Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wanting A Hug, Wooly Sheep

Wanting A Hug, Wooly Sheep
8” x 10” original oil painting
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I've created this painting with an unfinished look
to give the viewer the impression that
the sheep is coming out of the canvas

My fondness of sheep is well known
by those of you that follow my paintings.
Most sheep that I've encountered are
docile, curious, and huggable.
When mingling amongst sheep
in the farmyard or barn,
and as much as you want to hug them,
there are times when a friendly sheep
obviously wants a hug from you.


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Ewe With Her Lamb, Wooly Sheep

Ewe With Her Lamb, Wooly Sheep
5” x 7”original oil painting
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Those of you that have followed
my painting through the years
know of my fondness for sheep,

The time I spend with wooly farm friends
is truly delightful and always
even more precious when
the cuddly lambs are frolicking
around the barnyard.
Momma sheep is still friendly while
caring for and loving her lamb.



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Monday, December 14, 2015

Heaven In A Bowl, Hydrangea

Heaven In A Bowl, Hydrangea

5" x 7" original oil painting
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This lovely cobalt bowl,
with its rich deep hues of blue,
is full of wonderful hydrangea blossoms
presenting a heavenly array of petals.

Heaven In A Bowl
for lovers of blue & white & hydrangeas!



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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Monsieur Jules Elie Peony

Monsieur Jules Elie Peony

8" x 10" original oil painting
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These lovely peony blossoms
are from a faithful-bloomer
peony plant in my garden.
Every year it provides
wonderful & very fragrant
blooms for me to paint.

I've included subtle hues
from the peony colors
into the lights & shadows.
Plus, I've detailed the reflections
to create a colorful and
soft harmony in this painting.


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Sweet, Petite, & Cobalt

Sweet, Petite, & Cobalt

5" x 7" original oil painting
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This cobalt jar with its richness of colors hosts
an equally pretty petite miniature rose stem.

The cherries bring added subject to
the painting in color harmony with the rose.

The background is a blue and white
vintage tin tray
for all the lovers of blue and white



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hydrangea In Asian Jar

Hydrangea In Asian Jar
5" x 7" original oil painting
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Pretty together,
this Asian Jar is a wonderful vase for
these hydrangea stems from my garden
with their lovely blossoms & leaves.

The jar's silvery lid rests nearby
reflecting the pleasing hues and
shadows of the setting.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Elegance In Glass, Oakleaf Hydrangea

Elegance In Glass, Oakleaf Hydrangea

5" x 7" original oil painting
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Wonderful blossoms of snow queen
oakleaf hydrangea from my garden
with their characteristic
oak tree like leaves
grace this glass vase.

Be sure to enjoy the detail of the stems
visible through the glass, in the water.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Peony and Tea Caddy

Peony and Tea Caddy
5" x 7" original oil painting
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I was so happy to find this lovely
tea caddy at a second hand store
a few years ago.

The reflective silver surface of the
tea caddy and its lid enhances
the peony and all things nearby.
The silvery reflections also create
subtle hues and colorful shadows
which interact with each other.


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Friday, October 16, 2015

Yarrow & Cream

Yarrow & Cream
5" x 7" original oil painting
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This lovely Johnson Bros. creamer
is the fitting host for some
yarrow clippings from my garden.
Together they enabled me to portray
a study of contrasts:
soft yarrow blossoms and soft feathery leaves
contrasted with a hard porcelain creamer,
intense dramatic lights
contrasted against mysterious darks,
and colorful fuzzy shadows
contrasted against sharp crisp shadows.


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Consider The Lily, Daylily & Asian Bowl

Consider The Lily, Daylily & Asian Bowl
5" x 7" original oil painting
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Although each flower bloom of the daylily
lasts only one day, each blossom
presents itself as pure beauty for that limited time.

Being perennials, my garden lilies
faithfully come-up each year with
their multiple budded stems bringing
many days of vibrant color to my garden.

For the composition of this painting
I've selected a lovely blooming stem with buds
and a pretty asian blue & white bowl 


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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dramatic Mixed Bouquet

 Dramatic Mixed Bouquet 

5" x 7" original oil painting
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This lively mix of roses, day lilies,
coreopsis, rose campion and coral bells
combine nicely to warm-up this bouquet.

The warm pink colors are
softly reflected in the porcelain pitcher.
The pitcher is softly reflected in the table
and I have included a wide range of
dramatic lights and darks.


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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Rudbeckia In Blue

Rudbeckia In Blue
8” x 10” original oil painting
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In this painting I have the petals and leaves
full of movement with changes in direction.
I specifically chose this cobalt vase for
the arrangement as gold and cobalt are
complementary colors with
one being warm and one cool.
The warm gold adds energy while
the cobalt creates the calm.


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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

High-rise Condo, Birdhouse

High-rise Condo, Birdhouse

5" x 7" original oil painting
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While having a delightful day
at a country farm enjoying
wooly sheep & lambs ...
this birdhouse caught my eye.

There's enough room for
at least 16 bird families
at one time!


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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Hydrangea Pair in Crystal

Hydrangea Pair in Crystal

5" x 7" original oil painting
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Several kinds of hydrangeas
live and grow in my garden.
Clippings from two of them
have become friends and
combined their beauty
with this pretty crystal vase.

I was inspired to
brighten my palette for the
fresh blossoms, and leaves,
of Hydrangea Pair.

