Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rosy Apples

Rosy Apples   6"x6"   oil
I won't be able to post for about a week. But, will leave you,'til then, with this little sketch of an apple branch. It's very loose right now, but I decided to leave it at this stage and liked the 'not too finished' approach.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Shoe Sale

Shoe Sale    6"x6"    oil
Seems the only shoes I see on sale, either look like these or are a size 6 ! Just my luck...but I can always enjoy painting them, if only for their color alone.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

International Artists Day

Portrait of Varya Adoratskaya     Nicolai Fechin

Today is International Artists Day as I am  reminded by fellow artist Linda Popple. My choice to feature is the much admired master, Nicolai Fechin. A Russian born painter who emigrated to the U.S. in 1923. Here is a link to a short bio .
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Style Sisters

Style Sisters   6"x6"    oil
I've used heels as a subject before and they are always sooooo fun (to paint, not wear!) I am always inspired to paint them again, when I see one of my fellow DPO painters,like Kim Rempel paint a shoe "portrait" of which she has many wonderful ones. These are pure eye candy, for their color, shape and the two color set-up, which reminded me more of sisters or friends, than a pair of shoes.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dappled Green

Dappled Green    12"x9"   oil    sold
This is a commissioned piece I've been working on that is nearly finished. It will still need some tweeking, but thought I'd post it "as is" for now.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunflower Jar

Sunflower Jar   12"x9"   acrylic
The seasons sunflowers and  other harvests are everywhere and this bunch of flowers fit the bill for playing with fall color today.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gardener at Manito

Gardener at Manito    9"x12"     acrylic   
This is another work from Manito Garden in Spokane, with this "cowboy" gardener. One of the shapes that drew my eye was his hat and the way it's curves repeated in the garden paths. I used a kind of red brick underpainting again here

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Bunch

Pumpkin Bunch    6"x6"   acrylic
Fun to look at all the great shapes of pumpkins right now. These all look like good shapes for carving to me.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Monashka Bay Free Day

Monashka Bay Free Day    14"x11"   acrylic
We've recently returned from a week in Kodiak, Alaska and while exploring with a friend, found Monashka Bay. As we drove into a parking area and headed on foot toward the water, we heard noise and laughing and what sounded like a wild party. It kind of was.....we soon saw lots of kids walking and running along the beach and identified a couple of teachers to ask what was going on. 'Oh, we couldn't resist giving them a day of sunshine, while we still have some' we were told. This is one of the groups exploring....
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Gardener     12x12"     acrylic
I love gardens, but if I were always working in a garden or our yard (like I should)....I'd never have time to paint!! Or, at least that's what I tell myself. This hard worker was at Manito Park in Spokane. It was done with an underpainting of an orange/pink color that I grayed down to use as a ground. I did an umber drawing first, blocked in shadows next, then painted over with color mixes.
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sky Light

Sky Light   36"x 24"   acrylic
Here's another that doesn't quite fit into the daily painting size, but I've had fun changing things up in size and medium recently. Click the photo for better resolution. I've posted a new painting give-away as you can see in the sidebar. The drawing will be at the end of the month.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Sunflower Season

Sunflower Season    9"x 9"   acrylic
Thanks to all of you who took the time to comment on my last post. Those of you detail oriented folks may notice that I corrected the size. It is 36"x48". As I'd been working in acrylic, I used that medium once again to paint this bouquet from the local farmer' market.

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