Saturday, August 30, 2008

"bitty bite''

Painted this tiny tomato with just the pre-dawn light because of the gentle glow/reflections on the table top.

Friday, August 29, 2008

untitled - City Colors (sold)

Painted very early during the time when the sun is just arriving but the street lights and neon signs are still evident.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

This was painted during the model's break. She sat very quiet with her headband over her eyes which was contrary to her energetic salsa music and poses.
Oil on Linen

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Hanging Black Grapes"

Palette knife painting of black grapes with artificial light.
Oil on Linen
$145.+$4. s/h

Monday, August 25, 2008

"Seedless Greens" (sold)

I find green grapes very difficult to paint because of the close value relationships which is why I chose them for today. Painted with a palette knife.
oil on gallery-wrapped, ready to hang, linen

Saturday, August 23, 2008

City Colors - "Montrose Harbor"

One more attempt to capture the early morning serenity at Montrose Harbor. I would have loved to have been on one of those sailboats.

Friday, August 22, 2008

"Old Copper Jug"

Tarnished copper is one of my favorite subjects. I used artificial light since it was still dark when I painted this.
Oil on Linen
($190.+$8. s/h)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

"Ripe & Ready"

I got just this one Beef Steak tomato this summer so I had to paint it before it goes into my salad later today. Painted with an industrial bakers spatula. It's wedge shaped and made of plastic.
Oil on Linen

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

City Colors - "Still Waters, No Sails"

Painted this with early morning light to get the haze. I think that I can add more sailboats to the foreground without losing the serentiy of the piece.

Monday, August 18, 2008

"Fresh Slice"

Yesterdays lemon wedges were still sitting out. The colors had changed so I thought I'd do one more study.
5"x7" Oil on Linen
($135.+$4. s/h)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008


I went to the market looking for those large, round, midnight blue grapes. Unfortunately they were not available. So I focused my energy on this fat clump of red grapes using a palette knife once again.

20"x16" Oil ($375. +$10.s/h)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Flo Blu"

This morning I painted one of my favorite cups for drinking tea. It's rather old and the spoon was my great grandmother -inlaws. I like painting objects that once belonged to family.

Oil on Linen
($190. +$8 s/h)

Monday, August 11, 2008

"Sweet Onions Cause No Tears"

Oil on Linen
$850.+$15. s/h

I love painting large and making this onion much larger than life size felt necessary. I used a palette knife and really tried to sculpt out the feeling of the onion skin and it's many layers. Because of the size, this wasn't a quick morning study but the time flew by.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

"Just Picked"
12"x12" Oil ($275. +$10 s/h)
on gallery-wrapped ready to hang canvas

I used a palette knife to convey that this tomatoe is so ripe it's skin is almost blistered.
Although this is another red study, the colors are generally warmer, almost orangey, than the reds in the paintings of red delicious apples.

Friday, August 08, 2008

City Colors - "Morning in the City" (sold)

I worked about another 1 1/2 hours before the sun rose too high and burnt out all the reflextions. I'd like to try this compostion again but am done with this.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

painting in-progress

Karen Phipps, plein air painting buddy, fantastic paintings has inspired me to work larger in plein air. But I lost the original light after about 1 1/2 hours so I'll return tomorrow to finish. I started the piece with a large flat brush to lay in the composition and quickly switched to a large palette knife. The skyline will be in the background with the small lake and reflections in the foreground.

12"x24" oil

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

My favorite subject matter is painting people doing their normal activity and trying to capture their gesture.
Oil on Linen

Monday, August 04, 2008

City Colors - "Fresh Blooms"

I'm not good in the heat and humidity so this bit of color in the shade really grabbed my attention.
11"x14" Oil on Linen
($99. + s/h)

Saturday, August 02, 2008

City Colors - "GreenSky" website:

Oil on Linen
Today is another very hot, humid, and sunny day in the city so I was out plein air painting very early. I was after a compelling composition with a lot of contrasting light vs. shadow. This boutique behind a store drew my attention. I may add some shoppers but unfortunately by the time they came by I was ready to leave the heat of the day for my cool studio.

Friday, August 01, 2008


12"x12" ($190. +$10s/h)
Oil on Linen
ready to hang, gallery-wrapped stretched canvas

Red is my favorite color, particularly the various hues found on a red delicious apple. This is painted with a palette knife to get the lushy color and meatiness of the fruit across.