Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lookin' Wooly, Curious Sheep

Lookin' Wooly, Curious Sheep

8" x 10" original oil painting
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These friendly wooly sheep 
in their farmyard pasture 
were genuinely curious about me
and my desire to be close to them.

With my fondness of sheep, 
I always look forward to spending
a day amongst them in their farm life
so that I can paint and capture them
on canvas for your lasting enjoyment.


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hydrangeas Paintings Times Two

Silvery Sugar - Hydrangea 'n Lace
5" x 7" original oil painting
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Vintage Cobalt & Hydrangea
8" x 10" original oil painting
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I'm including two hydrangea paintings with 
this post to show how varied one hydrangea plant's
flowers can be. At different times of the year 
my plants can vary greatly. It all depends on
the weather conditions and temperatures.
Paintings can vary greatly as well in 
temperature, detail, and mood.

It was another abundant year for these
beautiful blossoms.

A new vintage tea set's creamer is 
shown above and old favorite cobalt
jars below. 


I hope you enjoy!


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A la carte Hydrangea

A la carte Hydrangea
5" x 7" original oil painting
gallery wrapped stretched canvas

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While arranging other stem clippings
into an old vintage teapot.
I set this lovely hydrangea blossom
onto this silver serving platter.
               
The reflective surface of the platter
picked-up the wonderful color hues
from the petals and leaves.
                  
The A la carte blossom was such a
pretty serving I decided to capture it
on canvas for your lasting enjoyment.


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Friday, October 4, 2013

Sweet in Silver, Hydrangea

Sweet in Silver, Hydrangea
8" x 10" original oil painting
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Those of you that have followed me and my
paintings over time know of my sweetness for hydrangeas.

This vintage silver sugar jar was the 
perfect host for these fresh clipped blossoms
with their abundance of beautiful petals.
The overflow rests nearby and its reflection
is in the sugar bowl.

The reflective quality of silver is 
enticing to paint with all the reflecting 
colors, lights, and shadows. The most 
fun thing to paint are the glints of bright lights.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Crystal for Peonies

Crystal for Peonies
8" x 10" original oil painting
gallery wrapped stretched canvas

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These peonies are some of my 
favorites. Not only are they beautiful
but they have a heavenly fragrance.

Enjoy the glints of light off the 
glass vase as well as the
lights and shadows among the petals
and the stems.
The background adds a bit
of mystery as the peonies
blend into the darks.




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Monday, September 9, 2013

Fresh Picked, Peonies

Fresh Picked, Peonies
8" x 10" original oil painting
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I love this old egg basket because it has
carried many blossoms cut from my garden.
These peonies looked so lovely 
in the basket I decided to paint them
as they were when I brought them in from the garden.

I try to paint what I see which includes lots 
of color in the lights and shadows.
Colors make paintings come to life.


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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rusty Velvet, Bearded Iris

Rusty Velvet, Bearded Iris
8" x 10" original oil painting
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It is always a special treat each year
when the soft velvety blossom of this
rusty iris starts to bloom.
One would think it is going to be a
purple blossom but as it opens 
it becomes more and more rusty.
I tried to capture that mystery of this special
flower with the etherial background. 
The glints of light add some excitement.


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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Overflowing Lilacs

Overflowing Lilacs
8" x 10" original oil painting 
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The overflowing speaks for itself...
These lovely lilacs were so heavy with blooms
they gracefully bowed down to the table top. 
I tried to "catch" the feeling of 
their abundance and grace.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Two New Paintings

Abundance, Oakleaf Hydrangeas
8" x 10" original oil painting
gallery wrapped stretched canvas

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Simple Elegance, Hydrangeas
8" x 10" original oil painting
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Two different approaches with these 
paintings. The first was painted
"en plein air" French for 
painted in the open air. 
The oakleaf hydrangea was so abundant 
and beautiful it inspired me to 
take my pallet out and paint in the garden.

Of course the pink hydrangeas in the vase
were set up in the studio and painted
with dramatic lighting. 

Either way, hydrangeas always inspire me!


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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Light From Above, Pansies

Light From Above, Pansies
5" x 7" original oil painting
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As I started this painting
I embraced the fact that I had
Light From Above
which created both a glow of light
on these delicate pansy blossoms
plus also a pleasing shadow pattern

And then I thought...
it is surely a blessing to have
some light from above.


