Saturday, October 31, 2015

Original Oil Painting Watermelon and Vintage Shakers

Watermelons and Vintage Shakers


12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord. 

This was a painting assignment where I painted from a photo of watermelons and silver dollars. I added my vintage salt and pepper shakers as a surprise.  There is such a rich watermelon color in the photo and I tried to push it to the max. Since there is so many round things in the photo, the shakers make a nice complement. The delicate shakers, transparent silver dollars and the powerful watermelon make a feast for the eyes. I hope your eyes are hungry?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Original Oil Painting Tipped Apples

Tipped Apples

12" x 12"


The leaves this year in Wisconsin are gorgeous! So my dog Tuck and I went on a walk gathering all the lovely leaves. I took about 60-70 pics of leaves, apples and Indian corn. I painted this from one of my favorite photos of the day. Can you tell that I photograph them in direct sunlight? 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Original Oil Painting Alexandra

Girl in a Straw Hat

12" x 12" 
Painted on gessobord.

I added the glazes on today! Glazing was on the shadows mostly giving them warmth and uniformity. I also darken the hair and shoulder on the right pushing it back into the shadows. A glaze is a little paint with lots of medium. I use walnut oil for my medium, less toxic than others. I use it to adjust colors when the paint is dry to the touch. The photo below is what it looked like before I glazed.


I am waiting for it to dry and to add glazing.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Original Oil Painting Geese

16" x 20"
Painted on stretch canvas.
This is a composite landscape. I used several photos of Moraine Park, Colorado to paint the background. I added the geese from my backyard to the painting. Surroundings can have a great influence. Thanks to all my geese friends!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Original Oil Painting Fenced Out

Fenced Out


9" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

This is a fun little painting. I like how the fence frames the house in the distance. At first I was going to call it "Fenced In " but the more I looked at it I felt the opposite. Here is the first signs of winter with a little of snow creeping in under the fence. As we all know winter is coming and there is no stopping it.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Original Oil Painting Corn and Onions

Sunflowers Feast 

16" x 20"
Painted on Raphael Premium Linen Panel

Here is a nice autumn painting! This is another painting I made for my weekly paint class. I just finished a commission portrait that I can not post because it is going to be a gift. The portrait was such a challenge that it made this one a blast. The object of the lesson was to use as many brush and palette techniques as possible. See if you can count all the different paint applications.  

Friday, October 2, 2015

Original Oil Painting Mountain Stream

Mountain Stream

Not for Sale 

12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

This is a painting of the Maroon Bell Mountains in Colorado. I painted it in a thick painterly way using the palette knife most of the time. It will take a little longer to dry but I like the effect of the palette knife. It was a nice break from brushes and was excellent practice for me. I hope you enjoy my mountain stream painting with all the gorgeous nuggets of reflective colors. I love all the colors of fall but the fresh crisp color of spring is something I always look forward to year round.