Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Small Bird Press


6 in. x 6 in. oil on panel
This was a good one to practice glass, wood, metal and reflections!  The little bird is a lemon press; you lift the tail up (it's hinged at the eyes) and place a wedge in the belly space then lower the lever, press, and a teaspoon of lemon pours from its beak. It's really great and so simple.  Sadly, I've only used it a couple of times but I look at it everyday as it rest on the top of our stove center stage.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lemon Study

6 x 6 oil on gessoed crescent board

I did four quick studies to see how I might paint the blue, glass bowl and to try different yellows and oranges for the lemons---kind of a warm up.  Then I set up a still life with these elements plus a small chopping block, a knife, and a metal bird lemon press, all on that spotted fabric, and started painting---eh, way too complicated!  I didn't finish it.  Hopefully I can tomorrow.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Daisies in Shallow Water

6 in. x 6 in., oil on panel
When I set this up to paint I had a different idea how it would come out. I wiped the whole painting off three times! After the second time, I had half the thought to just paint an entirely new subject but I tried once again.  It's still not the painting I wanted it to be.... I really struggled with those darn daisies... but I'll let it rest and move on.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Inks and Brayer

6 x 6 oil on panel

Some of my old printmaking tools resting on a piece of white glass.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ink Bottle

watercolor, graphite, charcoal on paper
5 x 7 oil on canvas panes

I had intended to make another vessel today but woke to rain and then an afternoon with strong, cold winds --- not good for outside work. So instead, I did a small sketch of an ink bottle.  Liking the shape so much I couldn't resist doing some painting. These are two 15 minute poses.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Post Thanksgiving Day Clay

 porcelain 5" tall, leather hard stage

The boys and I spent this lovely, fall afternoon outside with our hands in clay---one of my favorite things to do.  I've had these vessel ideas in my head for awhile for shapes I'd like to paint so it was nice to have such a perfect, relaxing day to make the first one. When it dries it will be white,  but I kind a like it gray.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Apple & Pig

6 x 6 gessoed crescent board

This morning I did two 30 minuted poses of the apple, this time with the guest appearance of the pig.  Shortly after, the apple was given over to the pie which we are just about to eat (many hours of cooking later).  I really liked the first pose, the second not so much. Now having done both, I prefer the 15 minute poses.  I did like painting the pig and apple together.  The title makes me think of the pig with the apple in its mouth, I like this look better.  I may paint them again another time....  Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Granny Smith Apple Study

6 x 6 oil on gessoed crescent board

Wanting to try looser work today,  I did four 15 minute poses each to be painted in a 3"x 3" square.  Tomorrow I think I'll try two 30 minute poses with the same apple then it will be sacrificed for our Thanksgiving pie.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Flowers from Karibou

7 x 5 oil on canvas panel

This was fun to paint but REALLY hard to photograph.  Maybe the paint is too wet?  Once it dries I'll try and take a new picture that doesn't have that glare.  The background is a deep maroon that gradates almost to a black. I'm wondering too if painting on canvas with its texture is also responsible for the glare?  I need to figure something out because my photos look washed out. *note: I replaced the first picture that had lots of glare but this one still looks washed out. Those dark surfaces...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Linseed Oil and Friend

7 x 5  oil on canvas panel

This is very old bottle of linseed oil. The oil is no longer oil but more like a gel.  Why do I keep it? I don't know, I guess to paint an image of it.  It's back on my shelf now hanging out with the younger bottles.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Purple Heart

5 x 7 oil on canvas panel

The Purple Heart  is in a sweet, little glass pitcher.  I'm really fond of small milk/cream pitchers and have been slowly amassing a collection of them.  I imagine they will make their way into this blog sooner or later.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Flowers from Ingrid

 7 x 5 oil on canvas panel

When I sat down to paint these flowers, my youngest son felt I needed an audience of Playmobil animals to watch me work.  A bull with a yellow blanket, a calf and a horse didn't make it in the painting.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Onion with Two Peppers

5 x 7 oil on canvas panel

A view from the other side...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Two Peppers with Onion

5 x 7 oil on canvas panel

There's one window in our dining room.  In the afternoon, the warm western light bathes the table.  It's one of my favorite places to paint.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Green Plate

Everything I put on this green plate looks lovely and thus, inspires a painting.
-oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Monday, November 14, 2011

Little Elephant

My first piece in my series of daily studies: a small oil painting.  The elephant is a little eraser that's always somewhere on my desk looking at me. He's all gray, smooth and round with tiny black eyes and a simple trunk. His head turns all the way around. I've drawn him many times, from all angles---I just love his shape.  The pen next to the sharpie is one of those that has the pungent smell and squeaks when you draw. I both really like and dislike that smell.
Originally, I had thought to post a painting a day but I don't always want to or can paint everyday but I do something always everyday, so I may post a painting, drawing, sketch, ceramic piece... depends on the  day.