Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Soybean Rows

This was created for a challenge. Create a painting using only rectangles. It was very challenging. The light hit the soybeans and the rows went at an angle. I did enjoy the background which went a lot better.
6x6 Oil on Raymar Panel.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Grayscale Rabbits

The ideal for this painting came from the last one where I added color to black. The original photo for this was three rabbits rangeing in color from black to light gray. The center of interest is to appear in various shades of black and gray and the background various shades of bright colors and still make the painting work together.
6x6 Oil on Raymar Panel.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Black Cat

I added the palette knife painting method to the background when the original compostion drew your eye to the left side of the cat and the tail. I like to add colors to white and this is my attempt to add colors to black. I learn from other artists on the internet and both the palette knife technique and the colors in the black came from looking at others successful paintings.
6x6 Oil on Raymar Panel

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Camouflage Cow

One of the things that attracted me to this scene was the challenge of the cow against the white barn.
6x6 Oil on Raymar Panel.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

magnolia no5

I live in Iowa and the magnolias up here only bloom in the spring of the year before the leaves come out. This year they bloomed a second time in August. I took photographs of them for painting references. Green is a color I struggle with so this is another of those paintings that forces me to work it out.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cherries no 4

I used to hate working with red. The cherry paintings were a way of forcing me to keep at it.
If you looked at the previous painting of cherries you may have noticed that the bowl looks smaller in this one, actually its the same size. I don't paint it exactly as I see it.
6x6 Oil on Raymar panel.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Balancing on the Fencerail

This was a challenging angle. I am not sure that I have the face right, I will probably work on it again and repost.
6x6 Oil on Raymar panel

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bowl of Cherries no 2

The cherries was such a fun thing to paint that I tried a another variation.
6x6 oil on Raymar panel.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Sparkler for Mary

This painting was from another reference photo taken at the same time as the other one. My camera does not take very good night photos or I just don't know how to work it.
6x6 Oil on Raymar panel.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Grazing on the Hillside

The contrast between the reddish brown of the cattle and the green and blue is what attracted me to this scene.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Screw Cap Wine

When I did the set up for this I noticed that this is a screw cap bottle of wine, so I went with it.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Just a Small Glass of Wine

I am returning to one of my favorite subject matters. I started with a dull green background that contrasts with the red of the wine. I bought a set of oils on sale and it contained Pthalo Green which in in this painting in some of the dark areas. I often get stuck on certain colors and am forcing myself to use this color in my paintings.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Maddie no.2

Maddie was playing frisbee when I took this picture. Profiles are hard for me this one actually took longer than the front view shots.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Snow Rabbit

This was just a fun painting. I wanted to paint white and add lots of color.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


This is a work in progress. The girl is holding a sparkler. Usually I like to paint everything in one session but this girl is holding a sparkler and I need to add white sparks over the dark background.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I have been painting portraits lately. I started out on this one with Liquin, that made it hard to create the smooth transitions on the young face. I feel that this one is still a work in progress.