Friday, March 30, 2012

Fruit of a Flower

Fruit of a Flower 6" x 6" oil on masonite
I will definitely replace this image tomorrow with one I take outside. Hands down, the sun is really the best lighting for artwork. When I take pictures indoors I'm always fighting with my cool and warm lights to get something close to the original. This is for the Daily Paintworks Challenge for the quick apple painting prompt. I spent awhile trying to really carve the apple out of space. I like a sense of realism mixed with painterly blocks of color, I usually try to marry the two.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spikey Cupcake

Spikey Cupcake 5" x 7" oil on masonite
This is another pretty cupcake from the grocery store. It's spikey like Bart Simpson's head. I adore the color I used for the light side of the cupcake holder, it's a yummy orange.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Sweet Blue Cake

A Sweet Blue Cake 6" x 6" oil on masonite
This is cutest little cupcake I've ever seen. I had to tell the baker to be careful, in the name of art! Last time I got a cupcake for the purposes of still life, the grocer bagged it so that a little bit of icing smashed against the container. It was still ruined to me. This cupcake is much more charming anyway. The icing looks like ribbons piled upon ribbons, with a little pearl in the center. About to eat it with coffee, it was well worth the wait.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Peacock Amidst Rowan Trees

Peacock Amidst Rowan Trees 12" x 12" oil on 3/4" cradled masonite
This was a piece that was commissioned by my mom for my aunt Rowan's birthday. She had mentioned that she wanted something kind of eastern, so I thought back to when I did some manuscript looking things when I was in Italy. When I was in Sienna, I saw a manuscript illumination with the most delicate rendering of a peacock, just playfully dancing in the border. Plus I've been wanting to break into my gold leaf and get to glidin'! After I was done painting the peacock I traced the peacock with glue, then I laid whole squares of gold down.I also burnished the gold into the canvas before removing excess gold.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Jolly Green Donut

Jolly Green Donut 6" x 6"oil on masonite
Painting and pastries really just go hand in hand. I think it's because icing looks so much like paint anyway. Holidays are awesome because all the pastries come with the color of the season, makes me feel like a kid again. I've started to add glass underneath my still life set-ups since reflections are so painterly. I like this pop-art look, it feels like unbridled joy.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Over the Hills and Far Away

Over the Hills and Far Away 6" x 6 " oil on masonite
This is another plein-air painting I did yesterday. I like to sometimes put my panel on the edge of the easel so I can make a clean stroke to the bottom, but when a big gust of wind blows past, the panel flies. Not once, but twice it landed in my palette; the wind is my enemy. There's a bit of rainbow on the back. I wonder if artists that paint big outside ever had a gust of wind take their canvas away, t'would be very comedic.

This painting of a shrub reminded me of a story my aunt told. When she was in England this lady got on the subway with a shrub, and my uncle discreetly leans over to my aunt and says "Some people can't leave home without their shrubbery."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Afternoon Shadows

Afternoon Shadows 6" x 6" oil on masonite
As many people from cow town know, today was a perfect day. This is my first plein-air painting for 2012! Exciting! Painting outside definitely makes you a faster painter because the sun is rushing you. When painting shadows you pray that the clouds don't start hiding the sun. The fresh air was so delightful :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Showers

Spring Showers 18" x 24" oil on canvas
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I have quite a nice view of a hill from my apartment window, it's quite nice. There's some wildlife, but my neighbors have bird feeders, they hog all the birds. So I'm in love with this coral color, it's perfect for a cloudy day because it's so rich. Painting the little cherries was so delightful, they're like little Christmas ornaments dangling from the tree.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Eye Candy

Eye Candy 6" x 6" oil on masonite
Whoo! I'm loving this one, it has a good mix of painterly and representational. Truffles look like little presents. Desserts are the best to paint because you can eat them after. YUM.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tranquil Cherries

Tranquil Cherries 8" x 8" Oil on 3/4" cradled masonite
I really enjoyed the natural lighting on this one. I never realized how graceful the stems of cherries were. I think paintings come out more successful when using a limited color palette, I only used purple, blue and a minor use of red. I like how the cup looks kind of glows, I want to explore that aspect a little more, especially in landscape painting.