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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sun Glazed Maples, Revised - SOLD

Sun Glazed Maples, revised Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $50.00 plus shipping. This one was a bit too dark, I thought, so revised it and am offering it again, with a slightly lower price. A good blast of color for this end of the year piece.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mugs and Pears - NA

Mugs and Pears Oil on Canvas Panel, 8" x 16" Gifted, NA. Ovals are so tricky to paint, I take my hat off to the still life painters who use a lot of plates and cups in their work. Hope you are all staying warm, enjoying this mid-holiday week, and here's good news: the days are getting longer, yay!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hydrangea Horizontal - SOLD

Hydrangea Horizontal Oil on Canvas Panel, 8" x 16" SOLD at $45.00 plus shipping. I am running low on my favorite sizes of canvas, but did have a couple of these panels in the long size. Thinking about what I could use it for today, I decided to just lay out one of my stems of hydrangea and see what I could do. What do you think?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Funky Stack - SOLD

Funky Stack Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 10" SOLD at $30.00 plus shipping. Today was mostly babysitting and running around, so I only had a couple of short hours to paint tonight. Some of my collectors surprise me when they like the rough and tumble paintings, so even though this one is very sketchy, very rough, I thought I'd put it up anyway.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dusty Rose Gallery Wrapped - SOLD

Dusty Rose, Gallery Wrapped Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8" x 7/8" SOLD at $45.00, includes shipping. This one will need no frame, unless preferred. I am painting all around the sides, continuing the image. I like this one, not so much for the rose, as for the color. That dusty, almost pink, but with brown, rose color.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Large White Peony - SOLD

Large White Peony Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 20" SOLD at $100.00 plus shipping. I've had this one drawn out for a few days, and spray fixed, but waited until yesterday to begin it. It takes awhile to paint a good sized piece like this, so finished it up today. Don't you love peonies? I've done this one in watercolors before, so this time it's with oils.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Tree, 2009 - SOLD

Christmas Tree, 2009 Pen and Ink, watercolor, and markers on Cream Paper, 9" x 12" SOLD at $25.00, includes shipping. A Blessed Christmas, everyone! I hope that this day, you have the blessings of our Lord in your life and in your heart. What more could we hope for, a closer walk with Him. One of my collectors reminded me that a couple of years ago, I did a pen and ink of my daughter's Christmas tree in Massachusetts. So I did one for this year, a little different, and maybe it will become a tradition for this blog. This was so restful to do, all those patient little scritchy lines, which seems to me relaxing, just stroke along until it fills in. I am happy with the results, it seems a bit Victorian looking, don't you think?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

View from my Window - SOLD

View from my Window Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $55.00 plus shipping. I generally have my back to this window, to catch the light, but the snow is still so lovely, that I turned my chair around today to paint this. Of course, with the wild growth, there is a lot more vine and scrap, but I condensed it. For those of you who celebrate Christmas Eve, I hope that yours is meaningful and precious.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Pears - SOLD

Christmas Pears Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8" SOLD at $35.00 plus shipping. Nice multicolored pears, somehow they seem Christmasy to me, maybe it's the green and red in them. I always like painting pears.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Poinsettia - NA

Christmas Poinsettia Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" NA, Revised Dec 1, 2010. One of my collectors asked me about holiday images, hey, when? LOL. So, I figured I'd better do something besides a watercolor with my lovely poinsettia plant. The grey shadow (top, center) was a cast shadow from my easel, and isn't in the painting.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow Colors - Gifted

Landscape Series, Number 4: Snow Colors Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8" Gifted. I loved all the snow yesterday, and was thinking about a painting in greys and whites, but today is sunblasted, with drifts everywhere, just gorgeous. So instead I did one of the series with today's colors.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gallery Wrapped Sienna Iris - SOLD

Gallery Wrapped Sienna Iris Detail of wrap below Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 8" x 8" x 1.25" Sold. Odd today to be painting a sunny iris while the snow just poured down in the DC area, but that's what I had planned, so I put on some Christmas music and laughed at the contradiction. Nice to be in the middle of a snow storm if you don't have to go out, and the report was that there wasn't anyplace to go anyway, since everything was closed.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Poinsettia Watercolor - SOLD

Poinsettia Watercolor Watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper, 9" x 12" Image size slightly smaller SOLD at $35.00 plus $5.00 shipping. My dear cousins treated me to the most gorgeous, full bloomed pointsettia I've ever had, and so I just had to pick out a couple of the blooms to try with watercolors. I think there must be 30 separate blooms on the plant. Gorgeous! Thanks, H and D.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Summer Rooftops

Summer Rooftops Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14" Available at $60.00 plus shipping. This one is a repeat of a plein air piece I did this past summer, looking out our 5th floor window. I changed it up a bit, and made the front roof more red. The collector who requested it opted to pass, and it happens from time to time. Sometimes a painting will just "sing" to you, and the repeat doesn't.

