Thursday, August 28, 2014

Peonies Three

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It has been a while... all good - and now I am back at it. This still life was painted in natural light. I happened to find a spot at my house that has steady light most of the day. A great find! The peonies are home grown and that's actually an exterior window ledge upon which they are sitting.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hydrangea and Oranges

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This is the final in my hydrangea series. I found it difficult to create the bigness of each hydrangea bloom, while tending to the delicacy and airiness of each little floweret within the blossom. It was a painting paradox, for sure. Comparatively, the oranges and pottery were quite straight forward.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hydrangea Bloom

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The goal here, was to really observe the hydrangea bloom.  I tried to notice the subtle value changes within the "whiteness" of the flower and the slightly different shapes that make up the overall mass. Admittedly, this was a difficult flower to "master," not just because of all the intricacies of each bloom but also because it wilted very quickly.  Worth the effort though, as it is such a beautiful flower.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hydrangea and Citrus

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It was a challenge to set up this still life. I really liked the way the colorful citrus looked when placed  around the white pitcher of hydrangea. However, the arrangement had a disjointed look until I added  the ribbon which ultimately "tied" all the elements of the composition together.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Breakfast of Champions

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I always wanted to paint a banana. The trouble was that in a bunch it was too much yellow for me. A single one, peeled on a plate, just didn't sit right. Then I saw the work of Brian Busch and what he did with a banana, and my problem was solved.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

February Freeze

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I did not know that oil paints can freeze. I found out making this painting! Must say, I never felt more alive than when I was outside, standing on frozen snow with temperatures in the teens, chasing the greys and waning light on this February day.

Thursday, February 13, 2014