Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Picasso

Oil Dog Painting Pet Art Animal Commission Portrait

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

This Doxy portrait of Picasso was finished after the portrait of his daughter, Freckles, which I posted earlier.  The two are great friends as will be seen in the final portrait of them together.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Tree Cat

Oil Painting Cat Art Pet Portrait Holidays Decorations

Oil on Canvas, 8" x 6".

Some cats just love to explore Christmas trees and find themselves quite at home among the branches and lights.  The ornaments had not been hung on this tree yet and the cat had already made himself comfortable in it. 
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mallard Duck

Oil Bird Wildlife Painting Fowl ACEO Miniature Art

Oil, 2.5" x 3.5".

After doing a miniature painting as a commissioned piece, I felt drawn to paint another one.  The colorful mallard duck makes lovely reflections in the pond.  It was fun to paint with my tiny brushed!

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Freckles

Oil Dog Painting Pet Art Animal Commission Portrait

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

I recently painted some Dachshund portraits as commissions.  This is the first one, Freckles, who is a double dapple Dachshund and has lots of spots!  She's a cutie.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Palomino Bunny

Oil Rabbit Painting Pet Art Animal Wildlife Domestic Hare

Oil on stretched canvas, 8" x 6".

The Palomino bunny is a friendly and well-mannered rabbit.  This one has a great expression I think!

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Pink Dogwood and Goldfinch

Oil Bird Flower Wildlife Painting Floral Garden Trees Art

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

I like the vibrant colors of the combination of the pinks and the Goldfinch's bold yellow and black. He makes a grand statement in his environment!

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Hawk in Winter Sky

Watercolor Painting Wildlife Art Red-tailed Bird Animal

Watercolor, 8" x 10".

A red-tailed hawk gliding on air currents and circling overhead is an awesome sight on a crisp winter day! 
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tiger Swallowtail and Zinnia

Oil Butterfly Flower Still Life Painting Floral Garden Insect Art

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

A glowing yellow and black butterfly lighting on a purple/pink zinnia makes a riot of color and visual interest.  Nature and color are the best I think!
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chihuahua and Blankets

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portrait Chihuahua

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8"

I was attracted to this little Chihuahua as she was sitting among her many blankets on the sofa.  Her light coloring was reflecting the colors of her surroundings and made her very much at home in her space.
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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Aspen Path

Aspen Trees Landscape Painting Impressionist Art

Oil on canvas, 12" x 9".

The Aspen trees of Colorado make me smile. I wanted to convey that feeling in a simple, straightforward way.  I'm happy when I look at it!

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Trail-Happy Yellow Lab

Oil Painting Labrador Retriever Dog Art Pet Portrait Woods

Oil on hardboard, 10" x 8"

Yellow labs are in my top favorite dogs.  They love to hang with people wherever they are and this one is in the woods and is checking something out intently.  Their coloring is especially a pleasure to paint.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Crowing Rooster

Oil Painting rooster Portrait Farm Animal Pet Portrait

Oil on canvas 8" x 10".

This guy is putting all he has into his morning call and I appreciate his spirit!  He's a pretty sharp looking rooster too.  I love the silver blue-grays mixing in with the yellow-golds in his feathering.

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Contemplative Jersey Calf

Oil Painting Cow Portrait Farm Animal Pet

Oil on canvas 10" x 8".

Calves like to rest their heads and daydream in the soft hay when they have munched enough to get satisfied.  This Jersey calf has such sweet, dreamy eyes!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Whippet Portrait

Watercolor Painting Pet Art Animal Portrait Dog

Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 10" x 7.5".

I've been enjoying painting on an Arches watercolor pad because I don't have to stretch the paper before I begin. This sweet portrait of a Whippet contains just enough detail to show the character and graceful lines of the dog I think.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Donkey in Meadow

Oil Painting Donkey Portrait Farm Animal Pet

Oil on canvas 9" x 12".

A contented donkey is relaxing in a golden meadow of wildflowers.  I love to watch a beautiful animal commune with nature.

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Blue-jay on Perch

Oil Painting Bird Art Animal Portrait Wildlife

Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 9.75" x 7.25".

I revisited the joy of watercolors again and tried to find a balance between detail and washes of color and value.  The blue-jay portrait has a nice feeling to me so I'm happy with my effort.

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Pear Impressions

Oil Still Life Painting Fruit Food Art

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8".

