Monday, January 31, 2011

Tag 6" x 8" oil

I've been wanting to try painting cherries. These were very fun - such a deep red color. And of course the added benefit of eating them when I was done.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cyclops Turnips 6" x 8" oil

I think these look like si-fi creatures searching for you! I really like the purple color of turnips. Next I have to see how they taste. Any good recipe suggestions?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Apples and Pitcher II 6" x 8" oil

This is my second try with the apples and pitcher at different angles. Still looking for that great composition.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Green Apples 1 8" x 8" oil

I found these gynormous granny smith apples (most likely GMO) and combined them with a white ceramic pitcher I have painted before. I like the salmon colored background and the reflection on the picture from the paper and apples. But that pitcher gives me fits....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sea Shells 6" x 6" oil

I liked all the pinks and grays in these shells.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yellow Roses 6" x 8" oil

In the dead of winter I like to have fresh flowers, so last week I bought these incredibly, yellow roses. Just the ticket! Before I tossed out the bouquet I took three heads (roses not human) and painted them. Every time I look at this painting I smile.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Gift 6" x6" oil

This was given to me with instructions: Do not open until you paint it! So the next day I got right to it so I could open it! Any guesses what was in it?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Apples in Low Light 8" x 8" oil

Back to the basics doing apples. Discovered two new colors - Terra Rosa and Cadmium Deep.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tiny Shadows 8" x 10" oil

This is a collections of my friends really cool stuff that was hanging around in her studio. The "shadow box" is an old, wooden tray for silverware, painted red on the outside. It was fun to set up but not as fun to paint. Way to much information in such a small space. I do that a lot, try to cram to much into the picture. Id like to try this again only much larger.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Golden Beet 6" x 8" oil

I saw these at the grocery store and had to paint one. It is a golden beet. The inside is a very bright yellow color and they are milder in taste than the regular red beets (which I don't like). So after I painted this I peeled it and chopped it up and ate it in my salad. Happens a lot to my still life subjects.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ornament Jewels 6" x 8" oil

Glass ornaments, in a clear glass vase, against a black background. This was a fun challenge. Very sparkly!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Gift 6" x 8" oil

Here's the golden box with the shiny purple ribbon again. The ribbon is tricky because it is shiny and a hard color to mix, plus somewhat transparent with sparkles. What was I thinking? I tried to apply Robert Burridge's "Goof-Proof color wheel principles.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pine cone tree 6" x 8 ' oil

This was a giant pine cone about 12" tall which made a good "tree". I didn't have a direct light on the still life and as a result had almost no shadows because of the sunlight coming in the window directly behind me. I am finding painting near a window to be a big factor during the sun-less winter days we have. Such a contrast. If I have the window behind the set up for light it hurts my eyes, almost light staring into a bright light. If it's behind me then shadows get distorted. I am back to setting things up in a box -but I sure hate blocking the light from the window. Definitely leads to cabin fever....