Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Daily Painting - Portrait - Head Study 2

Head Study 2 - 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

This is a quick head study of a man. I thought that I would do some of these periodically over the next few weeks.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Daily Painting - Portrait - Head Study 1

Head Study 1 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

This is a head study of a woman. I thought that this week I would do a few of these as daily paintings. I hope that you enjoy it!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

This is the first time that I have created a painting with Christmas ornaments. These are a few of the ornaments that we use on our tree every year and I thought that the idea of using them was interesting. The composition is built around a lot of light, shine, and reflection. Because of all of the detail this painting isn't technically a daily painting, it took a couple of days to finish this one up. I hope that you enjoy it!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Limes

Limes 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

I have painted limes as part of larger paintings a few times before but never as the main subject. This painting is two limes, one whole and in the shadows and the other cut and in the light. I thought that It made for an interesting composition especially with the heavy shadow hiding most of the whole lime. Fun painting to create. I hope that you enjoy it!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Green Apples And Pear

Green Apples And Pear 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

I haven't created a painting in chiaroscuro (objects surrounded and emerging from shadow) style in a while and I thought that this was a good subject for it. This composition is a little different for me also. I typically have the light originating from the right and the largest object in the composition on the left. For this painting I have the light from the right, but I have the largest object on the right and the size of the apples diminishing toward the left. I really like the painting. I hope that you enjoy it too!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Basegall Glove

Baseball Glove 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

The subject is a baseball glove and baseball. This is actually my glove that I used for years. I had really enjoyed painting a pair of leather work boots the other day and I was talking to a friend about it and he suggested that I do the glove. I'm really glad that I did. It was a very fun painting to create. I placed the glove in a natural light setting which I think gave it a nice feel without any forced drama from heavy shadows. To me it kind of looks like it was just dropped there after someone used it. I hope that you enjoy the painting!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Pink Dress

Pink Dress 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

The subject is a pink dress on a wooden hanger. I had thought about doing this painting for several months and finally got the opportunity. The dress belongs to my daughter, and since she wasn't home I 'borrowed' it from her closet. This is a real contrast from the work boot painting that I did a couple of days ago and looking at the finished painting makes me feel happy and a little nostalgic at the same time, not sure why though. I also thought that the composition and colors were interesting, there are triangle shapes in the painting everywhere. I hope that you enjoy it.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Still Life - Work Boots

Work Boots 8 in. x 10 in. Oil OnPanel - SOLD

The subject is a pair of my old work boots. I have had different pairs of boots like these constantly since I was probably five years old. Paintings with boots and shoes as the main subject are pretty common historically in art. I think that Wyeth with 'Trodden Weed' or Van Gogh with 'A Pair Of Shoes' probably have done them the best (just my opinion). I've only done them once before in a drawing when I was in art school long ago. This painting actually took me two days to complete, so it is technically not a daily painting, but after finishing this I have to say that I'm really happy with it. I hope that you enjoy it too!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Still Life - Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 8 in. x 10 in. Oil OnPanel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

The subject a pumpkin on a silver serving platter. After I finished the painting something about it made me think of Thanksgiving day. I don't know if it was the platter or the fall pumpkin, or the colors, but that is what this painting reminds me of. From a compositional perspective I liked the oval pumpkin, the oval platter, and the oval shadow contrasted against the rectangular table and wall. I hope that you enjoy this painting!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Still Life - Five Pumpkins

Five Pumpkins 8 in. x 10 in. Oil OnPanel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

The subject is five pumpkins that I had left over from halloween. I really like painting them and I thought that the variety of colors and sizes of each of the pumpkins made for an interesting composition. I hope that you enjoy it!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Commissioned Portrait - Shelley

Commissioned Portraits 20 in. x 24 in. Oil On Linen Canvas - COMMISSION A PORTRAIT.

Commissioned head and shoulders portrait. Select the link above if you are interested in commissioning a portrait.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Landscape - Tin Barn

Tin Barn 16 in. x 20 in. Oil On Linen Canvas - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

THIS IS A FULL SIZED PAINTING, NOT ONE OF THE SMALLER DAILY PAINTINGS THAT I TYPICALLY LIST ON EBAY.

This is an old red tin barn in a field down the road from my house. The farm is probably a hundred acres, mostly fields that they raise goats on. I have driven past this scene many times and always wanted to paint it. This day had nice Fall sunlight across the field and barn. I really liked the red color and shape of the barn, and of course the sunlight on the field. I hope that you enjoy the painting!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Commissioned Portrait - Griffin

Commissioned Portraits 20 in. x 24 in. Oil On Linen Canvas - COMMISSION A PORTRAIT.