Nothing lifts the spirit quite like a lively pear painting!  I loved the background colors which complement this couple.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Annie

Oil Painting Pet Portrait Dog Basset Hound Commissioned

Oil on canvas 8" x 10".

Annie was a commissioned painting.  She was often seen enjoying rides in her wagon during her senior years.  And she appreciated the love and attention that she experienced.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Single Stem

Oil Rose Flower Still Life Painting Floral Garden Art


Oil on Raymar panel, 10" x 8".

This rose has cream-colored petals that are tipped with crimson and makes a luscious subject to paint and admire.
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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Royal Cavalier

Oil Painting Pet Portrait Dog King Charles Spaniel

Oil on canvas 9" x 12".

A lovely sable and white Cavalier in the sunshine with a long, flowing coat is a majestic figure!  It makes me want another spaniel.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Hidden Fox

Oil Painting Animal Portrait Wildlife

Oil on canvas 9" x 12".

A cute fox is partially hidden in the tall grass in the early morning light.  His distinctive marking give him away.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

On the Vine Tomatoes

Oil Painting Tomatoes Still Life Art Vegetable Garden food

Oil on canvas, 8" x 6".

Who can resist picking ripe cherry tomatoes on the vine?  Painting them is fun too but in a different way and even more rewarding in the end.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Donkey in Bluebonnets

Oil Painting Animal Portrait Farm Animal Flowers Landscape

Oil on canvas 8" x 10".

Donkeys and bluebonnets go together wonderfully in a Texas rural landscape.  This special donkey is a commissioned piece and headed for Texas of course!

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Black Bear Lounging

Oil Painting Animal Portrait Wildlife

Oil on canvas 8" x 10".

This bear has such an endearing look and she seems to speak to me.  And she's still very much all bear in every sense.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Soft Chickadee

Oil Painting Bird Art Animal Portrait Wildlife

Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 8.5" x 10".

This little chickadee sings his song in the midst of many small trees and bushes and he is very much at home and contented.  The medium of watercolor was wonderful in portraying the softness of his feathers and form.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Sea Shells

Oil Painting Still Life Art Ocean Mollusk

Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 5.5" x 7.5".

 I really enjoy painting the details of beautiful, shiny seashells.  These shells are part of my collection and they are brought out now and again for happy reminders of seaside adventure.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Potted Pansies

Oil Painting Flowers Still Life Art Garden Botanical Pale

Oil on canvas, 11" x 14".

One of my favorite ways to develop a painting is having the subject on a windowsill.  I added a few red and yellow pansies among the many purple ones and really liked the effect.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cardinal in Window

Oil Painting Animal Portrait Bird Wildlife

Oil on board 12" x 9".

Spring is here but there is a late snowfall for this cardinal.  His brilliant coloring glows in the warm light.
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Soccer Ball

Oil Painting Still Life Sports Equipment Toy Ball PlayI

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

A soccer ball that has been used time and time again was my subject for this painting.  I liked painting this portrait view of the ball which shows some "personality" I think.
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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Golden Delight

Oil Painting Farm Animal Rooster Portrait Chicken Pet Animal

Oil on board 12" x 9".

This is definitely an early morning rooster in deep shadows.  The golden light only catches highlights on his head, neck and feathers.  His wattles really glow too.  He's quite a show-off.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Before the Storm Iris

Oil Painting Flags Flowers Still Life Art Garden Botanical Spring Rain Clouds

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

I painted one of my irises against a dark background to bring out the rich colors of the petals.  And it allowed the almost transparent whites to glow and wave.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dramatic Lilies

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Vase

Oil on canvas hardboard, 14" x 11".

The day lilies were painted against a white background so it was nearly a study in white on white to me.  I thought that each lily seemed to be vying to be the most dramatic of the three so I played up that thought and vision.
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tulip in Snow

Oil Painting Flowers Still Life Art Garden Botanical Spring Snow

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

A red and yellow tulip has come up through the snow to burst open in the sunlight.  I liked the top view of this bloom!
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Friday, April 03, 2015

Spring Duckling

Oil Painting Animal Portrait Pet Farm Animal Peeps Easter

Oil on canvas, 9" x 7".

Just in time for Easter, I painted this little yellow duckling in all of her spring innocence and eagerness for life just beginning!  And I also think she's more than a little comical.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Donkey Sighting

Oil Painting Animal Portrait Miniature Donkey Pet Farm Animal

Oil on canvas, 9" x 7".

