Thursday, February 17, 2011


I deepened the darks a bit and lightened the lights. About an hour of work the next day.
I then decided to scan it rather than shoot a photo and I really liked the way that came out. Much closer to the actual image.
One day - three hours 6 x 8 Oil on Panel.....

The Drawing -

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mason Jar & Teapot

I just finished this one on Thursday. It took about twelve days but I painted a few of the minies as well at the same time. The Mason Jar took a bit longer than expected and several layers. The tin cup is one of my favorite objects to paint. In fact the theme of this painting is that these objects are all some of my favorite things to paint. The blueberries were the last thing to be added. I always find them challenging to paint so I make to to paint them often. I like to paint objects that I have difficulty with rather than those I find easy.

Perhaps I should have titled it."A few of my favorite things" I think I will hold onto that title for a while......

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Teacup of Blueberries or "Now What?"

I had a great time painting this one. There was a bit of discussion over the title of this one. We started with "Jump! Jump!" and some ideas thrown out were funny and amusing. I went with "Now What?" because I thought it best covered what I would be thinking if I were up there.....
6 x 8 oil on panel 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Tea Cup of Apples"

I'm making this a series within a series. I like the tea cup idea so here is number two. In the Mini-Still series this is number 41. I got some use out of the green apples, used them three times so far but they are begining to change color so I suppose that will be it for them.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Cracked Eggs II"

This is the second cracked egg painting I have done in this format. I get asked alot if I paint eggs. I guess many artists paint them whole, which to me is really boring. I find them much more interesting a bit banged up.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Baby Green Apples

Every once in a while, after you finish a painting, a day or two goes by and you realize it could be better. My rule is: The more you don't want to make a change to a painting, the more important it is to make the change.
So I changed it.
I think for the better. The darker grey brings out the light of the apples I was talking about in the original post below. Although I do not recommend making changes while a painting is already up for auction, this just had to be done.

Another new mini, this is number 41 in the series. I love painting the light areas of green apples. It always seems like it should be easier than it is to match the colors. I see alot of paintings where green paint is just thrown down on the canvas. If you really study them though there are many shifts of color and slight variations of color in the apples.