Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Art Opening Flowers

8 x 10"
oil on canvas
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A bouquet my husband gave me on the night of my art opening, including one yellow rose, which he almost always gets me. It just goes to show that if you once say you like something, you may end up getting it for the rest of your life! (Just kidding, honey.)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bouquet with Gold Mirror

14 x 18"
oil on canvas
$300
The art opening Friday night went really well. Turnout was great, wine was excellent, and everyone seemed to be having fun, especially Eleanor! Here is a picture of her dashing across the gallery, which was conveniently free of folding chairs or any other kind of obstacle for a little runner.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Winetasia

14 x 18"
oil on canvas
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I have to admit, I'm feeling stressed. For my last big art show, I didn't have to worry about hanging the pieces, choosing which ones to use and how to arrange them, making the title cards...and as it turns out, that's the hardest part - making decisions! So I am doing all of the above for my Silvan Ridge Winery art show, and it's definitely fun, but it's got me tossing and turning at night, reminding myself not to forget 800 little details.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Figure Painting - "Nude Reading"

16 x 20"
oil on canvas
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I did this last night, in about three hours. I guess I paint pretty fast, although a 16 x 20 canvas looks a LOT smaller in the figure painting studio than in my studio at home!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Orange and Green with Books

8 x 10"
oil on canvas
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This little bottle goes very well with the Kaffir Lily - they are both green on the bottom and orange on top! There are a number of things in this still life which are significant to me: the little bottle once contained some sake that I bought long ago while still living in Baltimore. I've used it for mixing and storing medium ever since. The books are by Paul Bowles, my former favorite author (still in my top five, I'm sure), and the plant pot was made by a company my friend Sean designs for in Corvallis. They make all kinds of things out of paper pulp.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Kaffir Lily

9 x 12"
oil on canvas
$300

This plant is called a Kaffir Lily, or Clivia Miniata. My sister in law bought it about five years ago, and passed it on to me after it was done blooming, since I am ridiculously overconfident when it comes to houseplants, and was just sure I could get it to rebloom. Four years later, it has, and I doubt it had anything to do with me!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Camellia Japonica

"Camellia Japonica"
11 x 14"
oil on canvas
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oil sketch for "Camellia Japonica"
8 x 8"
oil on panel
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Camellia and Mirror

8 x 10"
oil on canvas
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I have to thank yet another awesome neighbor, Sky, for allowing me to pick this gorgeous pink camellia. Even more so than the daffodils, these blooms herald the approach of Spring around here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Figure Studies

"Man Reading"
11 x 14"
oil on canvas
$150
Below is the preparatory sketch for this piece.
8 x 10"
oil on canvas panel
$50
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Daffodils and Pears no. 2

8 x 10"
oil on canvas 
(on hold)

I found that the trick to capturing these daffodils was to paint the light yellows first, and then fill in the shadowed areas of the blossom. It keeps the lights from getting muddy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Daffodils and Pears no. 1

8 x 10"
oil on canvas
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Thanks to my neighbor Joanna for the daffodils! She gave me permission to pick a few once they bloomed, though I still felt like someone across the street was spying on me from a crack in the curtains as I plucked these from her front yard.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Wine, Pears, and Unlit Candle

12 x 12 x 1.5"
oil on canvas
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Here is a work-in-progress shot alongside the 6x6" oil sketch. You can see how I often tone my canvas before I begin painting - that's why the pear area looks all orange - because I haven't gotten around to it yet!
  
 I've added a little section to the sidebar listing a couple of workshops I'll be teaching locally this spring. This is a huge experiment on my part, since I've never actually taught art before, but I think it will be fun!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Repose by Candlelight

18 x 24"
oil on canvas
$600
(on hold)

We had a great time last night at First Friday Art Walk. I am the March featured artist at Imagine Gallery, and they have nine new, framed paintings of mine - almost all of them painted in 2011! Wish we had remembered to take pictures! Thanks so much to Tym for making the gallery and my work look so great, and to everyone who stopped by to say hi.

This piece has kept me busy for the past few days, including repainting the candle once because I decided I wanted it to be shorter. Good thing it's in the nature of candles to, well, become shorter! 

P.S. Franken Frames is offering free shipping this weekend on $100+ orders. Especially for artists, or those of you collectors who have a lot of art you'd like to frame, this is a great deal. I can personally attest to the awesomeness of this company's product quality.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Art Studio

16 x 20"
oil on canvas
$200

I was trying to play up the contrast between the spotlit, flamelike torso of the model, and the uniform grayness (and clutter) of the studio all around. The image ends up being kind of a contradiction, since the three hands are busily painting, but art studios are such peaceful places, especially when everyone is working, in their own worlds.