Thursday, November 13, 2014

September Sunflowers

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This was a BIG painting for me to paint en plein air - 20"x40". It took several sessions outside and then a little bit of tweaking in the studio. I was attracted to the different stages each flower was at: one just opened and others already well on their way to seed.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Glass Jug with Two Flowers

As I was eyeing up this composition and deciding from which angle I should paint it, I was drawn to the distortion inside the jug. I think the very severe dark background works with the light foreground because the line where they meet is "re-routed," sort of swirled inside the glass. On another note, I just noticed that my last few posts are all basically yellow flowers in glass. Funny how you can get stuck in a rut. Now to get unstuck. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Yellow Rose in Glass Bottle

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The color of this old bottle is so wonderful as are the imperfections within it. I think the overall composition of the painting would have been better served if the rose was a bit more upright...but then again, maybe not.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Summer Table Setting

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I know it is a little late in the season to post a summer scene, but I had forgotten to take a picture of it back in August when it was painted. So, here you go. A little taste of summer in November.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pottery and Glass

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Here are some more of the bottles from my collection and an old ceramic pot and plate I found at a yard sale. The purpose here was to paint realistically and yet obtain some abstraction by arranging the bottles so that the plate and pot would look distorted through the glass.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Light Through Old Bottles

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I have a great collection of old bottles for my still life arrangements. Some I purchased on eBay, others I bought at yard sales and a few I dug up in my own backyard. Yup. I live in Sag Harbor, NY which was established in the early 1700s. Buried household trash from over 300 years ago is buried treasure for me! This painting features four of my dug-up finds: the green bottle in the back right, the amber bottle on the left, the whisky bottle in the front and the tiny blue glass jar in the foreground.