Monday, January 25, 2010


Turnips - well I don't like to eat them and I don't think I like to paint them either. We lost all our snow last night so now we have this weird greenish grass outside.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

in progress

This is how far I've gotten on the "Shadows" painting. I decided to stop working on the head and filled in the rest to bring everything up to the same intensity. I still have several places to work on, the thread holder "thingie" in the left front, the tapestry, the bottom half and top half of the mirror have only one coat. There should be a couple walking on the grass, a lantern hanging near the mirror, and a tree. If you want to see the original google John William Waterhouse Shawdows. I still don't have a good likeness for the Lady, but I'll get back to her.
I tried another grouping on the windowsill. Right now I have to wait until around 2 pm to get the sun in the back of the house. These are Pink Ladies which are my favorite, next to Macs.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tea Time

This was fun but took a lot longer than expected. Still think I could work on it more , but I'm done for now. I've been using colored 12" x 12" scrapbooking paper for the background and table top colors. I like being able to choose a color to go with the objects I have chosen.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This is a 30" x 40" painting I have started based on the painting by John William Waterhouse called "Shadows". The next stage in the glazing. One of my goals this years is to copy a masterpiece each month.Tthis is from a DVD produce by Liledahl Video Productions.


This is the end of the little red pears. they got pretty ripe. I painted on a masonite panel primed with acrylic gesso. don't think I had enough of a gesso coating on their because the paint disappeared as I put it one. Much different surface to work on. I like the contrast of the red pear color and the green pine trees in the background.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I like to collect something from trips I go on. These things were from my time spent in Alaska in 2005 at Raspberry Island Remote Camps. The cigar boxes are just props! A local shop owner donated about 40 of these really nice wooden cigar boxes to the YMCA for use last summer in the art camp. I have just about worked my way through the first 60 8" x 8" canvas boards I bought last summer to do these daily paintings. Time to order new ones. I plan on trying some primed linen on hardwood boards.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sweet and Sour

Love the colors in this painting and the holes in the dish. Still getting too much glare on my photos. any suggestions?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Apricots and Jug

Love these little apricots. I tired eating one yesterday and they were so bitter! I was disappointed. but they sure are fun to paint.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Found these little fresh apricots today and thought they'd look great with this raku glazed bowl. Still getting too much glare on my photos. I'll retake them tomorrow. The days are so short now with winter in in full force. With all the snow I haven't been able to take picture outside. Maybe it will let up tomorrow.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

striped pears

More of the little red pears with a cool blue striped fabric that might be a batik. My photos are still coming out fuzzy. any suggestions? think I need to invest in a better camera.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Arizona pears

I found a bag of these little red pears and thought I'd do a few paintings. I like their color and shapes.