Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Final Pair

Pair of Pears No. 3 – 6" x 8" – Oil on Canvas Panel – SOLD

This was my final painting of the forelle pears, as they were starting to over ripen under the spot light some. For this painting I tried to paint quickly and with more energy. I used the experience of the two previous paintings to inform my decisions and to experiment with color and paint application. I did not blend as much as previously and laid paint down a little heavier than I have lately done. I am really pleased with how this painting came about, especially the rich blues/purples of the shadow area of the red portion of the forelle pear on the left.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Pair of Pears #2

Pair of Pears No. 2 – 6" x 8" – Oil on Canvas Panel – SOLD

I enjoyed painting the first set of forelle pears so much that I switched out one pear and painted the same scene. All during the fall term in my painting class I worked on developing my ability to paint wet into wet and to also create more refined brushstrokes. It was really a good experience, but I believe I prefer having the brushstrokes seen. Painting in a more controlled manner has its benefits and I will definitely keep this technique in my arsenal, however when I am just painting for myself and not in class, I think I will leave the brushstrokes alone and not soften them.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Pair of Pears

Pair of Pears No. 1 – 6" x 8" – Oil on Canvas Panel – SOLD

These are forelle pears, to me the most beautiful of pears out there. Recently, I have been inspired by photos of forelles. Here is a link to a blog post on the Frolic blog that have some forelles as part of a centerpiece, I love this photo.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Season Greetings!

Holiday Greetings from me to you!
We sent out our last three cards this morning... I know, cutting it pretty close, but it has been one crazy and hectic holiday season. I made these cards the first Friday of the month, and it still took forever to get everything together. Most of this month has been full of catching up, however I also value the month of December as it is a great time to remind myself of how much my friends and family mean to me. Thanks for being part of my life and sharing with my in my journey of becoming an artist.
May the next few days be peaceful for you and your family!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Still Really Busy

Sorry about not having much to post right now. The holiday season is keeping me busy.

I did manage to snatch some time to paint today, but have yet to photograph the paintings. When I have photos of them, I will share them with you. Until next time have a wonderful week and enjoy the wonders of this season! Liz

Monday, December 15, 2008

Busy Holiday Season


It has been a busy holiday season and I do not have any new paintings to share. This past weekend was spent with family celebrating christmas early. The time was delightfully spent, alas no painting occurred and I will not get a chance to paint until this coming weekend.

Working full time as an architect does come first.

See you on Sunday when I have something to post. Liz

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pumpkin and Leaves Still Life

Pumpkin and Leaves – 6” x12” – Oil on Canvas Panel – SOLD

This is another painting from the pumpkins and squash Steve and I got in October.

Over the weekend following Thanksgiving, I roasted pumpkins that were also gathered at the same time as the one in the painting was. This was my first time to make my own puree. It turned out easier than I had expected, two smallish pumpkins (together they weighted 6.4 lbs.) yielded enough pumpkin puree to make two pies, 16 pumpkin pancakes, and one more cup of pumpkin puree for a future recipe. Maybe pumpkin muffins…
Here is a photo of one of the pies.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Mango #2 Still Life Painting

Mango #2 – 6" x 8" – Oil on Canvas Panel – SOLD

This the second of three mangos recently purchased. I really love the brightness of the colors. During the current cold days, I like looking at something tropical, helping me warm up some.

Here is a detail of the red into green.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Gerbera Daisy Still Life

Gerbera Daisy – 12” x 9” – Oil on Canvas – SOLD

I completed this painting several months ago and was keeping it in my studio as I like bright, lighthearted images around me. The blue bottle is an empty Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle. I used to drink mainly of gin and tonics a few years ago, but have since switched to Belvedere vodka. This may not really inform my painting style, but it shows how most anything in the house is fair game to show up as a still life prop.

As it is the holiday season I thought it would be a good time to part with it and maybe it will find a very happy home, brightening their day as it has mine.

A close-up of the flower

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mango #1 Still Life Painting

Mango #1 – 6" x 8" – Oil on Canvas Panel – SOLD

I purchased three mangos recently and this is the first of them I painted. I really love how mangos have both red and green and how there are areas that they mix in color, where you see both the red and the green in the same area.

Here is a detail of the red area with scuffs and hightlights.