Third painting of the day... just on a roll I guess. Realizing this nectarine will turn faster than the avocado and apple. I went to town... no fooling around here... I’m sure that afternoon cup of coffee what the just the right jump start to get this peachy thing rolling!
And my husband’s responds: WOW
A little side note:
I just recently signed up to auction and show my work on an online gallery called www.dailypaintworks.com I love this site. If you have time it’s worth checking out. Great artwork, dedicated painters and the owners of the site/business are Carol and Dave Marine who do a wonderful job helping artists promote their work. Thank you to everyone who participates on this website it’s a wonderful community.
Below is a posting from their facebook page on Wed. of this week:
Avocado Sliced oil on Gessoboard 6 x 6
After the pink ribbon series I decided this morning to paint something a little less complicated. So I opened the refrigerator and there sitting so lonely on the second shelf down was this softened avocado saying “paint me, paint me”!
After slicing it in half I just knew it would make a wonderful still life... “Kitchen Art” as I’ve been referencing to my work lately. I scurried downstairs to my studio, positioned the two halves on the top shelf, added a spotlight and whahla ...it started to sing to me!
Not without a few challenges to face - one, under the heat from the lamp the avocado started to decay quicker than I wanted and two, I wasn’t the right height to see the reflection, so, believe it or not.... I found the perfect object to give me just the right step up... my son’s skateboard! Yes, I stood on a skateboard painting this avocado this morning.... ok, you can call me silly!
Blue Bottle Study oil on canvas 6 x 6
As I can hear my sweet little step-daughter’s voice in the background
saying “Linda, I think it’s time to leave for school....” my thoughts today were on this still life that came together unexpectedly on the kitchen counter.
This tangerine could have been the one I grabbed for Allison snack but when I saw it peaking around the blue bottle playing so nicely with fork it.... see it’s reflection... well you guessed it.... I just had to paint it.
Oh yes... as for Allison.... we made it to school that morning just in the nick of time....
I Heart Coffee, oil on canvas 6 x6
I think my kids think I’m playing a mean joke on them. Why? The donuts I have been painting look great and I’m sure they tasted great the day I bought them but each one has turned rock hard by the time I get around to painting it and when my kids see the still life set up in my studio they just can’t resist picking it and attempting to bite into it!...Ouch... “that’s hard as a rock!” they say... I just giggle and pray... please don’t let them lose a tooth over this joke... how will I ever explain it to the dentist.
Last night my daughter wanted to paint the donut and coffee cup... with very little instruction from me....I think she did an awesome job! It inspired me to paint with the same color palette but just a little different perspective... and while I was contemplating a title... I looked at it with a fresh perspective this morning .... and that’s when it hit me... if you read it counter clockwise and use your imagination a little the spoon looks like an i ... then heart and coffee... all thought it was empty by the time I finished the painting... just image...
Lemon Tea in Blue Cup Oil on gessoboard 6 x 6
Sit back, relax and enjoy this moment.... savoring a cup of warm tea and the moment makes the chaos of the day seem to fade away.
Pineapple and Umbrella Study Oil on gessoboard 6 x6
My husband and I decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year with an all day chinese cooking fest. Thanks to my friend Tracey who shared with me a great website called recipes.com, I found several easy to make chinese dishes with many of the items on sale at our local grocery store. My youngest step-daughter and I made a list and off to store we went.
Our menu included:
Pork fried rice
spicy barbeque ribs
spicy beef and snow pea soup
To compliment the night’s dinner we bought a pineapple and fortune cookies. I have to say everything was delicious! Even though we forgot about the soup! My husband loves to cook and when he gets in that kitchen... he’s creating!
After our chinese feast ended, I was eager to create too! With the pineapple under my arm, a cup full of fortune cookies and the fistful of paper umbrellas.... each object gingerly took it’s place under the spot light... or should I say .... “sun ray’s”... transforming into an oasis...a paradise... The pineapple filled in the background landscape while the family of fortune cookies unpacked their umbrellas and laid out white beach towels. The glass reflections and cool blue backdrop lent it self nicely to enhancing the feel of a cool sapphire blue pool.
.....and the fortune cookie said: Paradise is exactly like where you are right now.... only much, much better.
A Couple of Pears, oil on canvas, 6 x 8
Dining out has always been a challenge for this couple of pears.They’re favorite little italian restaurant down the street offers a wide variety and something for the whole family. The heavenly aromas greet you right at the front door and hunger immediate steps in. The only problem this couple has is keep all five of their kids seated, with proper manners... ok, a flicker of manners will do... until their meals are served. Two of the more energetic kids seem to slip away from the table to explore the rest of the restaurant... mostly in search of grabbing a handful of after dinner mints they spotted on their way in... only when the hostess isn’t looking, of course.
This painting is available for purchase a Click here for SHOP.
Satsuma's Flight, oil on canvas, 6 x 8
I named this adorable orange Satsuma or at least that’s the description the grocery store labeled her.
Satsuma’s adventure began a few weeks back in Japan. She make it thru the trans-atlantic flight in a wooden crate with the rest of her family. Into a large bucket in the Big Y produce section is where I first spotted her.
I was amazed at her rich orange color and her still fresh leaves that adorn each side of her like wings.
One would think her purpose would be to be eaten but instead she was carefully chosen and brought home to be cast in the a scene of a still life painting. The painting, see “Christmas Peace” comprised of many characters... letters, feathers friends and sappy pinecones to be exact.
But her staring role wasn’t until a week later when she make it back on stage under the radiant spotlight with her dear friend, Tinkerbell. With her “wings” still green and in-tacked her light shines brighter than ever before.
This painting is available for purchase a Click here for SHOP.
Growing up on Down River Road, my neighborhood girlfriends and I loved to set up a lemonade stand in the middle of the summer. I can remember charging a quarter a cup. One of us would sit at the card table with a very tiny sign, a few plastic cups and a pitcher of lemonade while the other three of us would jump around, doing cartwheels and yelling
“ Lemonade for Sale” at all the cars passing by.
Linda S. Marino Art
Branford, CT 06405
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