Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mister Pig

Oil Pet Art Portraits Pink Farm Animal Porky


Oil on stretched canvas, 9" x 7".

What did I do after Thanksgiving? I painted a pig. It's kind of a cute pig if you appreciate their looks in general. If not, you won't think he's cute at all. The most challenging part was painting his nose and ears and making them have that pink, rubbery appearance. Now, it's back to painting flowers again.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Red Hibiscus

Oil Tropical Hibiscus Flower Garden Landscape


Oil on stretched canvas, 20" x 16" x 3/4".

I reworked my hibiscus painting when I realized I liked it much better in this vertical format. Tropical and enticing hibiscus blooms, buds and foliage in a large painting and ready to hang. I painted these red/orange blooms with an eye for the shadows on their petals made by the large stamens. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Greener Pastures

Oil Holstein Dairy Cow Pet Art Portraits Farm Animals


Oil on stretched canvas, 12" x 16" x 3/4".

This painting of a black and white cow resting her head on a rock wall fence is an older painting of mine that I hadn't yet posted to my blog. I remember thinking that even cows long for greener or better pastures when their own are just as green. Or maybe they just want to explore the unknown and this I can also understand.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wildfowers in Blue Vase

Oil Still Life Daisy Flower Garden Yellow Impressionist


Oil on cradle board, 12" x 9" x 1".

The sunlight flooding down from above on these wildflowers made an exciting pattern on the blue vase and the white surface of the table. I was interested in the vibration between the light and shadow shapes and the colors of the back-lit petals produced from the strong light source in this painting. The 1 inch sides of the cradle board are painted so framing is optional.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hang Over

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Jack Russell Terrier


Oil on stretched canvas, 12" x 9" x 3/4".

My painting of this playful young Jack Russell Terrier on her back and head hanging from a chair was included in the juried competition, Art Show at the Dog Show, in Wichita, KS earlier this year. JRTs are so expressive at any given time and I liked the challenge of painting this little dog in what is maybe one of the terriers' favorite positions.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Chewy

Oil Lop Eared Rabbit Pet Art Farm Animals Wildlife


Oil on stretched canvas, 14" x 11" x 3/4".

This was a commissioned portrait of a Lop Eared rabbit named Chewy, and I painted him busy doing one of his favorite things on a colorful gift. He is described as a wonderful family pet. I surely would enjoy petting his ears and holding him. I don't know what my dogs and cat would think about it if I had one of these cute rabbits though.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Group of Pears

Oil Fruit Still Life Garden Kitchen Food


Oil on stretched canvas, 11" x 14" x 3/4".

Pears are always interesting to paint because their shapes resemble characterstics of the human form. These multi-colored pears really glowed when their forms were brightly lit in this setting. I'm reposting this painting to my blog for those of you who haven't viewed it yet. This painting has staple-free sides that are painted if you'd like to hang it unframed.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nasturtium Jewels

Oil Fall Still Life Garden Flowers Mixed Colors


Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10" x 3/4".

These nasturtiums were welcoming our cooler weather and showing their bright, mulit-colored blooms and vining out on my patio. The plants seem to just barely hang on during the long, hot months and then come to life again as most other flowers are dying back. I placed them in small tea strainer to paint them. I think their round-ish shaped leaves are also very attractive. I intended to keep this still life looser than usual as I am experimenting with different approaches to subjects. This painting has staple-free sides that are painted if you'd like to hang it unframed.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Country Blue Rooster

Oil Rooster Pet Art Portraits Chicken Farm Animals


Oil on stretched canvas, 12" x 9" x 3/4".

I think the color combinations in this painting of a blue/black/white rooster work well. The green and yellow colors of the background compliment the red wattle and comb of the rooster and I liked the effect of bringing the white top feathers down and over the compact dark blue body feathers. The painted staple-free sides of the canvas make framing optional as it can be hung as is if desired.
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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Mum Display

Oil Chrysanthemum Fall Still Life Garden Flowers Landscape


Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10".

I've been motivated by the gorgeous fall colors which always include the profuse mums that we see in our area. I did a 8 x 10 as a small study for a larger painting to come. This landscaped garden displayed a curving row of mums spilling over a low rock wall with some potted flowers adding to the colors. I kept a looser feel to the brushwork and concentrated on masses of form and values. I was happy with it and am inspired to do more!
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Friday, November 06, 2009

Shimmer

Oil Horse Pet Art Portraits Arabian


Oil on stretched canvas, 11" x 14" x 3/4".

Grey horses are fascinating for me to paint. I entitled this painting "Shimmer" simply because as I was in the process of painting the subtle changes in the skin tones of the horse I observed that this seemed to make its form shimmer with light. The painting is on gallery-wrapped canvas with the sides painted.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Reflections of Springtime

Oil Daffodils Spring Still Life Garden Flowers Botanical


Oil on cradleboard, 8" x 8" x 3/4".

This early spring painting of daffodils in a clear globe vase was a study in reflections. The reflections of light appear in the water and petals in the vase and the same light is reflected onto the top of the wood surface of a piece of furniture. The petals of the daffodils are semi-transparent and make interesting shapes to paint. Their faces are also fun with the yellow/orange ruffles and dark centers.
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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Her Pony

Oil Pet Art Portraits Shetland Horse Farm Animals


Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

A Shetland pony was giving rides to children and I took photos of her while she was resting from her work. She was wearing pink and red tack and had lovely, soulful eyes and a thick blonde mane and tail. I thought about the many little girls who would love to find her in their backyards! Well, actually, I would love to find her too.

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