Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Oranges 3

The same still life in another format.
12" x 6" oil on canvas

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Oranges squared

I painted the same still life in three different formats.
8" x 8" oil on canvas

Monday, December 29, 2014

Orange Slices

I pick up some oranges from the store and painted alla prima. I started by painting the whole surface a neutral gray and ended up fighting it to get my yellows
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Wave study 4

This one was a little more challenging and not sure about it. My husband is encouraging me to move in a different direction, enough with the waves. They have been fun and as close to abstract as I get. I do have one more on the easel and hope to finish it up soon. 
I think this summer I may travel to get pictures of clear creeks. Fort Madison is on the banks of the muddy Mississippi and lots of creeks with sediment.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Friday, December 26, 2014

Starrs Cave Creek study 3

I am procrastinating on creating the larger painting. This is another 9" x 12".  

The rough in for the above painting.
9" x 12" oil on canvas on panel

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Oakland Mills Dam after the Rains

The dam at Oakland Mills was really flowing this fall. I did a rock painting plein air but the rushing water was beyond my skills, so I took photos. Some of this is creative license. I decided to zoom in on a section where the water hits the concrete, which is easier. My other painting friends were there just before the river flooded, and the next day you could not get into the area to paint.

6" x 8" oil on canvas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Pins again

I had more requests for pins. My husband is a nurse at the local nursing home. One of the workers there was referred to as a red headed angel, thus this pin for her.

Rabbits are easier to make than angels.

For the grandchildren rocking horses.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Starrs Cave Creek study2

I guess I did not take a photo of my rough in on this one but it is similar in style to the previous post.
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Monday, December 22, 2014

Starrs Cave Creek Study

This is a study for a larger piece, maybe

This was how I started with ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. then wiped off the light areas, putting white paint over that to increase the contrast.
8" x 8" oil on canvas

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas pins

 Every year I tried to make a few Christmas pins to give out. These are created with painting watercolor and ink on mat board and then sprayed with a fixative. The frames are beads dipped in GAC100; not very even rows but you get the idea. I will paint at least one angel.
This was a special request. 

I do several white rabbits in the snow.

There are always a few rocking horses. 

Another special request this one for a Bichon Frise. 

Please excuse the pinterest pins, I was lucky to get the ones in I did.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mighty Oak

This is a scene on my way to West Point. The cattle add scale to the one tree.
12 x 24 oil on panel

Monday, December 15, 2014

Follow in Their Tracks

My husband commented that he thought that the cows in a row was awkward. In the snow they follow each others tracks, especially with young ones in tow. 

This is from a photo taken last winter. We have not had any snow yet so my desire to paint it will rely on my memories and photos for now.
16" x 8" oil on canvas