Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cherry Harvest - SOLD

I wanted to experiment with composition a little, by putting a "horizon line" up high in the painting.
6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Cherry Stems - SOLD

It's Cherry season here! Hood River is famous for it's cherry orchards, there are many orchards here that grow cherries, apples and pears. They are delicious. My husband saw this painting and asked, "why aren't the cherries in the bowl?". My response, "I don't know, they just aren't..."
I named this one Cherry Stems because they are going in all different directions. I should have named it Stems Awry.
6X6 inches :: oil on panel

Friday, June 27, 2008

Salt and Pepper - SOLD

One of the students in my painting class brought in these collectible Salt and Pepper shakers to paint, so I painted them too! Everyone in the class was challenged to paint them. The glass itself is a challenge, and then to get the pepper and salt inside with the light shining on it is an additional challenge, with the facets of the glass. Did I mention shadows too? They were fun to paint.
6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gorge Oak - SOLD

I felt like a change from still life paintings today. This oak tree is on a cliff that overlooks the Columbia River Gorge between Oregon and Washington. The oaks aren't really red this time of year, or maybe any time of year, but I just felt like painting a tree sort of red and green against the blueish mountains of Gorge.
6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Two Nectarines - SOLD

Orange and Blue are great complimentary colors. Still using the crazy new turquoise color, in the foreground this time, but very subtly.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Red Rose

We have a giant rose bush in front of our house. It is the most prolific, giant rose bush I have ever seen. We don't know anything about growing roses, it just did all this on it's own. So I'm destined to paint roses from this prolific bush. I got my 6x6 boards back from place where I have my painting boards cut, and in addition to the 6in x 6in pieces that I ordered, I got the scrap end pieces that are 3in x 6in. I thought I would just paint on those too. Hence, the unusual format you see. The wood that I have them cut from is birch plywood. The word plywood doesn't really do this material justice, it is very nice on the edges, and it's 1/2in thick. The wood is made in very thin little layers, it's very nice looking, not rough at all. I should put up a photo of it from the side. The UPS guy came and I received some new experimental paint colors, that I had ordered and I just had to try out this turquoise blue color! I don't know why I ordered that crazy color but I just did.

2 3/8" x 6" :: oil on archival gessoed panel

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hot Rod - SOLD

The Western Antique Automobile and Aviation Museum moved here a year ago, and I couldn't resist painting an old car from one of the car clubs that now spend time here. They are a fun challenge with lots of reflections.
6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Monday, June 16, 2008

Japanese Peonies - SOLD

Peony 1
The peonies were at the Saturday Farmer's Market in Hood River, OR. The guy selling them said the peonies had come from a community farm here. He said they have over 1000 peony bushes? I can't believe I heard that right. That's a lot of peonies. Anyway they are beautiful.
6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Peony 2

6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Nearly Touching - SOLD

I liked the colors and shapes of these cups.
6x6 inches :: oil on panel

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

National Scenic Area :: Gorge Sunset - SOLD

Well at least I got a little sunset painting done. Yesterday's model session was a "scraper". We live in a designated National Scenic Area. The benefits are many, one of them being, that you can go outside and find something great to paint all the time.

Saturday, June 7, 2008


Friday Model Session - 3 hours - one long pose
I like painting on this linen. This linen comes with a clear gesso on it. It makes a nice neutral grayed tone for painting flesh. There were lots of breaks and a croissant trip during this Friday session. Jennifer has great hair that is fun to paint, it's sort of uncontrived, reddish brown, wavy. I hope to paint a larger painting (that includes hair) and put it on the "larger paintings blog" if it turns out well, sometime soon. We are planning another 3 hour model session for Monday.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Luscious Reds - SOLD

I wanted to do something with more neutrals next to the bright reds. An artist friend, Melinda, brought me a new color to try, Bordeaux. It's luscious! I'll put a link to her website under Blogs I Like.
6X6 inches :: oil on panel

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Two Reds - SOLD

I saw these apples in the grocery, the different reds really caught my eye. I'm thinking about doing a larger still life that has apples with two different reds in it.
6x6 inches :: oil on panel