Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No. 452 the Antique Rose Farm



Antique Rose Farm #1
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

I decided the other day that I wanted to improve my ability to paint roses. To do that meant focusing on just roses for awhile. What a great excuse to buy roses! But when I looked at the roses in the store they just seemed to have no character. Where to find roses to make you swoon? The Antique Rose Farm of course! My timing was perfect. The roses were their peak.









Monday, June 23, 2014

No. 451 Mini on the Snohomish


Mini on the Snohomish
Oil on Canvas Panel
3" x 5"

I caught a glimpse of a place I thought would be great to paint as I drove through Snohomish the other day. So on the next available afternoon, I drove down with great excitement only to discover it wasn't so hot after all. How disappointing! I had just enough time to paint this mini at my fail safe spot before having to return home.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

No. 450 Silver Creamer with Gerber

Silver Creamer with Gerber
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"
I was very happy to discover this silver creamer in an antique store in Snohomish. Gosh, I like shiny things. The gerber daisy is from one of my flower boxes. I don't usually grow them but the intense color and long life of the flowers make them pretty irresistible. Now I just need to learn how to keep from killing the plants!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

No. 449 Practicing Peonies #3


Practicing Peonies No. 3
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"
My favorite peony study this year.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

No. 448 Midnight the Cat

Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"
A portrait of my sister's beloved pet. I have to admit I borrowed this idea of putting a fun pattern in the background from Diane Heoptner. If you would like to see some of her beautiful cat portraits, click here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

No. 447 Practicing Peonies 2


Practicing Peonies No. 2
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"
Second attempt at painting Shelly and Phil's peonies. Same location on the back deck. We have had some truly beautiful weather this spring. Makes you wonder what the summer will be like....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

No. 446 Practicing Peonies No. 1

Practicing Peonies No. 1
Oil on Linen Panel
7" x 5"
Neighbors to the rescue once again! These magnificent flowers were growing in Shelly and Phil's yard. A huge thank you to them for letting me have a few stems to practice with. I had a lovely afternoon painting these while on the back deck.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

No. 445 The Forgotten One

Double Tulips in Glass Vase
Oil on Canvas Panel
5" x 7"
I rediscovered this painting the other day. I was pleasantly surprised after remembering to be a big disappointment. I'm much happier with it now then when I painted it. It's nice when that happens. :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

No. 441 Mini Oranges


Mini Oranges
Oil on Canvas Panel
4" x 4"
A quick little painting I created while staying at our cabin on Whidbey Island. I'm very pleased with this little thing. I really like the loose, painterly quality and would like to paint this way more often. After consulting Elizabeth on how to keep this style on larger paintings, we agreed that much larger brushes were needed. Shucks, I'm going to have to order some new brushes. :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

No. 440 Tulips with Silver Goblet


Tulips with Silver Goblet and Wooden Bowl
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"
Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. For the life of me I couldn't get a good photo of this painting. Which is really a shame because I'm pretty proud of that silver goblet. :)

Monday, June 2, 2014

No. 439 Tulips in Silver Sugar Bowl

Tulips in Silver Sugar Bowl
Oil on Canvas Panel
8" x 8"
Flowers with double petals, so very beautiful and so very, very hard to paint. I can't help myself. I've always been fascinated by the layer upon layer of loveliness in these magnificent specimens. So, I will keep on trying.....

Sunday, June 1, 2014

No. 438 Cherry Blossoms in Glass Vase

Cherry Blossoms in Glass Vase
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

I'm way behind on posting paintings!  This one was painted well over a month ago. The cherry blossoms are long gone now. Still, it's nice to have this little reminder.