Thursday, May 6, 2021

What Really Matters


What Really Matters - 6 x 6 Oil on panel
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"Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters." -- Margaret Peters

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Time We Are Given

Time We Are Given - 6 x 6 Oil on Panel


"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."  -- J.R.R. Tolkien

Such a great quote from one of my favorite characters!

I always liked this little bear clock that we've had around the house.  I believe I bought it for my husband as a gift several years ago.  Always thought it might be a good addition to a still life setup.  I also wanted to play with some different lighting that would add to the moodiness of the piece.   Happy with the result and these characters very well may make it into a larger composition, in good time :)


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Painterly Eggs


Painterly Eggs - 6 x 6 Oil on panel

Looking through some older paintings today, I found this one from last year.  I wasn't entirely happy with it so set it aside.  Just changed a few things and kinda like it now.  I am especially happy with the pink egg and the reflections of the different colors.  

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells - 6 x 6 Oil on panel

After three starts 😝 I finally got this one going and am happy with the final result.  With Christmas around the corner I am getting in the mood for holiday stuff.  (Sorry Thanksgiving... passed over again!)

Below is a closeup shot of one of the ornaments.  We got these several years ago from my sister-in-law and they've been a regular on our trees ever since.  Just love 'em.  


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! - 6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

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This is my version of the Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin (love that movie!)  I picked up a pumpkin while getting groceries the other day and had fun carving it -- it's been so long since I last carved a pumpkin!

This low-key value range is quite a contrast to my last small painting (in my last post), which featured a small pumpkin gourd in high key values.  It was quite a challenge to get the glow of the candlelight inside the pumpkin -- it had to be really dark on the outside -- something I am seemingly allergic to.  But I am always hearing: "Color gets all the credit, value does all the work."  So I keep trying!  

Below is my carved (not-so-much) masterpiece.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Warts and All

Warts and All - 6 x 6 Oil on panel
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Tis the season for pumpkin gourds!  I have been doing some exercises in color value and temperature lately, so this little white/orange pumpkin was perfect for this sort of exercise.  Warm light, cool shadows, and a nice warmish green to reflect into the cool of the underside of the pumpkin.  A good study.  Plus, when I see them in the grocery store, they are hard to resist. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Cemetery Road

Cemetery Road - 8 x 10 Oil on Canvas

My good friend got me out painting this past Tuesday and I am so glad we went out! The weather was warm and sunny, the colors were amazing and the company was great. And I was happy with my painting (a rare thing lately!) A great day 😊

This painting will be available at the Gifts of Art show at the Suzanne Haskew Art Center in Milford, Michigan in November.