Sunday, December 30, 2012

Grazing Ponies

Oil Painting Horse Art Animal English Moore Pony Landscape

Oil on canvas, 12" x 16".

I am pleased with the mood of this piece.  The ponies are are bathed in light and shadow as they graze in the tall grasses.  The Moor ponies are beautiful with their long, thick manes and tails and chunky bodies.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lynn's Birdhouse

Oil Painting Victorian Landscape Art Flowers Goldfinch

Oil on canvas, 24" x 12".

This Victorian birdhouse and garden painting was a wonderful concept that came from one of my collectors.  She commissioned a painting of her sweet birdhouse and I added some of her favorite colors and also some wildlife who are enjoying the house too.  It was fun to paint and made me smile too.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Oil Painting Food Art Still Life Bakery Kitchen

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8".

The icing on the bumpy shape of the Bundt cake is attractive to me in this painting.  But I think my favorite elements are the warm orangey glow of the pumpkin cake paired with a deep blue dish.  Fun!
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

White Lilies and Turquoise

Oil Painting Art Flowers Vase Still Life

Oil on canvas, 14" x 11".

A study of painting white subjects led to this paintings of white lilies in an attractive blue/turquoise vase.  The hints of reflected colors in the petals of the lilies were exciting to find and explore.  The vase was my favorite to paint along with its stopper.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lemon Eclair Sunflower

Oil Painting Flower Still Life Botanical Floral Garden


Oil on hardboard panel, 6" x 7".

This variety of sunflower, named "Lemon Eclair", is definitely different from the traditional sunflower that I usually paint and so it was a challenge and some fun at the same time. The profuse yellow petals surrounding the smaller dark center are spikey and fluffy. Lemon sunflowers make their own statement I believe.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Westie and Azaleas

Oil Painting Dog Art Animal Pet Portrait Flowers

Oil on canvas, 8" x 6".

This little white terrier loves to roam through flower gardens and steal the hearts of his humans!  He is a friendly guy too.
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Friday, December 07, 2012

Surprised Teddy Love Bear

Oil Painting Childrens Christmas Toy Present Gift Art

Oil on canvas, 9" x 7".

This little Luv Bear was a Christmas gift from a few years ago and I was inspired to paint him in one of the many different personalities that I see in him.  Here he has his surprised or startled expression that I find very endearing.  He's kind of a cool guy actually.  The fact that he is extremely squeezable doesn't hurt either!  Along with capturing his expression, I was excited about painting his furry body and red sweater falling into shadow. 
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tabby Maine Coon

Oil Painting Cat Art Animal Pet Portrait Wild Feline

Oil on canvas, 8" x 6".

I so enjoy painting "wild- looking" felines like Maine Coon cats.  They might be wild in appearance but they are actually very personable and gentle.  We have been feeding and giving shelter to a stray cat who has many of these same features as the one in my painting but without the long hair.  She has shown her thankfulness by bringing us two gophers. She's earning her keep!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Molly

Oil Painting Dog Pet Portrait Art Yellow Labrador

Oil on canvas. 10" x 8".  SOLD

Molly was a commissioned painting.  Her family wanted the red and yellow flowers in the background which look nice with her lovely pose. 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hillside Donkey

Oil Painting Animal Art Donkey Pet Portrait

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

I like this vantage point of looking up at a donkey.  This one has a nice round belly too!
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pair of Bunnies

Commissioned Oil Painting Rabbit Pet Art Hare Animals

Oil on canvas. 8" x 10".

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Ozark Farm

Oil Painting Art Landscape Arkansas Barn Field Hills

Oil on canvas, 12" x 16".

Autumn colors were stacked in layers it seemed in this view of an old farm building set against the mountains in Arkansas  There was a road following the slope of a hill in the middle-ground going further into the mountains.
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Black-Capped Chick-a-Dee

Oil Painting Animal Art Fowl Bird Wildlife Nature Habitat



 Oil on hardboard, 6" x 6".


Chickadees are one of my favorite little birds to watch and listen to at my bird feeders.  They have very compact feathery bodies!
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bathed in Sunlight

Oil Painting Pet Art Manx Cat

Oil on hardboard, 7" x 6".

I've photographed this orange Manx cat several times and this pose had her bathed in bright sunlight with most of her face in shadows. This allowed for interesting cooler tones appearing in the white nose and fur. I don't know if I really achieved what I had envisioned capturing in the painting, but there is something there I like and which captures my imagination. A little mystery in a portrait is fun.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Boston Terrier Pup

Oil Painting Animal Art Dog Pet Portrait

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

My Boston puppy, Margo, was the model for this painting.  I captured one of her expressions that is my favorite so far!  She plays outside endlessly now that cooler weather has finally arrived.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Country Cabin

Oil Painting Art Landscape Arkansas Farm

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

Painting this cozy cabin tucked away in rural America was a study in using a very limited range of colors.  I liked the color notes that I mixed and applied in this one.  It feels soft and welcoming.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gunnyr

Commissioned Oil Painting Dog Pet Art Yellow Labrador

Oil on hardboard. 11" x 14".

