Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fluffy

Oil Painting Pet Cat Art Animal Portrait

Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas, 10" x 8" x 3/4".

A large orange cat with shaded green eyes is enjoying some sun and is one cool cat I think! This is one of several animal paintings of mine which were on loan for a time to our local art center's program, "Art Space in Work Place".  This kitty went to a veterinary clinic which was his new home for a while.  Might have even liked it better too, who knows?  Cats are strange creatures. 
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Doe Portrait

Oil Painting Deer Art Wildlife Animals

Oil on hardboard, 6" x 6"

One good thing about living where we do (Arkansas river valley) is that deer romp through our rural area right out in the open and don't seem to think much about it.  Our neighbors would agree! The down side is, of course, that they eat tender garden offerings and rub the bark off of young trees. I don't get up early enough (why not?!) to see them in the semi-darkness, but I wanted to paint this doe against a dark background to show off her great features.  So many different tones of red/brown/gray/white and more are apparent in her coloring.  Painting wildlife is comforting to the soul and  a lesson I've known for quite some time I believe.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winter Female Cardinal

Oil Painting Bird Portrait Wildlife Audubon

Oil on canvas hardboard, 8" x 6".

A female cardinal was posing on a shepherd's hook while waiting her turn at the feeder and looking sweetly "puffed up".  Male cardinals are spectacularly flashy and I love them, but I also think the females are gorgeous in their own way. This one received her due attention I think.  I'm glad to be distracted by birds in winter!
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Blushing Granny

Watercolor Painting Apple Still Life Fruit

Watercolor on paper, 5" x 5".

While still fooling around with the single green apple and shadow images, this was one of my favorites.  I love its simplicity and interesting character of form, lines and color. Your comments are welcome and I always enjoy talking to you about my art!
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cat Tracks

Watercolor Painting Pet Portrait Tabby Feline Art Snow

Watercolor on watercolor canvasboard, 5" x 7".

A bulky Tabby cat with lovely markings was making her way across my front yard after our last 6 inches of snow had fallen.  I captured her with my camera and then again in watercolor.  I used watercolor canvas and the painting is sealed with acrylic spray and will not be required to be framed under glass.  The long shadow she made in the afternoon on the brilliant snow was why I grabbed my camera, and the clear footprints were what I noticed later that made me decide to paint her.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blushing Green Apple

Oil Painting Still Life Apples Fruit Art

Oil on canvas, 5" x 5" x 1.5".

This time I painted a single green apple on a square canvas which felt like a good fit to me. The interesting parts were defining the roundness of the apple and working with the complimentary colors of the apple and background.  Edges were important too.  I'm becoming more aware of working with edges that are lost to the background and others that are clearly defined. 

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Simple Fruit

Watercolor Painting Still Life Pear Grape Fruit Art

Watercolor on paper, 5" x 5".

The snow outside makes my studio much brighter and I like to make watercolor studies of  fruit on these cold winter days, especially when the sun makes an appearance.  The long cast shadows of the grape and pear are equally important elements of the painting.  Reflected colors mixed in also add to the painting adventure.  It's always nice to have watercolors to go back to after I've had several oil-painitng challenges and headaches!
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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Bulldog Puppy

Oil Painting Pet Portrait Art English Dog Canine


Oil on hardboard, 2.5" x 3.5"

I love English Bulldogs and this an earlier miniature painting that I did of one of these guys sleeping.  He has gorgeous markings and deep wrinkles. I always stop to photograph one when I get the chance because I think their bodies and facial expressions are irresistible.  They're so cute when they're sleeping! 
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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Little Green Ones

Oil Painting Still Life Apples Fruit Art

Oil on hardboard, 5" x 7".

Another green apple painting.  I did one last year that I was happy with using just one apple.  I went back to my original idea and used three this time.  I love the colors and their contrasts with each other.  Also, I'm always amazed at how just the shapes of the apples (or other fruit) and their stems can make an interesting painting.
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