Monday, May 23, 2016

Fresh as a Daisy

8x8 oil on cradled board

I got carried away with color.... can you get carried away with color? Well if you can, I think I did it here. But I still love it. This painting is all about playing with intense color. 

I found this small blue ball jar at a flea market a few months ago. I have painted it a couple times. In it is an old silk flower that I found. So it really isn't fresh.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Approaching 18 at Pebble

9" x 12" oil on cradled board

Beautiful Pebble Beach golf course. I got to stand by the 18th green and take a few photos once. I've been using those photos for references for a few years. I always wanted to try painting two golfers side by side. Inspired by Ken Auster's "Another Day at the Office", but using my own photos. This is no where near the wonderful freshness of Ken's. But it was a step forward for me. Composition is so tricky, and the problems are different for each painting. So much to learn.

Here is another corner of my studio! This is where I keep most of my paintings at different stages of drying. They are all waiting to be varnished. Sometimes this gets too crowded and I have to move some to wall shelves. Today I'm preparing to varnish a few tomorrow. So this is when I decide what's dry enough to varnish. I have such a pile of new paintings that I'm excited about!


Monday, May 16, 2016

ACEO Trading Cards

I've been working on some trading cards which I sell exclusively at Main Gallery 404 in Bloomington, IL. They have sold quite a few of mine and will be featuring trading cards again for the June First Friday. They are all original oil paintings on 2.5" x 3.5" canvas pieces. Many artists will be participating, these are just mine. 
 I'm adding cats and shoes to the mix this month! June's theme is "Wearable Art". So since I didn't really think anyone would want to WEAR one of my paintings. I painted items you could wear... or shoes. I like to paint shoes. 
I find painting this small FUN! I keep it quick and colorful. I look at these as tiny studies and will often paint a larger version if I'm happy with how the study comes out.

I will also be bringing a handful of new paintings into the gallery before the end of the month. I'll post photos once I figure out exactly which paintings I'll be bringing. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Red Pumps

6" x 8" oil on cradled board

So much fun to really lay on the paint! I'm trying to find color in every corner. I like to play up the intensity but still keeping the values correct.

These are not my shoes. I could never walk in these. But I don't mind painting them!

I have several paintings in the works right now. Here is a detail shot of one...
Again, I trying to find color in value transitions. 
I'll be building weights for my canopy this weekend. I need something heavy to hold down my display for my art festivals. 


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Outside Looking In


8x10 oil on cradled board

I finished this self portrait a couple weeks ago. I've been pretty bad about posting to my blog lately. I'm using Facebook more and more. But I really want to do better with my blog, so I will attempt to post more often.

My mothers Celebration of Life is over now and I ready to focus on painting. I'm going to be removing my work from DPW this month. I'm doing this for many many reasons. First of which is that my work isn't really noticed there any more. Maybe it's because I don't post prices or use their auction. That's possible. But if I actually posted the prices of my work I don't think that would really make a difference. I'm selling my old and new work at a small local gallery. So I plan to put my energy into that. In a week my DPW gallery will be gone. Thank you DPW for helping me get started.

I will be doing 3 summer art festivals! I'm really excited about that. I have a new display setup that should simplify and streamline the process. There is more information about this on the Events page on my website.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Long Legged Putt

8" x 6" oil on cradled board

I had some fun playing with color in the shadows. Thank you Jenny Foster for the source photo!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Chardonnay Anyone?

8" x 8" oil on cradled board

Painting the color in this bottle and glass were so much fun. I love this subject. So much to discover.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting to Putt

8" x 8" oil on cradled board

I've been been hard at work in my studio, but not always having anything to show for it. I've been working on several paintings at one time right now. Which takes me longer to finish anything. But I'm easily distracted these days. So switching paintings helps. 

Here I'm working on a self portrait and a golfer with the longest legs I've ever seen! I'm always embarrassed to post photos of my studio and workspace because its rarely neat. To prove my point, here is a photo I posted on Facebook of my studio yesterday. Maybe someday I'll have enough space to actually get organized. 



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

White Tulip Buds

10" x 10" oil on cradled board

Painting flowers. I want to have a few still live paintings available at my next show which is at Cantigny Park in June. Here is the first one. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Holding Hands - SOLD

8"x8" oil on cradled board
SOLD

I've been working on this one off and on for a long time. Even though I love it, I kept putting it on the shelf to think about. I guess I didn't want to ruin it. But now, I'm calling it done!