Monday, December 11, 2017

Figs with Leaves - SOLD

“Figs with Leaves”
5” x 7” x 1/8”  oil on gessobord

Hi out there!! It’s been a long while since I’ve painting regularly and even longer since adding 
to my blog.  I’ve moved to the beach and just set up my studio to begin painting seriously again after a few years of personal health issues and then caring for ailing parents. I’ve opened the next chapter of my journey here in South Carolina by the sea and am loving it already!

 My first studio painting is a commission from a collector to pair with a previous painting. I’m so happy with how my first painting in the new studio looks and the client is as well, so I’m on a roll!
Just finished another commission a day later (worked on both paintings in tandem) so will post soon. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three Bosc Pears with Bowl - SOLD

"Three Bosc Pears with Bowl"
6"x 8"x 3/4" oil on cradled wood panel

Ok, I know, pears AGAIN! But these are my first Bosc pears and they look great with this bowl that I found in my Mom's kitchen. I remember this dish pattern from my childhood in the 50's that was our daily dinnerware. This is the only piece remaining and I love it. Wish I knew the name of the pattern. Again I gravitated toward the dramatic lighting and I love those reflections. This painting came together nicely and I approve this message!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bartlett Pear and Bean Pot

"Bartlett Pear and Bean Pot"
5"x 7'x 1/8" oil on linen mounted on board

I did mention before that I love painting pears! This one looks happy next to the little Heinz 57 bean pot from the 60's. I picked it up at a flea market in Blairsville, Ga a few years ago. Note that the color is not exact in this photo. The original is more light lime green than yellow on the right side of the pear. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Three Plums on Cutting Board ~ SOLD

"Three Plums on Cutting Board"
6"x 12" on 3/4" cradled board

I really enjoyed painting these plums with their blues and reds, larger size and smooth gessoed board. The original is so rich with beautiful translucent reds.

I've been painting a few paintings but have gotten behind in my posting. So here is the first of three still lifes that I'll be sharing in the next few days. I've several commissions in discussion and am in the process of painting a house portrait at the moment. This one is a present so no posting until finished and delivered. I hope everyone is enjoying your summer!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Boston Terrier and Dominos Still Life

"Boston Terrier and Dominos"
5"x 7" oil on gessobord

available by email

Another small painting in my dog figurine series is just off the easel. Well actually it was completed two weeks ago but I was either too busy to post or too sick with the dreaded flu. I seemed to have missed the bug last December when everyone I knew was sick but it attacked me when no one else was ill. A mystery....
In this set up is a wooden box of dominos that my mom used to play with as a child. I and my siblings played with them each summer when we visited my grandmother in Auburn, Alabama. Oh, the simple things we had fun with back then when you actually had to interact with others. I love the juxtaposition of the black and white boston terrier and the ivory playing tiles.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wild Plum Jelly Still Life and Venice Scene - SOLD

"Wild Plum Jelly"
Oil on Gessobord 6"x8"
"Colors of Venice"
Oil on Gessobord 16"x 20"
I'm wrapping up my blog for 2014 and posting the last two paintings of the year, both commissions.  Production was very lean last year with a total of seven paintings. It is now February 2015 and my studio is getting a reorganization to inspire me to get busy and paint! Moving my office out of the painting area will give me more room for multiple easels and rid me of office distractions when I'm in the "zone".  Life continues to throw me many distractions but I have to push through and it's now or never to make it happen. Wish me the best, I need it!

The wild plum painting was a commission for dear friends, Dan and Fredia Alexander, whose lovely estate in south Georgia produces many wonderful crops and garden foods, but finding a wild plum tree in the woods was a delightful surprise for them. Fredia made this delicious jelly from the golden plums and she sent me a jar to share and to paint for them. What better companion than biscuits!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Peaches and Vintage Ball Jar - SOLD

"Peaches and Vintage Ball Jar"
5"x 7" Oil on linen mounted on board

Peach season and I just had to paint a few of our Georgia peaches. This Ball jar is one that came from my grandmother's house long ago, no telling what year it was made. I have a larger jar as well and you will be seeing it in a painting someday. Do I like vintage props because I'm "vintage" myself? Maybe....:-)

I have been experimenting again with painting on hand mounted linen panels and am still learning. The paint application is quite different from painting on my beloved Gessobord. I haven't yet begun to really like painting on the linen, maybe it is too coarse a texture for small paintings with the desired attention to detail and achieving the amount of realism that I desire. Yet I see other artists producing small paintings with a very smooth and detailed effect on linen panels. I think I need to find some Portrait grade linen. Any suggestions?

Anyway I do like the results of this one, it just took more time to paint than using the gessobord. I spend all my time trying to "paint out" the linen texture, like I said, I'm still learning. I think I'm supposed to "use" that texture to my advantage.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pottery Pitcher and Fruit. - SOLD

"Pottery Pitcher and Fruit"

8"x 6"x1/8" oil on Gessobord

I've had several paintings in the works and just now completed this one finally. I'm loving this piece of pottery, a new prop found at a thrift store. The lemon and apple look like little characters peaking around from behind, not intentional but I love that.

 I have another smaller 5x7 to finish up tomorrow hopefully and then on to a couple of commissions. One will measure 20" x 16" which is way larger than I have been painting in a long while. I plan on taking progression shots at various stages of the painting process for this blog. Thank you for looking at my work!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Avocado and Seed - SOLD

"Avocado and Seed"  oil on linen mounted board  6"x 8"


It has been a while since I've used blogger and I'm finding that the color of paintings is distorted. I'm seeing one  range of colors on my personal files, another on ebay, and another on blogger. My photo is usually close to the right hues but then as I post different places I'm viewing so many color variations of my work. Very frustrating! Anyone else having this problem?

My first avocado painting was so much fun, where have I been? I have only started eating them this last year and now have developed a great fondness for their texture and flavor, especially added to salads. God makes good stuff!

"Lemons and Half Pint" - SOLD

"Lemons and Half Pint"  5"x 7" Oil on gessobord

Ok, I wasn't back. But NOW I am and I don't want to talk about it..... My first couple of paintings were failures and wipe outs but the "two red pears" was the first acceptable painting ( I love painting red pears and like this blue background ) and sold on ebay. Next, I felt things clicking as I painted the lemons and and small cream bottle. The bottle was a vintage find in a Blairsville, Ga antique store a few years back and it is so cute, perfect size for these  small paintings. The lemon painting sold on Ebay as well, so
"Two Red Pears" 6"x 6" oil on gessobord

off to a good start! Feels good to be painting once again!