Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Aurora Geranium 17x24" oil on linen
I've been keeping my geranium from last season in my house over the winter. I put it in a north window and didn't expect it to really do much more than survive, instead it thrived! It was loaded with big healthy blooms but I needed to dramatically cut it back before setting it outside for the summer. I put all those blooms in a vase and they looked so beautiful (especially to this flower starved gardener!). I had to paint them. They last such a long time as a cut flower I'm surprised you don't see them more often in arrangements.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
A Lemon in the Grape Parade 12x19 oil on linen
A still life with no flowers! Just wanted to try some textures with more solid shapes. I really had fun with this one....Just a bit of a change of pace.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Orange Star 16x20 oil on linen
Native to South Africa, this flower really is an "orange star". It is such a wonderful spark of color in the long enduring winter.
I worked a combination of brushwork and palette knife for this painting. I'm having fun pushing the textures ever further. I love the feeling of dimension you get when you build up the paint.
I'm learning more all the time about creating dimension also with shadows. Probably the single most valuable lesson I took from the workshop with Laura Robb. She told me to always be looking for those areas where you can push the value of shadows to give the sense of one thing in front of or on top of another to create that depth.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Deli Star Mums 15x16 oil on linen
I tried a little different technique on this painting. Instead of my usual alla prima style, (working wet into wet often mixing color right on the canvas), I worked a bit from glazes and layering. The mood is a bit more somber than my looser alla prima paintings.
It is always fun and challenging to change things up and try something new.
It took a couple days work because I had to let the first layer dry before working over top with the glazes.
Just a different approach. I found it easier to control colors but harder to get the transparent colors to be as effective. It's worth some more studying.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Turquoise Glass and Roses 17x17" oil on linen
There were still a few roses fresh enough to paint left over from the bouquet I painted last week. The turquoise glass containers are some of my favorites to paint....I love the colors, and I love the shapes. I've painted them often but don't believe I've ever put them all together in the same painting.
Thanks for viewing my blog, it's always great to have you visit!
Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Pink Roses 14x20 oil on linen
Pink roses are so soft and beautiful but they aren't one of my favorite things to paint. I think they can be a bit "too sweet" looking. However, I am pleased with the way this one turned out. The roses at the store just seemed to be the flowers that wanted to be painted.
I tried to keep the pinks from being too delicate and added some strong brushwork to give it some strength....soft but strong.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Angel Trumpets 16x30" oil on linen
It was my goal with this painting to create a more "contemporary" feel to the traditional still life floral. I do love the traditional florals and think that a good painting is timeless, however, I also find the clean simple lines of the "minimalist" look very pleasing. It feels sleeker, cleaner....I hope to do more along this line. Of course, I will still be doing the more traditional florals as well. I think that both approaches to the subject have their appeal.
Hope you enjoy my interpretation of this different approach to still life florals!
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Red Mums and Strawberries 14x22 oil on linen
As I was working on this painting the strawberries were giving off a delicious aroma! The first thing I did as a took a break was to wash up a handful and eat them, (not the ones from my set-up!).
In this painting I worked on making certain that there was variety in the reds and in the greens. The two predominate colors in this set up. It makes such a difference in a painting to take the time to provide that variety. In life no two flowers are exactly the same color and the way the light hits the leaves it provides many shades of green as well. It can take your still life to that next level of professionalism.
Well, I've got some more strawberries to eat! ttl!
Thursday, January 22, 2015
12x24 oil on linen
Tulips usher in Spring here in Michigan so anyone familiar with our climate will certainly realize these tulips came from the florist and not from my backyard! I got anxious to think of Spring, I guess. :)
The title Triumphs originates from the name of the variety of tulip but to me it says so much more than that. The tulips herald the renewal of life after a long cold winter and their bright cheerfulness always seem to me to shout a sort of triumph!
Life too has those opportunities to triumph...I hope today you can take a moment to celebrate those times (even the little ones) in your life and just shout..."triumph!"
Blessings to you all and thank you for your support of my art!