Jan 30, 2015

Jan 20, 2015

Jan 1, 2015

Being Daring in this New Year

Rose in Red,  Oil on 9"x12" Linen Panel
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Woohoo... Yes, daring! Me! It was 3am and I had a commission for a 9"x12" painting, which in itself is such a frightening thought to me. So, I took colors that were left on my palette from the previous day's paintings and played with the colors. I really REALLY loved the resulting colors and gestural strokes and didn't want to make a mess of it by fussing with it too much. However it was not "me" and so came the pink rose (also from the previous day's paintings. I'm very pleased with the results and fortunately so, is my wonderful and daring patron.
I always look forward to painting berries. They each have such a wide variation of color that I could stare at them and never tire. So, what to pair them with? Don't you think these sweet little antique bowls are perfect for pairing with them? 
We should all be a bit more daring this New Year.
Thank you for the lovely visit.
Still Life Raspberries in Bowl,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel

Private Collector in Doddinghurst, UK
Berries with Bowl Still Life,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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Dec 30, 2014

Playing to Fix Painter's Block and Happy New Year!

Still Life with Antler and Rose,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in New York, NY 

A combination of things has triggered an awful painter's block. I have several commission pieces that have being sitting waiting to either completed or just started all together. There have been many times when I struggled with a painting or two, but then I would go on with a new painting and that seemed to give me a better perspective when I went back to the previous ones. However, this has not been the case this time. No matter what painting I started, I couldn't finish it. So, I just stopped painting for a few weeks, which is very rare.

Of course I missed playing with my brushes and paints dearly. So, in order to "fix" this block, I decided to just place whatever I grabbed first from my curio cabinet and combine them with some pears and roses (my favorites) and use these as props for still lifes with no plan. It was surprising how well it worked. Now, to get to commissions. Happy New Years to you and yours and thank you for being such a lovely part of my 2014.

Still Life with Glass Bottle and Pears,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
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Bosc  Pear,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel

Private Collection in Council Bluffs, IA

Dec 7, 2014

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."

Peonies in  Glass,  Oil on 6"x8" Linen Panel
I hope your Autumn has been a lovely one and that winter plans are going smoothly.
As most likely it is for you, things have been busy and just when I am ready for a break something happens that puts a wrench in my plans. This time it was a strange damage to my wrist along bruising to my arm, which I am still not sure how I did it, but my thoughts are that it was all due to my raging war on the squirrels. I've been waiting to plant Rembrandt tulips, but every time I plant them, the bulbs are enjoyed instead by the squirrels. So, I purchase metal netting that was denser and stronger than chicken wire. So, I had to cut out the pieces, pull wire out in some places to form holes, so the plants would peak out of them and fold them down on the sides. I remember my hand hurting then, but I finished the job. A couple of days later, I started to feel the pain and the bruises started moving along the side of my arm. YUCK! It feels much better now and I am able to sit and paint without much pain. Arg those squirrels. :)

This wrench to my plans made me slow down and take a much needed break- a time to reflect, read, enjoy a few movies and just be. It was lovely.
I am so thankful for all your support and encouragement. You've helped made my year feel very successful.
I am starting a few paintings at $25.99 as my late "Black Friday".
Bittersweet with Chestnut,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
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Hero in Black,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel

Nov 2, 2014

Happy November

Pink Peonies in Green Glass,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Ramer, AL
Mint Julep Cup with Pomegranate Still Life,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
Pumpkins and Sunflowers,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel

Oct 23, 2014

Celebrating the Warmth of Fall Colors

Seckel Pears,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Nantucket, MA  USA
Cinderella Pumpkin with Sunflower,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel

Private Collection in Hackettstown, NJ USA
Candle on Silver Holder,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel

Private Collection in Parker, TX USA

Oct 16, 2014

Hello, Fall!

Hayley's Wedding Flowers,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
October Roses in Glass,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel

Private Collection in Pearland, Texas USA
Peonies in Silver Vase,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Del Mar, California USA

Sep 22, 2014

Going BIG!.... Sort of.

Tea with Chanel,  Oil on 6"x8" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Del Mar, California USA
I working on painting on large canvases. However after years of jewelry making and learning to paint miniatures, I found it to be a challenge, but a very rewarding one. The painting above is one of my "large" paintings. This happened as a need to fit all the objects being painted. The vase with roses was just too large to get the detail I needed into a smaller panel. The tea cup is one of my favorites Tiffany and Co. collection. I love it's simplicity with just a touch of gold. Thank you for the kind visit to my blog. I hope you had a lovely time.
Roses in Silver Cup,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel

Private Collection in Houston, Texas USA
Pink Rose in Glass Vase,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Houston, Texas USA

Sep 13, 2014

Fresh Strawberries and Flow Blue with Roses, of Course

Rose with Flow Blue Cup,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Toronto, ON Canada
Pale Pink Roses Still Life,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
Strawberries with Silver Cup,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Nantucket, MA

Sep 7, 2014

Something Old, Something New: Flow Blue, English Roses, and Chanel

Dark Pink Roses in Glass,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel

Private Collection in Hackettstown, NJ USA
Chanel No.5,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Marshfield, MA  USA
Coco Bag No.2,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Del Mar, CA 
Flow Blue Pitcher with Cherries,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Pearland, TX  USA

