Monday, November 20, 2017

Coffee at the Ritz

20x16" Oil on linen panel
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Subject: This still life oil painting depicts a bit of nostalgia. Though most of us didn't grow up having coffee served in silver pitchers, many of us owned one and saved it for special occasions. Today's young couples would rather have a Keurig so there's no need for a coffee server. I personally prefer my trusty drip coffee pot--though I don't pour it into a silver pot. I still like small tea cups, though I stay away from the beautiful gilt-edged ones that go "crackle, crackle" when I warm up a cup in my microwave. Dishwashers and microwaves were the death of fine silver and china, but who wants to live without these?

Note: This is an unframed painting on a 1/8 inch Senso linen panel.

"Peared" Down

8x6" Oil on linen panel
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This simple pear study began as a grisaille in black and white. After doing it, I decided to practice glazing and voila! color. Glazing works for me sometimes--and then sometimes, not. This was a not, but I still liked the final result.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Moody Blues

14x11" Oil on 3/4" stretched canvas

Hydrangea Redux: If you think you've seen this one before, you have. These were originally white hydrangeas that never set me on fire. So, they've been transformed into my favorite blue ones. If you are an oil painter, you probably know how I did this without completely repainting: it's called glazing. I mixed a thin glaze with ultramarine blue, cobalt blue and medium (I used Neo-Megilp by Gamblin); then I painted over each flower. Note to beginners, glazing can only be done over a dry layer. This keeps the glaze layer from blending with the previous layer. The old masters used many layers of glaze to add luminosity to their paintings. I used only one to change the color. After glazing,  I added more darks and lightened up the lights. It was fun and I'm pretty happy with the result.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Silver Reflections with Roses & Grapes

20x16" Oil on 1/8" Senso linen panel

Method: This silver vase showed such beautiful reflections! The first time I painted silver it was just a simple spoon in my first small daily painting.  Since I didn't know what I was doing, I went to my favorite art resource, Carol Marine's Daily Painting book. What I read made all the difference: there's very little white in silver! This tip saved me a lot of grief.

Roses: I've been working and re-working the roses in this painting for many months. My small rose painting that I posted yesterday was actually painted after this and I can see improvement from this one to that one.

Grapes: Why do artists love to paint grapes? Personally, I don't know because they are challenging. My husband doesn't even like to eat them because they remind him of eyeballs.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Rose Trio Study

6x6" Oil on linen canvas
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This is a small vintage-looking rose painting. It is signed--and for those who've been reading my blog--Yes! I've finally managed to make my signature look like my own! This was no small feat. It required a lot of practice and the right brush loaded with lots of medium and paint. The subject of this painting was inspired by some beautiful silk flowers, along with flowers from my garden which had sadly passed away last year. I still have roses in my garden but they are wild climbers that have already eaten two trellises.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Binkie Claims a Rose

8x10" Oil on wood panel

Subject Matter: I love painting Binkie. She dives into everything with such enthusiasm! I added the rose because it made her little pink collar stand out--and because none of my cats will leave my plants, flowers, etc. alone. Lately she's redirected her efforts from plants to roaches--ugh! I guess there were no lizards available.

Surface: This is painted on a cradled wood panel. The 3/4 inch sides have been stained and varnished and so a frame is optional. As you might have noticed, I have raised my prices on some paintings. I am painting larger on some and the cost of cradled panels, linen surfaces and better quality paints means my costs have gone up. However, I feel they are still a good bargain for someone wanting original works rather than prints.

Signature Issues: I think I may have finally solved my signature woes. Guess it just takes practice!

Saturday, July 8, 2017


20x16 Oil on linen panel

Subject matter: Samantha is actually 6'2" in her bare feet. She's lovely! I truly enjoyed painting her and hope to do a full-body painting at a later date. So, if you're still looking for some stranger portraits to hang in your house or office, consider Samantha. I wish that a photo (taken with an iPhone 7 Plus) could accurately show you the nice glow of her skin in this painting. It really is much better in person.

Surface: This is painted on a 20x16" Senso linen panel with a 1/8" profile.

Friday, July 7, 2017


20x16 Oil on linen panel

Subject matter: A few days ago I started posting again after a bit of a break. I wasn't resting during this break; I was learning! I know that people rarely purchase portraits of strangers but this portrait was painted from a live model in my portrait class and so I thought, why not? I am pleased with this one and she was a wonderful model. So if you are looking to fill your walls with strangers, this might be the one for you. Or if not, wait for more to come.

Surface: This is painted on a 20x16" Senso linen panel with a 1/8" profile.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


16x12 Pastel on paper

Subject matter and process: This was my second pastel painting. I have been watching an accomplished artist in my figure drawing class use PanPastels to draw. So I finally purchased some, watched some You tube videos on using them and did a portrait of my husband. (See below. He wasn't sleeping but reading from his iPad in his recliner!). Then a fellow student in my drawing class said to try my next one on some better pastel paper and insisted I take a piece. Maya was the result. I am very pleased at how it came out. It felt as if it practically painted itself. I guess Maya (the real cat) was just so inspiring! Seriously, with the right paper and a little luck, PanPastels are incredibly fun.

