Monday, April 9, 2018

Lemons and Blueberries

"Bowl of Lemons with Blueberries"
6"x 8" Oil on Gessobord
Click for Ebay listing here.

Thank you for visiting my website. I appreciate all the support I have on FB and instagram but since I've been back to painting after a 4 year "break" I have noticed that blogging is not as popular as it once was. I guess the format is a little more time consuming and other means of posting artwork reaches a greater audience. It doesn't appear that artists are shutting down their blogs but just aren't as consistent in posting on them. For now my blog is my "website" and a really good journal of my work over the years. I don't know a better way to archive past works for viewers and myself. For that reason alone I keep it going. I welcome any comments about artists and blogging in 2018.

I enjoyed painting this painting for the color change. No red in this one! The background is my favorite color and it looks so beautiful with the yellow lemons. It is a funny thing but still life paintings with anything red as subject matter seem to be favorites. I've painted a lot of strawberries, red jelly, red grapes, etc of late and many by request or commission. It's nice to have a break from red! 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dad's Daffodils


"Dad's Daffodils"

8"x 10" Oil on Linen wood panel

The first sight of Daffodils means spring is here!!! I haven't seen any yet this year but this painting is from a photo from last spring right before my Dad passed away. He loved spring, being an avid gardener and these Daffodils were picked from his beautiful selection.  It's ironic that I chose to included sea shells in my photo, not knowing then that I would soon move to my new home at the beach! Happy Easter to all FB friends and family!!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Strawberries with Silver Goblet

"Strawberries and Silver Goblet"

8"x 10" Oil on Gessobord
$175 Available by email

This painting was done in the midst of my strawberry focus a few paintings back. I couldn't decide if I would leave the background edges "unfinished" or not. After looking at it a few weeks I think I like it as it gives the back space a little interest and also adds to the antique old world vibe. It's a bit French Country, don't you think?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Strawberries and Blue Bowl --SOLD

"Strawberries and Blue Bowl"
6"x 6" Oil on Gessobord

More strawberries before I move on to something other than fruit in my next painting. This colorful one will hang in the home of one of my dear collectors. Thanks Gail! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Red Grapes on Silver Pedestal Plate — SOLD

"Red Grapes on Display" 
6"x 8"x 1/8" Oil on Gessobord

 I’ve been watching some art videos lately and was inspired to approach this still life a bit differently. I premixed my paint for the most part rather than mix as I go along and I blocked in color all over the canvas before finishing any one area. I’ll continue this my next painting—seems to keep my colors cleaner and see my all important values better. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Black Grapes with Pottery—SOLD

"Black grapes with Pottery"
6" x 8" x 1/8" Oil on Gessobord

Aren't black grapes beautiful? Every now and then there is one with a little rose blush and the blue highlights that skim over the surface of all was a fun challenge. I am always learning how to depict new subjects––I will never run out of things to paint!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mandarines and Skittles - SOLD

6"x 8" x1/8" Oil on Gessobord  

This commission really took me back to my illustration days. The client conceptualized the "story" and suggested the layout/design. She wanted to capture memories of the skiing breaks with her grandkids as they enjoyed their favorite snacks. The hardware on the table is painted from the provided photo of an actual lodge table they frequent but the snow is artificial. A really cute idea for a still life and I hope she loves it!
Yes, I did eat the props and Skittles are NOT on my current diet!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Strawberries and Silver Cup - SOLD

"Strawberries and Silver Cup"
6"x 8"x 7/8"  Oil on linen mounted on cradled wooden panel
Yesterday I finished the companion piece to a still life painting of plums. The collector wanted strawberries to pair with the 6"x 8" plums and I think she will love it! I've included a photo of both in my drying box so you can see how they appear together.
I'm wanting beach weather to return!! so I'm itching to paint a beach scene next. I have some reference photos taken in November when folks were still wearing swimsuits. Stay tuned....

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fresh Strawberries - SOLD

“Fresh Berries” 
6”x 6”x 1/8” Oil on Gessobord

Strawberries are abundant this year from California and Florida. They are such a beautiful fruit to paint and I improve my technique each study I do. Those seeds and highlights are time consuming but therapeutic due to my love of detail. As the set up aged the aroma of strawberries filled my studio and these were as sweet as they look, yum!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Two Plums and Silver Creamer - SOLD

”Two Plums in Morning Light”
6”x 8” x 7/8” Oil on linen mounted on wood.

Plums and pears are my favorite fruits to paint. I just love the challenge of painting that blue haze that floats on the surface of Plums. This painting on my iPad loses the cool blue of the background. Lately I’ve been frustrated with the inconsistency of colors from one device to another. On my phone the blues are true. My recent honey jar was the worst, colors appear different on phone, iPad, computer and eBay listing! 

I’m excited to say that this painting sold within 4 minutes of being posted on FB! Fastest sale ever!