I picked these today in my mom's back yard. I was a little late getting to them - most of the fruit on the tree had been mangled by a creature with an enormous, human-looking bite. (My mom swears it was a squirrel.) I still got a bagful, and left plenty for the creature.
I really have to give a shout-out to Debbie Becks-Cooper, whose gorgeous paintings gave me the idea to try painting cranberries. And I am totally loving them - in her art, and in mine! You might remember that over the summer, I tried strawberries because of her, too. Debbie, you rock!
This is a tiny pumpkin! It's the one the pumpkin farm gave my toddler for free, just for showing up. But it looks pretty giant here next to the lowly cranberry. Maybe I should have titled this one "The Lowly Cranberry." It's the phrase that pops into my head every time I look at it!
If I hadn't worked so hard to capture her likeness (probably 70% of my total painting time was spent on the face and hair), this painting would be all about the sweater! Isn't it great? I don't know if I could really wear it, but I LOVED painting it!
I used three different reds and a purple on my palette for this painting. I used to be a purist when it came to paint colors, but I've discovered - partly through painting brightly colored, shiny things like ornaments - that a few extra tubes of paint can really help. Purple is a great example - I used to mix purple from Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin, but now I use Dioxazine purple instead, and I feel like I'm not "wasting" so much of that precious Ultramarine!
It's getting dark so early now, but the glow of these brass vases and the subtle highlights on the fruit give me a cozy feeling! Almost like looking at a burning fireplace....although I admit that our living room "fireplace" is a digital app.
I am, to put it mildly, a houseplant enthusiast. I have two of these Christmas Cacti - and some twenty-odd other plants. I guess this one should really be called a Thanksgiving Cactus, since it's blooming in November!
I'm very proud to present you with a link to my first ever blog review, by Tony at Art.Blog.Critique. I really appreciate the exposure, and the nice things he has to say about my work! Check out the other reviews on the site if you have time - some of my personal favorites are included.
This one was a little bit eye-popping (like in the upper-left-hand corner), but really fun to do. In years past, I've gone really tightly into all the details on these reflective round surfaces, but so far 2011 has found me letting my hair down and getting a lot looser with them - and enjoying it just as much!
Hey, it's November! Wow, the holiday season is approaching - I recently heard that Costco puts its Christmas merchandise out in August. Doesn't make me feel so bad about getting the itch to paint ornaments two months before the holiday!
There are more Christmas ornament paintings in my Etsy shop.
Last night I had the pleasure of painting with my new friend and neighbor, Carol Marine. I couldn't think of a better way to welcome a new artist to town than to take her to my favorite figure painting night! She was lucky, too, to get the lovely Miranda (best model in town) on her inaugural visit.