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Thursday, February 24, 2011


Hello again, I know I post very frequently but I paint so much. It gets a bit scary in my studio sometimes with sooo many paintings but I just keep going. I have too because I LOVE it and I want so badly to be really good at it one day. This one was painted from a set up. I bought these wonderful silk peonies and found this sweet brass pot at the thrift store. The little feet on the pot is what sold me on it, aren't they cute? I based in the peonies with a general color and then painted the whole background with dark colors, I went in then and added darks and light to the peonies and created the pot right into the very dark background. This is oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas and framed in a gold crackled frame from Dick Blick.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Coffee Grinder #2

Hello! Well I painted my old coffee grinder again, instead of looking down on it I set it up to look straight on. This is oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas. I took the photo with the painting framed this time, I think sometimes these dark paintings I do need to be shown in a frame. I always have said "frames are jewelry for our art" , that wonderful accent that you add at the end. I always love tucking them into a frame to see how they look.

See you soon!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Still life-Country Collectibles

Hello there, I think this is finished, I set up this old wood bucket along with one of my crocks and some pears to top it off. This is 11 X 14 on a Raymar panel. I used a palette knife on the bucket for some interesting texture. I put in the very dark background first but not in the area where my jug and pears would go so I could get some clean colors there. The bucket was painted into the dark area using those darks for the darkest part of it. It is still pretty wet so excuse the glare.

Just home from watching a demo by Chuck Marshall, a wonderful local artist. He painted a landscape for us, a wonderful snow scene.

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Have a nice weekend

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Silver & Peaches

Hi there, My titles are so original, lol. This was painted from a set up, a silver gravy boat and peaches. I had some fresh peaches and loved painting them. I have a nice collection of fake fruit purchased mostly from Michaels but no peaches. I noticed last time I was there that they are even making fake sliced fruit now.

I think I am entering my painting "Silver & Apples" in a competition but will come up with a more interesting title, I'm open for suggestions. I posted it recently, not sure if it shows up on this current page or not.

After taking a break I'm back on Ebay again, I'm here there and everywhere, lol

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Coffee Grinder

Hello there! I painted this recently from a set up. I am a big collector of primitive antiques and I have had this old coffee grinder for years. I painted it looking down on it but I am going to try it again soon from a different position. This is oil on a 8 X 10 stretched canvas. Share with me what surface you prefer to paint on please, stretched canvas, Raymar panel or do you cut your own? I really love Raymar panels, I purchase the smooth cotton. Check them out if you haven't, they are museum quality and they have wet canvas carriers too. I have a big supply of stretched canvases but I think I prefer the hard surface more, hmm.


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Have a wonderful weekend, I feel Spring is right around the corner.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Close Neighbors

Hello again, I painted this on Saturday while sitting at the arts fair, I like to keep busy and you know how I love to paint. This photo was taken here in town, a couple of sweet old houses that sit very close together. Oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas. I am busy painting small canvases for a show in March and I have the opening of "Dance with Me" this Saturday. I am really excited to be included, several people from my group submitted paintings but I was the only one accepted. See you soon

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Teapot & Apples

Hello there, Yesterday I participated in the Northminster Fine Arts Fair here in Cincinnati. A well run event and the weather held off so we had a good attendance. The event is in two different rooms and in the basement, good food and live music all day. I always say I just want the opportunity to sell and I had that. I sold 3 small paintings, though there was a lot of people there I didn't see a lot of buying going on. I know that is a reflection of the times we are in, things are tough for most. So over all I'm pleased, I enjoyed the day and painted during the event.

This still life was painted last week with a set up, another one of my collection of teapots. I painted it on Monday morning while painting with my group and put it inside a box to block all of the other light sources and hit it with a small light. I have painted this teapot several times through out the years, it is fun to look back at some of those paintings and see my progress. The first time I did it the pot was flat and too hard edged. This is oil on a 8 x 10 stretched canvas. Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Dance with Me"

Hi Everyone, If you recall I submitted two paintings to a gallery near here for a competition called "Dance with Me". The opening will be next Saturday the 12th, nice idea for Valentines day. Last year I painted something that was inspired by Klimt's Kiss, it opened about the same time last year. I submitted two and one was accepted, so hard to know what the judge will like. This is the one they accepted, an 8 x 10 in oil. I called it "First Dance", I wanted the couple to stand out from the background. I used a palette knife on her dress and it created some nice texture. I thought the piece they refused was really good but that's they way it goes. I guess when I get to the opening everything there will be much better than the piece of mine they refused??? Probably not, lol. Art is so subjective isn't it? Do I sound bitter, I'm not. I'm really very happy to be in the show and hoping I will bring home a prize. Have a great day!