Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fruit bowl


What a happy surprise to get home from the grocery store and pull this beautiful cluster of grapes out of the bag.  Quickly they were hidden in the frig for later. 

This composition works really well with the roundness of the bowl and the curving cluster of grapes to keep your eye in the painting, this is one colorful painting.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rose challenge


Could not pass up a pretty rose this is a DPW Challenge painting.  After losing my studio for 10 days for some wall work then running out of hard board my first attempt was on a linen panel that was purchased to try ...hmmm, didn't like it so after painting on it for two days it went in the garbage.   Located one 8 x 8 inch gessoed hardboard to start over on.  Originally the background was part of the painting it seemed to busy and distracting from the rose for my liking.


Finally some activity.  This is a 16 x 20 oil on hardboard that maybe coming of the easel.  Did some background work today and after it sits for a couple of days I'll know if it's done.  It is my first portrait in many years so excited to get this done and real pleased with it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

First Lily


 This is a left over plant from Easter that was purchased after returning from a trip up-north.  It was cold up there what was I thinking?   The Great Lakes were still frozen. Three ice breakers were out trying to get the shipping channel opened ... there was a boat jam at the Locks. Next year the direction will be South and hopefully warmer.

The plant is still blooming and doing very well.

Still Life 5

This painting is 20 x 24 inches.  The background behind the white cloth is a very dark purple almost black with some soft fabric folds that aren't visible here.  I am still messing around with my camera trying to eliminate issues like this so the photograph is a duplicate of the painting, just a little off here.