Monday, April 28, 2014

347 Roses in a Mercury Glass Vase

This sweet little arrangement was given to me for my birthday last year and I've been itching to paint it since then.  The mercury glass presented a barrier, but I was up for the challenge today, and am happy with the results.  Lesson learned:  It happens in due time.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

342 On the Rocks

The colors in this photo are very accurate except for the orange slice, which is not as red as in this image.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

339 Pear on a Pedestal

I wonder if other artists spend as inordinate amount of time in the grocery produce department inspecting their subjects as I do.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

335 Make It a Double

...studying glass and the strange things that happen when you paint it.  I am very happy with this little painting, but unfortunately I cannot get the colors right in the photograph/monitor.  I've read it takes 10,000 hours to master a subject.  sigh.  I have a long way to go.

Monday, April 14, 2014

334 Rescued By a Little Blue Vase

There is more orange in the painted tulips than what I see on my monitor.  I could not make the proper adjustments despite six tries.  It's a gloomy day and SNOWING, so the light is bad.

Friday, April 11, 2014

331 Crisscross

I am working on painting glass from a still life (as opposed to from a photograph, which is much easier) with looser strokes.   It is more difficult than it looks as there are many things to consider--the light, the distortion caused by the glass and/or water, the reflections, etc.   Practice, practice, practice.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

329 Costars

Today is my one year anniversary as a Daily Paintworks artist.  I have painted and posted 329 daily paintings,  missed 36 days.  It has been a very rewarding experience for me and I feel I have learned a great deal.  Several people have asked me if I plan to quit after a year, but....heck, no!  I hope you have enjoyed following my progress.  My 365th painting will be something to celebrate!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

328. Double Dutch in an Olive Oil Jar

I may have mentioned that this bunch of Trader Joe's tulips had several "doubles" and a "triple" flowers on just one stem.  I always get a kick out of that.  Simple pleasures!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

325 Duel

My daughter made this vessel in a high school ceramics class.  It is one of my favorite pieces because of its color and unusual shape.   It was difficult for me to paint.  I love it with these orange tulips, which have many more petals than your run-of-the-mill tulips.  This bunch, from Trader Joe's, had what I call 2 "double Dutch" and one "triple Dutch"---two or three tulips on ONE stem!  How exciting!  (Can you tell I'm a gardener?)

Friday, April 4, 2014

325 Support

At last night's Komen Survivor Dinner, the room was filled with a sea of PINK.  I debated whether I should buy pink flowers for my display, but chose beautiful orange tulips instead. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

324 Empower

Tonight I participated in the Komen Survivor Dinner Boutique with a display of my daily paintings.  It was a very enjoyable evening and I was proud to be asked to be a part of an event where women who have gone through so much felt empowered by being together as a group and their will to survive.  The woman who ran the boutique is a fellow gardener and quilter, and has experienced breast cancer twice.  She is truly an inspiration!  Her daughter is also a survivor and is very involved with the Susan B. Komen Foundation.  I feel humbled and very blessed to have good health.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

323 Ranunculus

I'm a sucker for ranunculus.  They are so vibrant, with multi-faceted petals, and their stems go every which way.  They are somewhat like poppies, but not really.