Thursday, July 31, 2014

Reflected Cherries

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Lately I noticed I'm painting seasonal like how I try to shop. Cherries are in season, it's been a while, and as a result each time I paint them it's almost like I'm relearning how to see them again. That's ok because it pushes me to stay away from what's easy and predictable.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Secrets of the CIA

Secrets of the CIA or should I say The Culinary Institute of America. This Objet d'art was my dessert  when my husband and I took a day trip down to Hyde Park a couple of weeks ago.  Its real name is 61% Chocolate Mousse.  I thought I ordered just a bowl of mousse and was delighted when this was placed in front of me.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Really Large Bok Choy

I  haven't painted a painting this big of just one object in years. It was lots of fun. I plan on putting it in a group show in a designer's store next month and I'm hoping it will catch someone's eye. If not, it looks great in my kitchen.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Really Large Bok Choy In Progress

An artist friend suggested I paint large those things I usually paint small, as opposed to filling the canvas with more objects. I suppose she meant like Janet Fish's large fruit, vegetable and bottle paintings. Those single object (or multiples of a single object) paintings are the ones I love. I base coated my canvas with pyrrole red acrylic paint, wow. I painted until I couldn't figure out what to do next and I lost my place, so I quit for today. This should be a fun challenge.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Basset Hound Box

Basset hounds are the perfect dog for a cigar box. A while back I purchased some empty cigar boxes and have been experimenting with doing dog portraits on them. They can be memory boxes or else a pleasant reminder for their owner of their pet.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Frenky's Portrait

I found this image of Frenky among my files. I liked his expression and decided to treat myself to yet again another smiling dog portrait. I don't think I'm different from other people when I say I'm overwhelmed and feel inundated with the constant lousy news every day; I need a feel-good fix.  Frenky's smiling face confirms that dogs are a gift and embody the goodness in the world.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


I purchased this dahlia at last Sunday's farmer's market and the glass pitcher was a recent thrift store find. I loved painting the swirls in the glass and had to hold myself back to keep it simple. All told, both the flower and pitcher were completely wiped off once and repainted. It was worth it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blue Glass Cup Abstraction

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I bought two blue glass cups at a recent antiques festival and have been trying to figure out how to use them. They are a rich dark blue when seen from the side but when viewed straight down and with the light just right they are lovely.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Blue Cup & Green Saucer Still Life

I finished this still life yesterday but had trouble taking an image due to the glare and rain! I realized my paint application was too thick and every ridge caught the light. In the future I'll buy the smaller 37 ml tubes of paint except for white. That way my paint won't have time to get thick.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Suburban Dog

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Here's a little dog that I took an image of at the Strawberry Festival a couple of weeks ago. I liked all the shadows but I'm not sure if they make sense in the painting. I thought they added interest to the overall design.