Long Iris Watercolor 2 - SOLD

Long Iris Watercolor 2 Watercolor on Strathmore Paper, 6" x 18" SOLD at $15.00 This one is to go with the first long iris, to make a set.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December Dreaming - SOLD

December Dreaming Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $60.00 plus shipping. I like painting woods, with paths, I really do.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Primroses - SOLD

Primroses Watercolor on Strathmore Watercolor Paper, 6" x 18" SOLD at $20.00, includes shipping. I did work on an oil today, but the day got away from me. Instead I finished this one to post tonight, colorful, imaginary roses.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Landscape Series: Dawn's Early Light - SOLD

Dawn's Early Light Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8" SOLD at $45.00 plus $5.00 shipping. Another in the landscape series, this one with a bit more dramatic lighting. I'm playing with the composition as well, seeing if there's a format that I like better. Making small adjustments.

Sun Glazed Maples- NA

Sun Glazed Maples Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" Not available, See revised on 12/31/09. Thsi one is actually yesterday's painting, and just as I was about to post it, I lost my Internet connection.It never did come back, but this morning I have it again. So here is Thursday's piece, just because I wanted the color.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Landscape Series: Number 2 - SOLD

Landscape Series: Number 2 Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8" SOLD at $45.00 plus shipping. I never thought this would be tricky, but it is more than I realized. Without something as reference, except the general shapes of the composition, it's all imagination. Maybe I'll get better at it as I go along, it's a good challenge. I was thinking high summer on this one.

Little Iris Watercolor - SOLD

Little iris Watercolor Watercolor on Arches paper, 6" x 10" SOLD at $15.00, includes shipping. I've used the photo reference for this one so many time, but I don't get tired of it. The colors are such beautiful, subtle shades.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Winter Magnolia - SOLD

Winter Magnolia Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $65.00 plus shipping. For a collector who wanted the November Magnolia. But it was sold. So, here's another one of the white faced magnolias.

Bending Tulip

Bending Tulip Watercolor, 6" x 10" Available at $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping.

Rambling Leaves - SOLD

Rambling Leaves Watercolor, 6" x 18" SOLD at $12.00 plus $3.00 shhipping.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Landscape series: Deep Fall NA

Landscape Series: Deep Fall Afternoon Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8" Not available, revised on May 18, 2010. The idea is not new. I want to try doing a series of small landscapes, I'm thinking 25 or so, all with the same composition. The changes will be in color, value, time of day, and season. This is the first, a late fall day, some trees bare, sun shining, like today!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Winter Creek Sunset 3 - SOLD

Winter Creek Sunset 3 Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $50.00 plus shipping. I actually like doing the same painting over three times in a row. By the third one, you've figured out the "order" of painting. Trunks first, to preserve the darks, then background foliage, then foreground and water, and last, sky and details. So you can then think about what you want to change, or the flavor of the piece. I was going for more "mystery" in this one, although I'm not sure it turned out that way. More calligraphic brushwork too, in the foreground, which I like (yes, my Escoda brush again.) And I let myself have more red and orange this time. We'll see if the collector likes it.

Long Bendy Iris - SOLD

Long Bendy Iris Watercolor on Strathmore paper, 6" x 18" SOLD at $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping. Another one of my little play watercolors. Interesting to use all that length. This paper acts differently from my standby, Arches, so there's some struggle with it too.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Winter Woods Sunset Large - SOLD

Winter Woods Sunset, Large Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 20" SOLD at $85.00 plus shipping. I wish the photo was better, since this is really a nice painting, and the glare spoils the look a bit. I'm just generally pleased with it, the water, the feeling of the sky, the colors of the background foliage.

Rainbow Tulips, Watercolor - SOLD

Rainbow Tulips Watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper Paper size 12" x 16", image size 11" x 13" SOLD at $25.00, includes shipping. I wet each separate part and dropped in an assortment of colors, let them run around. One of the funnest things to do with watercolors. Done from a photo of tulips that I had taken at my daughters.

Random Leaves Watercolor - SOLD

Random Leaves, Watercolor Watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb paper, paper size 6" x 18" SOLD at $20.00, includes shipping. I have a watercolor spiral bound sketchbook that I haven't used much, and thought leaves would be great dancing across the page. Lots of colors in this one, and the leaves are just imaginary.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Winter Woods Sunset -SOLD

Winter Woods Sunset Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $50.00 plus shipping. I am thinking about doing this one large, and wanted to play with the square format. Don't you just love the winter colors?

Two More at Fifteen - SOLD

Maple Leaves Watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper, paper size 12" x 16", image size 8.5" x 9.5" SOLD at $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping. Backyard 2 Watercolor on 140 lb paper Paper size: 12" x 16", image size 11" x 14" SOLD at $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping. Another couple of quickie watercolors, since it went over well yesterday. I like the simplicity of the maple leaves, done from a photo I still had of Massachusetts maples.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Folded Pink Rose - SOLD

Folded Pink Rose Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $50.00 plus shipping. Another inside view of a pink rose. I love the colors, so delicate, that subtle mauve grey, yum. Very fun to paint, almost like a mosaic.

