Friday, December 29, 2017

36. From My Garden


"From My Garden"
8 x 8 Inches
Oil on Gesso Board


Calla Lillies are one of my favorite flowers. I just love how structural and 
dramatic they can be. I don't usually work from photographs but I knew I wouldn't 
have time to paint this beautiful flower from my garden so I photographed it. 
I took several photos of it outdoors in the beautiful golden light right before sunset. 
Using my iPad to view the photo worked out beautifully, I loved how I could 
enlarge the part of the photo I was working on. This may be a good solution 
for painting flowers from my garden!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

35. Yoshi's Ducky Debut


"Yoshi's Ducky Debut"
6 x 6 Inches
Oil on Gesso Board


Yoshi's is this great vintage thrift shop here in town. I always find the greatest 
things here for my paintings and lately I've been buying up toys from their ever 
changing collection. When I saw this little guy I just couldn't resist him, so much 
character in this little ducky, and he still squeaks! He was pretty dirty from lots of use 
but he cleaned up real well with some Palmolive dish soap and a little bit of scrubbing. 
I have a feeling this little guy will be making more appearances in my paintings!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

34. Front Yard Camellia


"Front Yard Camellia"
5 x 7 Inches
Oil on Gesso Board


The Camellias in my front yard are blooming, a welcome
punch of color during these gray, rainy days! I was inspired
to pull out my big brushes and try my best to be "loose" with 
this painting. Another motivating factor was the fact that once 
the flowers are cut and in my studio, they just don't last very long! 
I had fun with the process and will try it again!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

33. Morning Sunshine


"Morning Sunshine"
5 x 7 Inches
Oil on Gesso Board


Here's the orange from the previous painting sliced up
and with the light coming from behind. I love the 
glowing colors that back lighting creates.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

32. From Papa's Tree


"From Papa's Tree"
6 x 6 Inches
Oil on Gesso Board


The oranges from my Dad's tree have been extra delicious this year and I've been the fortunate recipient of many of these oranges. Lucky me has been enjoying lots of freshly squeezed orange juice every morning, it's one of my favorite things! I also get to select some for my paintings!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

31. "Dig It"


"Dig It"

6 x 6 Inches 
Oil on Gesso Board

SOLD

I couldn't resist the title for this piece, it was just too perfect. I'm really drawn to 
wooden toys like this. I love the simple shapes and primary colors.  Of course that 
doesn't mean they're always easy to paint, especially if you throw in some reflections! 
I think I was especially drawn to it given that the last week or so has been so gray, 
rainy and overcast. It was fun to work on this bright little piece these last few days.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

30. Courtesy of "Papá"


Courtesy of "Papá"

6 x 6 Inches
Oil on Gesso Board

SOLD

My mom had mentioned to me that at one of the schools where my niece played soccer, 
there were some nice persimmons in someone's backyard that hung over the school fence. 
They weren't quite ripe yet but she said the next time they went back, her and my dad would cut 
some for me for my stillife paintings. A few weeks later they provided some beautiful persimmons 
on branches with plenty of leaves. Apparently other folks had noticed them too and my mom told 
me my dad had to jump to get these because there were no longer any low hanging fruit, thus 
the title "Courtesy of Papá (Papá is Spanish for "Dad".) I loved the colors in these persimmons, beautiful oranges with a hint of red! Thanks Papá!

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