Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Black-eyed Susan"

Black-eyed Susans are still blooming down here, I'm so glad!  This is another attempt with the oils from the attic.  It was very hard to get a brilliant yellow, or rather, to keep it brilliant yellow!  In the actual painting, it's a bit more yellow-orange. They kept getting muddied-up.  I did have fun with the bottle, it's more removed paint than applied paint.  

4" x4" oil on gessoed fiberboard

Friday, June 17, 2011


During a recent adventure into the attic, my husband found my box of oil paints.  They are at least 24 years old, some even older!  To my amazement, they were not all dried up!  Many of the tubes had fused together, and broke open when I tried to separate them.  I put those in snack size baggies.  Otherwise, they seem to be fine.  So, here is my first oil painting in... well... 24 years!  (Yes, I was a baby when I started painting!)  What do you think?  Any suggestions for a title?

6" x 6" oil on gessoed fiberboard

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Boogie Samantha and Relda"

This portrait was commissioned by the owner of "Mist" for her friend in Texas.  Sam is a gorgeous Tennessee Walking Horse/Arabian mix.  She has the richest color coat I've ever seen on a horse! The painting arrived at its new home today, and Relda, the rider, is happy ~ so ~ that makes me happy!

24"x 30" acrylic on stretched portrait canvas.

I used purple/white for an underpainting.  This was confusing to folks that walked by, causing them to think it was going to be a purple horse!  :D

Acrylics do make it easy to start and stop without too much fuss.

As I moved away from the subject to the edge of the canvas, the landscape became less detailed.

At this point, I met with the buyer, and a few adjustments were needed.  I removed some grass from directly behind the rider, and opened Sam's eye.  It was hard to tell if the eye was just in the shadows like the riders profile.

24"x 30" acylic on canvas     SOLD

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Fire Escape"

This is a close up of a sunflower from the  "Fire and Ice" painting.  I've yet to find any sunflowers as intense as these were!

4"x 4" on gallery wrapped canvas