Monday, February 29, 2016

Still Life with Cobalt Creamer & Lemons


6x6 Oil on panel
Still Life with Cobalt Creamer & Lemons-  SOLD

This painting was about getting the right color blue for this vintage art deco creamer. I love 1940's and 50's dishes! My sister gifted this to me after I kept admiring it in her house. This was my first attempt to paint a pattern on china and it was very satisfying--and not as hard as I'd imagined. Of course, it wasn't a complicated pattern, but one must start somewhere.

My new shadowbox: This was my first painting using my new shadowbox that my husband made using a pattern from Carol Marine's book. I tried working from a photograph of this arrangement, but could not see the highlights on the glass as well as painting it from life. The shadowbox is quite large so keeping my cats out of it has been a battle. Fortunately, I won this first round.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

McCoy Vase with Lemons

9x12" Oil on canvas
McCoy Vase with Lemons- Click here to bid.

This is a 9x12 inch painting on gallery wrapped canvas from my earlier paintings. The vase was bought at a bargain price from an antique/consignment shop. I love this old vase and have it sitting on a beautiful rustic shelf that my  husband made. This painting has one coat of Gamvar varnish and is unframed. Finally decided to sell it to make room for more paintings.

Signing issues: On my smaller paintings I usually sign my initials simply because there is so little room. Though this is a little larger painting, I decided to sign my initials since signing is so difficult. I may master the art of painting in about 20 years or so, but I will probably still have difficulty signing my name with a brush. There's good news though, I finally decided on what style of signature to use: print is easier than cursive.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Grandmama's Salt & Pepper Shakers

6x6" Oil on panel
Grandmama's Salt & Pepper Shakers- $NFS 

Painting these vintage shakers took me back to my grandmother's kitchen and all the cool retro dishes and appliances. These shakers were difficult to paint (glass is hard for me) and at this point I can't part with this little painting. I may try a new arrangement of them and then I'll be able to sell one or the other.

Drying issues:  I've already started and finished another painting of a vintage kitchen piece but I want to let my paintings have a chance to dry before I post. When I started this blog, I didn't have a clear understanding of how long to wait before posting. Definitely, I need to let my paintings dry enough to varnish. I use Gamvar which can be applied as soon as they are dry to the touch; however, that can take at least a week or more.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Red Onion Delight

Red Onion Delight (6x6" oil on panel)
Red Onion Delight-  SOLD

Painting this onion was fun! I started this painting with an underpainting of burnt umber and mineral spirits and everything was much easier after this.

My own panels: On my previous small daily paintings I used Ampersand Gessobords. These are wonderful panels and I would recommend them to anyone who doesn't want to spend a little time making your own. Though I had never done it before, I decided I could make my own with the help of my handy husband--who knows how to work with power tools. So he cut a bunch of 6x6 inch panels from tempered masonite board (purchased from my favorite Home Depot), and I sanded and applied gesso (3 coats) to each small panel. First, I lightly sanded each panel with 150 grit; after this I applied the first coat of gesso. Then I sanded again between each coat with 400 grit sandpaper. Make sure you do it lightly. If you need more help, try this You tube video by Pauly Tamez. I watched many but this was one of the easiest to follow.

Signing my name: This is difficult for me. Sometimes it looks like I've forged my own signature--but badly! So on some of these small panels I've opted for my initials. It gets the job done and is much less frustrating.