Thursday, March 31, 2011
11x14 oil on canvas
One of the things I like about Winter is we get the pleasure of seeing where birds have successfully hidden their nests amongst the bare branches of deciduous trees. I hope you can accept another nest painting after Kay's beautiful paintings. I tried to come up with another idea, but ran out of time and had to go with my original thought of a nest full of eggs.
Friday, March 25, 2011
I had no idea how I was going to interpret Jean's challenge
for this month until I saw the photos I took of myself in a
mirror . . . there was just the right combination of personality
and vacancy. I've only tried one self-portrait recently from life
and know what an uncooperative model I am, hence the photos.
I felt less than hopeful beginning it and then found I enjoyed
handling paint in this light-touch way. The paint pretty much
assembled itself into a face and I didn't feel the slightest need
to impose my will onto it. Can't wait to try again tomorrow!
Thank you, Jean . . .
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
6x6 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
The challenge this month is full/empty suggested by Jean Townsend. I decided to take a saying ..... "full of empty promises" ..... and paint what exemplifies it. Bernie Madoff came to mind right away. So here is my submission to this month's challenge via a mugshot of Bernie Madoff. Thanks, Jean for a great challenge!
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Sunday, March 20, 2011
|Tubes of Paint|
8 x 10
oil on canvas
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I took a picture of Kay on a painting trip our studio took to Dr. John Martin's farm about two years ago. We all had a wonderful day of painting and were enjoying ourselves. As you can see, Kay's glass is only half full of wine so she was well on her way to relaxing! Wonderful memories of wonderful times with good friends.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
At 24x36, I believe this is the largest work I've ever done.
A vanitas painting uses symbolism to depict the brevity and possibly even the futility of life. For more information on vanitas paintings, click here.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Only The Lonely
This palette knife painting was a fun painting for me. I layered the paint on with the knife, with my favorite color blue and some neutrals. I liked the way the nest was placed off-center on the canvas. Thanks for viewing this blog....as you can see, the nest I painted is empty!!!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
This still life of old silk threads in the empty jar is one interpretation of this month's theme....the old wooden spools are still full of thread and full of potential now that they have escaped their glass prison. Please visit my new website to see other painting, and thanks for looking!
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I'm two days late but found this a fun challenge . . . one that clearly
requires much more practice. I'm really impressed with everybody's
flower paintings, however, and inspired enough to tackle flowers
as subject throughout the spring and summer.