Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Floral Blues and Whites

5 x 7"
oil on panel

I struggled with this a little, but I like some things about the way it turned out. The vase and pitcher have a solid presence on the panel, and there's some lusciously thick paint in spots - particularly the bottom right hand corner - that I like looking at.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Video: November Paintings

A quick compilation of all the paintings I did last month. Those of you on the email list may need to click this link to view the video. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2008

White Lilies and Irises

5 x 7"
oil on linen on panel

The splash of bright yellow on the petals of these Irises is so arresting to me. One of my earliest art teachers once had me draw an Iris just like these from her garden. I thought it was impossibly hard - but back then I mainly used colored pencil - no wonder I thought it was hard! (I still can't do anything with colored pencil twenty years later.)

Speaking of the past, here's a painting I did back in September (30 paintings ago) that I was reminded of while painting today. It's still available - here's a link to the original post, and purchase info.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Teal Vase with Ornaments

6 x 8"
oil on canvas on panel

It's been about a week and a half since I last painted, so I'm surprised that I like the way this turned out. It wasn't as much fun as it normally is, though - because instead of feeling like I was falling back into every day's familiar, comforting routine, I had to remember how to do it all over again. I was mixing my basic colors before starting to paint, and I thought, "Why does this feel wierd?" Then I realized that it was because I was standing up, when I am usually sitting down at that point. As David Darrow always says, in times of intimidation, you simply have to let yourself not be afraid to fail.