Friday, September 30, 2016

Cone and Cup
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 6 inches

Since I work at home, I've been trying to develop a solvent-free studio. It's been a real learning curve, dealing with either oily, slimy paintings or dry, crusty ones. Finally, I think I'm getting the hang of this. This is my first painting entirely solvent free - hurrah! 

I love this cup/vase. It was made by a potter I know, here in town. I've tried to use it in still life setups this past summer, but it didn't really work out. I think the fall colors and the pine cone set it off nicely. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Nectarines in Glass
Oil on archival panel, 8 x 6 inches

Right now, I think I'll never get bored painting glass (but ask me again in 45 years). Loved the way the shadows on the vase itself interrupted the reflections. Enjoy it!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hulled Up
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 8 inches

On a trip to Michigan a couple of years ago, I found these boats pulled up on a small stream about half a mile from Lake Superior. I was caught by the reflection of the stern then, but hadn't tried to paint it until now. I think that, while I really liked the photo, it seemed very intimidating. So I focused in on the boats themselves, completely changing the composition. I do like the composition, but the foliage remained a challenge! Thanks for looking.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Twist and Shout
Oil on archival panel, 8 x 6 inches

My folks gave me a these cups and a matching teapot a long time ago - probably about the time the song came out! That's been a while, but this is the 1st time I've painted them. 

Oil on archival panel, 6 x 6 inches

This started as a simple still life that just needed something. As i worked on it, I started seeing several interpretations. I'll leave each of you to think about your own meaning. Or just enjoy it as is!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pink Sky at Morning
Oil on archival panel, 8 x 6 inches

I drive by this barn and tree intermittently, and it always catches my attention. At sunrise the other day, it was all just incredible. I only wish paint and my abilities were equal to the beauty we see in the world!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Odd Planes
Oil on archival panel, 10 x 8 inches

This is a painting of my husband's antique plane (facing), and another that maybe wouldn't be considered an antique, but is still quite old (on its side). The name refers, of course, to the tools, but also to the odd surface planes of them as well. Certainly a challenge! Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Resting Among the Shadows
Oil on archival panel, 5 x 7 inches

This has been a week of mostly still life paintings, spurred, in part, by a couple of new thrift store finds. Lots of reflections, lots of greens. This little lime peeking out makes great distortions in the bottles. I also was excited by the warmth of the slightly old lime against the cool bottles. Thanks for checking these out!

Egg and Silver
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 6 inches

The sharpness of the red reflections on the silver contrasting with the soft pink on the egg really got my attention in this painting. 

Kiwis Dressed in Pink
Oil on archival panel, 6 x 6 inches

As for this one, I don't know what I was thinking with this crazy pink. But contrasted against the greens of the kiwis and causing the pink-to-red reflections, I actually enjoy it! Hope you do, too!

Sentries on the Hill
Oil on archival panel, 5 x 8 inches

I drive past this stand of trees several times a week, and have been wanting to paint them (the first 2 tries were just disasters!). My mother, having been raised in Nebraska, says it reminds her of the sandhill area there. It's been decades since I've been there, but when I think of it, the colors do remind me of them. Any Nebraskans out there?