Monday, September 28, 2009

Fishing Treasures, 10x8, (Sold)

My dad loved to fish, and I loved to fish with him. I painted this on the 16th anniversary of his death, Sept 16. My sister and I kept all of Dad's tackle, and these were a couple of his older wooden lures. The reel was actually his dad's, so it is meaningful to me.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Box of Pears, 14x11

A fellow artist bought this box of pears for her husband. I knew it would only be there for a short time, so I had to paint it. I loved the acid green-yellow of the box cardboard against the dark liner supporting each luscious pear. It was everything I could do not to eat them.
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Silk Threads, 10x8

This is my first attempt at painting glass, and I now know that reflective surfaces are as challenging as I had always heard. That said, I think the glass rendering is reasonably successful here. Compositionally, I think I should have left the jar lid off, or moved the entire composition down on the canvas, as it fills cramped on the top. Side note: These are old wooden spools of silk thread, given to me by my mother-in-law. The colors and sheen were absolutely glowing. I also learned that painting single threads of silk requires something smaller than a one inch brush, ahem!
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Fresh Beets with Red Onion, 11x14

Wow, I am behind on posting. I love the foliage on beets and other leafy vegetables. This orange Fiesta plate seemed to be a perfect complement to the beets and sliced purple onion and the strong leafy patterns. I am enjoying still life painting more and is unbelievable how even the simplest still life takes so much time to arrange, light, etc, and then I have to 'hurry' before the leaves wilt! (Sold)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Still Life with Beets, 40x30 (Sold)

This still life is deceptively large...but the 40x30 size gives each element significant impact and makes it larger than life, literally. I love beets...the color, the starchy stems, the large leaves, and this leaf wanted to be important in this painting. This is a strong, graphic painting. (Sold)

Grandma's scale (revised), 16x12x2

OK, I had the perfect onion, then I blew it, see post below. Ahem. I took another run at it, putting the parched skin back in, etc....thankfully, all better now. (Sometimes, it is hard to know when to leave well enough alone....In the words of Kathleen dello Stritto, "Step away from the canvas".) On Gallery wrapped canvas, no need to frame. $200. + s/h. To purchase this painting:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Grandma's kitchen scale, 11x14

This antique scale forced me to use a brush smaller than 1/2" was frightening. I am happy w/ the tomatoes and the scale. My original rendering of the onion was likely more successful than the one shown here....(why can't we just leave well enough alone?) I may need to take another stab at the onion. Thoughts????