Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Seeking Sunlight

"Seeking Sunlight"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

This is the season for Black-Eyed-Susans - they are everywhere! So, it's no surprise that a dive into my painting archive turns up several paintings of this lovely flower, from this week in history.

Here is my first one, from August 2008:

 "Black-Eyed-Susan" 5x7" oil on canvas panel, 2008

I am still fond of this painting! I lost the vase in a wax-spilling accident a couple of years ago. It's quite remarkable, the relationships I develop with my still life objects, living with them and painting them over and over for years. I could show you half a dozen paintings of that vase, and now there won't be any more.

This green beauty is a recent gift from a friend. I wonder how many times I'll paint it in years to come?

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Letter

still life oil painting grapes by sarah sedwick "the letter"
 "The Letter"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Grapes are so much fun to paint. Every time I try it, I wonder why I don't do it more often. 
Here's a work-in-progress for this one, with its black-and-white oil study. 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tomato Time Machine

oil painting still life tomato art by sarah sedwick
"Spilled Spoons"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

We all have one: that thing we just CAN'T seem to paint. And mine is tomatoes. Or, at least, that's what I've been saying to myself, and plenty of other people, for years!  But! After watching my students create amazing tomato paintings in a workshop I taught last weekend, I thought - maybe I'll give it another try....

So this is my first big red tomato since... 2008! I love getting in the painting time machine. Definitely an argument in favor of keeping an archive of ALL your old work!

"Heirloom Tomato No. 3"
5 x 7 inches, oil on ...hmm, I can't remember. Maybe Raymar canvas panel?

Thursday, August 9, 2018


8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

 My very first painted honeydew. The color mixing was a challenge - honeydew has such subtle value shifts, and a lovely mix of warm and cool light greens. A fantastic opportunity to indulge in my favorite color combination - purple and green!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hot Diggety!

hot dog painting by sarah sedwick
"Hot Diggety!"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas
Available through Tvedten Gallery
This may seem like a radical departure from my normal subject matter - and it is - but there's a legacy of hot dog painting going back to Roy Lichtenstein and Wayne Theibaud. So, some quirky art history for you!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Should I Eat A Peach?

 "Should I Eat A Peach?"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas
$400, free shipping

Thanks, mom, for supplying this title! I'm not a huge poetry afficionado, but I enjoyed reading "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot, to hunt down this quotation, which popped into her head when I showed her the painting.

Value study! ballpoint pen, sharpie, and white marker on toned tan paper:


You can see several more work-in-progress shots of this painting on Instagram.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Peaches with Two Spoons

"Peaches with Two Spoons"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas
It must be summer, because I picked peaches! I love being able to paint them with the branches and leaves still on.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Apricots on Blue

 "Apricots on Blue"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas
$350 (free shipping)

A summery painting, for certain! There's something about that hot orange/cool blue contrast that makes me feel like basking in the sun.

Here's how it came together:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Clarity in Black and White

"Clarity (Black and White)"
11 x 14 inches, oil on canvas
Framed, and available through Tvedten Gallery

Many of my black-and-white paintings are done on Arches oil paper, but this one is on stretched canvas - one that was toned with a sepia base layer, giving the resulting painting a warm glow.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Rainbow Bright - And Studio Listens!

 "Rainbow Bright"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

It's been a great week - busy and interesting, just the way I like it. One thing that happened: I got interviewed for the podcast "Drawn to Win." What fun!

Here's a link to listen - whether you're working in your studio this weekend, on the road to somewhere summery, or just out for a walk - let me keep you company for an hour. 

Thanks, and enjoy!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Pool Party

sarah sedwick
 "Pool Party"
8 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

More fun with my new white ceramic pear. I showed this painting to my dad, and he said "That white thing is unnerving." Do you agree?

Here's the value plan for this composition. It got a little skinnier from sketch to finish....

sarah sedwick

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pale and Glowing

sarah sedwick oil painting
 "Pale and Glowing"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I picked this pear from amidst the jumble at an antique mall on the Oregon coast last week...

...and it's since made itself right at home with my other still life objects. It's an ever-changing menagerie!

Did you know I sell these black and tan sketches? Usually to followers on Instagram, since that's where they are most often posted. If you see one you like, send me an email! They are $50 a piece. 

sarah sedwick

Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 1, 2018


 sarah sedwick "Radiate" oil painting still life
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

For this one, I did a quick study with black sharpie and grey Pitt pen on white paper - just three values. When you have your composition all planned out before you get to the canvas, painting is even MORE fun!

sarah sedwick

Friday, May 25, 2018

Inner Circle

"Inner Circle"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

A fun, colorful painting from my Still Life Open Studio earlier this week. Just reveling in thick, juicy paint, and the interplay of colors - like that turquoise reflection on the apple in the bowl. Yum!

Want to get inside my process for creating a painting like this - from still life setup to signature? Come join me for a workshop! (Locations from Seattle to Oklahoma to Nashville - check 'em out!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Pink Ladies

 "Pink Ladies"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Pretty in pink - and white! There's some luscious thick paint on those apples. Click the image to zoom way in! 

Here's my sketch - sharpie, ballpoint pen, and white marker on tan paper. These really help me plan my composition and value structure.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Blue Vines

"Blue Vines"
12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

Blue vines on the bowl, green vines in the bowl! Love this little Hoya plant. It has so much movement and liveliness about it, and almost grows before my eyes.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Lemons in Glass - And Videos!

"Lemons in Glass"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

This was April's demonstration for my Online Art Mentorship group, talking about painting glass - a subject many of us love to visit and revisit - including me! It was a great session, and I've got the videos to prove it. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lemon Water

 "Lemon Water"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I had a great week of daily painting. Six 10x10's and an 8x10. Phew! Thank you for joining me!

Here's the preparatory sketch for this one. It was actually done on tan paper, but I liked the look of it converted to black and white. Maybe I will get a gray sketchbook next!

Here's a collage of the week's paintings. These are all available - you can check them out on Etsy. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Three In, Three Out

 "Three In, Three Out"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I loved noticing all those blues of the bowl reflecting onto the apples - and the green reflections in the plate! Lots of opportunities for chunky color spots. Satisfying!

Sunday, April 22, 2018


8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

This was day five of my seven paintings in seven days. After two days of painting tulips, my thought was, "I'm going to keep it simple today." You can see how that worked out for me!