Friday, July 29, 2011

Kune Kune Pig

Oil Painting Pig Pet Portraits Farm Animal Commission Art

Oil on stretched canvas. 12" X 16".

Kune Kune pigs are small, friendly creatures similar to Pot-bellied pigs.  They are commonly kept as pets in New Zealand and the UK.  They usually have two wattles hanging from their lower jaw.  They're intelligent and easy to train.  This painting was a commissioned piece. 
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Boomer

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portraits Miniature Schnauzer Commission

Oil on stretched canvas 8" x 10" x 3/4".

Boomer was a commissioned piece from a while back.  I liked his ears and messy, under-cover expression.  This breed is so sweet I think!
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cape Glossy Starling

Oil Painting Bir Art Fowl Wildlife Exotic

Oil on canvas hardboard, 6" x 8".

This bird is a glossy starling and is a South African native.  It was a playful painting for me.  The  striking blue-green metallic feathers along with his yellow eyes were intriguing.  And the best part was his quirky shadow!  These starlings are frequent visitors to gardens and feeders where they live. 
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rose Bouquet

Oil Still Life Flower Vase Garden Impressionist Red Pink Purple

Oil on canvas panel, 12" x 9".

This painting is from a few years ago and was sold to one my most wonderful collectors.  Thanks, Lynn!
I'm exploring new approaches to flower painting with an impressionist feel and I like the way in which these roses and vase came together as a painting. I kept the brushstrokes simple and the colors seem to vibrate with the gold tones throughout the pinks and purples. I also used thicker paint in describing the shapes of the leaves and blooms.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sally

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portraits Daschund Commission

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8"

Sally is a chocolate Daschund and I think she looks stunning in the sunlight surrounded by greenery in this painting.  She's a curious dog and has fun both inside and out.  The heart-shaped leaves of the vines in her yard made a nice background for her portrait.  
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bizzy Blue

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portraits Shitzus Commission

Oil on stretched canvas, 12" x 9"

I enjoyed painting this sweet Shitzu dog.  His black and white markings are distinctive and I love the bright look in his expression! 
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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Nectarines

Oil Still Life Painting Organic Fruit Kitchen Art

Oil on canvas hardboard, 6" x 8"

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Red Onions and Garlic

Oil Still Life Painting Organic Vegetables Kitchen Art Glass Bottle

Oil on canvas hardboard, 10" x 8"

I really wanted the title of the painting to include "green bottle" but that would be too long I thought.  The things I enjoyed were the strong light falling across the onions and garlic and also the many reflections and shapes in the green glass bottle.  This was definitely a fun piece, but it was one of those paintings that I feel I had included too many details and wasn't what I had envisioned when I started.
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Monday, July 04, 2011

Begonia Blooms

Oil Painting Flower Art Still Life Botanical Garden

Watercolor on watercolor canvasboard, 8.75" x 11".

I kept watch over my begonia bulb after planting it in a pot and made sure it received plenty of shade so that I could finally enjoy its beautiful leaves and blooms.  My attention to it paid off with these delicately-colored flowers.  I decided to paint them in watercolor on the watercolor canvas I've been experimenting with for some time.  The watercolor paint can be applied in puddle-like forms to make the shapes of the composition which I find interesting.  And many layers can be built up if  I'm careful not to disturb the layers underneath with a heavy hand.  I sprayed the painting with clear acrylic so that it doesn't need to be framed under glass like watercolors on paper must be framed.
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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Bee Among Azaleas

Oil Painting Flower Art Still Life Garden Honey Bee Insects

Oil on canvas hardboard, 9" x 12"

An artist friend photographed a wonderful image of a bee busy at work on a cluster of pink azalea petals.  It became one of many challenge images to paint in our artist group.  The mediums used were oil, watercolor and colored pencil.  This oil painting was my contribution.  I love the translucent wings of the bee covering the azalea bloom.  I still haven't painted the bowl of lemons that the others have finished. 
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