I have been waiting all year for the market to have crabapples. Finally, they are here! I love these little apples and this red and aqua color combination is one of my favorites! I also painted this same set-up with an apple green background....Inspired by the color combination from one of my favorite Christmas cards. Which background do you like best? A few votes are already in and the green is winning!
This painting along with 2 others were juried into the 6" Squared Exhibition and Sale at Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA.....Opening reception, Saturday, December 4 - 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Sale and Exhibition December 4 - 23. It is truly exciting to be in 2 shows. One on the east coast and one on the west coast! All the paintings in this show are 6" x 6"! 300 paintings in all...representing artists from across the country.
It is hard to imagine that it is December already. This is a painting that was juried into the Grand Affair Holiday show and sale at Corse Gallery and Atelier, 4144 Herschel St. Jacksonville, FL. Tonight is opening night, so if you are in the Jacksonville, FL area stop by for a look. I was honored to be accepted! 5 pm - 8 p.m. Friday December 3 thru December 23.
This painting was done on day 5 of the Carol Marine workshop that I attended in Jacksonville. The focus was on reflections. Day 4 was a large set up and painting that we worked on all day. The entire workshop was great. Lots of learning and wonderful artists to study with. Painting everyday...I love it!
When do you get to call something antique? Day 3 was all about metal. I decided on these scissors at the last minute....my morning was about a brass bunny....not to be posted! After lunch I went with stainless steel. These scissors are always in my painting supplies. They make me smile. They are "Hello Kitty" scissors that were my daughters. I guess technically they still belong to her, but...Since they are about 25 years old, can I call them antique or just old?
Day 2 of the workshop was all about glass. Everyone got to set up their own composition and light source....I kept changing my glass object and again wiped off a few before I got started....I can't wait to try glass again...challenging and fun!
Last week I attended a workshop with artist and teacher Carol Marine. Each day Carol painted a demo on the topic of the day....the first day was all about white! Sounds simple until you find out that white isn't white! So, after a few false starts, "wipers"...and some comments and corrections from Carol, here is my "Day 1".
I found these little pears and they were so cute! They just about jumped into my shopping cart! I painted this one on a small piece of a linen panel. It is 1/2 the size of my small paintings....Kind of like the pears - half the size of a normal pear!
So, after painting this pear a few times, as a sample and as a demo, I decided to see what would happen if I tried to paint it again in 20 minutes....well, it actually took 30 minutes...but I was happy with the looser feel and the brighter, prettier colors. My original post was called Lucky Find....posted on September 14.
I doesn't seem possible that it has been so long since my last post.....As promised, here are two of my favorite red pears! Aren't pears great? They have a definitely recognizable shape....I love that!
This acorn was painted from a photo sent to me by some friends. It is a lot smaller painting than my usual posts, about 1/4 normal, but I have a frame for this size and I had some panel left over after I cut out some other paintings......lucky thing I did not throw away what looked like junk! I love the springy green color of acorns when they fall before they are supposed to.....in another month or two they will be all brown. Thanks for the inspiration, Janice and Rick!
Today I am posting a re-run. An apple for September, part of the monthly painting challenge for Artists Helping Artists. Next month I am going to paint ahead so I can have a new painting to post for October. Where does the time go?
I call this one Lucky Find because I think that finding a pear with its leaves still on at the grocery store is super lucky! I actually hand carried it through the check out line and out to the car! I was thinking that I needed a red pear to complete my pear series....so here it is. A friend told me that she thought these pears look wooden...I think she is right. I took a few pictures of this little guy so you might be seeing more of him in upcoming blog posts. I hope you like it as much as I do!
I am still painting stuff to eat...although, this time something besides orange.....A friend asked me how I got the eggplant to stand up.....I used a little bit of kneadable eraser in the set-up and then just painted it out.......tricky, I know! These little guys are so cute, and just the right size for dinner for two......YUMMY!
It was fun painting these yellow pears! So, I have painted a few green pears, now these yellow ones and next...red? I wiped it once...that is how I came up with the lime green ground! It was interesting to see where I wound up eventually!
I am noticing lots of poppy paintings on blogs these days, and mine is no different. This is another one that I painted outdoors. Poppies have such a beautiful color and the texture appears so fragile, almost like tissue paper. Next time, back to the studio for me!
This is a painting I did plein air. I have not tried this often. Although the weather was gorgeous and being outside was great, I think it might take some getting used to. Colors sure look different outside!
It has been a wonderful, traveling summer! I have missed painting and posting! I am home now. Time to enjoy this blogging! I have been trying to figure out the "like" button with no success. Maybe tomorrow!
Back from a fun and "cool" trip! I painted this apple with my friends...Everyone's turned out great! I just got a new camera...I am still learning about how it works. I am looking forward to better color and less glare! Keep your fingers crossed for me. Thanks!
I painted this at my workshop with Elizabeth Robbins. It took lots longer than the last 20 minute post. After I got it painted, I realized that the flower and vase were on the same plane...not how I had it planned, but how I painted it. So, I added the bud in front. I think it helped and I like the way the stem cast its shadow!
It is fun to look at things with a fresh eye.....this painting was an exercise from Elizabeth Robbins's workshop. We had 20 minutes to paint a set up. (Yes, we all freaked!) I tried to pick something not too complicated. I think it worked! This apple was resting on its side and was laying on a really cool turquoise scarf. Working quickly gave me permission to see the big picture, values and temperatures without stressing over blending or details. Painting it at eye level made the shape pretty simple. I like the funky, contemporary feel of this one.
Time for some sun! We have had a cloudy, rainy 4th of July holiday....very unusual for Florida...but it happens sometimes. This is a painting of a sunflower from my yard. I planted the seeds with my 4 year old grand daughter....We did not plant many, and the bugs got a few...I thought I would get ones with brown centers and that they would turn towards the sun during the day....not ours! But we do have plenty of seeds for the birds and some to plant next time.
Another shell...summer is SO great! A friend let me borrow this shell to paint.......It was pretty to look at and the shadow was interesting....but the best part was the warm glow that the light made on the bottom of the shell as the light passed through it......I almost missed it....but I am so glad that I saw it before I was finished. Pass-through light....beautiful!
Just returned from a great workshop in Bozeman, Montana! 5 days of demonstrations and individual instruction with Elizabeth Robbins. This time of year, I always think of the beach. I painted this before I left, but could not get the photo to upload. I got a tip from artist and blogger, Susan Blackwood.......do not put quotation marks around your title....It seemed to work for this one. Hooray! Posting problem solved! I think. Thanks, Susan!