Once again, my apologies for the poor picture quality. It's raining again and that's the best I could manage. This painting took a beating today, much re-working, re-coloring & re-shaping of things. Joan Breckwoldt had said she liked the bright daffodil shapes on yesterday's version. That got me to thinking I wanted to pop those out a little more, thus the darker background color... which serves to tone down the areas of contrast with the (now) red daisies. If you haven't seen Joan's blog lately, you should! See it here. Thanks, Joan!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
It's rainy and cold (high 50's) today in Cleveland, OH. I had to run a heater in my studio to work. Here's a painting in progress photographed in an open doorway as the rain beat down just outside!
It measures 20x20. Daffodils & daisies, it's still very rough and needs much finessing which I will attempt to do tomorrow, pending client approval.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Love, love, love this one. I've been painting the little nasturtiums for a few days now and this is the first time I caught their special characteristics... They have these little "tails" & balloon-like bases so lovely and fragile. Plus, the glass came out kinda good too. It was a swell day in rainy Cleveland, OH.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Available for purchase here.
The blue pottery vase was acquired for $3. at a going-out-of-business antique store. I love the deep blue and green coloration. This painting has a nice color harmony that I'd like to try for again sometime, maybe next time more flowers... As usual, it is better appreciated in life.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I went over to my dear Mother's house Saturday and we picked these lovely nasturtiums, from her garden. Really bad picture, will re-photograph when the painting is safer to handle!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Dear Readers: It's been a busy and wacked out last few days, weeks actually. We left town for a while and enjoyed the Atlantic ocean, I caught a monster head cold and don't cha know the holidays are coming, so marketing chores must be performed... I won't bore you with those details. But if I'm a little lax with Twitter, Facebook and correspondence in general, that's why. Sorry. Finally today I painted and all is well. I did a companion piece for an older painting... These are both reserved for a project, more information to come as things pan out.
I'm ever so pleased to report that Loren McCraney did a write up about my paintings at her blog Fruits of the Bloom Loren wrote very, very lovely words about my work and I am just TICKLED. Go read the article. ...and browse her blog for lots of neat features on design/decor and even hair accessories!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This weekend is the Avon Fall Festival & Taste of Avon. I designed the poster for the show (which features my sunflower painting, woohoo!) ...and a selection of my recent paintings will be available for purchase there. If you are in the area (Suburb west of Cleveland, OH) do stop by!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I told a friend I was going to do my daily paintings using well known select interior paint brand colors (which I would match with my oil paint.) I told her catching the eye of interior designers who might have commissions for me was one of my goals. Plus, sometimes people need hand holding when picking art, I thought I'd help 'em decide by associating my paintings with a paint color they'd already approved. My friend said I was trying too hard.
Looking back, since I abandoned the idea: I realize she was probably right. It's hard enough attempting just one painting day after day. Add additional requirements and the simple act of painting starts to feel too much like real work? (It did.) This is not to say I don't love getting commissions, because I do!! My daily paintings are more of a voluntary discipline, so why would I want to make it harder? There were some benefits to my idea that I didn't anticipate though... A lot of new visitors found my blog because they searched out specific paint brand names, like "Behr Sleeping Beauty Pink DC2C-30-3." New blog traffic is always a good thing. I also have a renewed appreciation for interior designers who do have to coordinate colors not just in paint, but furniture, fabric and flooring! For more information about my art or commissioning a painting, please email me!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Well, the spammers seem to have found me. They are leaving comments with non art related and foreign links. As much as I hate to have to monitor comments and have my visitors type letter/number combos, it has to be done for now!! Sorry for the inconvenience, but please don't let it deter you, I want to hear what you have to say.