Two at Fifteen - SOLD

Cropping Possibility above.
Backyard Watercolor, full and cropped versions Image size: 10" x 12" , Paper size: 12" x 16"
SOLD at $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping.
Delicious Apples
Colored Pencil on Bristol Paper
Image size: 7" x 8" , Paper size: 9" x 12"
SOLD at $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping.
An experiment to see whether my collectors might be interested in inexpensive pieces done in media besides oils. Works on paper are also easy to send, but mean matting, glass and frames for the collector.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Lazy Creek - SOLD

Lazy Creek Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 16" SOLD at $40.00 plus shipping. Another painting that I have saved out for a gallery, but simply can't get enough pieces together to make it worthwhile. Maybe this coming year I can focus on making it more a career than simply my hodge podge way of painting.

Blushing Pears - Gifted

Blushing Pears Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8" Gifted. I had saved this one for one of the galleries, but I can't seem to paint fast enough to make a collection, so I'm letting it go.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pink Orchid - SOLD

Pink Orchid Oil on Canvas Panel, 8" x 16" SOLD at $45.00 plus shipping. I picked up some canvas panels, in this size that I like (mainly because I hardly ever see them this size) and didn't think to Gesso them before painting. Mistake. This one was a struggle, just because I had to coax the paint to stay on the canvas, it was so slick. I will definitely Gesso the other two panels. Because of all the careful blending then, I think this one has a bit of an Oriental flavor, don't you?

Thanksgiving Magnolia Revised - SOLD

Thanksgiving Magnolia, Revised Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $45.00 plus shipping. Some revisions on the red magnolia. I changed the color, brighter now, and the shape of the front petals, and like it much better. I am also dropping the price, to get this little guy sold.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sandy Creek - SOLD

Sandy Creek Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 20" SOLD at $85.00 plus shipping. This one is bigger than what I've been doing lately, but I really felt like a creek scene today, and didn't have a medium size canvas. I love the two major colors here, Caput Mortem Violet (dried blood color) and Turquoise plus turquoisey greens. A couple of my two current favorites.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Orchid with Pastel Colors - SOLD

Orchid with Pastel Colors Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14" SOLD at $30.00 plus shipping. So, is there football on the TV at your house? Are there good Thanksgiving smells wafting from the kitchen? All kinds of goodness of the day. I hope you are enjoying your day, wherever you may be today, and are blessed. This one has nothing at all to do with Thanksgiving. I wanted to try a very loose floral, since mine are always so tight and careful. Used my magic Escoda brush for the whole painting. The background is also loose, all the leftover cloud colors from the Chase paintings. It's kind of cool, isn't it?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Magnolia Revised on 11.29

Thanksgiving Magnolia Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" Not Available at $65.00 plus shipping (see 11.29 post for revised version) Now I don't know if there is any such flower as this, probably not. But I picked up this rich, velvety stem at Michaels and wanted to try painting it. The color of it is actually more "winey" than red, but it isn't going anywhere and I can try it again anytime. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I am truly thankful for all of you.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Chase Copy 2 - SOLD

Chase Copy 2
(the bottom one is color corrected, but a bit too intense actually) Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14" SOLD. This is another version of the painting from this morning. It is going to a beach house, (yay!) where I'm sure it will fit right in.

Chase Copy - SOLD

Chase Copy Shinnecock Hills, William Merritt Chase, c. 1895 Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14" SOLD at $50.00 plus shipping. Do you know the American Impressionist painter, William Merritt Chase? I didn't at all (which is no indication of his fame, really) but he was a teacher of Georgia O'Keefe, and his Long Island landscapes are just gorgeous. You can see some of his work here. The one I copied ( a portion of it) is called Shinnecock Hills and it's at the Smithsonian. It's just beautiful, full of ochres, sienna, beautiful greens, lovely. I will be studying his work more, I really didn't get it quite right.

Monday, November 23, 2009

November Magnolia - SOLD

November Magnolia Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" SOLD at $75.00 plus shipping. It's been awhile since I did a magnolia, so here's one more, a November Magnolia. Double light source made this one tricky, but since it's rainy and overcast today, I needed the lights.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Poppy Copy - SOLD

Poppy Copy, after Georgia O'Keefe, Oriental Poppies, 1927 Oil on Stretched Canvas, 14" x 18" SOLD at $55.00, includes shipping. I love Georgia O'Keefe's work, and such an interesting woman. I do think that there's no better way to study a painter's work than taking the time to study it closely and copying. This one is among my favorites. Just studying closely how she blended her colors, all those sensual lines...yum.
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