Another commissioned head and shoulders portrait. Select the link above if you are interested in commissioning a portrait.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Commissioned Portrait - Holly

Commissioned Portraits 20 in. x 24 in. Oil On Linen Canvas - COMMISSION A PORTRAIT.

I am currently doing commissioned head and shoulders portraits. Select the link above if you are interested.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Landscape - Early Fall Tree

Early Fall Tree 11 in. x 14 in. Oil On Linen Canvas - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

THIS IS A FULL SIZED PAINTING, NOT ONE OF THE SMALLER DAILY PAINTINGS THAT I TYPICALLY LIST ON EBAY.

This is a Hackberry tree that is ahead of the other trees in the area with its Fall colors here in Tennessee. I'm always amazed at what interesting things are around us when we take the time to look for them. This tree and field were right off of a relatively busy side road that leads out into the country. I almost didn't even see it when I was driving. I really liked the contrast of the colors in the tree against the field where most of the trees in the distance are still predominately summer green. To be honest I really like this painting, I hope that you enjoy it too!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Still Life - Before Halloween

Before Halloween 18 in. x 24 in. Oil On Linen Canvas - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

THIS IS A FULL SIZED PAINTING, NOT ONE OF THE SMALLER DAILY PAINTINGS THAT I TYPICALLY LIST ON EBAY.

This painting is of a pumpkin sitting on an old cabinet in my studio. Pumpkins are one of my favorite subjects and every Fall I try to do one or two paintings of them. From a compositional perspective this painting was all about the shapes. There are squares and rectangles reflected throughout, and the only thing in the painting that isn't composed of right angles is the pumpkin. Very fun to paint. I hope that you enjoy it!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Fall Squash

Fall Squash 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

Squash and Pumpkins are some of my favorite things to paint. This painting has an Acorn Squash, a Carnival Squash, and a very small Pumpkin Squash. These items are life size on the panel and were perfect size for an 8x10 painting. I really like the neutral colors of the squash, kind of a slight greenish color on the Acorn and Carnival squash, and a pale orange on the pumpkin. I hope that you enjoy the painting!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Landscape - Summer Harvest

Summer Harvest 20 in. x 30 in. Oil On Linen Canvas - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

THIS IS A FULL SIZED PAINTING, NOT ONE OF THE SMALLER DAILY PAINTINGS THAT I TYPICALLY LIST ON EBAY.

This painting is of a corn field in Kansas that is across the road from one of my family members. For me there is something attractive and strangely comforting about these fields after the corn has been harvested. I especially like them in the winter when they are covered with frost and snow. This field was harvested this month. The setting for the painting is in the afternoon around 5:00pm. I was most attracted by the reddish gold colors of the field created by of the remaining corn stalks. I hope that you enjoy the painting!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Landscape - Cabin Window

Cabin Window 16 in. x 20 in. Oil On Linen Canvas - SOLD

THIS IS A FULL SIZED PAINTING, NOT ONE OF THE SMALLER DAILY PAINTINGS THAT I TYPICALLY LIST ON EBAY.

This painting is of a window in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains, the cabin is well over 100 years old. The painting is somewhat of an abstract to me, its all about the squares of the window panes, and the rectangles of the walls, window frame and sill. But it was the sunlight in the window that originally attracted me to it, the light was very intense and it darkened the inside of the room around the window. The glass panes are old and frosted from time around the frames. I really liked the idea making the window the main subject of the painting and not using the cabin walls or furniture and reducing the window to a secondary role. I hope that you enjoy it!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Daily Painting - Landscape - Cattails

Cattails 6 in. x 6 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

These are cattails on a pond a few miles from my house. I had painted this pond several years ago as a full size painting. Today I wanted to try them again. The image is set in late afternoon and early evening. What I enjoyed both times that I have painted this scene is that there are essentially four stacked layers in the painting - The greenery of the cattails, the pond, the landscape in the background, and the sky, and they are all tied together with the stalk and tops of the cattails. I hope that you enjoy the painting!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Painting Things

Painting Things 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

The subjects of this painting are things that I use almost daily. I have been using this palette and brush cleaner for almost ten years, the brush is a well used no. 12 filbert, and the box is a small wooden jewelery box that I use in my paintings frequently. I think that the painting has almost an old world feel to it, but with more modern subject matter. I hope that you like the painting!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Bottle, Jug, And Apples

Bottle Jug And Apples 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

This painting a composition of several things that I like to paint. I've been painting apples and bottles for years and for this painting I added the clay jug because I thought that it gave a nice contrast to the smoother glass of the bottle. I tried to use as much natural lighting in the painting as I could, and used a grayish background to help emphasize the colors of the subject. I hope that you enjoy the painting!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Brown Jug And Apple

