Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cumulus Clouds over the Huron River

Cumulus Clouds over the Huron River - 6 x 6 Oil on panel

I took a plein air workshop with Kim Casebeer a few years ago, and while I don't feel any of the paintings I did during the workshop were worthy to post, I did get some photos while we were out at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor.  That is not to say that Kim isn't a great artist and teacher -- she is amazing!  I am just landscape and plein air-challenged.   I need lots more practice.  That said, I am pretty happy with this one that I did from one of the photos.  I tried to remember what Kim said about cool and warm temperatures, and atmosphere, etc.  I had to imagine some of that as the photo of course flattened out the shadows and highlights.

So here in Milford we have a plein air group that meets at Kensington park every Saturday at 8:00 am, rain or shine.  And I hear that some of the members are more than happy to help newbies with tips and tricks of the trade...  I think it is high time I ventured out into the elements for some plein air painting!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Stroll in the Park

A Stroll in the Park - 6 x 6 Oil on panel
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We have a great little market near us called Colasanti's, which we visited the other day looking for plants.  They have a miniature nature park area and pond out front with ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens, guinea hens, and peacocks (and probably more.)  For a quarter, you can get a handful of peanuts to feed the ducks.  So when we came across these two little guys wanting to be very sociable, we realized that they were actually just looking for peanuts :)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Tea in the Parlor

Tea in the Parlor - 6 x 6 Oil on Gesso board

We don't really have a parlor, but I would love to have one. :)  Actually, we (my husband and I) found these silver salt and pepper shakers the other day when we decided to check out a local resale/antiques shop.  We found several great still life props for very reasonable prices - it was a good day.  My husband (who has a great eye for design) set up the cup and silver for me, and I added the plants in the background.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Life is Like...

Life is Like... - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

I was so happy to find cherries at the grocery store the other day.  I love the alizarin color of these... just like the red delicious.  In fact I liked the color scheme of '3 Red Delicious' so much I decided to use it again with these cherries.  And of course they are soooo delicious.  If I can get another painting out of these before they are eaten up... life is good :)

Here is what it would look like in a nice frame from King of Frame...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Cutie - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
This is the other commissioned painting I mentioned in my last post.  This one was actually commissioned as a surprise birthday present for our friend Charlie (hopefully he isn't reading this right now).  We understand that the two are best buds, so I hope that Charlie will approve of this painting when he sees it!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Green Eyes

Green Eyes - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
This painting was commissioned by friends of ours who wanted portraits of their two pets - one of this lovely cat, and the other which I will post tomorrow.   Thankfully their animals weren't shy like ours.  This one seemed to even pose perfectly for the camera... yay :))

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Little Copper Pot

Little Copper Pot - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
So this one is a little different for me.  Slightly more muted colors, maybe more along the lines of a traditional still life approach.  And I am liking playing with more varied colors in the background rather than one flat color, which is more often than not what I have been doing.  I think I'll keep playing with this approach.  Progress...

And here is what it would look like in a nice frame from KingofFrame.com.