Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bucket of Sunflowers

Bucket of Sunflowers
oc   11x14
Bucket of Sunflowers was done on location this summer.  It was a beautiful sunny morning and the sun falling on the sunflowers made them glow.  It was like multiple little "suns" shining.  I kept the painting loose as I wanted to catch the sense of the light rather than an exact rendering of the flowers. A customer came and took a handful of the flowers to buy while I was painting but fortunately it didn't upset the arrangement much. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Plentiful Harvest

Plentiful Harvest
oil on canvas         16x20

There is something so beautiful about fruit.  The shapes, the colors...of course.  But it goes deeper than that.  I think it reminds us of something so fundamental about survival.  Fruit is the symbol for good health, prosperity and fertility.  Not to forget..it just tastes so good!
I hope you remember and enjoy in your life all the things that fruit symbolizes!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Home for Red Amaryllis II

A Home for Red Amaryllis II
Red Amaryllis II  oc  20x40
Last night I dropped this painting off at it's new home.  The fit was incredible...the colors were perfect, the size was perfect, even the frame was perfect!  It fit in the clients home as if it was designed for them!  When I commented on it the new owner pulled up his sleeve and showed me the red amaryllis tatoo on his forearm!
  Now that is a very satisfying sale!
The ArtisTTable Online Juried Event
Art Des Femmes
I'm very pleased that 3 of my stilllife paintings have been accepted to this online competition!
Thank you ArtisTTable!
If you would like to place a vote for your favorite in this competition you can follow the link to the paintings and place your People's Choice Vote there!
The Steam Iron

Red Havens

Astromelias and Phlox
Thank you Everyone!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Renaissance Peonies

Renaissance Peonies
Renaissance Peonies  oil   18x28
I wanted to try something different with this painting.  I wanted to give it the feeling of the rich, dark, warm tones of the florals painted during the Renaissance period.  I used  transparent "red oxide" combined with glazes to create a luminous warmth to the darks. That also gave the painting more depth.  While I still love the effects of the alla prima (wet-on-wet) style, it does offer a different feel by incorporating the glazes over top the dried layers.
Thank you for viewing my art!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Spring Bouquet

Spring Bouquet
A little out of season here, but I had this painting from earlier in the Spring that still needed some work, so this is what I worked on today.  The flowers may bloom in the Spring but their beauty is timeless.

Spring Bouquet    oc   17x21

Sunday, October 6, 2013

October Charm

Wet paint Event in Rockford Michigan
Rogue River Artists
Yesterday's plein air event thankfully ended up being dry.  There had been weather reports of rain for the day all week long, but it didn't happen.  Still it was a cloudy day and the paintings all showed the grey tones of a cloudy fall day.
Several paintings sold as the public wandered in about 3 pm.  There was a nice reception with wine tasting from Red's and food tasting and live music.  Good friends and some great conversation about art and you have a formula for a very pleasant day!
 It was a grey day, but the color in the turning leaves still brought some lovely glow to the scene.
October Charm  oc 8x10  en plein air   SOLD!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cheery Tomatoes

Cheery Tomatoes

Cheery Tomatoes  oc 6x6
I am gradually getting caught up and back on a routine.  The summer was extremely busy.  I had a great summer....a combination of fun, family, friends, and art....but, I need some structure back in my life for a while!
These happy little fellows are like red and orange dancing balls..I had so much fun painting them!
I hope to be more regular with my blog posts now that the activities are winding down a bit...I look forward to hearing from you!