Brown Jug And Apple 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

This is a brown clay jug that a good friend of mine has. I borrowed it to paint primarily for the contrast between the shiny top of the jug and the matte bottom. When I set this up I thought that the yellow of the apple really added some nice color to the muted colors of the background and the jug. I hope that you enjoy the painting.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Fresh Bread

Fresh Bread 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

This is bakery bread from a local grocery store. I had painted doughnuts once but never bread and I have to say that it was really really fun to paint. I used a more diffused light than normal for me when setting this up, and placed it in front of a dark maroon colored background to bring out the golden colors in the bread. Very enjoyable day painting this. I hope that you like it too!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Roses In A Jar

Roses In A Jar 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

These are very small roses in a Mason Jar. The roses came from a plant in our backyard. My wife picked them when they opened over the weekend, put them in the jar and placed it on the kitchen table. This was probably a set-up by her for me, but I saw them this morning and decided to paint them. I really enjoy painting glass so for me this was a fun painting to work on. I like the pink of the flowers against the grayish background. I hope that you enjoy it.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Tomatoes In A Bowl

Tomatoes In A Bowl 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

These are more tomatoes from my son's plants. The idea of putting them in the fiesta-ware bowl was my wife's, and it turned out to be a good idea I think. I wanted this painting to be a reminder of summer, so it needed to have a lot of light and I think that the yellow bowl really helped to brighten everything up even more. I'm really happy with the painting, I hope that you like it too!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Pears On A Limb

Pears On A Limb 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

These are more pears from my mother-in -law's tree. I took the limb and the pears home to work on this. I originally planned to use a sky blue background on the painting, but after setting this up in the studio I decided on a grayish-green background, and I'm glad that I did. The painting is part still life and part landscape, and I really liked the effect of a studio type background against these pears. I hope that you like the painting too!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Katie's Pears

Katie's Pears 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

These pears are from one of my mother in-law's pear trees. I took them from the tree yesterday afternoon to paint them. I wanted to get a jump on them because most of them somehow disappear from the tree as they start to ripen. For this painting I was most interested in the lighting and the really neat looking stems and leaves. I hope that you enjoy the painting!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Bottlenecks

Bottlenecks 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

These are three bottles that I had in my studio. I painted this for the contrast in the colors and transparency of the bottles. I thought that painting the top half of them added an interesting effect since unless you know what type they are there is a little bit of mystery to the painting. The bottles actually are port wine, sparkling water, and an energy drink. I hope that you enjoy it.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Mango, Plum, And Apricot

Mango, Plum, And Apricot 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

This painting is the result of a trip to the grocery store this morning. I'd painted a mango and an apricot only one time before and I thought that the the color of the fruit was fantastic. So I put them against a grayish gold-white background to try to enhance the colors. The composition kind of looks like the mango is lording over the little plum and apricot. I'm happy with the painting, especially the colors. I hope that you like it too!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Three Tomatoes

Three Tomatoes 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

These are three tomatoes that came from our small garden. I wanted to paint these primarily because they are in different stages of ripeness. I suspect that the one on the left will be on the dinner table tonight, however it has been forever immortalized in paint! In the end I'm very happy with the result of the painting. I hope that you enjoy it too.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Ear Of Corn

Ear Of Corn 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

This painting is the result of a trip to the farmers market over the weekend. I put this particular ear outside to dry out on Sunday and I'm really glad that I did. I really like the look of it after it lost some of the green on the husk. I wasn't so much after trying to make this a painting of a food item, for me this was more of a portrait of this specific ear of corn. I hope that you enjoy it.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Scallion

Scallion 6 in. x 6 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

We went to the farmers market yesterday and bought a variety of produce, this painting is of one of the scallions that we bought. To be honest most of the scallions that I have seen were golf ball sized, this one is really large. This is a 6 in. x 6 in. painting and the scallion is just slightly over life sized. I thought that his made an interesting composition, just one onion in the sunlight with a simple white-gray background. I hope that you enjoy the painting!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Daily Painting - Landscape - Summer Field And Grove

Summer Field And Grove 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

This is a grove of trees on a farm about a quarter of a mile from my house. This part of the field has not been mowed and it has been so hot in Tennessee the last week and a half that the grass in the field has turned yellow-gold. This scene was early this morning when the light was good (and it was marginally cooler outside). What I really liked about the scene was the sunlight in the field behind the trees and those nice early morning shadows. I hope that you enjoy the painting.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Geraniums In A Terracotta Pot

Geraniums In A Terracotta Pot 6 in. x 6 in. Oil On Panel - BID ON OR BUY THIS PAINTING.

