Thursday, February 28, 2013

Callas for spring

Another great art class. My friend brought in calla lilies for the still life set up. They have tripped me up many times in the past but perhaps I got them this time. They are spring, emerging.

12  x 12

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Reworked blue and orange

I played with the painting I posted yesterday as the big division in the center bothered me.  I think this is better, not sure about best. I still love the feeling of the work so I know I am on the right track.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Orange and Blue

I worked on four different paintings today. Three were part of the learning curve and this is the fourth.  I love how the complimentary colors and orange trees are fine with me but now the painting is divided and I will work on joining  the  two areas  tomorrow. It was fun to paint.......

16 x 20

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lemons, by feel

We had a great, great art class yesterday. Our exercise was to close our eyes and pick up a piece of fruit and just feel it. Both ends, the middle, the smell, the shape, the bumps and bruises.
Then paint without looking again at the piece of fruit.
Fun to do.
Wonderful results from the whole class!
And this that you see is my version of the essence of a lemon.......or two.

8 x 8

Monday, February 18, 2013

Let's Get Wild

Wild as in lots and lots of color. Bright color and simple shapes. Another way to look at things!

8 x 10

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Here is my latest abstract. It is still a learning process but after living with this one for quite some time, I can name it and enjoy it.

20 x 20

Friday, February 15, 2013


Here my focus is on shapes. Simple shapes and how much they can convey.
A painting full of triangles and rectangles.
Looks kind of like solitude to me........

6 x 8

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Are you ready?

I will be working on barns in the near future. Shapes, colors, values.
I did this one a few weeks ago. Love the light as the sun lowers in the sky......probably around 4 in the afternoon, winter for sure.
I do  not think I posted it before and I want to you to enjoy it as tomorrow I will post another version. Each presentation stresses something different. Tomorrow will be shapes.

6 x 6

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Tuesday is the day I spend with my five year old grandson and he loves art projects, so my day did get to include painting. We each has a long narrow board and just played with hearts. I selected acrylics for ease of clean up. Understatement, for sure.
 This is my funny little valentine.

Below is a cropped piece of the above work.
Just fun for all.

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy day!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Simple is best

Here is the painting from my last posting two layers later. Simple, clean, exciting. Strong shapes. And I am still learning all about the whole thing. So the question is does the strong light shape outshine the red barns...........and is the dark shape on the right side correct yet?


Another barn I painted from behind our a similar manner.  Simple shapes. Another road traveled.
And why is the lower left my favorite part of the painting?
Because it is effortless?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Friendly Face

 I have been wanting to paint this friendly face that stares at me each  afternoon over the fence for some time now.. It is my first bovine painting and such fun. Very loose for sure. Got lots of the texture by painting over an old work.

8 x 8

This is a  10 inch process piece. It will go to class with me tomorrow and probably get completely painted out. Just to see what emerges next. When I paint a piece this way it is painted with each of the four sides up at one time or another during the sitting. What do you see?

You have seen this scene before. I was trying to isolate it into just four areas. My goal is for it to be higher key and looser. I have visited it four times and see it might be four more!

Friday, February 01, 2013

My favorites

Here is the magic site.
and you too can make a collage easy as pie
these are some of my favorites
from the 30 day challenge
in no order
just enjoy
life is good