Colorful Blooms and Lemon, oil on gessoboard 5 x 7
This painting reminded me of a colorful umbrella outside on a rainy, gloomy grey day. I love mixing up greys and neutrals on my palette. It's really just mixing a pinch of this color and dab of that but the swirling and mingling of colors to create new ones... makes my heart sing... yes it's the simple things that make me happy but that's ok, life is so overly complicated as it is... why not simply color and singing in the rain.
California Rolls, oil on gessoboard 6 x 6
I’ve been wanting to paint sushi for a few months now. Each time we order it or go out to eat I say “this time I want to paint it first.” But as soon as we get it home, arrange it just so on the plate... we just can’t help ourselves... and dive right in.
I’m not use to painting at this angle and using very dramatic lighting where the shadow are so dark but I hope it comes across as being in a dimly lit restaurant rather than my studio.
There’s a few more pieces in the take-out box...let’s just see if they make it one more day in the refrigerator or get eat’n.
Pink Lemonade, oil on gessoboard 6 x 6
Three of my favorite things! Pink Lemonade from Stew Leonard’s. I always feel so fancy drinking a glass of Stew’s pink lemonade the bottle has a very unique shape and the label feels very french... oh-la-la.
I just love painting lemons and when I cut them open I can smell their citrusy smell throughout my studio.
The Pink Depression Glass was given to Dean and I as a gift from Dean’s Mom. She was cleaning out her basement and came across a box of several different pieces. I’m so excited to paint it... it looks beautiful when the light hits it just right.
Pink Lilies, Tea and Limes 12 x 12
We just can't help it, color influences and effects our everyday life even on grey days. The background color in this painting was inspired by the Pantone 2012 Color of the Year Tangerine Tango.(see Pantone page below)
Years ago when I was a graphic designer I carried a Pantone color book around in my purse. Why you ask? First to check printing jobs when on the printing press but second I just loved having access to so many colors all in one fan book. I would take it out, fan through the tabs and make dozens of difference color combinations.
Lilies, Tea and Limes gessoboard 6 x 6
I LOVE COLOR... no, really?
Even as a child I would walk around with my box of crayons or package of rainbow markers and couldn't put enough color on the page.
I love exploring new ways to combine colors on the canvas.
Below is another favorite art website called Colourlovers.com.
I'm not an active member in their color community but I find it so much fun to go on create new color palettes, change patterns around, etc. It's more a game than an artist's tool for me... but then again...isn't art suppose to fun.:)
Carnations, Daises and Limes, oil on gessoboard, 6 x 6
On my way into the grocery store on saturday to purchase just coffee, I glanced over at the flower shop and there was a cart in the middle of floor that said “manager’s special”... so of course I had to look.... and what a surprise... these beautiful bouquets for just $3.00! Well, I just had to pick up two... how often do you find such a great bargain!
Morning Whites, oil on canvas 12 x 12
I just loved the color combination of the white daisies with the eggs and coffee cup. Although my original intention was to paint a white on white painting. I’m happy with the end results.
Staying Inspired ALL the time isn't easy especially when the daily life of raising kids and running a household demand so much of my time. I love to ready inspiring stories about others who have found a way to shine in this world. We can all get caught up in the busy-ness of life but it's those who have found their passion or calling and then ... go for it... seeking to make a difference in this world.... I admire tremendously.
Richard Robinson is one of those people. Although I have never met him personally, I admire all his efforts in helping artists become better. His willingness to share his gifts and his knowledge freely is a blessing for everyone.
F is For Frisbie Pie, oil on canvas 8 x 8
Another still life painting with the Frisbie Pie plate, can you guess where this theme is headed?
Well, today is our birthday! Dean and I have the same birthday except we're one year apart. And so typical me, I didn't start working on his birthday present until... well you guessed it... today! I painted this 5 x 7 mini painting this morning with the intention of painting the same painting on a larger 20 x 24 canvas ( not today of course... but some time in the near future). I'll post it here on my blog when I do finish it so you can see the final painting.
It was a wonderful birthday... nothing too exciting just a relaxing evening with my husband.
Lemon, Limes and Lilies, oil on gessoboard 6 x 6
It was just so much fun to paint these lilies! I love the way they sat so gracefully in their glass container lookin’ so pretty! they posed for a quick painting study that I started yesterday between my marathon road trip ... A total of 7 1/2 hours of driving! The day started at 6:45am with the typical 1 1/2hr round trip drive to West Hartford to drop my daughter off at school by 8am then home again.
When I returned I found my son lounging on the couch. He had the day off from school and wasn’t expected back in his dorm until evening.
I set up this still life first in the kitchen using ink and watercolor for a color study sketch and then moved it down to my art table in my studio.
I moved rapidly mix my colors knowing that I was expected to be on the road in less than 2 hours.
By 1pm we were back in the car to meet my dear friend Joy for lunch and the art exchange at Main Street Cafe in Cheshire. Delicious lunch along with wonderful company! Love ya Joy!
2:30pm and on to West Hartford to drop off Veronica’s lacrosse stick, a quick trip to the grocery store for snack food. Back to the school and then up Route 44 to Salisbury. It’s such a beautiful ride through the countryside of Connecticut and I occasionally stop to sketch or take reference photos of the farms, houses and quaint towns we drive through. Dropped off Ray by 6pm and turned around to head home. Arrived in our driveway at 7:45pm... whewww what a day!
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