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Showing posts from April, 2010

Garden Rose IV

My roses this year are exceptional. The bushes are simply loaded with blossoms and they are lush and full. This is the first one picked this season. I saved a little brown jar from my yeast. I love browns and the golden colors that appear when the light shines through them. This painting happened so easily just flowed right off the tip of the brush. 6x6 inches oil canvas panel

Bunny SOLD

I found this little buy among the clearance items today. His ear was torn off and so when I brought him home I used paper glue to attach it and he is perfect. I'm not used to painting anything like this. He is a silver bunny. I may not have captured the silvery look yet. I'll evaluate. If any of you have suggestions I am up for that.

Cake and Cool Whip SOLD

Today is dedicated to marathon painting. I made this vanilla cake yesterday and think that it is pretty enough to be painted! I am still interested in painting my tulips and will tackle a larger painting today. After looking at this again I think I should have named it flying cool whip. It looks as though the cool whip is taking off or fluttering its wings!!

Tulips SOLD

I bought these tulips yesterday while shopping. I was surprised that they held up as well as they have. In these paintings I was trying to paint a little looser and not so deliberately. I wanted to flow more with the paint and with the values that I saw. Whether I achieved that I am not sure but it felt different. SOLD

Spring Poppy SOLD

When I first painted this poppy I put in a white background which I grew to hate. I have changed the background to a greyed blue and I like it much better. THIS PAINTING MADE IT TO THE HOME PAGE ON ETSY!

April 22 2010 Earth Day

One of the most difficult aspects of blogging is finding words to say about each piece. Today is a beautiful Spring day. It is sunny and the temperature is perfect with a slight breeze. As I was sitting in my studio looking out of the patio doors toward the water this is what I saw. I couldn't get to my paint brushes quickly enough!! I haven't painted many landscapes and so my tries are largely with little training. Having said that, it was really a good thing. I enjoyed the elements and the wonderful sun filled colors.

Bill and Liz at the Swamp

This is another swamp view from the photos that I took last month. I wanted to attempt placing figures in this small format. The swamp is wearing its winter colors. In a month or so the wild flowers and greenery will completely encase these woods with dense folliage. It really is beautiful in a primal way. 6x6 inches canvas panel

My DayLilies

Someone asked me if I ever did landscape and I thought about it. Not very many. I thought that today I would paint my daylilies from a photo I did last year. 6x6 inches oil

Pears on Red

In this painting I was working to create shapes that would construct the form of the pear. I wanted to work with vibrant color and chose the red piece of silk that I had stashed away in my piles of fabric. I felt pretty good with the results but it took many tries before I felt that I was actually seeing the shapes correctly. I have found that there is so much to learn that I have to bite off small bits of information at a time. RESERVED

Carol Marine Workshop

These were photos from the Carol Marine Workshop last weekend with the 3 demos. I can not stress enough what a super teacher Carol is and how much I am learning. If you have the opportunity do take her workshop it is invaluable!

My Potato Brush

Well this is the second attempt and I am more satisfied. At least it looks like a brush. I still think that I'll try again but for now this is it.

Pansy SOLD

The pansies are in full bloom but the weather is beginning to warm up so much that they won't last much longer. This one is from my garden. Our pansies are relatives of the wild paney of Europe. Along with daffodils, narcissus, hyacinth, there is nothing quite like pansies that speak of Spring. Pansies are old fasioned and were included in small nosgay bouquets.


Love to paint this red vase that I found in a flea market. The red is so incredibly intense. In this painting I worked with split complementary palette. 8x8 inches canvas panel RESERVED


There were only a couple of Iris that came up this year and this is the last one. It had begun to shrivel a little but I painted it as it was. It is a tiny little thing in one of the very small vases that I found in a thrift store. This is my one year has been a fun journey! 6x6 inches canvas panel

Apples and Dish

My first painting since the workshop and I actually enjoyed painting. The things that I learned from this workshop by Carol Marine were invaulable.

Studies from Workshop 4-9-10---4-11-10

Back from Workshop!!!

Oh what a wonderful time I had at Carol Marine's workshop held in Jacksonville Florida. I learned so much and am very anxious to get busy incorporating what I learned into my painting. The weather was perfect and due to a great little GPS system I had no trouble finding everything. Such a wonderful time!! Carol is a great teacher!! Will post tomorrow. Thanks for all of your comments.


This will probably be my last post for a week because I am attending a workshop at the end of this week. Hope to learn many new things and have much to share. I'll post again when I am home. This will be a big adventure for me and I'll take photos to document my trip. Have a great week!!

After The Hunt

Loose Strawberries on Plate SOLD

Strawberries in Plastic Container II SOLD

I have so many strawberries and for the time being I am intriqued with painting them!! This painting has been featured in a Treasury on ETSY.

Strawberries in Plastic Container SOLD

Strawberries were priced so good today at the supermarket. I decided to buy 4 of them for $5.00. I'll need to make a pie or something since they turn bac so quickly. Painting them in their plastic container seemed the way to go since I love the transparency. I kept this one loose so that I could concentrate on what was happening with my response to the subject and color.

Apple on Glass Plate SOLD

This just goes to show you what happens when the color note of the background doesn't turn out the way you want. I like the apple well enough to not wipe it out though. I've been working with a very limited palette and find that sometimes it is a real challenge. The palette is Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Lemon, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and White. The one thing that I dislike about my paintings to date is that they are all so pastel. I thought that by limiting my palette amd concentrating on developing new colors from a few might help me over the hump. My problem is how to deepen the colors.


I know that marachino cherries may not be good for you but they hold a special place in my memory. During the 60's it seemed that they were in jello, desserts, on ice gream, in breads and of course fruit cake. 8x8 inches oil canvas panel If you are interested in purchasing this painting please contact me via email on Etsy. The cost of this painting is $95.00 and $8.00 shipping.