Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Murrells Inlet Sunset from Veteran's Pier

"Murrells Inlet Sunset at Veteran's Pier"
9"x 12" Oil on Gessobord

I've been taking a break from blogging to do a few commissions but this painting was for my pleasure. I took a photo of this sunset a year ago and have looked forward to trying to capture it in paint. There is so much beauty in this coastal area of South Carolina, my new home for a year now, and I desire to expand my skills to more landscape and seascape paintings. 
The view here is looking back at Marsh Walk from The Veteran's Pier where many great seafood restaurants are enjoyed by locals and visitors year round.   

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Blue Plate Special II - SOLD

"Blue Plate Special II"
8'x 10" Oil on linen panel
$250. + s&h

Fresh out of the garden and onto the easel!  Happy Summer while it lasts.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Three Peaches and Bottle - SOLD

"Peach Round Up"
8"x 8" Oil on linen panel

Peaches in the South..... nothing finer than that!! The old bottle has been in the family forever and the painted bench I found in a little antique store in Brookhaven, Ga.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Braves Hat, Ball and Peanuts - SOLD

"Braves Fan"
8"x 10" Oil on Gessobord

I had to celebrate the great season our Atlanta Braves are having!! I lived in Atlanta 53 years and although I recently moved to SC, the Braves will always be my team!! Go Braves!!
My illustration background allows me to feel very comfortable with this type of subject, it was fun, fun, fun!! Peanuts, anyone?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

White Roses - SOLD

"Rose Beauties"
8"x 6" Oil on Gessobord

After a few rose studies under my belt, I feel like I'm beginning to be happy with the results. The colors in this rose were so varied that it was a pleasure to work on achieving the variations accurately.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Raspberry Jelly in Bell Jar

"Bonnie's Homemade Jelly"
8"x 8" Oil on mounted linen

This subject revisited from a few years back- same image, different background and size. The perfect pop of color for your cozy kitchen. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sunflowers and Copper- Sold

"Sun and Copper"
8"x10" Oil on linen panel

I'm loving some new Linen panels from Jerry's Artarama by Senso. They are mdf board wrapped with linen and retain the nature linen color gessoed with a clear gesso.  They have a lovely texture that really encourages me to put the strokes down looser. The painting goes much quicker than on my usual Gessobord with the smooth surface but Gessobord is still my favorite  for super realistic painting but I'm going to stock up on these! Enjoy the sun and enjoy your Summer in full swing now!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sunny Day Roses

"Sunny Day Roses"
6"x 8" oil on Gessobord

$99 + S&H

It was a good day in the studio and it started my week off with great expectations. I’m developing a passion for floral art as a result of studying other great paintings and also as a result of my last commission. As I’m being influenced by the gorgeous, loose and painterly styles that I so admire in other artists’ work, I’m moving away from my very precise still life paintings for a while. It is so freeing and so much fun!!! I think my favorite part of this little piece is the blue bits on the petals reflecting the sky. What marvelous color in God’s creation!!! Please enlarge and enjoy the luscious brush strokes of pure color!!!

I’m including some progression shots for those interested.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Engish Roses study - SOLD

"English Roses" study
6"x 8" oil on linen mounted wood panel


Trying to loosen up in preparation for more floral still lifes. "Loose" painting is not my comfort zone and I worked past the really loose stage but it is a good start. Several years ago when I first began painting in oils I was so inspired by the loose style I saw many artists achieving and really worked at trying to accomplish a loose style of my own. As I finally got to a degree of acceptable brushwork and pleasant styling, I got interrupted by life and didn't paint for a while. Once my painting resumed I just jumped back in to what I felt comfortable with and began the trend to more and more realistic. That has worked fine and well received by collectors but as I am beginning to explore painting flowers I feel the need to back off from the very tight style that has been my norm. We will see how far I loosen up but I liked this start.....
( Ha, a true loosened up painter would have left off those dew drops, a bit of tight detail, lol )

Three White Flowers Series 2 - SOLD

"Three White Flower Series"
12" x 12" x 1 1/2" on cradled wooden panel
Commission /nfs

This series was a pure delight to produce and a departure from my usual still life paintings. However I did a series of four similar paintings in 2016 that was the inspiration for my collector who commissioned the work. I'm so happy to know they will be hanging in a gorgeous Southern home!