Next steps: Now I just need to practice and learn how to preserve and frame them. Here's the lowdown: Oils are a bit messy because of the medium and clean-up, but relatively easy to frame. And unless you rip the canvas, they are practically indestructible. PanPastels (no experience with the other kinds) are easy to clean up but very delicate. I have already decided I don't like spray fixative (tried it on my Rick Reading one, so I will need to learn how to handle them so they don't smear. But I'm excited because it's so much fun to try something new. Pastel can never replace oils for me, but it's a nice change of pace. And I can use pastels to make studies for my oil paintings.

Materials: I used gray toned Canson Mi-Tientes paper and PanPastels.

Rick Reading-PanPastel

Friday, May 19, 2017

Roses in a Tuscan Vase

20x16" Oil on canvas (Click to view larger.)

Subject matter: This was painted larger than I've done in the past and it felt good to branch out--literally (pun not intended). Roses have always been my nemesis and so it felt good to finally be able to paint them. Because of this, I decided to keep it. This was painted partly from a still life set-up in a studio and later from the photos I took of it.

Surface: I used a portrait-quality canvas and truly loved it. It has a fine weave and makes the paint flow so easily.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Garden View

8x10" Oil on wood panel

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Subject matter: I love old houses and what better subject than my own little bungalow. This is a garden view of the house. I have so much shade that not many flowers bloom in our yard, but some do thrive. The climbing rose bush is called Seven Sisters and it's very hardy. The Plumbago and Beach Sunflowers love the sun and get plenty on the front of the fence.

Process: This was painted on a gessoed wood panel that has a 3/4" wood cradle. I stained and varnished the sides which makes it easy to hang without a frame. Or if you prefer a frame, one can easily be attached to the cradle. I prefer floater frames on small paintings but any frame will work. Floaters are nice because they allow all of the painting to show. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ainsley's Braid

12x9" Oil on stretched linen
Subject: This painting was inspired by my granddaughter's beautiful braid. She is always adorable, but never more so than when her hair is pulled into a French braid. 

Technique: I tried a bit of glazing on the skin and felt that it added some luminosity. For non-artists, glazing is a technique often used by the old masters to add richness to the color. Basically, a glaze is a transparent layer of paint placed over a dried layer of paint, which allows the previous color to show through. It is a time-consuming but rewarding technique. 

The painting in its frame

I am excited to announce that I was awarded a Student Merit Award for this painting earlier tonight at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Here is the framed painting and a photo of me being very happy, even before the awards were given out. Notice my always-in-fashion Croc shoes!

At the Dunedin Fine Art Center

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lemon Study with Daisies

8x10" Oil on canvas

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This is a simple study of lemons and daisies on canvas. The sides have been painted to match the painting so it doesn't require a frame unless you want one.

Monarch Beauty

5x7" Oil on linen panel (Click to enlarge.)
$NFS - This painting has been gifted to a very special friend who raises Monarchs on her back porch.

Just some thoughts: I think I'd like to try this same painting with a blue flower since blue and orange are complementary colors. My camera can't capture the color of the background as well as I'd like.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


7x5" Oil on primed linen panel (Click to view larger.)

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Shalimar has always been one of my favorite perfumes. It is a light scent and makes me feel a bit exotic. Maybe it's the name? This small unframed painting is on Senso linen.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Art Companions

7x5" Oil on Gessobord panel (Click to enlarge.)
NFS - This painting has been gifted to a special friend-my brother, Mike.

Subject matter: This is the second of my artist's tools paintings. It's interesting to see what a change in the background color did to the look of the glass. Somewhere I read that you must continue to learn to avoid Alzheimers. If so, I should be safe because learning to paint is constantly stretching my brain. 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Linseed Bottle Blues

7x5" Oil on Gessobord panel (Click to enlarge)
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This is the first of two paintings I did depicting some of my tools. They are similar though the second one, which I will post next, has a different background and a few more tools. I'm finally getting a bit faster when doing some of these small paintings. It's so much fun to complete a painting in one day.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Old Florida Cottage

6x6" Oil on Gessobord panel (Click to enlarge.)
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This is a 6x6" oil painting of an old Florida cracker style cottage, built somewhere between 1920 and 1935. It has its original hardwood floors and many other original features. The less renovation done over the years, the more appealing these homes are to me as an artist. Old homes speak to me and those of you who love them know what I'm talking about. (Sorry about the preposition at the end of this sentence but otherwise it would read: "...and those of you who love them know about what I'm talking." Now that is awkward! Try telling that to your high school English teacher! I know about which I'm talking because I used to be one.)

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Curious Kitten

8x8" Oil on Gessobord (Click to enlarge.)
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The subject: Kittens are so incredibly cute and I think the most important thing that sets them apart from adult cats is their big ears in relation to their heads. I guess humans don't have this, though babies do have big heads. As for the butterfly, which wasn't in the original photo, it's called a "Blue." Apt name!

Curious Kitten framed
The frame: This painting has been framed and you can see the beautiful frame on it in the second photo.

I purchased this from King of Frame. They are very nice and helpful, and their frames are simply the best. For an extra fee, they will make most of their frames into floating frames for 1/8 inch panels.

Once you get the frame, you simply use a few dots of silicone glue and place the painting in the frame, working from the front of the frame. I weight mine down for a few hours after placing a piece of wax paper over the painting.