Monday, March 31, 2008

Red, White & Leeks

My affection for leeks has grown tremendously! I have never cooked a leek, but painting them is heaven. My inspiration for this painting came from a huge still life by Carol Marine in the Texas workshop. Of course she immediately sold it to one of the students. It was really the red and white check that inspired me against the green.This piece is very painterly and free to me, which is something I strive for but do not always achieve. I want to paint in a loose manor and sometimes I am just too tight. But when they flow it is so much fun. 8x16 oil on board. ©2008 $210.00

Friday, March 28, 2008

Traffic Jam

Gosh I love red and green together they do pop. I had a great time painting this yesterday. Look for more fruit and vegetable paintings from me. This study was all about brush strokes for me. 8x10 oil on board. ©2008 $165.00

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Radishes Rule

I just got a new camera and I am trying to learn how it works. I am hoping my photos of my paintings will improve. I also did this painting from a still life in my new light box and I had so much fun with it. This is an oil on canvas board. 14x18 ©2008 $310.00

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Full Plate

I have been painting leeks like crazy. I bought a bunch at the store and I love to paint them. I wanted this piece to be more painterly. 9x12 oil on canvas board ©2008 $210.00

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Still Life Light Box

Here is a picture of my new still life light box set up. My husband and I made it from the design of Carol Marine's that she posted on her blog several weeks ago. It is going to be a lot of fun using it. My good friend Pattie Wall asked about tips for fabricating. Just decide what size you want, head on down to Home Depot and purchase some pvc pipe, I used 1" some corners to match and some additional pvc brackets with 3 holes( i am sure they have a name but everything is a thingy to me.)Buy some pvc glue (very important to glue all joints together). Have some 1/4 inch plywood cut to fit 2 sides of the squarish contraption you have created, drill some holes in the wood that rests along the bars and put those plastic zip ties in the holes and around the pvc tubes. this hold the wood on. That's all there is to it!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Deep Thoughts

Don't you wonder sometimes what young people have to be so serious about? These days they have too much unfortunately. I would love to see this guy with a big smile on his face. 6x8 oil©2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Disciplined Beauty

I love paintings of dancers especially ballet, they are so graceful. I realize some of my values in the hair and face may be too light. This one is still wet so there is always time to revisit it if I choose to although I probably won't. I do like my brush strokes in the piece. 8x10 oil on board ©2008 for sale later.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Workshop Study

I just returned from what I feel was one of my more fun, money well spent experiences of my painting life. The Carol Marine Karin Jurick workshop in Texas. I learned a lot made new friends and literally wore myself out. I also learned a bit of blog etiquette and I must now apologize. I am one of the jerks who in the past has written comments on others blogs and left my link for the world to see in my comment. I realize now this is quite tacky. I am sorry. When you do this you are using that artist to advertise your blog for you, without permission. email them and ask if they will ad you as a link, they will either agree or not. Moderated comments may delete your blog anyway so it is all for naught. I also have a comment to make and I know it will come off as rude although not meant to be. Carol and Karin are very giving artists on line and even more so in a workshop, so for those of you who ask for tips when people comment to Carol or Karin on line on how much they learned at the work shop,and you chime in and ask them to post tips to you for free, please don't do that, they hold workshops for a reason to teach what they know because they love it and to be paid for it because they have worked just as hard as anyone else to learn what they know, pay for their time, expenses etc ! Others, meaning students have paid good money for those tips why should they(teachers and students) give them up to you for free. Also people are always asking for help to set up blogs etc. Please google and take a little time to just research on your own, it is all there waiting for you to discover on your own and you will feel so much more accomplished when you figure it out on your own. Blogger walks you through baby steps to set it up. I don't mean to come off as rude here but everyones time is valuable and unless a person offers the knowledge up to you or you pay for a workshop refrain from asking. Just a pet peeve, not meaning to rant.It has taken me a lifetime of study,earning what I know and paying for it. There are no shortcuts. Get the info on your own and feel good about it. Never has there been so much info at your fingertips as there is now.Wheww, enough said!! This painting is a study I painted during the workshop, not great but the beginning of one I can be proud of. I may go back to it at some point or I may not but it was fun and enjoyable.I try to do as many fun and enjoyable things as I can at my age because life is too short. (can you tell I have been reading oprah's book club book!) lol happy painting and enjoy to the few of you who read my blog. the painting is 8x10 oil on board ©2008.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Taking A Break

I am going to take a break from posting for the next 2 weeks. I will still be painting but I have some other projects at home to work on. Also I am going to Karin Jurick and Carol Marine's workshop. Soooo excited! See you soon.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Taking The Plunge

An old couple daring to go out into deeper water together. So lovely to see. This piece has very pastel colors. A very calming effect. I really might revisit it at some point and add more layers but for now it is finished.©2008 oil on canvas mounted on wood. $200.00