Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Green apples and wine

5x7 oil painting on panel
This painting was inspired by the Dr. Seuss book Green eggs and ham.  While reading it to my daughter I remembered how much I love the color combinations in the illustrations..the orange, teal and green mostly.  This painting is actually Wino23, but I thought this was a more appropriate title.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


5x7 oil painting on panel
And the wino series continues.  It may very well go on forever, they are just too fun to paint and have endless color and shape combinations.  I may paint some larger sizes soon.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tea for one

5x7 oil painting on panel
This flower seemed a bit lonely waiting for someone to join her in the tea cup.  My compositions have been extremely simple in the last few paintings...but I think they still convey a mood or emotion, which is what I am always trying to achieve.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Glass of red

5x7 oil painting on panel
Splash of red with neutrals always makes a little drama.  Still working on simplifying my brush strokes and squinting a lot to get the values and shapes rather than every detail..it is harder than you think.  Loving the panels though, the colors are much more rich and vibrant.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sweet orange

5x7 oil painting on panel
Really digging the Ampersand panels now that I got the hang of painting on them.  The color is nice and rich for this one.  Thank you to my friends Ainsley and Layla for my pretty subject matter..just perfect.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


5x7 oil painting on board
This is my first painting on an Ampersand panel.  Took me a while to get the feel for it, but results are good.  And yes, the wino series continues..they are just too much fun to paint.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Show off

5x7 oil painting on paper
I am envious of artists who have a closet full of still life subject matter.  It gets difficult to find interesting things around the house to paint.  I happily found this blue vase under the sink..forgot all about it..yay!

Saturday, January 14, 2012


5x7 oil painting on paper
I love painting these white coffee cups, so simple but fun.
Thanks to by brother for giving me the whole set.

Friday, January 13, 2012


5x7 oil painting on paper
I have been meaning to paint this guy for a while..he looks like a statue, but he is actually a very useful bottle opener who lives on my kitchen window sill.


Thursday, January 12, 2012


I love painting apples, however, the classic bowl of apples can get a bit boring..enter the dart..not so boring anymore.  Not so sure about the angle of the dart, but overall it seems to work.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


"Boost" refers to two things..first, the top apple is getting a boost so it can hide in the cup..second, these bright colors are definitely a boost for my spirit in this brown and gray winter here in Michigan.  Still working on loosening up my brush work..so far ok.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


First post!  Quick study from last night.