Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tea Time

I have a friend, Johanne, who is positively great as reflections. I am interested in trying some, so I went out hunting stainless steel reflective objects that I could paint. This is a small tea pot (the spout is not showing) I found at a restaurant supply place and it turned out to be a challenge. I want to simplify the reflections more on another one.
I am going to Oklahoma to visit my parents and will not be painting for 11 days. But when I get back, I want to try this again.
See you all later on.


I thought the inside of this tomato had a very interesting design and wanted to try it. This was my husband's lunch so I had to paint fast.

I way happy with the results. I think painting faster has some benefits.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Pear study

I decided to simplify the shape because I was getting very angular. I also wanted to set up a background color that worked well with all that yellow. I think I am satisfied with this one.

My actual pear is turning brown and has spots all over it. I think it is too far gone to eat. The perils of fruit painting.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pinkie 2

I like the background on this one better and I got more value range, but the dark colors on the pear are not what I was looking for. I'm not sure there is enough contrast between coral and yellow to make an effective painting. It is a very warm combination.
I want to try another today.
I am going to be away from painting next week while traveling. I have been doing this so regularly that I am afraid I will go into withdrawal.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pear Trio

Part of the reason I keep this blog is to connect with other artist's visually about my work, my challenges, and experiments. This is one of those times I am not sure whether to post an image that I wouldn't want just everywhere. So take this one with a grain of salt.
I have three different angles of pears and I was trying to look at using three values on each pear to achieve volume. I like the back two, but the front pear gave me trouble. Also I don't think there is enough difference in value. Cad. yellow is very powerful, and I might have used more red to warm up one angle on the front pear, as I got on the back two. Once I used the Phalo in the yellow, I couldn't get back to a clean color.
I could have used more variety of violet in the background too.
I ate two of the pears, so will have to go to the store to try another one.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I think pink is a difficult color to work with, so I wanted to try this one. I used alizarin instead of and lost some of the intensity for the background. But that might be just as well, as the focus is on the green apples.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Cup with Apples

Well, I finally got one I really like. I went back to the basics and didn't over mix the colors. I also like the pink/purple under wash. I think the shadow shapes are interesting too. Why is it so hard to get it simple!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Red Grapes

This one is very grayed out. I think it could have used some darker darks and more color in the grapes. Don't know. I did this while recovering from a long dental procedure and I wasn't hitting on all 8. It is reflected in the brush strokes and choice of colors. But I think it is alright not to be bright and shiny every day.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Green apple

I really like this one. I wasn't sure I could paint a large object on such a small canvas.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Another quick study. These are so fun I think I'll do more.

Single Strawberry

Sometimes I struggle with a new object and practice on these little vignettes. I do them quickly and usually like them better that the ones I labor over.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cherry Cup

I like the cup on this one. I was happy with the background color too. All those warm grays. I would like to have cleaner strokes and fewer strokes to achieve a more direct look. I am thinking about trying a mylar board or masonite again. Of course that means a trip to Home Depot and that is dangerous for me...too many interesting things to look at. Does anyone else prefer a hardware store to a dress shop???

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cup and plum

I wanted to work on this cup so I did this one. I like the shadow shape from the cup, but was frustrated by the rim of the cup. I'll do another tomorrow.

Monday, August 10, 2009


I thought I would try something different. This kitten was a baby I found on the street just a few days old. She was with us until she was diagnosed with a condition that couldn't be fixed. I think of her still with great fondness. She was very spunky and we had alot of fun while she lived.
I thought the gray would be a good challenge in values and her blue eyes came through. With all the cool colors of her fur, I put in a warm background that I think worked.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Bridge of Tomatoes

I had a challenge using red as a background on a previous painting of green apples. So, I decided to tackle red again but in the objects. It was easier and there is so much orange in tomatoes that that helped. The object for me was to get a full range of values in the color, and I am pleased with the results.
The down side of painting tomatoes is that if the skin is pierced as it was with one of these, it gets everything wet. yuck.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Cherrie friends

I was in a cherry painting mood and decided to try more cherries with a compliment color background. I like yesterday's as much as today's.

Friday, August 7, 2009


I did this one after I wiped off one that wasn't working. It is such a liberating feeling to wipe off the canvas. Then I went to something I thought I could have some success with. Having little successes along with stretching is what I like about daily painting.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pepper Boat

My challenge here was to get a large subject in a small format. I love this oval dish and have painted it before. I especially like the shadow of the pepper stem on the violet cloth. I think it makes the shadow shape very interesting.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I tried a sliced apple this time and was afraid it would turn brown before I got it painted. Carol Marine recommended putting citrus juice, lemon or lime, on apples while painting, and it worked fine.
I think the shape could be more interesting if the planes of the apple were sharper, so a thinner slice might be nice.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Red and Green

Well, this is really red! I like red and it is my favorite color, but this is overpowering the green apples, which are intense on their own. I need to gray the back ground down alittle next time.

Monday, August 3, 2009

plums on orange

I have been a pastel painter for the last 6 years and am new to oils. I'm really enjoying mixing paint, but I find myself having to touch the painting at some point. If the high lights are too strong, like they started out on this one, I just go on auto pilot and smudge them with my little finger like I would with pastels. Then I absent mindedly wipe my finger on myself. I find myself decorated at the end of a painting session.

This one was fun and easy. It's amazing to me how one will flow and another one is such a struggle. Kind of like life.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

demitasse and cherries

I am spending alot more time in my studio and enjoying the disciple of painting every day. It is my time to be in a different head space. I have noticed that I get a feeling of peace and satisfaction from painting. It used to be such a challenge that it was almost painful and certainly exhausting. I think there is a shift going on that is very hopeful.

This one was easy. I did go in after a coffee break and brighted up the green right next to the cherries to make them show off more. I particularly like the lower cherry.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

two green apples

I tried a composition with two objects again. The third element could be the shadow. I love the orange of the paper behind the already intense apples.