Monday, July 1, 2013

Green Pear and Delft Vase

"Green Pear and Delft Vase"  5"x7" oil on board  nfs
Yeah!!! I'm over the internal battle of procrastinating and doing "anything but painting" phase of my returning to a "normal" life. After a year of multiple surgeries and numerous medical conditions ( including the big "C") I had not painted since last February and had a bit of creative anxiety. This commissioned painting resulted in success and made my client happy so all doubts about my present abilities are over!
An additional commission to repaint Blood Orange No. 2 is next on the easel and I may have another
request to paint this orange again as well by another client. So glad to have work to do, studio completly set up now and all ready to make art!!! WhooHoo!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I'm Back...What a Year! ART SALE


My last post being the mandarin oranges in February of 2012 was the temporary end to painting while  my family and I began the process of caring for my folks. My Dad was scheduled to have a heart valve transplant in April and my Mom with Parkinson's needed to be placed in an assisted living facility. Little did I know that after Dad’s surgery and rehab that I would be thrown into a year of major changes and health issues.

In May I discovered a lump on a rib and after many tests, Xrays, CT's, oncologist, bone scans, MRI's and biopsies, a diagnosis was found. Large bone tumors on two ribs ( growing toward the inner chest cavity ) which only after months of testing were found to be benign. However, in the process I did discover by surprise that I had stage one breast cancer in the left breast. The two conditions were not connected, thank the Lord! I had to put a lot of time into insurance appeals ( pre-exiting conditions ) as well as have 4 surgeries before the end of 2012. In January I had a case of the flu and during that illness I began having mini strokes and spent a week in the hospital, the next week having my right carotid artery cleared of blockage through surgery. Then in April this year I’ve had the biggest and most difficult surgery to remove the rib tumors along with the removal of four ribs. The two tumors were the size of a baseball and a softball! Six surgeries so far and another mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgeries to be preformed before the year is out. I’m so thankful to be alive! If you are into this sort of thing I began a blog last year at the onset of my journey–A Story of Survival by Marilyn M King–and have continued with updates on my medical and spiritual journey.

As a result of the surgeries and non stop trips to doctor’s and hospital, I could no longer work in our family business of house cleaning. Our finance situation became critical and we moved last November to my folk’s empty home in another city and closed our business. This left both Kenn and me without an income. I tried to paint some but with the tough move and surgeries it was too stressful and at times too painful to accomplish much of anything. I believe that now I have the worst behind me feeling human again, and just beginning to finish setting up my studio. I’m looking forward to a couple of months of painting before my next round of surgeries.

I have a commission ( that is a year over due ) that will start me off and then maybe finish up or enhance some abandoned paintings to get back into the swing of things. It is always hard to have the confidence to pick up a brush after a long time away and a little over a year is an eternity! So I have to put on my "big girl" pants and get to work! I’ve missed you fellow artists and being a part of this fabulous artist network and look forward to being inspired again by your work and friendship.

I’m going through my art inventory and placing some discounted works on this site for quick sales to pay some bills. All paintings are in oil and dimensions in inches. Thanks for looking!


Sorry these "Buy Now" buttons are not cooperating! And the image layout is also rebelling! I’ve been  away tooooo long: (  Please find the buy now button either under the image or on the page as labeled. Or email me at marilynmking@yahoo.com for a computer invoice. Thanks.

cut pear and peach
favorite pie
corn dog joint
three cupcakes
scooby
apple debut
wanna dance?
two red pears
5x7 on board
cow creamer and camellias
$75

7x8 on cardboard
garden reprieve
sold
 






5x7 on board
favorite pie
$90



5x7 on board
cut pear and peach
$90
7x5 on board
roses from the heart
$75









8x6 on board
 Sue at the corn dog joint
$85
6x9 on stretched canvas
veggies
$75
sold

8x6 on mounted canvas
tea cup and pink roses
$70

6x8 on mounted canvas
Scooby
$50


7 3/8x5 3/8 on mounted canvas
beach boy
sold
6x9 on stretch canvas
three cupcakes
$50


5x7 on stretched canvas
apple debut
$50


5x7 on board
two red pears
$50


5x7 on board
wanna dance?
$75


8x8 on cardboard
blue tea pot
sold

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Two Mandarin Oranges - SOLD

"Two Mandarin Oranges with Leaves"

5"x 7" Oil on Gessobord

sold

Can anyone tell me why this is the only fruit that merchants deem necessary to retain their leaves? I can understand why you seldom see leaves in the market, but mandarin oranges of some varieties ( these are Page Mandarins ) always appear in the market with leaves intact. Very curious and a delight as well. This painting is sooooo much more interesting with those drying leaves as they curl into sculpture-like accessories.

