Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fall Anticipation - SOLD

Fall Anticipation
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $22 plus $8 shipping.
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My friend brought me a couple of canvases (thanks, KM!), so I used one today, thinking about all the lovely fall colors coming up. Not that I'm anxious for fall, I could happily take three Julys before I got tired of it. If I got to choose, I'd also happily take three Octobers!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sunflowers-Refined and Reduced - SOLD

Sunflowers - Refined and Reduced
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 20"
SOLD at $60 plus pickup.

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There was mixed reaction to the "Rough and Tumble Sunflowers" from the other day, so I decided that maybe I'm not quite ready for that style. You've got to be able to pull it off. I put this one back up on the easel, and made the leaves and background more polished looking. Better? I also have reduced the price. We'll see.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunflowers on Blue - SOLD

Sunflowers on Blue
Oil on Vintage Canvas Panel, 12" x 16"
SOLD at $30 plus $8 shipping.
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One of my earliest collectors, who has become a friend, is an antiques dealer, and once in awhile runs across art supplies at estate sales and various treasure hunting venues. She calls them art goodies, (thanks, KM!) and when she comes down to the DC area to visit her son, brings me treasures. This canvas panel is one of those. It's a vintage...um...antique...um, okay, really old canvas panel from "Duro," which has been in business since 1938. The canvas looks to be maybe from the 40's? Photo below. I love old things. I gessoed the canvas front and back, and it painted up beautifully. See some detail shots below.

 Back of the Canvas Panel. Duro is still in business, out of Chicago.

Detail (Close up) of brush work in the sunflowers.
These guys have lasted now an entire week, even though I fussed at the time about paying $10 for 6 stems.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunflowers in Blue Vase

Sunflowers in Blue Vase
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 20"
Available at $100 plus $18 shipping.
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A little bit more of a formal approach today, with blending and a slower style. I like it too.
I think the vase (which was a thrift shop find) turned out nicely. As I was painting I was thinking of how when you try to take a photo of a bunch of kids, they are all looking everywhere but at the photographer. "Look here, guys! Face front!"

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rough and Tumble Sunflowers - NA

Rough and Tumble Sunflowers
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 16" x 20"
Available at $100 plus $18 shipping.
Reworked on Jul 30, 2014.

This is a bit of an experiment. I normally smooth and blend pretty much the entire painting, but today I just left things "brushy" to see how it would work. What do you think? You can see all the brush scrubbing throughout. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but it's different, anyway.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Continuous Line Sunflowers - SOLD






Continuous Line Sunflowers
Watercolor and Marker on Arches Watercolor Paper, 12" x16"
SOLD at $22 plus $8 shipping.

Using the same sunflowers in the same thrift shop vase as yesterday, I simply turned the paper around, and had a much better time. In Sketchbook Skool this week, we are working with continuous line drawing (where you don't lift the pen off the page, but backtrack and cross over if you need to), and watercolor, and this was my homework submission.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunflowers in Watercolor

Sunflowers in Watercolor
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 12" x 16"
Available at $20 plus $8 shipping.

Just a summery watercolor for a Monday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Funky Summer Still Life - SOLD

Funky Summer Still Life
Ink and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 12" x 16"
SOLD at $15 plus $8 shipping.

Our new assignment in Sketchbook Skool was to do a continuous line drawing in ink, and then to use watercolor over top. I loved my still life set up, but the first two attempts were sad at best. This is my third try, still not great, but for now, it'll have to do. The lawn needs mowing.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Self Portrait in Carbon Pencil - SOLD

Self Portrait in Carbon Pencil
Carbon Pencils on Bristol Vellum Paper, Paper Size 14" x 17"
Image Size: 10" x 12"
SOLD at $20 plus $8 shipping.

