Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rose of Sharon


I am so glad we have made it through tropical storm Irene. My thoughts go out to those who didn't fair as well and to those who are still without power. I hope my painting will bring some cheer.  

Friday, August 26, 2011

Black-eyed Susans


This spring I bought this plant for my garden so I'd be able to paint it when it flowered.  I'm glad I got the chance to paint the flowers. They are pretty in these colored jars. I have one more flower yet to paint from my garden and that's the Rose of Sharon.  My Rose of Sharon bush is almost out of blooms so I'll have to work quickly. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Toast to the Happy Couple


I've had this green glass goblet for a while. It's been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to paint it.  I think the title of the painting goes with the anniversary theme I've been working on. This will be the last cantaloupe painting I'll do for the couple who commissioned these "can't elope" paintings.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cantaloupe Reflection


This is another painting of cantaloupes for my commissioned work Can't Elope. These two slices could be viewed as blocked from eloping or their reflection could be holding them back.  Up for interpretation I guess. Anyway, my desktop died last Friday and today I have a new laptop, a MacBook Pro. Oh how I love it.  Now I can post again.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Red Apricots and Cherries


These red apricots were a new fruit to paint.  I'm not sure if they look like apricots but I don't think that really matters if the painting works. I think it does. I can always find things to redo but as a daily painter I feel the need to go on to the next painting.  Right now besides painting, I'm reading Richard Schmid's book Alla Prima. It's the first time I've read it and the chapter I'm on is about edges. This book is great! There's so much to think about and learn. I highly recommend it to those people who haven't read it before, like me.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mill Road 3

 
Here's a little painting in the series of landscapes done from a photo. I'm so lucky to have access to these beautiful locations.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cantaloupe

This painting was inspired by my receiving a commission. Actually, my first commission. I was asked for a painting to celebrate a couple's anniversary depicting the theme of their wedding. Yes, you got it, Can't-Elope. I'm attempting to paint several different versions on this theme to offer them a choice.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

How I Frame My Pictures



I've added a section to my blog (probably to the right of this post) about how I frame my paintings. It's an alternative to purchasing expensive frames or having them professionally done. I use floating frames and buy them on sale, in bulk, from the usual online catalogs.  It took me a while to learn how to do them, but if you need to frame your paintings for a show and need to do several then this is a cost-effective method.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Congress Park

 
I had previously mentioned that I would be  posting a landscape painting done outdoors. I had to take new digital images of it. This one came out much better, more in focus and with better color reproduction. On my blog I added a gadget/pdf. file on how I frame my paintings. For artists who paint on gesso board this may be a good and inexpensive option.