Sunday, April 29, 2012

Let Them Eat Cheesecake

Let Them Eat Cheesecake 6" x 6" oil on masonite
I love the way paint describes desserts, it's spot on. This white chocolate raspberry cheesecake is as decadent too look at as it was to eat! In this painting I used purple as a majority and yellow as an accent. I almost used a yellow tablecloth, but then the colors were completely balanced and it didn't look pleasing or appetizing. What a gorgeous cake!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tiny Apple Study

Tiny Apple Study 2.5" x 2.5" oil on canvas
Here's another tiny canvas for a mini easel. With these smaller canvas pieces you can really see the canvas mesh, which is something I don't like. If I add thicker paint, I think I'll see better results. These tiny things make for great practice!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Candy

Easter Candy 3.5" x 2.5" oil on canvas
This is just a tiny one, I've been doing a lot of small studies like this. I'm planning on selling them at the CCAD art sale on cute little easels. We had so much candy from Easter, so I had to paint it. This was a "found" still life since I didn't set it up, it naturally happened. These little paintings are so adorable on desks, I love 'em.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie 8" x 10" oil on canvas
I'm very pleased with how quickly this one came out! It was successful because I gave the canvas three coats of gesso and sanded between layers. I also did a full value rendering before I started, which made things easier. Desserts are so appealing to illustrate with oil paint! I think that words like delicious and tasty can be used to describe colors and the thickness of paint since paint has such an edible quality to it anyway. Makes me hungry too. I'm going to the grocery store on an empty stomach, so I'm probably going to come back with plenty of still life objects.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Apple in Spotlight

Apple in Spotlight 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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Apples are deceptively challenging, I've been trying to simplify the shapes as much as possible. I like this painting better than yesterday's, so that's always good! I made a shadow box and used it for this still life. I love all the reflections that happen with a shadowbox, I put a sheet of glass under the apple for more reflectivity. I feel like shadow boxes definitely give me more control of the set-up. I can't believe I haven't thought about making one before.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Snack and A Read

A Snack and A Read 8" x 10" oil on masonite
Overall, I liked how I modeled the apple, but I got a bit frustrated with the background and scraped it a few times. I think next time I'm going to use thin paint to broadly mark everything in, before I settle down on details. I like the fact that the apple is leaning in and engaging the book, almost like in the anticipation of a good read.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Primavera 6" x 12" oil on 1/2" cradled masonite
This is directly out of my window, great view right? It's actually the same tree as in "Spring Showers," the tree has changed a lot since March 13th. I've always thought that branches are poetic in how they reach for the sun, all of that chaotic fractal geometry. I also like that there are branches inside of us, in our lungs. I was also keeping in mind impressionistic techniques in order to depict fleeting moments. I think of my paintings as really joyful things, a celebration of life and all that. I always tend to associate with Matisse, who wished to create a spiritual remedy, similar to a comfortable chair. I suppose I like painting joyful things because it's what I look for when I'm looking at art.