Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wino 34

5x7 oil on panel
The Wino series continues.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Still life with grapefruit

8x8 oil on panel

This grapefruit came to my studio all the way from Florida.  Had to paint it of course.  Took me a couple days to post it due to some very gray weird weather here in Michigan.  I try to use daylight to photograph my work..I got a bit this morning and took advantage of it.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The driver

6x6 oil on panel
Another portrait for the show next month.  I have really gotten into watching Boardwalk Empire recently.  The boss always has a driver that does his dirty work for him...she looks like she takes her work very seriously.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Leading lady

5x7 oil on panel $45
The little apple seems to be out shining the pretty flower. You can almost feel the tension and envy.

Friday, January 25, 2013


8x10 oil on panel $80
I love to bake.  Not sure why it took me so long to paint something like this, wait, I think it was because painting metal is hard.  I truly admire those artists who can make metal look effortless, because it is not.  I learned a lot with this one.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Extra! Extra!

6x6 oil on panel
This one will be in my show next month.  Another portrait of my daughter, Ginger.  She sort of looks like a kid from the 20's, so I tried to use more muted colors to keep with that feeling.  More portraits on the agenda for today.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wino 32

6x6 oil on panel $45
Kept this one simple and loose and used a limited pallet. Funny how this bright sunny painting was made on the coldest day of the year, at least so far.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

From the shadow

5x7 oil on panel
This was one of those quick studies done in a short amount of time that turned out quite well.  Sometimes the simple is the best.  I usually don't like compositions with the subject smack in the middle, but this seems to work because of the other flower on the right.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Soft bouquet

5x5 oil on panel $45
With the soft green background, this painting has a calming effect.  Color is an amazing thing.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Day glow

5x5 oil on panel
Bright orange is always an attention grabber and mood lifter.  I was having a weird dreary day until I painted this.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Jump in

5x7 oil on panel $45
Bought these cuties for my daughter's lunches, but they seemed to find their way into my studio.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hint of pink

5x7 oil on panel $45
I am getting the most out of this bunch of flowers I purchased..they are lasting a long time.  Looking forward to spring and summer when I can just pick subject matter from the yard.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


6x6 oil on panel
This color pallet makes me crave bubble gum and lollipops.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Usual suspects

8x10 oil on panel
My wino's got caught recently and put in a line up downtown.  Not sure which one did it, no one is talking.  On a different note, I have found that what you use to prime your panels really makes a difference.  The paint either absorbs into the primer or sits on top of it..I have learned the hard way.  My last week of painting was such a I know why. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Feb. show

top 5x5 oil on panel
bottom 5x7 oil on panel
I am setting certain paintings aside for my show in February.  These are a couple that will be for sale at the gallery.  If they don't sell there, then I will list them on my sites.  The florals are fun, they give me an endless supply of color combinations and interesting shapes. 

Friday, January 11, 2013


6x6 oil on panel $45
This romantic painting is also Wino 31.  The contrast of the glass bottle with the soft flowers worked out well in this one.  Makes you want to sit very close to someone and drink a glass or two of a nice red.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pink and green

5x5 oil on panel $45
I have so much fun with florals.  The color combinations are endless and they make the best negative spaces.  I got two paintings done this afternoon, hoping to get in a third one before the day is over.  My goal is to get 2-3 paintings done per day for the month of far so good.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This way

6x6 oil on panel $45
Composition can be funny.  I set up this still life thinking of movement and negative space, then after it is finished I see other things not intended.  Sometimes they are good, sometimes not.  The yellow daisy with the serious stem seems to be leading the rest of the flowers up out of the dark panel.  The diagonal of the stem would normally bug me, but the bright pink flowers pull you back into the painting.  Silly composition.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Spring green

5x7 oil on panel  $45
8x8 oil on panel
On a flower binge..I guess the cold grey weather is making me crave spring color.  I loved mixing the green shades for the top one, and they stand out so nicely on the dark background.  The other painting is for my show coming up next month..I will be painting lots of flowers this week.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Catch the light

6x6 oil on primed paper $30
Back to the strong dark background.  My intention was not to get too tight on this one, I wanted to simplify as much as possible.  It is easy to get stuck painting each and every petal..this was a challenge.  I just bought some new flowers, so expect several more florals to come.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Good company

8x8 oil on panel
Otherwise known as Wino 30, this painting reminds me of good friends and good wine.  A table full of empties usually means a good time was had.  Changed up the background on this one..went light instead of dark.  Shows how background color can really change the mood of a painting.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wino 29

8x8 oil on panel
First painting of the new year...yes it is a wino painting.  Went minimal with this one, kept it simple and a bit dark.  Sort of speaks to the dimly lit wine bar where you are sure to meet any number of interesting characters.