Sunday, October 30, 2011

Potted Hot Peppers

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Botanical Floral landscape

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8".

I've wanted to paint this container for a long time and this year's gorgeous peppers sprouting from it finally made me do it.  The afternoon sunlight was setting the ornamental peppers on fire and the single flower on the side of the planter was waving them on.  Or so it seemed!
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hot Poppies

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Botanical Floral

Oil on canvas, 8" x 6".

I'm still on the color orange this month and I painted these poppies boldly. Their faces are turned up to the sun and receiving the most sun possible for them.  They love it!  I still want to paint with oranges and reds, but not sure if I will paint a Jack-o-lantern which I've thought about.  I painted the shaded areas first and then the sunlit ones.  It was easier to judge the values with this piece.  The Jack-o-lantern would be fun though! 
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Arkansas Persimmon

Oil Painting Still Life Art Natural Native Fruit

Oil on canvas, 4" x 5"

Ripe persimmons are very sweet!  If not ripe, though, they will really make you pucker.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October Petunias

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Autumn Botanical Garden Fall

Oil on Canvas, 12" x 9"

Petunias were still in full bloom last week and I caught some cascading from their container.  I was instantly attracted to their shadows on the concrete walk and also on the brick wall of the library.  Sunlight highlighted some the petunia petals while the others remained shaded.  These all formed an interesting design to paint.  The container became a more "pumpkiny" color when I painted it because it just felt right. I loved popping in all of the shades of reds and pinks in this piece!
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ferny Grove

Oil Landscape Painting Forest Woodland Nature Hiking Creek

Oil on stretched canvas, 20" x 16"

Light and shadow were even more important to me in this larger painting.  I laid in the shaded areas first to get the darks established and then allowed myself to work on the unshaded areas.  This helped the midtones be closer to the correct value and gave them some glow.  The grove was a pleasing combination of some favorite things - rock, water and greenery.  It seemed to be an intimate look into a secluded area of nature! 
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rose and Mint

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Vase Spearmint Peppermint

Oil on Canvas, 10" x 8"

I paired a deep red rose with a few sprigs from a spearmint plant for this still life.  It seemed a little odd at first but I decided I liked the combination of the greens and reds with the white vase.  Something cheerful about it!
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Friday, October 07, 2011

Billy Goat

Oil Painting Art Pet Portraits Farm Animals

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"

Goats are so strange looking but still cute in their own way.  This guy was very approachable and curious and, most importantly,  I loved his hairy chin!  I thought he deserved his own portrait.
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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Bluebonnets and Burro

Oil Painting Donkey Art Pet Portraits Farm Animals

Oil on canvas, 9" x 12"

Burros were enjoying the same bluebonnet fields that the Texas longhorns were.  I loved the relaxed stance of this donkey and how the sunlight lit her shaggy coat.  The bright green fields with the floating flowers seemed to roll along for miles.  Very peaceful.
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