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.
First Date oil on canvas 8 x 10
Here’s another painting I was having trouble naming so again I put it out there, title-less on Facebook to see if anyone had a spark of creative word play. And sure enough my friend Karen came back with something so clever and new to me. She called it Margherita which means daisy in italian ( I didn’t know that) and lots of pizza places serve Margherita pizza which is also a type of tomato... wha-la what a great name! So how did I arrive at First Date you say?
My next post in response to Karen’s clever name was...
Linda Santelle Marino The two young tomatoes met at their favorite pizza place, ordered a margherita pie for two. He surprised her with a handful of freshly picked daisies... She smiled and sweetly kisses him on the cheek.
February 29 at 8:37am · Like · 1
and Karen’s response:
Karen Aldo Brown "First Date"
February 29 at 8:42am ·
So there you have it.... “ First Date”
Peppers and Posies, oil on canvas, 6 x 6
When it comes to setting up still life objects to paint in my studio I look for ways to find harmony and contrast together. It helps to create a dynamic composition. The three elements I carefully chose were the solid for of the red peppers, the transparency of the glass jar and the delicate white petals of the daisies. So they may start off as objects but something magical happens as I'm concentrating so intently on painting. The objects begin to take on a life, a character. You know kind of like, well... Pinnocchio.
Even though the peppers stole the show in this composition, the sweet delicate little daisy lower her head and reached out her hand to greet her fellow actor in the play called... “Peppers and Posies”.
Big thanks to my friend Joy for helping me title this one!
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The Fruit of the Spirit Oil on canvas 8 x 10
As I was cleaning out the hall closet this morning I came across this red Harry and David holiday box that my mom sent us for Christmas. I knew I was saving the box for something...
I was inspired to create this piece based on a bible verse that goes..
“but the fruit of the spirit is love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23)
A Fresh Perspective No. 1 Oil on canvas 11 x 14
The inspiration for this painting came to me the morning after I painting the Glowing Grapefruit with Wings... the raspberries and grapefruit still had a little life left in them... I finished cleaning my brushes and my first cup of coffee was already consumed....
Glowing Grapefruit with Wings Oil on canvas 8 x 10
My original intention for this still life was to paint the grapefruits and raspberries from a bird’s eye view but when I rested the half of the grapefruit in the glass bowl as I cleared off my work table... I looked up... an the inspiration light bulb went on... “ah-ha...looks like the grapefruit has glowing wings... what would happen if I placed this raspberry on top... whah-la... an Angel of Light appeared ... and a still life was born.... time to take action!
A Whole New View No. 2 Oil on canvas 8 x 8
I enjoyed painting the strawberry frosted donut so much.... my daughter and I made yet another detour to DD yesterday... this time the white glazed donut leaped out of the donut bin and cried “Paint Me, Paint Me! .... how did it know?
Pineapple in Paradise, Oil on Canvas, 11 x14
Enjoying the day at Pineapple Paradise... the family fortune was found in the treasured moments as they shared a special day together!
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.
Branford, CT 06405
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