Saturday, July 31, 2010

"I'm Quite Comfortable, Thank You"- SOLD

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
This little pear has found the most comfortable seat in the room - it fits him perfectly and is quite stylish. This blue votive holder finds its way into my paintings quite often. I was inspired to paint the blue and yellow with the dark value background, because I heard that the Dutch artist Vermeer especially loved blue and yellow together. These two colors really do get along well!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Primary Stack - SOLD

6x8 oil on Raymar panel
The Fiesta Ware cups make such a great stack - I especially like the cool blue between the two hots. The light from above cast some interesting shadows, while a window behind me injected some cool lights.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


6x8 oil on Raymar panel
$70.00 plus s&h
When I did this one, I wasn't paying any attention to whether I liked it or not. But a week later, I have really grown fond of it! The yellow pitcher is an antique store find. And the impatients - well - they are one of my favorite flowers. The red-orange and the simple shape is just so fun to paint!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Salt'n'Peppa - SOLD

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
This pair is always happy together- you hardly ever see one without the other! Simplifying the actual grains of salt and pepper to larger shapes is a challenge, but the color alone gives it away. I had fun with this one, especially with the obvious and few brushtrokes.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Slice of Amber

6x8 oil on Raymar panel
I found this great bottle in a wonderful antique store in Port Orchard, Washington. I guess it was an old whiskey bottle - and I love it because of its shape and clear amber color. The orange slice really took on the amber bottle colors. The two seem to be friends.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Flowin' - SOLD

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
This is the same day as my previous post - just a little bit later. I loved the colors of this day - the blues reflecting in the water, and the clean greens. You know how you get to a certain point in a painting, and wonder if it's going to come together or not? Well, that's how I felt about the tree in the foreground - but I like how it suddenly turned out.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Down to the River - SOLD

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
I did this little one on a breezy afternoon in Sacramento, at the Sacramento River. People were fishing, and floating along in little boats. For this scene, I just waited for it to be clear of people. I love the blues seen in the water and the greens in the foliage. I had a delightful time!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aunt Elaine's Front Door

6x6 oil on Raymar panel
This is the view of my husband's Aunt's front door in Sacramento. It was late afternoon, just before dinner, and I had just a little time to paint. Lots of family members were around, which, surprisingly, didn't bother me. I think the better paintings happen when I am slightly distracted, and not trying too hard!
I have to explain that I haven't been posting often because of SUMMER, and the family needing my attention more than usual. Even though I love summer, I look forward to the quiet alone moments of Autumn, when I can paint uninterrupted.