Friday, August 30, 2013

Painting in progress : still life

So I was watching my 3 yr. old pile flowers up all over my table and he totally inspired me!  I slightly rearranged it and started painting!  I'm so inspired.  I will post the final painting soon.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tea Party



 
I am just in love with antique teacups!  I love the delicate little painted flowers on them, and the gold highlights.  They are more challenging than most of my flower subjects but well worth it. 

P.S. - In order that people may be happy in their work, the things are needed:  They must be fit for it.  They must not do too much of it.  And they must have a sense of success in it." (John Ruskin)

Bid on this painting here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

up close and personal

                       Sunflower
I had this old chopping block in my studio and decided to sit at my table top easel and work on something really close to me and on a material that I like.  So here is what I came up with.  I was happy  
, quite happy with what I painted.  So some days it's good to work with what you have right around you in your home or studio.   Hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Pears & Daisies


So as you can see here is the setup and above is the painting! Unfortunately already wilting! Looking the way I feel today! Any how keep painting no matter how you feel!! Life is always full of surprises. Take care, thanks for taking a peek at my blog.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Tell Me Now

Painted this still life today!  I loved the feeling that the red ribbon gave me, it helps draw the eye through the painting!  Hope you enjoy!
P.S. " striving for excellence motivates you;  striving for perfection is demoralizing." (Harriet Braiker)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lanterns in the Summer?

 
Love these Lanterns they grew in Vancouver in the fall, and although it is summer I felt like painting them now.  Longing I guess for cooler weather!  Well, thanks for looking!.

Bliss


Bid on this painting here.
8x10" on canvas 0.5" thick painted around the edges!
Painted from flowers in my studio this afternoon!  I wanted to work on something simpler I find the simpler the better sometimes.  It's the less is more type of painting! 
 
 
 

Painting progress stage 2

 


Hi again!  In this stage I try to really work on painting in the midtones.  I give my self a visual aid by set a spot of really white paint on the table cloth.  And a bit of the darkest dark on the wine bottle.  It just helps your eye gage the value or tones better.   Because there are so many different colors it takes a bit more stepping back to see what you are doing as you paint.  I'll post more on this painting soon!  Thanks for watching!
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have!   Have a good Sunday.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Step by Step: still life with fruit

Good morning or afternoon, so what I will do in this post is show you how I go about painting a still life.  First step is the blocking in, where I quickly decide where everything is going to go on the canvas.  It saves me major corrections later because I already can see what it will look like!  I have to be patient here which is hard!  I will tweak the composition here and there quickly before moving on.
That's it for now, I'll post the next step later.



Sunday, August 4, 2013

Quiet Time


What can I say.. I love painting! 
We paint because we have too.  It's the way runners have to run!  I love things that are beautiful and when I paint them it just simply makes me happy.
Hope you have a wonderful day!  Happy painting.
 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Cup of Sunshine

 
I am having fun with the coffee mug / floral theme.  I truly think these are the cutest arrangements.
I start each morning with a coffee or two, sometimes one in the afternoon!  I fuels me for the painting.
 
P.S. "A goal without a deadline is a wish"  (Cindy Rold)
 

Cup of Daisies

So I decided to mix my two favorite things together in this painting the idea of a nice warm cup of coffee and flowers!  
Happy place!   Hope you enjoy!
P.S."  Art is my vehicle through life;  may we share the ride together."
Ron Wickersham
 

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