Saturday, June 25, 2016

Red, White, and Blueberries
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 6 inches

A great time of year for blueberries and a red cup. This was a joy to paint. The berries' shapes and colors are always interesting, and besides, they're delicious when I'm done painting!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Morning Audience
8 x 10 inches, oil on archival panel

Another of the Ever After High/Monster High doll paintings, inspired by my granddaughter leaving the dolls in the bathroom. Were the dolls left behind? Helping her brush her teeth? Did they just finish a hot-tub soak in the sink? I'm not sure, but it makes one wonder... 
Artistically, most of us paint what we know. This is what I know. Quirky and fun! Hope you enjoy it, too. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cecil and Ida
8 x 8 inches, oil on archival panel

This is another painting done from old, black and white family photos. I enjoyed doing the bit of pattern in the painting, which is unusual for me. As for the curtain behind Ida, I believe that, itself, was the photographer's painted backdrop. I kept thinking of Edouard Vuillard and looked him up again. The patterns in his works are thought to be symbolic of emotion and experiences. Beyond symbolism and in spite of the flatness of them, the patterns give a feeling of life, movement, and joy to his paintings. Here, I've tried to use pattern, only a bit of shadow in the dresses, and some strong contrast to refer to the photo reference. I have some more of these paintings in mind...

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Up Next - Daylillies
7 x 5 inches, oil on archival panel

After 2 utter failures trying to paint these lillies, I woke up to this. Some dying, one just opening. I was ready, even excited to try yet again! I really enjoy the colors created by light shining through the petals. Glass, as well, is fun and interesting to paint. 

By Tremaine Shelter
8 x 8 inches, oil on archival panel

Just as the trees were about filled out, I saw these folks having a picnic and enjoying one of the first really warm days. Did a short sketch and worked from it and a photo I took. Idyllic! The sun was overhead, filtering through the leaves and making great shadows on the grass. The lake was calm and blue. The kids were even playing well together (you moms out there, don't tell me you didn't notice!).