Thursday, February 25, 2010

Orchid on Blue

8 x 10"
oil on gallery-wrap canvas
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This is the third time I've painted this orchid - and each painting has been done during a different bloom cycle. This plant blooms about once a year, and the flowers last 4-6 months, so I've had lots of time to contemplate/procrastinate the painting each time. This year, it looks like I'm only going to get about five flowers...guess it's time to fertilize!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Purple and Green

6 x 6"
oil on panel
$75
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I painted this last night after finishing yesterday's painting. It was good to switch gears after all that fabric and just float around in these colors for a while.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stargazer Lily on Blue


12 x 12"
oil on gallery-wrap canvas
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I worked on this painting over the course of three days. One thing I tried to focus on was maintaining the slight color difference between the cloth and the background - not easy when you've got a palette covered in nothing but murky blue-grey shades of paint! This particular piece of fabric used to be a very polyester sham pillowcase, but since I rescued it from Goodwill, it will now have an entirely new, and far less tacky existence - minus its formerly frilly border.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Striped Shadow

5 x 7"
oil on canvas on panel
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I'm getting addicted to these $1 auctions. What can I say? I love putting paintings in the mailbox.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lily Stem

11 x 14"
oil on gallery wrap canvas
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I haven't gotten a chance to paint very much the past few days, but I got my taxes done, took Eleanor swimming for the first time, cooked, got some exercise...all in all, not a bad week.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Studio Corner

5 x 7"
oil on canvas on panel
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This is a view of part of my studio at night - you can even see a very small self portrait in the mirror!
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Teapot and Fuji Apple

6 x 6"
oil on panel
$75
Available in my Etsy shop
Ah, it's been awhile since I've painted this teapot, and I don't think I'll ever get tired of it! Every time I paint it, it seems to come out looking a little bit different - and I like the dark, lavendar-ey mood it's evoking in this panting. Most of the colors I used to paint this "brown" teapot are actually what I would consider purples, except for the darkest darks, and a few highlighted areas where I rubbed the paint away to reveal the burnt sienna undertone.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Three Onions

6 x 6"
oil on canvas on panel
$150 (framed) email me to purchase

I mentioned intimidating subject matter a couple of days ago, and I find myself returning to that idea today. I've seen other artists tackle onions, and always thought they would be too hard to try, but it's important to remember that no matter what you are painting, all the information you need to succeed is right there, in the still life. Just allowing yourself to SEE it, instead of looking too much at your painting is the key. When I'm really in the 'zone,' I'm more of a brain and a pair of eyes than a body with a hand holding a paint brush. Sometimes after a period of really intense observation, my arms will even feel a little bit numb.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Green Glass and Lemons

6 x 6"
oil on canvas on panel
Available through Imagine Gallery
I had a lot of fun with the half-lemon seen through the glass. It's like a mini-abstract painting within a realistic painting, yet somehow our brains put it together so that it makes sense: "Oh yeah, that's a lemon inside of a green glass vase!" Of course it is.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Still Life with Iris

11 x 14"
oil on canvas
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Here is the painting I worked on this past weekend at my friend's studio. I had a great time painting and chatting with her, and I love the way this came out. More and more lately, I'm finding that when I dive in and try to paint things that I find intimidating (like this handmade glazed pottery bowl), the perceived difficulty takes my concentration to a new level. Plus, it's always nice when things turn out better than you expected them to. This painting reminds me of earlier attempts to paint handmade pottery, as well as Irises.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Vase of Lemons

8 x 10"
oil on canvas on panel
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I'm really enjoying painting the dramatic shadows and highlights that come with painting at night, by artificial light. My backgrounds, and so-called negative space are becoming almost the most fun part of the painting for me! Almost, but still nothing can compete with my love of lemons. Enjoy the Superbowl, everyone!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Roses in the Mirror

6 x 6"
oil on canvas on panel
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My friend and fellow painter Gabriella has a really nice studio in the neighborhood where we both live. A couple of weeks ago, I spent a Saturday afternoon painting with her - and realized that I hadn't actually painted with anyone else since art school days. I'm excited to be painting with her again tomorrow - and in honor of my happy mood, I'm starting this little painting at $1 on ebay, just for fun.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Three Little Oranges

5 x 7"
oil on canvas on panel
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I finally ate one of these, and it was a flavor explosion. Like a little vitamin C bomb going off in my mouth. I have a very squirmy baby on my lap right now, so that's all I'm going to say today!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Asparagus

5 x 7"
oil on canvas on panel
$75
Available in my Etsy shop

My mom has been coming over after work a few times a week to watch Eleanor while I paint. This arrangement seems to suit everyone just fine - Eleanor loves it, my mom loves hanging with her granddaughter, and it's good for me to be back in the studio, even for just a couple hours a day. Thanks, mom - oh, and thanks for the asparagus, too!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Avocado Halves

6 x 6"
oil on canvas on panel
$75
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When painting an avocado from life, you really have to work fast or those lovely bright yellows start to fade more toward yellow ocher, and worse. Rubbing lemon juice on the avocado will stop that from happening, but for once, I didn't have any lemons around. Which is probably why this avocado got painted in the first place! Go figure.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Green Glass and Oranges

5 x 7"
oil on canvas on panel
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This green vase was actually the first member of my colored-glass still-life-object collection. I have a bookshelf in my studio, and since, after three moves in the past three years, I hardly have any books left - most of it is taken up with painting 'props'. Someday I'll post a picture of the menagerie.