My still life set up is really just an old cardboard moving box, wood plank from the side of the road, and hand held light, all captured with my handy camera on a tripod. It is thrilling to create a convincing old world scene with these spare elements. I was putting my official artistic license to good use - mustn't let it lapse.

After a few inquiries into my box I thought a current pic of today's view of my "box" could give more info than words. The top piece is moved from side to side or removed as needed for desired directional light.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Collie Figurine and Starbucks Bottle - SOLD

"Lassie and Starbucks"
Dog figurine still life no. 3

6"x 6" Oil on Gessobord

sold

One more in my vintage dog series rolls off the easel. This one has been on the easel for a month in various stages of completion and it feels a great victory to finally be able to post it! Life just gets in the way toooo much these days.

The blue tin is my "distressed" tin inspired by the British artist Jullian Merrow-Smith. You can read my past post about the making of it here. I just really love this tin! The adding of the Starbucks bottle was a last minute addition and was really a joy to paint although I'm always asking myself later when painting "why the heck did I make myself paint type again!" I'll be interested if this painting is purchased by someone who love collies or rather Starbucks. Let's just hope the painting finds a good home.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Blood Orange No.2- SOLD

"Blood Orange No.2"

6"x 6" Oil on Gessobord

sold

It was about a year ago that I painted this orange and had saved several images of it in order to paint again. The angle is a little different but overall the same painting and I think improved. Click here to see last year's painting.

I haven't forgotten my "dog" paintings, but not everyone loves dogs or figurines so more food and kitchen paintings must be sprinkled in here and there. The holidays have slowed all painting temporarily, but it is worth it. My husband and I have been having the most wonderful Christmas season this year with lots of parties, music programs, time with dear friends, special church services and later time with family. It is not much about "stuff" and gifts this year but more about reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. It has been a blessed time drawing near to our heavenly father.

Best Wishes for a most Blessed Christmas and Hopeful New Year!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dachshund - Dog Figurine Still Life No. 2 - SOLD

"Dachshund Still Life"

5"x 7" Oil on Gessobord.

sold

This carved figure took on a more contemporary look in style than the first painting in this dog figurine series. While painting the chiseled surface of the dog my brushstrokes became more angular and took on a more contemporary look than the first in the series. Don't you love his expression? I so enjoyed painting that face!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Terrier Dog and Persimmons - SOLD

"Terrier Dog and Persimmons"

5"x 7" Oil on Gessobord

sold

It has been like an early Christmas around here with packages being left on my doorstep almost everyday this week. I've gone nuts purchasing dog figurines for a series of still life paintings including the many vintage dogs that I've found on ebay. I'm not a collector of anything so it is different to see dogs everywhere in my studio. I'm getting addicted on ebay- danger, danger! I have enough dogs to keep me busy for quite a while and look forward to painting something other than fruit every now and then.

This painting, being my first was fun but I think if it sells I might make about 25 cents and hour! I reworked parts of it several times but am finally happy with it. More to come!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Black Grapes and Silver Goblet -SOLD

"Black Grapes and Silver Goblet"

5"x 7" Oil on Gessobord
sold

This was my second painting of grapes and the first black variety. It was quite a challenge to paint all the colors in "black" grapes. They are NOT black at all. But that was the appeal to me. I was looking forward to attempting to get those "blue bits" correct. It took lots of patience and painting many layers which can be tricky when you paint wet into wet as I did here. I like this one so much it will be sad to part with.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Two Pears on a Box -SOLD

"Two Pears on a Box"

6"x 6" Oil on Gessobord.
sold

It seems that pears are a favorite subject for both artists and collectors. The appeal for me is how unique each one is and the shape of the pear can be arranged in such interesting ways - much more interesting to me than all the round fruits. For some reason I think of the French countryside when I see pears depicted in art. I don't know why- I have pear trees all around me here in Atlanta. I'll just say that these are French pears and you'll believe me.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pear in Cool Light - SOLD

"Pear in Cool Light"

5"x 7" Oil on Gessobord.

sold

I'm really enjoying the dark backgrounds with the image emerging from the shadows. For one thing I don't have to decide what color to paint - some form of black works for all.

For a long while on my painting journey I sought to loosen up with all my brushwork and paint like so many that I admire. Since coming back this year after a several months break from painting, I'm finding that the more realistic style is where I really feel at home and the paintings are just flowing with little effort. I think I'll stay at "home" for a while - loving the comfort zone. This may be what finding one's artistic voice is all about - for so long I was not listening......