Saturday, June 27, 2020

Smith Figs in Cool Light

"Family Heirlooms"
6"x 12"x 7/8" Oil on Gessobord
Available on Ebay

A kind neighbor shared her Mom's garden figs with us and off to the studio they went before making it to the kitchen!! The bowl is the one piece left of my childhood dining set used many years by our family. I set the figs in a natural cool morning light and tried my best to keep my colors and value contrasts subtle. Super happy with this one!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Blue Creamer with Plums

"Three for Tea"
6"x 8"x 7/8" oil on cradled board
$148.50 available on Ebay

The creamer was a treasure spotted at a local antique shop, inexpensive but so much character and that color!! I collect so many objects ( common to all still life painters ) and some become favorites. Because this is "my" color it will undoubtedly reappear.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Belin Memorial Garden - Sold

"Morning Grace" 
11"x 14" Oil on stretched linen

This painting commission was inspired by a smaller painting from last year. It is the view from the front door of our sanctuary where persons from all over the community come to contemplate the loving grace of our Heavenly Father. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake

"Family Favorites"
12"x16" Oil on stretched linen

It appears that homemade cookies are on lots of minds during this quarantine!! I received this commission after my last cookie bake painting. Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies, everyone's favorite! 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Pink Garden Rose

"Gardener's Delight"
8"x 6"x 1/8" Oil on Gessobord
$121.50 on Ebay

These beautiful roses bloom every spring at our church in the memorial garden. The garden of various flowers and sculptures are lovingly designed, planted and tended to by church members and each Sunday I love checking out what is in bloom with camera phone in hand. The Sunday I took a shot of this rose, I happily skipped into church knowing I had a future painting in my pocket.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Making Cookies Still Life

"Secret Ingredient"
12"x 16" Oil on stretched canvas

I have a good collection of vintage cooking utensils and get excited when using some in a still life paintings. It brings me happiness when these cooking subject paintings take people back to fond childhood memories. This was the case with the new owner of this piece, a much valued collector. 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Last Day at the Beach ( Garden City Beach, SC )

"Last Day at the Beach"
8"x 10" Oil on linen panel
available on Ebay

On our last walk on the beach last week I caught a shot of these two girls playing in the sand. None of us knew that the next day our SC beaches would be closed to all until the quarantine is over. Because of that this scene had to be painted!! I'm in the mood to paint the beach, maybe more to come!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Garden City Beach Shore - Sold

"Closing Shoreline"
6"x 8" Oil on Linen mounted on Cradled Wood

Last week the Garden City Pier closed so I won't see this view for a while. Yesterday SC beaches closed so no more walks on the beach for a while. I sure hope this "while" will be over soon. I'm so grateful that my family and I are healthy so far and continue to pray for those who are sick and pray for those on the front lines. Our country is in God's hands. Keep positive thoughts and look to your maker for peace and comfort. Love you all!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Grapes, Strawberries and Pottery

"Study in Grays Plus Strawberries" 
6"x 8" Oil on Gessobord
$195. available on Ebay

I have a desire to tone down my color palettes and achieve more neutral and grayed colors. This was a study to that end. I'm loving how this approach creates a vivid focal point when adding an intense color. 
Stay safe and be well. Enhance your quarantined environment with beautiful art. :-)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Plums Still Life With Old Bottles

"Plum Tonic" 
9"x 12" on wood mounted linen panel
$328.50 purchase on Ebay

I love these antique tonic bottles found among my family's things many years ago. I finally incorporated them with these gorgeous plums. I don't often see them with the blue surface intact, usually being washed and rubbed off.  Still life painters sure get excited about the most average day things! We hope to share that excitement with our viewers.