Friday, January 8, 2021

Silver Bowl and Lemon



"Silver Bowl and Lemon"
6"x 8" oil on Gessobord
$175 + sh&h

I love silver and reflections! This silver pot is called a "slop bowl" or "tea waste bowl" in my silver set found on ebay. The function is to be available for tea leaves and cold water or other discards, but really! Can't there be a better name for such a fine object? I did find two alternate terms that sound better to my ear, alms dish and ort bowl.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

"Tucker", pet portrait - Sold


"Tucker"
12"x 16" oil on line panel
commission

A pet portrait always. makes a great gift to a loved one, friend or to self!! This painting of Tucker was a Christmas present commissioned by a longtime collector for her husband. Their "best friend" has been sorely missed but it brings the family joy that his painting now hangs near his favorite spot. It is a pleasure to bring sweet memories to their minds each day of their sweet boy. 


 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Pet Portrait, "Shadow" - Sold





"Shadow"
10"x 10" oil on Gessobord
commission, sold

In June I had cataract surgery in one eye and in July the second. In December I am still experiencing complications from the surgery and my dry eye condition is still giving me vision problems. I'm experiencing blurriness and large floaters that have not improved. Current treatments are making little difference at this point but I'm still hopeful. I'm glad that I can still paint but it is a much slower process and not as fun as the natural "zone" during a session is disrupted. 
I'm so glad that I have been able to successfully complete two commissions of dog portraits. This one in October was for a Birthday present for a sweet husband's wife. Her dear Shadow had departed us and a dear quote was added by hand lettering on the painting. The second "poor" photo shows the final look.
 
I'll share the dog portrait I recently finished after Christmas when the painting has been gifted. 
I have other paintings almost completed but it had been much more difficult to go to the studio and fight with my problematic vision to finish them to my satisfaction. Please know that the doctors are expecting improvement and I'm so thankful for the vision I do have!! Merry Christmas to you all this month and thank you for letting me share my art with you. 










 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Smith Figs in Cool Light


"Family Heirlooms"
6"x 12"x 7/8" Oil on Gessobord
$230. 
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
sold

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
Sold

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 - Sold


"Gardener's Delight"
8"x 6"x 1/8" Oil on Gessobord
sold

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
sold

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
$157.50
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!!