Sunday, July 31, 2016

No.734 Lost Mountain Lavender Farm - Plein Air

Lost Mountain Lavender Farm
Plein Air
Oil on Linen Panel
9" x 12"

The grand finale for my Monday oil painting class was a trip to the lavender fields on the Olympic Peninsula. Wow! What a great day. Thank you very much, Connie, for the inspiration. A big thank you also, Diana, for doing all the driving. And last but certainly not least, a big thank you to Carol for the great ice tea and willingness to come along! I think a grand time was had by all.

Bubble blowing on the ferry ride over to the peninsula.

Anyone see any lavender around here?
Diana giving it her best from a nice shady spot.

Friday, July 29, 2016

No. 733 Peggy's Pear

Peggy's Pear
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

Peggy, one of my students, selected one of the class pears and put it in this colorful set up. The woman loves lots of color. As class progressed I fell in love with the reflected light on the shadow side of the pear.  Thanks so much for the inspiration, Peggy, you color lover you!
This is the last of the class inspired still lifes. We are on break for the summer. Time for occasional trips out of town, spending time with family AND getting ready for the Coupeville and Fresh Paint festivals!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

No. 732 A Change of Pace

A Change of Pace
Oil on Linen Panel
5" x 7"

Another leftover still life from class. This time I supplied the pear. You just can't go wrong with pears.

Friday, July 22, 2016

No. 731 Connie's Roses

Connie's Roses
Oil on canvas panel
6" x 6"

My students come up with the best still life subjects! And they are kind enough to let me paint them too. When Connie walked around the corner with some of her beautiful roses in her hands, I immediately started drooling. Thank you, Connie!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

No. 730 Persistence Pays

Persistence Pays
Oil on Linen Panel
9" x 12

Back painting under the skylight in the bathroom. For a long time I didn't think this painting was going to work but I persisted. In the end, I felt this one caught the spirit of my roses the best.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

No. 729 Oh, Julia!

Oh, Julia!
Oil on Linen Panel
9" X 12"

Roses from my Julia Child bush. Oh, what a vigorous and pretty much disease free bush it is! Just spectacular.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

No. 728 Two on the Cool Side

Two on the Cool Side
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

Almost exactly the same set up as yesterday. Only this one was painted during the day with cool, natural light. Whereas yesterday's was painted under warm light in the evening.

Friday, July 8, 2016

No. 727 Then There Were Two

Then There Were Two
Oil on Linen Panel
6" x 6"

Taking baby steps here, moving from one flower to two.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

No. 726 One of the First

One of the First
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

Before there were enough roses in bloom to paint the big bouquets, I tested the waters with just a single one.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

No. 725 I Can't Believe You're Mine

I Can't Believe You're Mine
Oil on Stretched Canvas
12" x 12"

Can you believe these are more of my very own home grown roses? I just barely can. A huge thanks to the gals at the Antique Rose Farm for helping me select and care for these beautiful roses. I'm still amazed these are mine.

Monday, July 4, 2016

No. 724 The Wait is Over

The Wait is Over
Oil on Linen Panel
8" x 10"

Ever since I took an online workshop on painting roses with Dennis Perrin in January I had been waiting on pins and needles for my own roses to bloom. This was my first attempt to paint my own home grown roses with what I had learned from Dennis.

By the way, I hope you had an excellent 4th of July!