Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Apple, a Rose, and the Pince Nez

6x6 Oil on Gessobord panel (Click to enlarge.)
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The white rose: I am still in my infancy when it comes to painting roses; however, this one is a big improvement over my previous ones. I wanted to stay loose and I think I achieved that. Watching some You Tube videos has helped me with this skill. For those struggling like me with staying loose, putting your strokes down very quickly is the key. However, "detailitis" people are fearful of quick, seemingly random strokes. But, I was amazed at how much fun it was!

The apple: I really love painting apples and I prefer painting apples that are not "Snow White" perfect.

The pince nez: This is the second time I've painted this little pair of vintage glasses. The stamp on the very old case says they were bought in Huntsville, Alabama. Though my grandparents were not from Huntsville, they did live in Alabama.


  1. Love the glasses, shadows and all. You are definitely the fruit expert..they all look so real.

  2. Thank you again. Still working on the rose thing, but I think it's coming along--or I hope so.

  3. Thank you for specific comment. I really think I’m getting better, but I definitely don’t do a “painting a day” because I simply can’t stop on one until I’m happy with it. I guess as long as I’m painting daily that’s the general idea. But painting smaller has definitely improved my work. And I’m happier because I’m not worrying about never finishing something. I still plan to paint some larger ones but I’m not in a hurry. Wish I could get more traffic to my blog, but I don’t like the idea of advertising. I think they call it “boosting” a post, but I think I’ll stick with the old-fashioned way: word of mouth.


    BTW, go here to see what my high school girl friend is doing with miniature donkeys: