These teeny oranges are so much fun to stack and paint, and they're also Eleanor's favorite food-du-jour, so I have to paint them pretty fast! I did an apple painting similar to this one a few weeks ago. Thinking about displaying them together...
We've got a (randomly generated) winner of the painting giveaway........Karen Drake, please email me to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone who entered - I promise, this won't be your last chance to win one of my paintings. It also won't be your last chance for a little blogosphere excitement - I've got a BIG announcement coming up in the next few days!!!! If your appetite isn't whetted by those four exclamation points, maybe today's painting will do the trick.
8 x 10"
oil on canvas
this is a sold commission piece
I really love Craig's List. I can point to several awesome things currently in my life that are a direct result of Craig's List - and this painting is one of them! This piece is actually going to be bartered with a local art lover in exchange for an almost brand new easel. I think we are both very pleased with the arrangement - but on top of it all, I got to have a blast painting these gorgeous garden treasures grown by my client. Lucky me!
Please don't forget to enter my Thanksgiving Painting Giveaway! The Winner will be announced this Sunday. And remember: facebook, twitter, and sharing a link to the giveaway on your blog all earn you extra entries, so make sure to let me know what you did! ❤
Want to win this original oil painting? Simply leave a comment on this post! Tweet or Facebook the giveaway and get an extra entry - just mention that you did in your comment. I will randomly pick the winner a week from today - so that's Sunday November 21st. Please enter, and share with friends!
8 x 10"
oil on 1.5" thick (gallery profile) stretched canvas click to buy
This is not a "black and white" painting exactly - these were the colors of the still life I set up, believe it or not. I was challenging myself to capture the colors in the whites and grays, but it ended up coming out more like a value study. I LOVE white and silver as a Christmas decorating motif - they look really good together on a tree or wreath.
My Thanksgiving Painting Giveaway details are coming tomorrow!
I've decided to do a giveaway during the week of Thanksgiving. Not entirely sure which piece I'm going to be giving away (maybe I haven't even made it yet...), but I'm planning to post the details this Sunday. SO! If you know anyone who'd love to get in on the action, click the share button below to easily send them a link to this post via any means you prefer. And stay tuned!
The "naked" votive candle wasn't as much fun to paint as the gold candle holder, but the flame-shaped reflections on the ornaments are pretty wild anyway, right?! I added a semi-reflective surface underneath it all for an added bonus. (hint: it's a piece of plexiglass over a sheet of pastel paper!)
I used this crazy old painting of mine as a background again - in case you missed it, here's the first time I used it. I didn't even post this one on the blog back when I did it (in March 2008) because I simply couldn't believe how bad it was! Yet, mysteriously, I kept it through two moves. And now I know why! Anyway, here's the whole painting, in all of it's non-glory:
12 x 12"
oil on 1.5" thick (gallery profile) canvas click to buy
The University art store is clearancing some of these 12" square extra deep canvases this week, and I scooped up a bunch. Oh, and in other local news: First Friday art walk is tomorrow evening, and I'm going to have ornament paintings galore on view at Imagine Gallery on 8th & Willamette. There'll be food, wine, and I'll be there, too.
I've been thinking that any of these small paintings would make a great hostess gift if you'll be celebrating Thanksgiving in someone else's home this year. And of course, there are those ubiquitous "secret santa" gift exchanges at work to think about...my current $1 auction would still have you coming in well under that $10 spending limit. Just sayin'!