Hope you Enjoy!


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Monday, August 24, 2015

King of The Bale, Wooly Sheep

King of The Bale, Wooly Sheep
8" x 10" original oil painting
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On one of my day trips I was
inside this old barn to spend time with
the wooly friends that I so much enjoy.
This sheep comes bounding-along with
its playful sense of adventure and
jumps up onto this bale of hay.
It then looked at me as if to say
I'm King of The Bale.

It was a delightful day at the farm.
Natural sunlight was beaming into the barn
and bringing with it a beautiful warm glow.
The sunlight interacted differently with the
soft wooly sheep, bristly bale of hay,
old stone foundation, and
the weathered barn siding walls.
The lighting itself was so pretty
that it became one of my goals
to emphasize in this painting.


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Peonies in Vintage Sweet Silver

Peonies in Vintage Sweet Silver
8" x 10" original oil painting
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Peonies from my garden with their
wonderful big blossoms
bring fresh life to this vintage sugar bowl.

The mirror like silver finish of the sugar jar
reflects both the image of the peony bud
resting in the foreground,
the dainty lid of the sugar bowl, and
the cloth. The lid and the sugar bowl also reflect
the colors and glints of light from the setting.

The background, complementary and soft,
provides focus to each of
the elements within the painting.

Be sure to enjoy all the detail that I've included
in the sugar jar, it's lid, the peony bud,
and the peony blossoms & leaves.


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Artist Appreciation Month

August is Artist Appreciation Month at Patience Brewster!

I was recently invited by Patience Brewster to write about “an artist” that inspired me in my work. Patience Brewster is a company focused on art and producing handmade ornaments. Visit the ornament page and enjoy the delightfully whimsical ornaments.
https://www.patiencebrewster.com/ornaments.html  A friend of mine gave me a Patience Brewster Purse Poodle when we had our beloved standard poodle. 

As I contemplated the question and what to write I was having a very hard time picking “just one” artist. So I decided to write more about my first inspirations, the broadening, and the here and now inspirations.

From the time that I was able to hold a pencil I have been inspired by art in my parent's home that was painted by relatives from the early 1900's. I heard stories about Great Great Aunt Abbie and my father's Great Grandmother. My mother still has multiple paintings, pastels, watercolors, and hand painted porcelain pieces. Many of these beautiful paintings were done in the style of the traditional artists of the day, such as the Hudson River School. http://www.hudsonriverschool.org
The beauty of nature and natural light has always inspired me.

George Inness

In college I studied Art History and my view of the art world broadened to many different artists and styles. I learned to appreciate a wide variety of artists but have always gone back to the more traditional painterly styles. Some of my favorite artists are, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, William Merritt Chase, among many many others. You see how hard it is to pick “just one!”

 John Singer Sargent
     William Merritt Chase

Belonging to a local artist group is also very inspirational. Many of my artist friends have inspired me to improve my own work, try new methods, tools, and techniques. http://www.akronsocietyofartists.com/members.php There are really too many to mention!

There are many who think that traditional paintings are “old school” and that one should
paint things that are current events or somehow make a political statement. That might be fine for some but I prefer to think of what is positive and beautiful to me. Perhaps others will be inspired and see the positive and beauty for themselves in what I choose to paint.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8





Sunday, July 12, 2015

Mixed Perennial Bouquet

Mixed Perennial Bouquet
8" x 10" original oil painting
gallery wrapped stretched canvas

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I selected these flowers from my garden
                                                          specifically for this painting
                                                    because together they are the perfect
complimentary colors with
an added a splash of grays and
whites to calm the setting.


A mixed bouquet from my garden.
When everything is in bloom
it is easy to make stunning bouquets
and dramatic paintings. 


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Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea

Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea
5" x 7" original oil painting
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This old faithful Snow Queen Oakleaf Hydrangea
is always a faithful bloomer in my garden.

Here one of the white blossoms is
resting on a silk embroidery piece.
The large leaves are just as dramatic
as the blooms.


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Warm Light, Pansies

Warm Light, Pansies
8"x10" original oil painting
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Sweet smiling pansy faces
drenched in warm soft light


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Peony Family

Peony Family
5"X7" original oil painting
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As I was arranging these
freshly clipped peonies from
my garden, they reminded me of
a small family...Momma, Daddy,
and a baby 'bud'

Always amazing to me is that my
light pink ones have
very little fragrance...
But the darker pink ones
sure make up for it.
The darker peony blooms smell
much better than any rose
that I've smelled to date.

Peonies, fragrant or not,
are a delight to paint !


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Friday, March 6, 2015

Sidewalk Flower Box

Sidewalk Flower Box
4” x 6” original oil painting
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While listening to a local band
in the midst of a festive street fair,
I noticed bountiful rustic flower boxes
beaming with colorful impatiens.
Inspiration is everywhere if one looks!


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Home At Last, Chickadee

Home At Last, Chickadee
5" x 7" original oil painting
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Sized just right for Chickadees, this 
birdhouse has been claimed!


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Sunny Pair, Zinnia & Leafed Pear

Sunny Pair, Zinnia & Leafed Pear
5" x 7" original oil painting
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Part of being an artist is noticing
subtleties in lighting. The cast 
lighting of the yellow zinnia and pear
created the look of a sunny sky 
in the city scape on the plate.

The yellow is also cast onto the cloth and the table.
These subtleties give the painting 
more excitement and life.


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