Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bluebird of Happiness

I painted this bluebird in my friend, Lori's, studio last week and really enjoyed borrowing her ceramic bluebird and antique pitcher for my still life set-up.  When I was close to finishing my painting and making decisions on my edge work and color notes, I was surprised to see I had borrowed something else from Lori.  I had borrowed her reflection (as she painted next to me) and had painted it as a shape in the vase.  Look closely and you will see her painting away.  Have a happy weekend. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012


This week I was excited to visit my artist friend, Lori, and paint the fantastic fall colors here in northern Wisconsin.  I live three hours north of her and our trees are bare here, but in her area the leaf colors are at their peak.  Driving in the rain hid natures colors from me as I sped down the freeway, but I knew from Lori's report that the vivid yellow and orange colors were there waiting for my paint brush.  When I arrived it was still raining and our painting time outdoors didn't look promising.  So on our first day together we painted in her studio instead of venturing into the landscape.  This bowl with ripe luscious pears was sitting on the kitchen table and became my still life set up.  We had the pears for dessert.  Delicious! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Group Hug

My tomatoes are ripening and I decided to feature only these beautiful ripe ones in another DPW 'paint an emotion' Challenge.   The emotion for this painting is love and is entitled Group Hug.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Green with Envy

This weeks Daily Paint Works Challenge is to paint an emotion.  Wow!  I have never painted an emotion before and was excited to get started.  Except what emotion would I paint?  How would I paint it once I decided on my choice?  Many choices came to mind but were quickly dismissed.  Then I looked in my kitchen for a snack to fuel my tired brain and there was my subject, my just picked garden tomatoes. (While I was out of town, Jane, my neighbor had saved them from the frost, by picking every tomato still on my plants. - Thank you, Jane.)   A few of the tomatoes were ripe, red and perfect.  Most of the tomatoes were green, blemished and pretty un-tomato looking.  These green tomatoes looked like they were envious of the red tomatoes maturity, ripeness and beauty to me.  So I set up my tomato still life and painted the emotion 'envy' thanks to these tomatoes.
PS  To all those green tomatoes out there - you can ripen up if you are put in a paper bag with a few green friends and placed on top of the refrigerator for a few days.  Or you can be turned into fried green tomatoes!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Fruit of the Vine

Autumn in Wisconsin is our most colorful month.  When I had the opportunity to paint this pumpkin field, I took it!  Painting the orange of the pumpkins was quite a challenge and I learned, early on in the painting, that using cadmium orange straight from the tube was not going to work.  I had to wipe that color off (thank goodness it was oil paint) and come up with another color game plan.
That is what I love about painting, you have to solve different problems in each and every painting you create.  The problem I tackled in this painting was how to paint orange pumpkins without using orange paint.  Exciting!