Friday, February 21, 2014

Pink grapefruit


Pink grapefruits are my favorite along with sausage links so when a challenge to paint citrus fruits came up it was just a matter of not eating it first.  On this day blackberries were a great addition.  Anyone play Free Cell Solitaire? It's a card game that I play while eating breakfast, then it's into the studio to paint.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stand up


What a rough winter remembering warm sunny days and flowers.  If anything my appreciation will increase this summer.

It's a busy time lining up adventures for summer and working on other paintings.

Hopefully my artist residency application to the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula for two weeks of painting will come to fruition or my stay as a lighthouse keeper in Tawas will happen.  Actually I want to do both.

In my studio is a 24 x 48 inch painting of trees and a still life 20 x 24 that have been getting my attention lately so you aren't seeing as many daily paintings this month.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two tulips


The idea of this painting was to capture realism and fade into more of an impression.  One this one I left some hard edges the soft edges were faded with brush strokes.  Another method is to use pure color in the focal area then use varying degrees of grayed colors to fade away.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Peppy shrooms


Painted this for the Stroke Challenge on Daily Paintworks.  Having a domestic dilemma upon my return from Tennessee was very distracting so decided that this challenge would be great to refocus. This was an exercise to use one stroke for each color and then mix a new color, caught myself a couple of times being a bad girl, lucky you could go over to make corrections.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Red tulips


We have a local coffee shop that keeps fresh flowers on their tables supplied by the florist a few doors down.  The trade, unlimited coffee for the flowers, love this deal everyone wins.  Last week every table had miniature tulips in coffee cups, so lovely, made me want some.

This painting was in progress for a week to much distraction.

We had a major dilemma our well quit working.  No water for 10 days.  We weren't the only one's these cold temperatures have caused many problems with wells in the area.  It took heavy duty snow removal equipment to access the ground to work.  We have 3 feet of snow in our yard this reminds me of winters from my childhood.