Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sebastian Inlet, 7x5

Sebastian Inlet is a legendary fishing area and a great place to swim and, sometimes, spot a manatee. I liked this peaceful scene with its towering clouds.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Swan at Versailles, 8x6

The wonderful thing about painting is that you can relive good memories, and this was a really good memory of a trip to France with my sister. In visiting Paris and Versailles, one is so awash in beauty it is almost overwhelming. Even the birds strike a pose, as you can see.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Kiss is Still a Kiss, 7x5

Candy kisses are the cutest candies ever. They just have a perky look, with their jaunty little paper ribbons coming out of their heads. If they had heads.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Green Bottle and Kisses, 8x6

I'm in a green and purple mood this week. This is a Spanish water bottle, not perfectly round, but I didn't want to stress that too much. It makes it look like I can't paint a round object. Other favorite things here are books and dark chocolate Kisses.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nonchalance, 5x7

The beach was crowded with people, but this bird just strolled about in an unconcerned manner. I painted him on metallic gold.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blue Surf, 7x5

Thank goodness this little girl didn't venture too far into those big waves. The water was unusually deep blue that day, and not too inviting for swimmers, but spectacular in its beauty.
Yesterday's post was a copy of Van Gogh's painting of the church at Auvers, and I was so pleased to receive the following comment:
"What a such pleasure to find lover of Van Gogh's artwork ! Beautiful tribute to him!
Hope to see you to Auvers-sur-Oise ;-)

The Tourist office of Auvers"

Wouldn't it be fun to go to France and tour the places Van Gogh painted and lived?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Church at Auvers-sur-Oise, after Van Gogh

Yes, this is a copy. I painted it while studying the Impressionists. I have been sick all week and haven't painted, so I decided to post this one. It has been exhibited a lot, with my painting group's "Friends and Faux" exhibit, and in a mobile tour of schools in Volusia County called, coincidentally, the VanGo Exhibit. check out the tribute to Vincent on YouTube. It gets me every time. What a sad life. He never sold a single painting, yet he never stopped painting in his own unique way.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Orchids on Gold, 7x5

These orchids are on a metallic gold background. I find orchids hard to paint. Matching the colors is not easy, for one thing. I do love the way they have such fantastic blooms on the end of long skinny stems. They are also beautiful to me when they aren't staked up, but just hang gracefully. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Paris Crosswalk, 7x5

I looked down from my hotel window in Paris and saw these businessmen, briskly walking across the street. They presented a challenge in foreshortening, but I really like the point of view. I'm wondering what the guy on the left has in his backpack. Workout clothes? Lunch? Work papers? I'd like to think it's a bottle of wine, a hunk of bread, and some delicious French cheese.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Red Vase, 8x10

A bit of drama here. It was so good to be back painting with the Pieces of 8 again after the holiday hiatus.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cliffhanger, 8x6

Now I'm getting the hang of it (no pun intended). These grapes remind me of an old movie with someone hanging off a cliff. I am still laughing at the comments from Carol, Catherine, Kathy and Susan about my last post, where I couldn't come up with a colorful title for the painting.
I've been working on a newsletter, and writing it is the easy part. I'm dealing with templates, html, lists, mail merge, etc. and my brain is tired. Who knew it was so complicated? If and when you see a subscription box for it on this blog, you'll know I finally got it done.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Still Life with Fruit, 10x8

I could not, for the life of me, think of a clever name for this painting. I started it in Qiang-Huang's workshop and finally finished it today. I love the names Carol Marine comes up with for her still lifes. She gives each object a personality and sometimes they are in the midst of an adventure.