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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White, & Blue, Hydrangeas & Strawberries




Red, White, & Blue, Hydrangeas & Strawberries
5" x 7" original oil painting
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Enjoy the grace and freedom we
have in our great country this
Independence Day!
Celebrate! 


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Alpaca Pose

Alpaca Pose
4" x 6" original oil painting
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sweetness & Humility, Lily of the Valley




Sweetness & Humility, Lily of the Valley
5" x 7" original oil painting
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A rich cobalt blue vase with
pretty bell shaped Lily of the Valley blossoms
cast dramatic hues of blue shadows
on the background.
Lily of the Valley symbolizes humility 
and sweetness. Hopefully this 
painting captures a bit of that.


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Bearded Iris, Two Plus One


Bearded Iris, Two Plus One
5" x 7" original oil painting
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More blooms from my garden!
These gracious beauties are always 
a welcome sight foretelling 
of many more flowers to follow.

I always enjoy painting flowers in 
glass vases seeing the stems
and the light carry through the glass
and reflecting into the shadows.


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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pouring Hyacinths

Pouring Hyacinths
4" x 6" original oil painting
gallery wrapped stretched canvas

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The transparent glass of the 
vintage cobalt pitcher reveals 
the hyacinth stems inside the water.
The fragrance was wonderful 
while I painted.


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bloomin' Watering Can, Lilacs

Bloomin' Watering Can, Lilacs
8" x 10" original oil painting
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This watering can is an
old friend of mine that has carried 
many a drink to thirsty flowers.
It has a soft patina that shows well in this 
mellow softly lit painting of lilacs.


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bloomin' Tea Caddy, Pansies

Bloomin' Tea Caddy, Pansies
5" x 7" original oil painting
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Soft light enhances the pansy petals 
while it also highlights surfaces
 of the tea caddy.



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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Abundant Smiles, Pansies


Abundant Smiles, Pansies
8" x 10" original oil painting
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The neutral background of this painting
accentuates the pops of 
yellow, white, and purple.

Not only are the pansies smiling
but I am also as I have finally
graduated with my 
Masters Degree!!!

Hopefully that will result in
abundant paintings!


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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Steadfast in Glass, Wild Geranium

Steadfast in Glass, Wild Geranium
4" x 6" original oil painting
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The Language of Flowers relates
that the meaning of the name
'wild geranium' is 'steadfast piety'

These are steadfast and lovely!
Note the brush stokes...
Just what was necessary.


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Lacy Edges, Pansies

  Lacy Edges, Pansies
5" x 7" original oil painting
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Resting on a vintage doily with lacy edges, 
these cheerful pansy faces show 
their lacy edges with delight.
Pansies are a welcome sign of Spring!




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Friday, February 22, 2013

Vintage Silver Creamer & Strawberries


Vintage Silver Creamer & Strawberries
5" x 7" original oil painting
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This painting comes alive by 
pouring reflected colors of strawberry red 
and contrasting 
green into the lights and shadows.


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pears, Pears, and More Pears


Pear Hug
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4" x 6"
oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas

D'Anjou Pear
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4" x 6"
original oil painting on gallery wrapped stretched canvas

Bosc Pear 
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4" x 6"
original oil painting on gallery wrapped stretched canvas

A Family A Pear
6" x 12"
original oil painting on gallery wrapped stretched canvas

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

 Sunrise on Chicken Hill
11" x 14"
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Passion For Red, Roses
8" x 10"
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Epiphany Art Show, 2013
What a pleasure to be involved with the Epiphany Show 
again this year. The opening reception was Saturday
and we had a wonderful time with patrons, friends, and fellow artists.
Above are the two paintings that I have entered into the show.
One painting is now sold but the other is available.
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I want to thank everyone for following and patronizing me in 2012!
Hope everyone had a blessed holiday season with family and friends.

I am entering my last Master's Degree semester!!!!
It's the dreaded research semester but hopefully
soon I will have more time to devote to 
my blog and paintings.
As I near the end of my Master's Degree 
the following quote 
seems most appropriate...

You are never too old to

set another goal or dream a new dream.”
C.S. Lewis

Paintings are copyright of the artist 2013