Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunset For The Year's End

Sunset For The Year's End         6" x 8"         oil on linen
I am back with a little time to paint again. And first, just want to say 'thanks' to those who kept up in my absence and enjoyed my holiday posts and Santas. I thought a sunset would be an appropriate image to end the year, as I got familiar with my 'painting brain' again. Also, just a reminder that I am still offering free shipping until the end of the year.



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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Santa in Stripes                      NFS
Merry Christmas! Santa hopes he got it right and that everyone saw just what they wanted under the tree!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Santa Is Skating!

Santa On Skates                         NFS
Santa is getting in shape for his big trip tonight! What better way to wake up than a few spins on the ice.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Baking!

Santa is Baking!                                NFS
Every year we find ourselves baking for holiday get-togethers and that goes for Santa too! Pies and gingerbread coming right up!

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

More happy Holidays...Schedule some Fun with Friends

Sharing With Friends                NFS
More good wishes for you and yours .... share yourself with a friend today and enjoy the season.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Santa Wishing You Happy Holidays

Santa and Holly         tempera               NFS
My next few posts will be wishing you Happy Holidays with some of the holiday characters I sometimes find time to create. Hope you are finding some calm now and then during this busy season.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Parasol On Front Street

Parasol On Front Street      8" x 10"       oil on linen panel
This is from one of the main streets in San Pedro, Belize where this lady was all dressed up and carrying the most lovely pink parasol. She was striking and I loved painting her. Hope you enjoy her 'look' and the energy I tried to portray in the figure. 
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Paint!

Reflected Gold            8" x 8"         oil on linen panel

I wanted to let you know how my recent paint order has worked out, as I've had the chance to use them on my last 2 paintings. I finally decided to find out what the Classic Oil Colors (Dana Oil pants) were really like and read about them on Ken Auster's site as well as some others.  I loved the idea of a paint that is softer right out of the tube, without using  medium. And, that is exactly what I got. I ordered Auster's   palette suggested for his workshop, so I can't say whether every color has exactly the same consistency. The smallest tube is 4 oz. Two larger sizes are available as well.

The paints have good color saturation and covering power in the opaques, which works for me because in adding medium, I sometimes lose both of those qualities. The handling is smooth and not sticky as with some other paints. My paintings take longer to dry and that takes a little getting used to. I would say it is at least 2 days longer to the 'touch dry' stage. Right now, I am very happy with them and enjoying the new feel in my brushwork. Pin It

Monday, December 9, 2013

Back Light - fishing in Kodiak

Back Light                                      oil                                 8" x 10"
I really liked the way the light created a strong contrast against the fisherman's back on this one. My idea was to have the water just kind of melt into the scene and let the light to be the actor, so to speak. This kind of painting is one of the most difficult for me to get a good photo of....but the dark green grays and creamy whites are pretty accurate, on my screen at least.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

"Ready To Dance"

Ready To Dance     10" x 8"           oil
As mentioned before, I enjoy painting dancers in traditional costume and dress periodically. This is a dance costume from one of the groups that came over from Spain for a Basque festival (Jaialdi) a few years ago. The red and white is always so festive any time of year, and it's always fun.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Day's End

Day's End                             oil                                    8" x 6"
I'm trying to ignore some kind of flu/cold combination that has been gradually coming on, so only had the concentration for a small one. I used a cad. red light stain under this and was happy to play off the color to create this end of day warm light. Maybe tomorrow will be a marvelous recovery day and I'll take on something of a larger challenge!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Promise of Packages... a Newsletter and New Paint

The Promise of Packages                   oil                12" x 12"
It occurs to me that the painting I should have used for my last post on free shipping was this one, which is a favorite of mine. But, I'll use it today just as a reminder. I myself am waiting for a package filled with paint today - always very exciting! It's a new brand for me and if I like it I will post on the results.

On another note, here is my December newsletter, to go out on Monday.


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