Saturday, July 17, 2021

1057 Intoxicating

 A dear friend of mine gave me an empty wine bottle that is an artistic masterpiece all by itself.  It has color blocking and I love incorporating it into my still lifes.  

Thursday, July 15, 2021

1056 Carmine


I am growing gorgeous zinnias on my roof.  This one is called Carmine and I feel I did not do it justice by my painting.  The color is so vibrant that I don't think there is such a paint color, but I tried my best. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

1055 Get Together

 This color palette is becoming a favorite of mine, possibly because it's summery and happy.  The wine bottle is a piece of artwork in itself, having a color blocked motif.  The turquoise pitcher is difficult to paint realistically so I simplified it.

Friday, July 2, 2021

1054 Pretty in Pink

 I started this painting during my recent online class, and have changed a few things since then.  It's always helpful to put a painting away for a few days and then revisit it.  I love having the artistic freedom painting gives me.  The gravy boat is really white, but I thought that would be too boring.  I am just now feeling comfortable changing things.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and be safe!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

1053 Time and Patience


This painting started out as an exercise in side lighting as part of the class I took 2 weeks ago.  I have modified it since then.  Learning new things takes a lot of time and patience.  So does painting and just about everything worth anything in life, I think.

Monday, June 28, 2021

1052 Merrily, Merrily, Merrily

 Slowly but surely, and with lots of practice, I am letting loose of old habits and embracing some new techniques for my paintings.  I have always painted what I see, but in this case, the pitcher and cup were white and the vase was mostly dark blue.  I keep thinking of Chicago local artist/mentor and teacher, Steve Puttrich's saying, "It's a poem, not a police report."  I love that idea,  and repeat it to myself often when I find myself getting too fussy.

So what do you think?

Friday, June 25, 2021

1051 Summertime and the Living is Easy

 I got a lot of mileage out of these sunflowers and other props during my week long painting class last week.  Sunflowers are such a happy flower and brighten up any room.  I am growing them in my garden this year and they are growing to be enormous.  I was given the seeds by my friend Roberta and I had no idea what kind of sunflowers they would be, but now I see they are bigger than life!  Hopefully they will FIT in a painting.