Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Flowers in the Mason Jar"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
Wow! I don't believe I actually completed this painting.  I began painting this one some time ago.  Before I began I knew it would be difficult and completely out of my comfort zone.  Usually I try to stick with one or two flowers in a painting at a time.  Painting individual petals drives me CRAZY.  So why would I paint a cluster of tiny flowers that have soft edges placed inside a highly reflective glass jar?  I must be insane. I don't really remember why it seemed like a good thing for me to paint two weeks ago (when I originally started this painting.)   
Not For Sale

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"The Church Steps"

8"x 10"
acrylic on hardboard
When I was a teen, my family began attending church.  My father was so enthusiastic about going to church that every Sunday we would be the first members there... waiting!  I remember sitting in the car, waiting for someone to open the church many mornings.  Getting to church first also meant we were among the last to leave.  Parking was tight and you would always get blocked in.  This didn't bother him one bit.  Unlike myself, my father is an extrovert and thrives on interacting with people.  So while we are all sitting in the car waiting to start the rest of our day.  He was socializing within the crowd of members in the front of the church. Apparently my memories of this aren't too bleak, because I have chosen to illustrate it with my latest painting.  When I saw this little lady in pink I knew I had to paint her.  You could tell that she put a lot of thought into her attire that day and was as confident as she could be while she weaved through the crowd talking to people.  I also couldn't wait to paint the lovely lady in the black dress.  It took confidence to pull off the really big white bow on her hat and I was impressed by that.
SOLD

Friday, July 19, 2013

"Green Lennon Glasses"

8”x10”
acrylic on hardboard
We are still loving the Lennon glasses!  The kids love posing with them and I love the reflections they create on faces.  The latest addition is green.  The painting came together fairly easy, which is rare for me.  In this work, I began with the darker browns and built up to the lighter areas that you can see in the forehead, chin, and nose.  Darker colors are always painted in first, then the lighter colors are applied.  I leave the true white highlights for last.
$140

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"Red Lennon Glasses"

8”x10”
acrylic on hardboard
 I picked up a couple of glasses at a party supply store.  These were called Lennon glasses from the singer John Lennon, unlike Lennon’s, mine are tented a lovely shade of red.   I’ve been having a lot of fun painting what I love, portraits.  I have been pushing myself just a little to do some things differently, like my color choices.  I would have never dreamed of using green like I have been doing in the last few paintings.  I have been pleasantly surprised by my results.
SOLD

Monday, July 15, 2013

"Girl with Orange Flower"

8"x10"
acrylic on hardboard
 After painting so many portraits I wanted to challenge myself a little by playing around with a different point of view.  I tend to avoid posses at this angle because… they’re hard!  Even when you get the angle right, it kind of looks weird.  So you end up questioning the marks you’ve made.  I got this orange flower several months ago.  I knew when I saw it I was going to paint it, I just didn’t know when or how.  I really thought it would end up in a still life, but as you can see it didn’t.  I can’t tell you how many times I thought I was completely finished painting this flower,  only to return to it over and over  again, until it finally looked perfect.  I’m so glad I didn’t stop.  Sometimes you get rewarded by your obsessions.
SOLD