Thursday, September 29, 2011

Double Red Gerberas

Oil Painting Flowers Still Life Art Botanical Garden

Oil on hardboard, 5" x 7"

I wanted to make this little painting sing with color and light.  The red Gerberas may have started out to be the "stars", but the bowl actually seemed more interesting when I applied thick bands of color with a palette knife to its rim.  Gerberas are some of my favorite flowers to paint.  I wish I could keep them growing inside during the cold seasons.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fallswoods

Oil Landscape Painting Forest Woodland Nature Hiking Creek

Oil on stretched canvas, 11" x 14"

This was a very attractive scene to me and I was excited to catch some of the feeling of it in paint.  The water was rushing through a heavily wooded area and the sun was lighting up the background through the trees.  I enjoyed painting the big rocks too but they were a challenge. 
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Maple and Pine

Oil Painting Landscape Palette knife Art Autumn Trees Forest

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8"

Working with a palette knife in this painting, I painted quickly to capture the exuberant feeling I felt for the scene.  I worked from a friend's photograph that was taken when we hiked a beautiful forest area of Arkansas. The filtered sunlight highlighted the colorful maple leaves that were outstreched against the rough bark of a pine tree.I really liked working with the thick paint and letting areas settle into others and leaving things alone when I felt it was time to quit. 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sage

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Yellow Labrador Retriever

Oil on canvas panel, 10" x 12".

Sage is a good name for this Yellow Lab who is getting on in years and still bears a sweet and earnest expression.  What a smart and loyal dog for a loving family!  It was a rewarding commissioned piece for me to paint.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Whiskers

Oil Painting Cat Art Pet Portraits

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

My daughter has a fluffy black cat with white markings and the longest and thickest whiskers I've ever seen.  I painted him in one of his "regal" poses which prominently displays his whiskers close-up.  It's a little early for a Halloween painting I realized.  Oh well, I had fun with it.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Daisy

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Sheltie

Oil on canvas panel, 10" x 8".

This was a commissioned painting of a beautiful Sheltie named Daisy.  I so enjoyed her smiling face and striking mane.  It's to be a gift for a sister who loves her Sheltie dog and companion.
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Friday, September 09, 2011

Private Path

Oil Landscape Painting Forest Woodland Nature Hiking

Oil on canvas, 14" x 11"

A path leading into a shaded forest seemed to follow the "entrances" theme that I had worked on recently.  This painting is different in that it is in a nature setting and not buildings.  It was hard to get the colors correct in the photo but this is really close I think.  There are lots of bright yellows for the sunlit areas and some reds and violets appear in the shaded parts.  I love to hike and a path like this is so inviting!  (I will post my first painting in the theme of entrances in a few weeks).
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Monday, September 05, 2011

Nose to Muzzle

Oil Painting Donkey Art Farm Animal Portraits Jackass

Oil on stretched canvas, 14" x 11"

If you observe a group of donkeys you can usually see something similar to the scene I painted with this pair.  They are very "nosey" and also affectionate.  I enjoy painting the coloring of their coats and their distinct muzzles.  Of course, their long, hairy ears are always fun. 
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Friday, September 02, 2011

No Worries

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Pug

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8".

This handsome Pug dog is quite comfy on his bedding in my painting.  I painted it for my local Pug rescue group's annual fundraising event this month.  "Pugfest" is organized by NWArkansas Pug Rescue and is always loads of fun! 
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