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bright Eyes in Clover

Commissioned Oil Painting Dog Pet Art Yorkie


Oil on hardboard. 6" x 6".

This was a great commissioned painting I did recently of a perky little Yorkie Terrier at home in her territory which  happens to have lots of green clover.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Autumn Light

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Glass Vase

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

This arrangement of fall colors and a faceted glass vase was the latest still life I worked from in my artists' group class.  We learned a lot from this one and had a great time too!
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pumpkin Gourd

Oil Painting Still Life Art Ornamental Fall Garden Autumn

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"

I usually buy a sack of miniature, mulit-colored gourds for painting inspiration in the fall.  This time I chose a solid orange one to paint.  I guess you'd call it a dimply, pimply, pumpkin gourd.  (I think gourds are in the pumpkin family but they're not good for eating).  This little orange guy had interesting protrusions to play with in paint.  I like to paint subjects in a light that produces a shadow that includes complimentary colors along with the color of the object that I'm painting.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Young Fisherman

Oil Painting Portrait Boy Cane Pole Fishing

Oil on hardboard, 8" x 6".

I was interested in the light and shade pattern on the boy and ground as he stood in the dappled light with his fishing pole in the water.  It was a wonderful summer scene and I wanted to capture its simplicity and peacefulness. 
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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Orange Roses and Blue

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Vase Urn Vessel

Oil on canvas, 9" x 12".

This set-up has roses and a vase lit strongly from the side.  I loved the watery-looking reflections that were made on the white surface of the foreground. 
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Friday, October 05, 2012

Papillon Portrait

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portrait

Oil on canvas, 6" x 5".

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

River Inlet

Oil Painting Plein Air Art Landscape Arkansas River

Oil on canvas, 9" x 12".

A few of my fellow artists and I painted from a lovely area here in our town.  It looks out on an inlet of the Arkansas River.  The trees are just barely beginning to turn colors.  It was a pleasant morning to paint outside and it didn't get too breezy until we were packing up to leave!
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Brass Pot

Oil Painting Still Life Fall Art Flowers Autumn Vase Urn Vessel

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

I loved the colors and drama in this painting.  The brass container was paired with autumn leaves and vines and catalpa "pods". 
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Water Sport

Oil Painting Animal Art Labrador Dog Portrait

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

This is one of my favorite older dog paintings images that I painted again in a little large size.  The tightly held tennis ball is star of the show.
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Friday, September 07, 2012

Snuggle Pug

Oil Painting Dog Art Pets Pug Portrait

Oil on cotton panel, 8" x 10".

This young pug has found just the right place for her head to rest as she contemplates future plans for eating or playing.  Or possibly napping.
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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Cold Water Ducks

Oil Painting Animal Art Ducks Birds Wildlife Farm

Oil on canvas, 16" x 20".

I was in the mood to paint water again so I repainted a small piece from a few years ago and made it much larger.  I liked it big also!
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nesting Yellow Pepper

Oil Painting Still Life Vegetables Art Kitchen Decor

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

A yellow pepper is always great to paint but even more so when it is nestled in bowls of varying sizes and colors.  This combination is one of my favorites.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunlit Fruit Still Life

Oil Painting Still Life Fruit Art Vase Kitchen Decor

Oil on canvas, 12" x 10".


I painted this still life from photos I took at a Barry Thomas workshop I attended earlier this year.  We did quick small studies of these brightly lit subjects which were spread out on a large table.  I may paint a larger version of this.  I love the glowing effect and intense color.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Cavalier Profile

Oil Painting Dog Art Pets King Charles Spaniel

Oil on linen panel, 10" x 8".  Sold.

The profiles of Cavalier Spaniel puppies are especially attractive to me.  This sable and white one has a perfect one.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Young Sunflower

Oil Painting Still Life Flower Art Wild Botanical Garden

Oil on Raymar panel, 5" x 7".

This particular sunflower looked young and hopeful to me.  My sunflowers didn't get very large this summer.  This was one whose stalk and leaves weren't eaten by deer because it was closer to my house. 
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Summer Magnolia

Oil Painting Still Life Flower Art Southern Trees

Oil on canvas, 12" x 9".

