Friday, January 25, 2019


9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Underpainting to finish! I always begin my alla prima works with a tonal underpainting, which I then paint over immediately in color - not waiting for it to dry. Here's a short video of me talking more about it! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Red Heads

"Red Heads" 10x10 inches, oil on canvas by Sarah Sedwick 2019
"Red Heads"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

I copy the details on these dolls pretty carefully - except the faces. It's fun to play with their little expressions, and shows me once again how small changes in a portrait can really affect the overall mood I capture!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Three Sisters

"Three Sisters"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

There's something about the texture of the painted wood of these dolls that I just love painting.  Thinking there will be more of these to come....

Friday, January 18, 2019


"Cascade" houseplant oil painting still life by Sarah Sedwick 2019
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

Painting and Plants. Two things I love that go pretty well together. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Jungle

art oil painting interior scene houseplants by sarah sedwick
"The Jungle"
12 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

I gave my online students a challenge this month to paint interiors....and then, I had to try it myself! Proving that my green thumb is not just stray Pthalo, (though it is that too), here are just a few representatives of my plant collection.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


9 x 12 inches, oil on linen panel

Thinking looseness, and a cool, wintry color scheme in this one. The warmth in the spoons and in the white mug reminds me of late afternoon sunlight on snow...

Friday, January 11, 2019

The One That Got Away

"The One That Got Away"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

I know that when I'm going to the grocery store and painting in the same day, I've got an opportunity to paint radishes - because they don't last long looking leafy green once you get them home!

I always enjoy painting - and eating - this veggie.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Fishing Hole

still life painting spoons sarah sedwick
 "The Fishing Hole"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

Sometimes I struggle with title ideas ("Orange slices no. 64," anyone?), but this one came to me while I was working on the sketch!

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Fish Dish

still life oranges sarah sedwick oil painting
 "The Fish Dish"
10 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

Here's the value study for this one. Kind of fun to get back to ballpoint pen and sharpie! My forays into digital drawing have taken me away from sketches like these lately. 

And wow, here's the first time I ever painted this dish, in April 2008! Reminding me that this fish once had a buddy. But he got broken. 

 "Fish Dishes no. 1"
6x6" oil on gessobord

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Slices on Blue

 still life oranges sarah sedwick
 "Slices on Blue"
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas

First painting of 2019! I begin the year as I intend to go on. In the studio!

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