Friday, January 31, 2014

Yellow Tulips in Metal Urn

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These were very unruly tulip buds; so difficult to arrange. Finally, I just let them go and actually liked the way they scattered themselves in the metal urn. I think the free spirited buds juxtaposed with the upright, rigid container ultimately is what made this composition work.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge for Jen

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  My wonderful friend, Jen, finds inspiration in the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Specifically, she is awed by the staggering number of obstacles and bad luck the designers had to overcome during construction. Wikipedia gives a quick synopsis of the daunting events and explains Jen's respect for the process, never mind, the absolute beauty of the finished structure.
  So, it was no wonder that she commissioned a painting of this engineering marvel and architectural masterpiece. What I love about commissioned pieces, is that I end up painting subjects I might never have thought to paint on my own - the Brooklyn Bridge, for example. My thanks to Jen, for giving me this opportunity and for helping me see more than what meets the eye when driving across that spectacular span.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Lone Lily

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Thank goodness for grocery store bought lilies. They are getting me through these bitter cold winter days when painting out of doors is out of the question. So, in my warm studio I sit and try to capture the beauty of these scented, sensuously shaped blooms.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lilies by the Window

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My new studio space in Sag Harbor has two beautiful French doors. I decided to make use of them in this still life setup. Being able to "see" out the window past the jug of lilies increases the perception of depth in the painting. Needless to say, I will be featuring the doors in future compositions.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Lilies in White Jug with Pears

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I am pleased with the movement of color around and across the white jug in this painting. I feel it  captures the sunlight as it bounces off the books, pears and tabletop. Painting "white" by putting color into it, is a total rush for me. There once was a time when I couldn't even see color in white, never mind paint it. It is wonderful to continue to advance in my ability to really see. Ironically, it comes at a time in my life when I have to wear glasses!