This curious miniature donkey is spying on visitors as she remains hidden somewhat in the the shadows of an old shed. She'll come out to greet them if they are gentle and have some treats.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Champagne Celebration

Oil Painting Vase Still Life Art Bottle Ice Party DrinkII

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

It's time for a celebration and to pop the cork!  Of course I loved painting the ice cubes and glass bucket. The grays and golds of the painting were what kept me interested.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Radical Radishes

Oil Painting Vegetables Still Life Art Kitchen Garden Food

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

An arrangement of my homegrown radishes was my subject again as I wanted to work with the light and dark patterns on these earthy vegetables.  The playful roots were an added bonus.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Young Duck

Water Color Painting Animal Art Duck Portrait Wildlife Water Nature

Watercolor on paper, 9 1/2" x 12".

This little duck is enjoying a leisurely float in a pond. I liked his shadow in the blue water and the quiet ripples around him.

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Sadie in Summer

Oil Painting Pet Cat Art Animal Portrait Siamese Feline Sunshine

Watercolor on Bristol board, 10" x 11 5/8".

I painted this portrait of a beautiful Siamese cat a few years ago when I was exploring painting with watercolor on Bristol board.  I remember how I liked the "puddling effect" of the paint on the smooth surface.  It's also much easier to lighten an area that has become too dark or intense on the Bristol without ruining the surface of the painting.  I think I captured Sadie's intense interest in her environment!

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Potted Bell Peppers

Oil Painting Vegetables Still Life Art Kitchen Garden

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

I spotted a display of these potted peppers at the Home and Garden Show in Little Rock, AR recently.  I don't remember what the vendor was actually selling, but these three guys really caught my eye.  The individual peat pots have interesting personalities too!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cold Water Goose

Oil Painting Wildlife Art Animal Portrait Canadian Goose

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

This goose was with several of his buddies in the shallow water at a river's edge.  The sun was bright and warm but the water was very cold in the Arkansas winter.  I liked his patterns of light and dark against the blues and browns of the water.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Winter Woods

Oil Painting Landscape Art Winter Trees Snow

Oil on stretched canvas, 8" x 10".

I was intrigued by this composition of a tangle of trees in winter. The snow and vegetation are alternately lit by the sun and cast in deep shadow. The sky coming through the bare trees was also colorful.
 
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Bright Rose

Oil Painting Flower Art Still Life Garden

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

I love the intense color of this rose which grows by a neighbor's mailbox.  Now I wish I had these near my house so I could gaze at them more often!

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Feisty Rooster

Oil Painting Pet Portrait Art Chicken Farm Animal

Oil on Canvas, 10" x 8".

Some roosters look very confrontational.  But they can also be seen as simply assertive I think.  This one has a certain look and the viewers can decide what his attitude represents to them.  I think he's feisty.
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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Apples in Bowl

Oil Fruit Still Life Painting Garden Kitchen Food

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8".

Gala apples and a shiny bowl share the spotlight in this painting.
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Niki

Oil Painting Cat Art Animal Pet Portrait Feline

Oil on stretched canvas, 14" x 11".

A friend's magnificent long-haired male cat is a wonderful model for me. I captured him in several expressive poses so I will probably have another painting of him in the future.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lee Creek Harmony

Oil Landscape Painting Water Tree Leaves

Oil on canvas, 12" x 9"

A stretch of lazy Lee creek in Arkansas was lit with summer sun falling on its water and rocky bed when it was captured in a photo. The addition of dioxazine purple to my palette added a dreamy quality I decided.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tabby With Toy

Oil Painting Pet Cat Art Animal Portrait

Oil on stretched canvas, 8" x 10".

This guy's human family shared a photo of him playing with a toy near the hearth of their burning fireplace. I thought it was adorable and I got the feeling of him enjoying the warmth of a fire in these winter months. The sides of the canvas are painted making it easier to hang unframed if desired.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Group of Pears

Oil Fruit Still Life Painting Garden Kitchen Food


Oil on stretched canvas, 11" x 14" x 3/4".

Pears are always interesting to paint because their shapes resemble characteristics of the human form. These multi-colored pears really glowed when their forms were brightly lit in this setting. This painting has staple-free sides that are painted if you'd like to hang it unframed.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winter Titmouse

Oil Painting Bird Art Animals Portrait Wildlife Tufted Titmouse Bird

Oil on canvas 10" x 8".

Winter is a great time to watch birds because they're not hidden by foliage as they perch on stumps or come to feeders.  This sweet guy is all puffed up against the cold and has a definite attitude as you can see!
 
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