Saturday, April 30, 2016

Original Oil Painting Intense Pink



Intense Pink

12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

Are the colors too intense?? I do not think so. I hope my viewers agree. I tried to keep the strongest contrast on the focal lily on the right. To capture the intense sunlight on an intense pink was not easy but I do love a challenge.  



Monday, April 25, 2016

Original Oil Painting White Roses and Daisies




White Roses and Daisies

10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord.

My goal was to capture the strong sunlight hitting the bouquet. When the sunsets it casts such a strong light into the house, making my little bouquet so dramatic. I loved the look and knew it was not going to last long enough for me to paint it. This is a case where painting from photos helps but I did note the shadow colors, my impressions and what caught my eye in the first place. I use photos as a tool but my real life observations are my best tools.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Original Oil Painting Blue and White Pitcher


Blue and White Pitcher

12" x 12"
Painted on gessobord.

I love these blue and white vintage style pottery. I found this beauty at the Goodwill store. I can not tell you what was the most challenging part because the whole painting was challenging. The glass, orange flowers, background and pattern pitcher all have fractured color. This took several days to paint but it held my interest and I am pleased with the results. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Original Oil Painting Worry Bird


Worry Bird
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10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord.

This is a painting of a ceramic worry bird. I have heard of worry stones that people would rub with their thumbs when they are worrying about something.  Kind of like rubbing your worries away. Well, my brother gave me this worry stone bird that he bought at a craft fair. I am lucky that I have not used it much for worrying but I did enjoy painting it. Now I am waiting for that magic lantern with the genie inside. I guessing he is keeping that one for himself.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Original Oil Painting April Bouquet


April Bouquet

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10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord.

I love the variety of shapes in these flowers. The tiny little white flowers with their dabs of color, the daisies with their strokes of color and the pink flowers with their fractured color. I made a lot of premix color for the pinks. Taking a petal at a time painting each color I saw. It drove me a little crazy with all those bright colors but I do love color! At first I thought they were a little to shocking but the colors grew on me. Probably  because we had so may grey days lately, the bright colors give me hope that brighter days are ahead. When I posted this the sun was out, yeah! Bring on the sun!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Original Oil Painting Sewing Notions


Sewing Notions

10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord.

Why the clothes pin? Well it just happen to be in the sewing box when I was looking for objects to paint. I liked the wood and metal straight lines which helped the composition since my goal was to create a balanced design with curved and straight lines. The little mouse was made by my mother decades ago and added a little whimsical notion to the whole design.  

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Original Oil Painting Crocus Flowers



Crocus Flowers

10" x 10"
Painted on gessobord.

I saw some crocus flowers growing right in the grass yesterday and I knew what my next painting would be. When I have trouble thinking of what to paint I usually try doing something else and ideas just come. I am always thing of art even subconsciously so that is no surprise. But to be able to act on it with out worry about making dinner, house work etc. is.

In this painting I tried to make the colors pop out using a blue discord color. There was a blue flower any way so instead of changing it to gold, I went with it. I added hints of blue to the grass like leaves that were pushing through the flowers to carry the discord through out the painting. In the background I painted broken pieces of  warm grey purples to compliment the yellow. 

The composition of the painting  looks like the crocus flowers are fighting through each other to get to the sunlight. I can not blame them. Sunlight is something we treasure in Wisconsin winters.