April 26, 2012

"Cracked up"

These are the egg shells from our breakfast a few days ago.   I wanted to paint them on a board that would draw attention to the "line up" so these are on 3x6.  I'll be trying out a floating frame on it.  The light was low and from the left side so it cast a cool shade on the right and warm on the left.  The shells also picked up some reflection from the wood cabinet they were posed on...

oil on linen panel

April 20, 2012

Ivory Fiesta and Green Grapes

a vintage Fiesta Egg cup from my personal collection.  This time, I've draped some green grapes in the cup and over the side - set up under low light  so the varied values of the grapes will add additional drama to the end result...    I painted this set up on my not so new wood filing cabinet I picked up at the antique show in Round Top earlier this month.

Oil on Linen

April 16, 2012

Blue Enamel Coffee Cup

This is a coffee cup my daughter got for her Granddad many years ago.  Mom passed away a few months back and we found it on her desk with the original note in child's print still inside.

We had eggs for breakfast and I noticed a tiny bit of egg yolk attached to the membrane of one of the shells so it got front and center treatment... :)

Oil on linen panel

2012 Salon International

WOW!  What an AMAZING weekend!  I'm still awe struck for having the opportunity to be a part of such a magnificent exhibit.  Out of the 430 pieces that were selected for the exhibit, approximately 1/5 of them received a ribbon or major award.  (My award was just being selected to participate!)   I had the opportunity to meet some of the top artist from around the country... very humbling experience.   Art was selected from artists residing in seventeen counties and forty-three states.  Lots of eye candy!  Here is one of the walls at the exhibit...

My piece "A Delicious Subject" is centered. 

I'd like to encourage you (if you live in the Central Texas area) to visit the exhibit.  I promise - if you like traditional art, whether it be still life, western, figurative - you won't be disappointed.   The exhibit runs until May 5th at 
Greenhouse Gallery
San Antonio, Texas

April 12, 2012

Pottery w/Orange

This is a small piece of pottery I picked up at an auction.  I really liked the speckled finish and the shape of it.  I staged it the same time I did the Turquoise Fiesta piece with the orange except this time I dangled it off the edge of the slab...  I used a low light setting with the light set up just above the piece and to the left of center (to create the shadows).  The low light helped to create a bit more of a dramatic effect.

Oil on linen panel

April 10, 2012


I have painted several enamelware  objects recently and love the way the enamel plays on steel - especially when there are use marks that add character.  In this case, I wanted to paint the cup with another light object and the mornings egg shells just seemed appropriate..  :)

Oil on Linen Panel

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April 9, 2012

Braeburn Apple

Here's a Braeburn Apple.  I painted this one whole and will paint it with a slice removed...  before I devour it!  :)   I love that we have so many different types of apples and each one has it's own taste and color characteristics...   You'll probably see more as my daily subjects because I tend to keep them around (a favorite fruit...)

Linen on Panel
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April 6, 2012

Fiesta w/Orange

Hello Friends!  I love Fiesta (as if you haven't figured it out!)  The vibrant colors make me smile.  We use it for everyday but I also  have a collection of vintage (still growing),  and enjoy using pieces in my still life compostions.  This one is a turquoise egg cup.  I'm not sure why they call these pieces egg cups because they are too large for one egg and it would take too many to fill it up..  :)

Oil on Linen
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April 5, 2012

Reflection of a Berry

This is another daily.  I went to Round Top (bi-annual antique Fair)  yesterday and found just the thing to use for the wood "table" for my still life set ups.  I'll be using it to paint some of my dailies and for some of the larger paintings in the future...

linen on Panel
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April 3, 2012

A few Dailies - "Juicy"

It's been a while since I've posted.  I've decided to do some daily art.  I planned on five days a week but the flu slowed me down so I've only been able to get about ten done in three weeks.  My plan is to alternate these with the larger projects which I will continue to pursue.  Thought I'd start sharing some of the dailies with you...     This one is "Juicy"  Hope you enjoy.

Linen on panel

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