Saturday, October 13, 2018

White Pitcher and Daisy Floral

10x8 inch oil on panel (unframed)
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I've owned this little white pitcher for many years and now it has found a new use as a prop for one of my still life paintings. I ended up finding a lovely frame for this and a place for it on my wall. Though the frame is not being sold with it, I've included a photo which might give an interested customer a chance to see how it looks framed.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Rose and a Prayer

8x10 inch on linen panel
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Subject matter: I liked pairing the single rose with the religious symbols, especially since we often send flowers and pray for those we love. I recently purchased this little vase in an antique store for a few dollars and then found out that its taller cousin came with it, so now I have two. If any one has followed my blog from the beginning (Hello, are you out there?), you know that I have struggled with roses. I feel I'm improving, so feel free to let me know what you think. (And while you're at it, sign up to follow my blog--down on the right hand side of the page. I don't know what happens when you do this, but I'm pretty sure you won't get a visit from the FBI.)

Surface: I love linen panels! Right now I'm experimenting with all different ones. This one is a C13 from New Traditions Art Panels. The "C" stands for Claessens, a company somewhere in Belgium that is famous for their linen. New Traditions uses different substrates but my favorite is Gatorfoam. It is archival yet incredibly lightweight. Of course, linen is much more expensive than canvas and other surfaces, especially if it is oil or lead primed. But I've decided that fighting against a bad surface ruins the fun of oil painting! Of course, there are many good canvas surfaces too; but I simply won't paint on the cheap ones any more. The quality of the canvas and the priming make a huge difference. When I began my journey in oil painting, I didn't know any of this. It's interesting that beginners usually start out using sub-standard materials, such as student grade paints and cheap canvases. I wonder if beginners would progress faster if they began with better materials?

Exciting new additions: I recently purchased a beautiful Matisse French wood taboret from Jerry's Artarama. Here's a photo of it in my tiny studio area. It's perfect and keeps me from bending over so much to reach my palette. Now if I could just make the room a few feet wider...

Monday, July 23, 2018


10x8" oil on linen panel

Subject: Noel is a commissioned painting for a friend. The reference photo provided to me was backlit and originally I didn't want to use this. However, because I don't live near enough to take my own photo I decided to try it. In the end I used this photo and a second one to get a better idea of Noel's color. Since I have a long-hair tabby very similar to this one, I tried to get my own cat to pose--but he laughed and trotted away with his tail in the air. Cats!

The Furry Truth: Painting fur is a challenge. With each animal portrait I think I've got it down and then the next one comes along and it's a new challenge. But one thing has become clearer: the secret is the blending brush.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Red Apple in Cut Glass

6x8 inch oil on linen panel
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Subject: Painting cut glass is a challenge and this one was even more so because of the diamond pattern on the bowl. The bowl is actually the bottom of a candy dish that has a very nice top. Still working on loosening up but not having great success. Maybe I should drink more wine! Or Bloody Marys with Ketel One vodka.

Side note: I heard about Kettle One vodka after reading several books by Marcia Clark--yes, the one and only Marcia Clark from the OJ trial. Rachel Knight, the main character in her series is a DA who always unwinds after work with this, so I had to buy some and see why. It's good stuff. In fact, so good, I'm sure drinking more than one would definitely turn me into an abstract artist--and not a good one--though to me the words "good" and "abstract art" should not be used in the same sentence. Please don't write negative comments if you love abstract art. My relatives and friends who love it will take care of this for you.

Surface: This is an original, unframed oil painting on a lovely 1/8 inch Belgian linen panel by Raymar Art.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Just Grapes

6x6" oil on linen

This painting speaks for itself. It is a simple painting of purple grapes--that I tried not to eat while painting. It is painted on a 3/4 inch stretched linen surface.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Apple in Brass Bird Dish

6x8" oil on canvas panel

I can't remember where I found this odd little brass soap dish but it came alive after I polished it. This painting is on a very nice archival cotton panel by Raymar. Though I'm still a novice when it comes to painting, I have decided that life is too short to paint on inferior quality surfaces. (Use the good china too!)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Apple on Blue Striped Towel

6x6" on Gessobord panel
This simple still life was painted using a vintage kitchen towel. I can't seem to find this kind of towel any more. They are all cotton and incredibly soft. And best of all, they don't turn into a mess of wrinkles when they are washed and dried. This little painting is on a 1/8 inch archival Gessobord panel. It can be framed any way you want though floater frames will show the entire small painting.