Friday, October 26, 2012

Pears and Ceramic Pot

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 The paintings I admire most are ones that have been painted in natural light. There is a tenderness and a subtlety to the colors and values that I just love. It happens that wonderful north light floods my kitchen for most of the day, so I have started painting in my kitchen... and as long as I am not cooking, being in the kitchen is just fine with me!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pears in Red and Yellow

My exploration of lost and found edges, atmosphere and value continues in this painting. The study is made so much more enjoyable with the inclusion of the last few blooms from my yellow rose bush and with the pear, a wonderful fruit that comes in an endless variety of shapes and colors!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pinkish Pear and Yellow Rose

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I am trying to soften my edges to create atmosphere between the objects in my still life paintings. One of the tips I got from artist Melissa Franklin Sanchez when I took her workshop this past summer was NOT to work too much in the shadows. Shadows of the proper value, with little or no detail,  help create that feeling of atmosphere.  I am happy with the way this one turned out.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Yellow Roses in Soft Light

I believe that this big, beautiful, yellow bloom is the last offering from my rose bush this season. It filled  my studio with a heavenly scent as I painted it adieu. Lusciousness.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blue Vase with Flowers and Fruit


Lost and found edges, values, color, composition, brush work - so much to consider. The discipline of painting daily and painting small and all in one sitting is moving me closer to the way I want to paint... one day at a time.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

More Yellow Roses and Pears

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I loved the small study I did of this still live set-up, so I decided to do it again on a bigger scale. Having already worked out the coloration and composition in the earlier painting made executing this larger one much easier. I am giving a"thumbs up" to this process.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yellow Roses and Pears

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 I have decided to start adding more elements to my still life set-ups. Ironically, I think it was easier to execute this painting with the additional subject matter than others I've painted in the past with just one focal point. Perhaps I am on to something here!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lily Bouquet in Blue

White lilies are some of my favorite flowers to paint. Their subtle color changes and curled and trumpeted shapes lend some measure of abstraction that I find quite intriguing. Oh, and when I place them in my favorite cobalt blue vase, well, how can I lose?