I love painting lemons! I just love the shape and all the different colors that reflect off the lemon peel. After I painted these lemons Dean came down to my studio and carried them off to use in our dinner tonight.
He made pork chops with a lemon, garlic and parsley marinade. It was so delicious!
I will definitely share the recipe when I get him to write it down. He's been working all evening on two other blog posts so I couldn't press him to write one more.
I have to fill you in on a little secret.
My husband Dean is not a writer and in fact he doesn't like to write at all.
When he has to compose a letter or send emails he likes to use his iPad and use the dictation app. Although I have to say, when he does write a letter… I'm always very impressed by the way he so elegantly expresses himself. I'm really surprised he agreed to working on a blog together but so far I think he's done a really good job.
But between the two of us we still can't spell so you'll just had to put up with the typos… sorry.
Thanks for viewing my art
Update: Here's the link to Pork Chops with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley Recipe… how you enjoy it!
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.
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.
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!
Lilies and Melons, oil on canvas 12 x 12 , SOLD
I was so excited how yesterday’s painting turned out I thought I would stick with the lilies until they withered. And boy do they smell so delightful coupled with the very ripened melon... I wish you were here so you too could enjoy this heavenly aroma!
As you can see in the small study and the watercolor sketch I include a white coffee cup. At the time I thought it made a lovely arrangement but I’m glad I left it out of the larger painting.
I’m looking forward to this weekend’s Easter Celebration with my family and attending church services. Easter has always been a favorite holiday since I was a little girl. Even though I still love coloring eggs, making easter baskets and chocolate bunnies... Easter is a time of celebration like no other. I’m so thankful that I can demonstrate the love and joy in my heart for a God who loves me... and I do it with a brush, tubes of colorful paint and canvas!
Welcoming Spring oil on canvas 8 x 10
This painting sold while it was still wet!
My friend Joy purchased this painting after just viewing it in an email I sent her. Her and her husband Scott framed it and sent me a photo of her piece. It's beautiful! Thank you Joy and Scott for all your support and help... I really appreciate the both of you!
Welcoming Spring Study, oil on gesso board, 6 x 6
Every year it just surprises me so when I see these sweet little green steams emerge from the brown soil. And over night out busts a beautiful blossom. These daffodils were cut from our garden yesterday and when I brought them inside they just brighten up the kitchen so much!
Just a few days ago I watch a mini art lesson by Richard Robinson. Richard is a young and extremely talented artist from Australia. His mini art instructional videos are so informative and definitely worth viewing several times.
The video I watched was on The Spotlight Effect and how to create a visual focal point in your painting by using this technique.
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Canary Melon, Strawberries and Grapes oil on Canvas 8 x 10
Ok so maybe the strawberries are just a little too vibrant... even for me... and I certainly love bright colors. My initial inspiration was to paint the very yellow canary melon I purchased the other day at Stew Leonard’s in Newington, CT. I had never tried canary melon before and oh so curious to see what the insides looked like. We sliced it open to find a very pale interior that was so mildly sweet compared to the cantaloupe we’re use to. Too bad the strawberries stole the show... maybe next time they’ll stay in the refrigerator!
Apple Sliced oil on Gessoboard 6 x 6
This was the second painting of the day today. I waited to posted it because I wanted some feedback from my husband and dear friend Joy.
Oddly enough the yellowing of the apple didn’t bother me enough to stop painting it and the longer the apple stayed under the heat of the spotlight the yellow-ier it got. See the original painting below.
Here’s the feedback from my sweet husband:
(he’s master the art of answering “loaded questions”)...
“I love it... so you’re going to do a series of decaying food? That’s different, I’ve never seen that before.”
Here’s the response from my friend, honest Joy:
The apple looks sunken around the corners where the flesh meets the skin. It also looks decaying and not
appetizing with the darker yellow.
So to a completely untrained eye as mine, that's my take on it.
Honesty is the sign of true friend... so on that advice I brightened the apple with the magic of titanium white paint.
Lemon Yellow and Pink Ribbon oil on canvas9 x 12
Why the combination of lemon, a bowl of sugar and spoon, daisy and pink ribbon? I can’t even answer it myself. I just started arranging these objects that were sitting around and this is what spoke to me... it said “paint me, please”... what a well- mannered still life, don’t you think?
What I do know is the pink ribbon reminds me of Hannah and as I paint I pray for her and God’s hand of protection on her as she faces her surgery tomorrow.
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