Saturday, March 31, 2018

897 Confetti Blooms

This bunch of flowers was the only multi colored bunch of ranunculas available, so I  had to buy them.  I find them to be such an intriguing flower, so rose-like, yet with wandering stems.  I painted this from life and had to move relatively quickly because the flowers kept changing, fading in color and "wandering."  I purchased the little pitcher from Good Will and it was a challenge to paint because its tarnished finish has so many colors.

The more I look at this happy painting, the more I like it.  I hope you do too.  Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all of you.

Friday, March 23, 2018

895 Missing a Piece and 896 Margarita

895 Missing a Piece 

896 Margarita, acrylic on 6 x 8" museum hardbord

I enjoyed painting this still life so much that I painted it twice.  Limes last a long time, unlike flowers.  Both are headed to Edgewood Orchard Gallery in Door County this Spring.

Monday, March 12, 2018

894 Upstaged

Setting up a still life is harder than it looks.  Sometimes what you envision in your mind just doesn't work in reality.  There are so many possible variations for positioning the actors and many, many photographs taken.  The right set up usually lets me know which one to pick.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

893 Lady in Red

I had a lot of fun putting this painting together from start to finish.  I purchased the purple pot and the cup on the right from the Goodwill store, and the red bowl came home with me from Lebanon.  I also have a collection of colored bottles and was happy to have a red one with an interesting shape and height.  The background is loosely inspired by a sample piece of fabric.  The apples are very small, and I am pretty sure they are called Lady apples.

"893 Lady in Red"
acrylic - 24x24 in

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

892 Sunshine Farm

On the ride home from Door County a few years ago, I came across this beautiful farm with fields of sunflowers.  It was such a charming scene, in my mind.  Much to my dismay, the sunflowers were gone the following year and replaced with corn fields. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

891 Lemons in a Blue and White Bowl

The colors of blue and white and yellow are so cheery and never seem to go out of style.
This morning glory bowl was made by Milwaukee artist, Jean Smaglik Wells using a technique called sgraffito.  Her bowls are my favorites for still life paintings.

"891 Lemons in a Blue and White Bowl"
acrylic - 12x12 in

Monday, February 5, 2018

890 The Danglers

I guess I would have to say that my "first love" is painting still life.  I enjoy setting up objects in different figurations.  On a recent visit to a local grocery store to purchase the perfect fruits/vegetables for still life, I spent an inordinate amount of time with questioning looks from the produce manager.  Oh well.