Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mini Triptych

Primarily Apples

Mini Triptych

3 @ 2"x2"

oil on stretched canvas

I came across these 2"sq canvases in my kids' craft box and thought I could use some tiny brushes to whip out a couple of quick apples. I'd like to do a larger painting with lots of apples so this was good practice.

Monday, April 27, 2009

10" x 10", oil on canvas

I'm back from a week's vacation in sunny Florida with the family. I brought some art supplies with me, as well as my best intentions, but I ended up never lifting a paint brush. It feels good to be back in the saddle again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"That's a hell of an ambition, to be mellow. It's like wanting to be senile." Randy Newman

Mellow Yellow

6" x 6", oil on stretched canvas


For today's still life I tried to limit myself to a simple palette, using mostly yellows with subtle hints of green and blush. This is much lighter than I normally go in my paintings.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Floral still life

Hydrangeas with Lime Chaser
6" x 12", oil on stretched canvas
On exhibit at Danforth Art Museum School
small works exhibit

I started a new painting class today that will have a heavy emphasis on spring,so expect a lot of floral paintings coming up every Monday!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

“Consider the daffodil. And while you're doing that, I'll be over here, looking through your stuff.” Jack Handy

First Bloom
8" x 8", oil on stretched canvas

On exhibit at Danforth Art Museum School small works exhibit

I thought I'd try to do a quick, simple floral still life today. I'm pretty happy with it, however I wish I put my brush down a half hour earlier. I'm slowly learning to paint faster and smarter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"I want to go to there!" - Liz Lemon

Find the Path
6" x 12", oil on stretched canvas
$195 framed
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I like to flip back and forth between still life and landscapes. After creating a still life, which requires great attention to detail, landscapes allow you to get a little more creative, you can get away with more tweaking, adding or deleting. I find it very relaxing... unless of course it results in a mess from too much tweaking, adding and deleting.

Monday, April 6, 2009

"Nobody puts baby in a corner!", Johnny


6" x 6", oil on stretched canvas


Why should pears have a monopoly on my still life paintings? I'll try branching out into other fruits and then maybe just go completely nuts and enter into the world of vegetables.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

"You like me, you really like me!", Sally Fields

On Friday I received a nice surprise, an award from a fellow daily painter who does amazing work , Karen Bruson, please click on her name to take a look at her work. She gave my blog the "Passion for Painting Award". Thanks Karen!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Uh Oh!

Uh Oh!
6" x 6", oil on canvas
I've been spending so much time on creating these daily paintings that I've been leaving little time for working on some of my larger paintings. My solution is to set a limit of 2 hours and that's it. In a little while, when I hopefully improve and get faster, I'll ratchet it down to one hour. It looks as though this pear took the brunt of my time constraint frustration today.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hiker's Big Reward

12" x 12", oil on stretched canvas

On auction at the Fog Gallery, Vinalhaven, ME Aug 12th

Thinking about what to paint this morning I remembered what really inspired me to attempt painting to begin with and that was the great landscape artists of Maine that I would see every summer in different galleries and museums, artists like Connie Hayes, Tom Curry and Eric Hopkins. So I took a study that I had painted a few weeks ago, Hiker's Reward, enlarged it and tweaked it, and created this larger landscape. All of my landscape paintings are inspired by actual photos that I have taken on my journeys. Maybe this summer I'll actually try plein air painting... we'll see.