I am very pleased that my Magnolia trees are making it through our very hot and dry summer and producing some beautiful blooms like this one.  I don't know if my favorite parts to paint are the white petals or the twisting waxy leaves.  But I really enjoy the shadows and the rust-colored undersides of the leaves.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cracked Egg

Oil Painting Still Life Kitchen Artt

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

This painting was about reflections and light on the egg and eggshells in a clear green bowl.  I looked for subtle changes in color in the light and dark passages.  That made it a slightly mysterious and happy painting!
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Calico in Repose

Oil Painting Cat Art Pets Animals

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

This is the third time I've painted the sweet calico cat named Sarah.  She remains an adorable image to paint for me. 
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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Jack Russell

Oil Painting Pet Art Commission Portrait Dogs Animals

Oil on canvas, 9" x 12".  SOLD

This was a commissioned painting of a JR terrier.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fresh Peaches

Oil Painting Art Still Life Fruit

Oil on Raymar panel, 11" x 14".

Peaches are in season and these plump ones made great fuzzy models.  I prefer nectarines for eating, but peaches are my favorite for painting!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ginger

Oil Painting Dog Art Pets Yellow Labrador Retiever



Watercolor on Arches, 6" x 8".  SOLD.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Patch the Goat

Oil Painting Goat Farm Animals Art Pets

Oil on Raymar panel, 5" x 7".

I know several friends who have these funny and sweet animals and really love them.  I've only petted and painted them and am owned by three dogs at the present. 
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lop-Eared

Oil Painting Rabbit Art Commission Portrait Pets Animals

Oil on stretched canvas, 14" x 11".  SOLD

This was a commissioned painting of one very cute rabbit.
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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Blushing Open Rose

Oil Painting Flower Art Still Life Botanical Garden

Oil on Raymar panel, 5" x 7".

I found this fascinating rose at the Learning Fields at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas.  Yellow center petals are surrounded by beautiful pink petal edges.
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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Bud Vases

Oil Painting Art Still Life Flowers Arrangement

Oil on canvas, 12" x 9".

This was a lively grouping of cut flowers popping out of glass bud vases.  The orange and blue combination also adds to the visual punch. 
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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Red Vase with Flowers

Oil Painting Art Still Life Peonies Jug Indian Rug

Oil on Raymar panel, 14" x 11".

I've been attending a painting class working from still lifes and this set-up included some interesting objects and flowers and an American Indian rug.  It's been my favorite so far!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Old Zion Road

Oil Painting Landscape Rural Arkansas Barn

Oil on hardboard, 8" x 10"

A large red shed is situated very close to a bend in the road on which it is located.  I really liked it in this light with the sun shining through the clouds after a rainfall.  The colors of the barn and field were brightly lit and glowing against the sky and the road in the foreground.   
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bluebird on Stump

Oil Painting Bird Art Wildlife Animals Fowl

Oil on Raymar panel, 5" x 7".

Bluebirds are some of my favorite birds to spot because of their complimentary blue and orange-brown colors.  The blue is intense and appealing.  
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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Chocolate Covered Doughnut

Oil Painting Kitchen Art Still Life Donut Pastry

Oil on Raymar panel, 5" x 7".

 I love to paint desserts!  Yummy colors of paint and an eye-catching sweet subject in this painting.
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Harvest Bowl

Oil Painting Vegetable Art Still Life Produce Tomato

Oil on stretched canvas, 9" x 11".

An early harvest of home-grown tomatoes and peppers looked attractive in a blue and white bowl.  I loved the colors and arranging the cherry tomatoes.  Of course those little ones didn't always want to stay in their places.
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Outside Michael's Mansion

Oil Painting Plein Air Art Still Life Fort Smith Arkansas

Oil on canvas, 14" x 11".

Artists gathered to paint plein air at a beautiful old Mansion here in Fort Smith last month  It has been restored by the new owners and now has an art gallery on the main floor and a bed and breakfast upstairs.  The view I chose to paint included the light and shadow on the steps up the to house.  The sunlit urns with cascading Boston ferns are lovely and elegant.   
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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Knitting Yarn

Oil Painting Art Still Life Stitch Needle Crochet Fabric

Oil on stretched canvas, 14" x 11".

Balls of colorful yarn made an interesting study of  "soft" subjects and "softness" in general.  The knitting needle is alone and outnumbered in this painting! 
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Poppies with Blue Vase

Oil Painting Flowers Art Still Life Botanical Ceramic Rooster

Oil on stretched canvas, 20" x 16".

Still lifes can be challenging and adventurous.   I loved the red/orange poppies with the blue and white vase as the main characters of the painting.  The ceramic rooster added a touch of whimsy and gave the painting a unique feeling.  Lots of fun also.
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