Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Before and After photos, Fixing "Bird Lands"

(After) Bird Lands  Oil on Panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
I was enthusiastic about this painting when I posted it...  and realized later, it needed a little more work.  The background was lightened a bit to silhouette the bird and enhance sunflower greens.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Lemon Daisies II, floral still life painting with Daisies and Lemons

Lemon Daisies II  Oil on Panel, 8" x 8,"  $285.
First version from 2013
Another go at Lemon Daisies.  This one has more negative space above and around the focal point which makes it seem less crowded. I also removed the stripes on the tablecloth. Better, me thinks.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Work in Progress of cat painting, a photo

Here's a photo of "The Diplomat" in progress. I like to work the whole surface from dark to light. (Meaning painting all darks everywhere gradually working up to lighter values.) But it is not uncommon for me to kinda keep going on one part, like I did here with Coco. At this point, Coco is almost complete...  I thought the background pattern might be difficult to paint, so having colors on Coco figured out helped to gauge colors/values for that.  (See the complete painting, here.)  His gray fur can be warmed up or cooled down depending on setting... Always interesting to paint. 

You can find more paintings in progress from start to finish on my Pinterest board, titled "Work in Progress."  Here's the link.   

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Coco Cat Art Magnet!

Coco cat fridge magnet
Collectors of my art enjoy silly freebies from time to time. Pictured above, a Coco kitty fridge magnet!  It's printed on magnetic paper, which is then cut with a paper cutter.  Fun, right?  
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Diplomat, Coco kitty returns!

The Diplomat  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  SOLD
Coco gets regular play time with my husband and I.  Husband rough houses him. The cat then ambles over to me for petting (and baby talk) then he goes back over to my husband and the cycle continues. He seems to like it and he's pretty good about giving us equal time.  :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Red and Whites, tulip still life painting with lemons

Red and Whites  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $285.
Flowers and fruit, a timeless combination and a delight to paint.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Getting to Know You II, Painting of a Cockatiel

Getting to Know You II  Oil on wood, 8" x 8,"  $285.
This is a Cockatiel, a native of Australia.  Cockatiels come in a variety of colors and temperaments. They are generally characterized as cuddly, curious and quiet.  While both male and females can whistle melodies, the males can learn to talk.