definitely an argument in favor of keeping an archive of ALL your old work!

"Heirloom Tomato No. 3"
5 x 7 inches, oil on ...hmm, I can't remember. Maybe Raymar canvas panel?

Thursday, August 9, 2018


8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

 My very first painted honeydew. The color mixing was a challenge - honeydew has such subtle value shifts, and a lovely mix of warm and cool light greens. A fantastic opportunity to indulge in my favorite color combination - purple and green!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hot Diggety!

hot dog painting by sarah sedwick
"Hot Diggety!"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas
Available through Tvedten Gallery
This may seem like a radical departure from my normal subject matter - and it is - but there's a legacy of hot dog painting going back to Roy Lichtenstein and Wayne Theibaud. So, some quirky art history for you!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Should I Eat A Peach?

 "Should I Eat A Peach?"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas
$400, free shipping

Thanks, mom, for supplying this title! I'm not a huge poetry afficionado, but I enjoyed reading "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot, to hunt down this quotation, which popped into her head when I showed her the painting.

Value study! ballpoint pen, sharpie, and white marker on toned tan paper:


You can see several more work-in-progress shots of this painting on Instagram.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Peaches with Two Spoons

"Peaches with Two Spoons"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas
It must be summer, because I picked peaches! I love being able to paint them with the branches and leaves still on.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Apricots on Blue

 "Apricots on Blue"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas
$350 (free shipping)

A summery painting, for certain! There's something about that hot orange/cool blue contrast that makes me feel like basking in the sun.

Here's how it came together:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Clarity in Black and White

"Clarity (Black and White)"
11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas
Framed, and available through Tvedten Gallery

Many of my black-and-white paintings are done on Arches oil paper, but this one is on stretched canvas - one that was toned with a sepia base layer, giving the resulting painting a warm glow.