Thursday, January 19, 2012

"White Shoulders" - portrait painting nude figure painting oil on canvas

14 x 18"
oil on canvas

White Shoulders is a famous perfume from the 40's. I always see it mentioned in novels, but I've never actually smelled the stuff. This painting has a kind of old-fashioned feeling to me - for one thing, I made the model look about 20 years older than she is, and the hairstyle also looks outdated, even though what I didn't include in the composition was the riot of dreadlocks exploding from the crown of her head!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cocktail Cherries - still life oil painting fruit

6 x 6"
oil on canvas 
Sold 

As part of celebrating my blog's 4th birthday, I'm thinking of going back and revisiting some of my earliest daily painting subjects. Maraschino cherries were among them.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cow Skull and Orange

 12 x 12"
oil on canvas

The colors I used to paint the skull are much cooler than what I thought I'd use going in. Most are actually blues and greens. You can sort of see that in the work-in-progress shot below. I also tried to use really thick paint and a big brush. Since I tend to do almost all my painting with a really small, round brush, this was a good change.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Navel Oranges and Lemons

8 x 8"
oil on canvas
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Ta Dah! My 500th daily painting. In about a month, this blog will be 4 years old, so I'm awarding myself an honorary degree in art-bloggery, no cap and gown required. No beret and gown, either, which is what I wore when I got my *real* degree!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cow Skull with Blush Roses

11 x 14"
oil on canvas
$200

There's still time to register for my Still Life painting workshop, Mondays in February. Come paint with me! Info here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mona Lisa Smile - female nude figure painting

14 x 18"
oil on canvas
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I was so happy to get back to figure painting after the winter break. This model always has just the hint of a smile on her face - you can tell she's thinking happy thoughts even if her shoulder hurts! Here's a behind the scenes shot - "Like" me while you're over there to get all my FB updates.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Apples and Oranges

8 x 8"
oil on canvas
Sold

My two-year-old daughter is starting preschool tomorrow. It will only be a couple days a week, but I'm looking forward to some regular studio time, more daily paintings, and hopefully some larger work! I'll definitely be getting my animal-skull collection out of the closet - how's that for a teaser?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Rose and Chocolates

6 x 6"
oil on panel

Valentine's Day M&M's: nothing but pink, white, and red in the whole bag!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Blush Rose Bouquet

6 x 8"
oil on canvas

In case you've not been over there, my facebook page has some work-in-progress and studio shots that I don't get a chance to post on this blog. There are occasionally also some behind-the-scenes pictures from figure painting night!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Lemon Bowl with Knife

8 x 8"
oil on canvas

The first painting of the year! It felt SO good to be back in the studio last night after weeks away. I even managed to do some cleaning and organizing before I got started. My goals for the new year, art-wise, are still pretty vague. Goal number one: write down a list of goals. Go!