Friday, June 18, 2010

Calm, Cool, and Collected - SOLD

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
The cool colors of this painting make it seem so calm. The limes seem to be just relaxing in the light. I like the way they reflect into the mug.
I have been out of town for the last couple weeks - am home now and will be posting more regularly. I did just 3 plein air paintings while away - it's hard when there's so many other things planned throughout the days. I will begin listing some paintings for sale on ebay this next week - a random selection from older and newer posts.
As always, your comments are appreciated!

Friday, June 11, 2010


11x14 oil on Raymar panel
This young girl was beautiful, and her satin dress so blue! I put the most time into the face, and less time into the violin and hand, which I do plan to rework. The pose itself is only about 3 hours - so working fast is paramount. As in other figures and portraits, I've been using only black, yellow, red, and white. However, in this one, I had to use thalo and ultramarine to get the lovely blue.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Basking in the Light

11x14 oil on Raymar panel
This model was great - I liked the pose and how relaxed and serene she was - almost like she was in deep thought. The cool light really dictacted the soft colors, and all that was used here was black, yellow ochre, cad red light, and white.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Double Vision

6x6 oil on canvas panel
The egg seems to take away the limelight from the larger, more colorful bell pepper. Orange bell peppers are one of my favorite subjects. The egg shape is always a challenge, but adds good contrast with its white values. The reflection was especially fun to paint.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Threesome - SOLD

6x8 oil on Raymar panel
The cherries, although separated by the jar, are still together as a little friendly group. They set up a perfect little triangle, and get along so great. I like the way the reflections worked from the cherries onto the glass. Again, one of my favorite props - the jar.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Only Room For One

6x6 oil on canvas panel
The cherry tomato in the bowl feels safe and secure, while his friend on the table wants in. This small bowl is really a votive holder, but I love to use it for other things as I paint it. I like the thick glass and all the blues it creates, depending on the light.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I'll Scoop You Up! -SOLD

6x6 oil on canvas panel
With cherries in season, it's hard not to paint them. They're just so cute! This silver spoon appears to be trying to scoop up the oranges, which are escaping, while the cherries just pretend they're not next. The composition of the large vertical shape stabilizes the smaller, scattered, dynamic shapes.