Aug 29, 2014

My Favorite Things Part II: More Books- Chanel

More About Chanel,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Pearland, Texas
      My absolute favorite things to paint are pink roses. This obsession is seen in my yard also. This year however, the few roses that bloomed were due to a pure miracle and lots of garlic chopping. See, bunnies decided to take over my garden. In fact, in the middle of one of my flower beds a bunny decided to make a hole for its home and have its babies right there. In the mornings the rose bushes would be eaten nearly to the ground. At first, I thought "It has to be those deer, or maybe those slugs." Never thinking it was the sweet, fluffy bunnies, but then I caught them in action. 
     Everything we do on our lawn is organic, so I went to Wholefoods and purchased some organic deer and bunny "repellent". The next morning, there was a rabbit sitting on top of the "repellent" I had poured around the roses the evening before and he/she was enjoying the taste of my roses. 
     In desperation I went to the experts and found out that rabbits are not too fond of the smell of garlic. So, to chopping garlic I went. Half of summer I spent with the smell of garlic (and probably oil paints) sipped into my finger tips. The odorous sacrifice is well worth it since roses are finally blooming again. It's hard to feel guilty about keeping the bunnies away since they have over 3 acres to enjoy. 
     Next year white and yellow roses will be added. Variety is needed and after all, roses of all colors are gorgeous.
Sketch of Pink Roses II,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Ecorse, MI

Aug 16, 2014

My Favorite Things Part 1: Books, Chanel, and Pink Roses

All About Chanel,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Singapore
Inspired by Oprah's favorite things, I thought I would paint some of mine.
Although, I dress like an art teacher (to my mom this means disposable clothing, since I don't spend much on it knowing that it will just get paint soon after I wear it) and less like I make fashion sense, I still LOVE fashion and fashion books. One of my favorites is this Chanel book. From the prettiest pink color spine to, of course, all the glorious inspiration throughout. Unless, they have been given to me as gifts, most books I own I've purchased used. This one was through HPB, but recently I found a copy on eBay for a friend. I LOVE it.
This summer, I learned to take better care of another of my absolute favorites: my pink roses. Of the 20 plus David Austin roses I purchased a couple of years ago, only about 6 are still thriving. They kept getting eaten up, and I thought it was the deer enjoying them in the mornings and late evenings. This summer I found out it was the bunnies. In fact, they had made a bunny hole right in the middle of one of my flower beds. I still love the bunnies, but I want to have roses. So, I researched and found out they don't like garlic. This means that I spent a quarter of my summer chopping up garlic like crazy Mr. McGregor. 
The ones from these paintings are the Strawberry Hill. 
I miss my white roses. Now that I know how to protect them, I will have to replace the Claire Austin ones and add some creams and yellows along with them.
Sketch of Pink Roses,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Singapore
The Coco Bag,  Oil on 3"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Singapore

Aug 7, 2014

Labor of Love

Sunflowers in Cobalt Blue Vase,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in San Saba, TX
First, I must say that everything I paint is because I absolutely love. I don't like to paint things that I don't find to be attractive to me for one reason or another. Sometimes it's sentimental reasons and other times it's as simple as beautiful colors or the texture. Either way, it's something that I want to capture and stare at for long periods of time. I want to study it and how it affects the environment around it, as in the case of Sunflowers in Cobalt Blue Vase does. In that respect, I feel ALL my paintings are a labor of love. 

More often than not, I have to create a painting, wipe it all down, and start all over again if something is just not working. Some never get completed and I just end up painting something totally different on that panel. Then there are some, that I just have to paint, no matter how much trouble they are giving and how long it takes them to be completed. This is the case for this set of paintings. I've painted and  wiped away everything, and started all over again countless times, but I so much loved the subjects that I refused to give up. I feel it was worth all the work, as I am now very happy with them.

Sunflower and Turquoise Wall,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Hawkins, Texas
Tulips in Glass Vase,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Pearland, Texas
Art Deco Teapot and Turquoise Wall,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Greenwood, South Carolina

Jul 31, 2014

Ode to Summer, Landscapes and Books

Pink Crepe Myrtle with Bee,  Oil on 6"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Norfolk, MA
Cream Color Snapdragons,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Columbus, OH
Summer has come and gone.
My to-do list was lost early in the summer, so I  painted several still lifes and landscapes, instead of painting the picnic tables, adding molding to the columns on the front porch, or upholstering the wing-back chair for the sitting room. However, there are no regrets. This just means it will be a very busy weekend.

Aside from painting, I had the chance to read a bit. My girls and I read The Secret Life of Bees, which made for interesting talks with them. My youngest is 14 years old, like the main character, making it a bit more special. The Crepe Myrtle and Bee painting is in remembrance of our little reading adventure together. 

It wasn't until I was writing the title of the painting that it brought to mind some of the first books we read together--the Harry Potter collection. We would stay up late reading and on the days the new books came out, we would stay up even later to wait in line for our copy.
Moaning Myrtle has popped in my head a time or two when discussing crepe myrtles, showing how books stay with you for a long long time.

I am in love with the Kate Spade and Lennox vase. I purchased two different sizes, the one in the first painting and one that is a bit bigger and more of a tear drop shape. They make the most wonderful still life props. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

This summer, we also took a little trip to Table Rock Lake, in Missouri of which more landscapes are to come.
The last landscape, was one of those mornings when I stepped outside to drink coffee and noticed the sunrise. I ran inside, gathered all my paints and tools and threw them in the car to head in search for a good spot to paint.

Moon Over Table Rock Lake,  Oil on 4"x6" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Hackettstown NJ
Landscape No.5 ,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
Private Collection in Hackettstown NJ