Friday, May 19, 2017

Roses in a Tuscan Vase

20x16" Oil on canvas (Click to view larger.)

Subject matter: This was painted larger than I've done in the past and it felt good to branch out--literally (pun not intended). Roses have always been my nemesis and so it felt good to finally be able to paint them. Because of this, I decided to keep it. This was painted partly from a still life set-up in a studio and later from the photos I took of it.

Surface: I used a portrait-quality canvas and truly loved it. It has a fine weave and makes the paint flow so easily.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Garden View

8x10" Oil on wood panel

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Subject matter: I love old houses and what better subject than my own little bungalow. This is a garden view of the house. I have so much shade that not many flowers bloom in our yard, but some do thrive. The climbing rose bush is called Seven Sisters and it's very hardy. The Plumbago and Beach Sunflowers love the sun and get plenty on the front of the fence.

Process: This was painted on a gessoed wood panel that has a 3/4" wood cradle. I stained and varnished the sides which makes it easy to hang without a frame. Or if you prefer a frame, one can easily be attached to the cradle. I prefer floater frames on small paintings but any frame will work. Floaters are nice because they allow all of the painting to show. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ainsley's Braid

12x9" Oil on stretched linen
Subject: This painting was inspired by my granddaughter's beautiful braid. She is always adorable, but never more so than when her hair is pulled into a French braid. 

Technique: I tried a bit of glazing on the skin and felt that it added some luminosity. For non-artists, glazing is a technique often used by the old masters to add richness to the color. Basically, a glaze is a transparent layer of paint placed over a dried layer of paint, which allows the previous color to show through. It is a time-consuming but rewarding technique. 

The painting in its frame

I am excited to announce that I was awarded a Student Merit Award for this painting earlier tonight at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Here is the framed painting and a photo of me being very happy, even before the awards were given out. Notice my always-in-fashion Croc shoes!

At the Dunedin Fine Art Center

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lemon Study with Daisies

8x10" Oil on canvas

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This is a simple study of lemons and daisies on canvas. The sides have been painted to match the painting so it doesn't require a frame unless you want one.

Monarch Beauty

5x7" Oil on linen panel (Click to enlarge.)
$NFS - This painting has been gifted to a very special friend who raises Monarchs on her back porch.

Just some thoughts: I think I'd like to try this same painting with a blue flower since blue and orange are complementary colors. My camera can't capture the color of the background as well as I'd like.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


7x5" Oil on primed linen panel (Click to view larger.)

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Shalimar has always been one of my favorite perfumes. It is a light scent and makes me feel a bit exotic. Maybe it's the name? This small unframed painting is on Senso linen.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Art Companions

7x5" Oil on Gessobord panel (Click to enlarge.)
NFS - This painting has been gifted to a special friend-my brother, Mike.

Subject matter: This is the second of my artist's tools paintings. It's interesting to see what a change in the background color did to the look of the glass. Somewhere I read that you must continue to learn to avoid Alzheimers. If so, I should be safe because learning to paint is constantly stretching my brain. 

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