If I cover up the left eye, this does look something like me (minus the double chins and wattles.) Actually, if I cover either eye. Which tells me that the eyes are off. But a likeness is really tough. This is part of this weeks' assignment in Sketchbook Skool, where it's "selfie" week. I am very much enjoying the skool.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By The Devil's Backbone - SOLD

By The Devil's Backbone
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12"
SOLD at $30 plus $8 shipping.
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There is a lovely creek that runs along The Devil's Backbone, a natural rock formation just outside of Marlinton, WV. The creek is variously called Beech Creek or Knapp's Creek. Maybe it's like some streets and changes its name as it meanders. Below are a couple of photos of the Devil's Backbone, truly impressive in person. It also has an interesting history.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Quick Sale - SOLD

Hibiscus
Oil on Canvas Panel, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $10 plus $8 shipping.

Hidden Pool
Oil on Canvas Panel, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $10 plus $8 shipping.

Buy both and pay shipping once.
My son needs a haircut, hence the quick sale. I know....I know....

Daffodils Aglow - SOLD

Daffodils Aglow
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 20" x 20"
SOLD at $105 plus $20 shipping.
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This one is pretty big, and has some "presence" to it.
A cheerful painting for a happy wall.



Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Onions Abundant - SOLD


Onions Abundant
Gouache and Pen & Ink on 100% Cotton Magnani Annigoni Paper
Image size 10" x 16", Paper Size is 13.75" x 17.75"
SOLD at $30 plus $8 shipping.
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We are back in Sketchbook Skool, second session, and the Theme this six weeks is "Seeing." Our first assignments involved deep-looking, trying to really "see" the details in a piece of toast, and then doing a Fast and Slow sketch, doing a gesture drawing in paint or wash, then going over it in ink to find as many details as we could. My entry for the Fast Slow is below, but I enjoyed the technique so much that I wanted to do something a bit more serious for DPW. These are onions from church this past Sunday (someone has a food ministry, collects leftovers from some of the organic stores in the area, brings them in for the church folks.)

Here's my Fast Slow sketch:



Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Plein Air Brook - SOLD

Plein Air Brook
Oil on Canvas Panel, 14" x 11"
SOLD at $20 plus $8 shipping.
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This one started life as a plein air painting, but after about a half hour, the mosquitoes won and I gave up.
I finished it today by walking and standing to study the scene, then back inside to cool down and paint. It's not exactly what I was seeing, but pretty anyway.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Sky Study - SOLD

Sky Study
Oil on Canvas Panel, 11" x 14"
SOLD at $22 plus $8 shipping.

Happy Fourth of July!
Hope you all get to enjoy some picnic cook-out, family and friends today, maybe some swimming and sunshine by a lake or pool, and fireworks tonight!

Playing with the delicious colors of a sunset sky.
Lovely mauves and lavenders, soft grays and oranges, yum.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Moving Towards Sunset - SOLD

Moving Towards Sunset
Oil on Canvas Panel, 11" x 14"
SOLD at $25 plus $8 shipping.
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I really wanted a sky today, especially a sunset, so used an old reference, and added a sunset sky.
Does it work, do you think?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sunlit Woods - SOLD


Sunlit Woods
Oil on Canvas Panel, 11" x 14"
SOLD at $22 plus $8 shipping.
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Nothing like dappled woods. Lots of little tapping strokes.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Lunch? - SOLD

Lunch?
Oil on Canvas Panel, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $22 plus $8 shipping.
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The challenge this week on Daily Paintworks is a PB&J sandwich. I really wouldn't have considered it, except that one of my collectors wrote a quick email, hoping that I would try it. Okay, LP, here you go!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Daffodil Aglow - SOLD

Daffodil Aglow
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 8" x 8"
SOLD at $25 plus $8 shipping.

I had oodles of yellow paint leftover from a painting in my big project, so this one was to use up some of the paint. Too expensive to waste. I think it came out nice, loose and with a bit of drama.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Path in Blues and Greens - SOLD

 Path in Blues and Greens
...and purple, and yellow, and orange, but mostly blues and greens
Oil on Stretched Canvas, 10" x 10"
SOLD at $20 plus $8 shipping.
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Here is a close up detail of the palette knife texture:


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