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Hydrangea in Glass Vase

These are the prettiest blue hydragea blossoms. I am working on a larger still life which include this vase of flowers. The light on these flowers was very appealing and I wanted to capture the image on its own. In this painting I tried for greater harmony and worked to establish a strong contrast. 8X8 inches oil canvas panel

Still Life

Today I spent most of the afternoon settimg up a still life to work from. I had purchased these gorgeous hydrangea blooms and they inpired this set up. I will sketch this out first to get a feel for the composition and then I plan on painting a value study. After I have worked out the details I want to paint it in color. I haven't decided in what value range I want the painting. Hopefully, I can get a few small daily paintings from some of the elements of this still life. How do you approach a still life? I only have my studio lights and I know that I can't get the richest for purest color but I will try.

My Festive Shoes

In this painting I used full color. Usually I mix my own blacks as I did in this painting, however, I did resort to using tube black to obtain the blackest black. I worked hard to trnaslate what I had learned from working with 4 values as in the firtst painting. I find that the translation into color is a tricky thing and this may be where I need to work harder. It is an interesting exersize to do a series of paintings from one subject. 6X6 inches oil Raymar canvas panel

Value Study 2

In this study I broke down the drawing into white and black shapes. I tried to connect the black as much as possible. 6X6 inches oil Raymar canvas panel

Value Study I

I have decided to take a few steps back and really evaluate my painting. In doing this I am turning to black and white, and grey studies. Sometimes you just have to stop the carousel long enough to steady yourself. As many of you will note I took myself out of the wonderful group DPO. There are medical issues that I am having to deal with and this gives me time and less stress in my daily life. I hope to explore more about painting during this time. These ARE the coolest shoes!! They are carved wood on the heel portion with flowers and leaves in beautiful bright colors. The upper portion of the shoe is black leather. I love them even though I have a terrible time walking in them!!


Time to clear out the gardens and get ready for fall and winter. I did some minor plantings and rearranging of my garden. My Celosia was out of control! I cut it back and discarded many of the plants that were withered. Oh yes, I haven't spent as much time in my garden because I have been painting. The cuttings I brought in the studio and thought that I would try to paint them. Oh boy was that a challenge. I ended up wiping the whole thing down after many hours of labor. It was just too important to get that painting done so I tried again and was much happier with the results. 6X12 inches oil canvas panel $124.95 plus $10 shipping in US. PURCHASE HERE


I grew weary of the approach to painting that I have been doing and decided to just pull out all the stops today when I painted. I wanted to capture the essence of the sliced tomatoes. I wanted to paint rapidly and respond to the color and shapes as quickly as I could. I was pleased with the results. I find that sometimes I get caught in the process of trying to paint what I think it should be rather than what I intuitively feel and see. 6X6 inches oil canvas panel $74.95 plus $8.00 shipping in the USA. PURCHASE HERE


This past weekend my husband and I traveled to Cincinnati and I was able to attend the local Farmer's Market. What a thrill that was. The foliage was in beautiful array and there were many people out enjoying the sun and festivities. These girls caught my eye as they were hurrying down the street. In the produce booths there were pumpkins, vegetables, flowers, and fruits. All the colors, smells, and sights were a feast to my eyes. This painting is wet and will be dry in about 3 weeks. Please take this into consideration when purchasing. 6X8 inches oil Raymar canvas panel $79.95 plus $8.00 shipping in USA. PURCHASE HERE


This is another one of my older paintings. I have a bit of jet lag and am having a hard time getting back into the groove of painting. I worked very hard on a painting today and had to leave it until tomorrow before I lost the entire piece. I took many photos while I was in Cincinnati and am looking forward to working from them. In this particular painting I did a drawing and worked out the values beforehand. I enjoy working on a large scale...this painting is 24X36 inches. PURCHASE HERE


I am sorry for a delay in posting. My husband and I had to make an impromptu travel engagement this past week. This is an older painting of mine. There is a large flea market that we like to go to now and then and this is one of the photos from the food vendor. There are tables and tables loaded with fresh produce. It is very colorful and there are always crowds of people gathered. 20X24 inches oil stretched canvas PURCHASE HERE


There is something special about conversation between women... this without a face because I ran out of time yesterday. I think she looks much better don't you? 5X7 inches oil Raymar canvas panel NFS


I painted this beautiful swamp yesterday on a smaller panel and felt that I wanted to paint larger. It was interesting to me that there were as many similarities. I chose to paint with a more subdued pallette which more closely resembled the photograph. I like the results. 8X10 oil canvas panel PURCHASE HERE


This is an older post but one that I like. 6X6 inches oil canvas panel $60.00 plus $8.00 shipping in USA. PURCHASE HERE




This painting makes me feel really happy. Sometimes when I paint an object it just makes me smile inside and this beautiful Ruby Red grapfruit did this for me today. 6x6 inches oil canvas panel $65.00 plus $8.00 shipping in USA. PURCHASE HERE


This is the most beautiful pepper, well formed, and vibrant in color. I intened to use it in a salad but wanted to paint it before I cut it. I think after having painted it that I will paint the cut version next. With this painting I made an initial drawing in a dark neutral and then laid the colors into the established value areas. What I like about this tecnique is the clarity and desicive brush work. oil 6X6 inches canvas panel

Two Lemons

This is an older painting but I wanted to post something today. I will be out of town until Monday. I will be posting fresh work next week.


I have been in a kind of slump lately and painting has been incredibly difficult. I have pulled works from my archives to post because everything I attempt comes out awful. I just feel tired inside. What do you do when and if you feel this way? I feel like a time out.... 6X6 inches oil canvas panel $55.00 plus $8.00 shipping in USA. PURCHASE HERE

Savannah SOLD