When I first saw those red geraniums I really wanted to paint them. I spent a good deal of time trying to set this up with the right background colors that would allow me to exploit as much of the flower and pot color as possible. And I really did not want to paint this one with hard, angular light. I tried to paint in as much natural, atmospheric light as could. In the end I'm very happy with the result, and I hope that you enjoy it too.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Clementines In A Paper Bag

Clementines In A Paper Bag 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

I used a brown paper bag in the painting that I did last Thursday and I wanted to have a go at it one more time. This is another painting where I was interested in contrasts, primarily the bright orange of the Clementines against the monochromatic paper bag, and the smoothness of the oranges against the more analytical creases in the bag. I also intentionally limited myself on the colors that I used. I picked and mixed the colors that I needed to create the oranges and paper bag and then used variations of only those colors for the background and table top. There is cadmium orange in every part of this painting. Really fun painting to create. I hope that you enjoy it.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Peppers In A Bag

Peppers In A Bag 6 in. x 6 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

I had so much fun painting the four peppers that I painted the other day that I wanted to have a go at it again today. I liked the contrast between that smooth translucent pepper and the crumpled up opaque paper bag. This was an interesting piece to work on because the pepper has so much color and the bag is monochromatic and much more analytical to paint. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Daily Painting - Landscape - Summer Field

Summer Field 6 in. x 12 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

The subject is a farm field. This was in the early evening and the sunlight was still directly hitting the field but the view point is from a more tree lined area in the shadows. The goldish green of the wheat field was really amazing in the sunlight. When this painting is under the light the field really glows. I hope that you enjoy the painting.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Daily Painting - Landscape - Summer Hay

Summer Hay 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - Bid on or buy this painting.

The subject is a hay roll in a field near my home. The field was just mowed and the hay rolled over the weekend. This morning the weather was very clear and cool (relatively speaking) for this time of year so it was a perfect opportunity to paint this. My hope was to try to capture that natural clear morning light on the subject and the field. Fun painting to work on. I hope that you enjoy it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Four Peppers

Four Peppers 8 in. x 10 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

For me this painting is all about the color in those bell peppers. I saw them in the store and immediately decided to paint them. I really wanted to get that semi-translucent glow that the red, orange, and yellow peppers have. I used a gray-brown background and a reddish oak table when I set them up to accentuate the colors. I painted the red pepper on the left first and after it was finished I felt strongly that I had something going with the painting, and in the end I absolutely love the painting. I hope that you like it too.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Daily Painting - Landscape - Lily

Lily 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

The subject is a lily and pads in a pond. This is a lily in the late afternoon on a pond in Kansas. This area of southeastern Kansas around Pittsburg and Frontenac is loaded with beautiful ponds that were created from the coal mining there decades earlier. This scene was the result of one of those singular moments that you get if your lucky, when the light, the subject, and the surrounding structure are just right. There is nothing contrived in this painting. I just happened upon a pond with a single lily in the sunlight at the right time of day. Wonderful opportunity for a painting. I hope that you enjoy it.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life - Turnips, Eggplant, And Onions

Turnips, Eggplant, And Onions 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

The subject is two turnips, an eggplant, and a bunch of green onions. The most important thing for me in this painting was the light. Painting this chiaroscuro, where parts of the subject emerge from darkness is probably what is most natural for me. The end result of this is that I am very happy with the painting. I hope that you enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Daily Painting - Landscape - Cove On Monhegan Island

Cove On Monhegan Island 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

The subject is a small rocky cove on Monhegan Island in Maine. Okay, if you read my description from the painting that I did yesterday I gushed on and on about the beauty of the Maine coastline. So I will refrain from repeating myself today. This painting was done today (6/6/12) from photos that I had taken from a trip to Maine a while back. This is a small cove, one of thousands, on Monhegan Island. I love the blue water, the rocks, and the bright sunshine of the subject. I have to say that I have really enjoyed working on the last two paintings. I hope that you enjoy them too.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Daily Painting - Landscape - Morning Fog - Pemequid Point, Maine

Morning Fog - Pemequid Point, Maine 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

I live in an absolutely beautiful state (Tennessee), but I honestly believe that the state of Maine is in a category all its own, it is painfully beautiful. Every linear mile has about ten things that you could spend a day painting. This was painted today (6/5/12) from a series of photos that I took on a trip to Maine a while back. While I was there I did a number of plein air paintings and took a lot of photos to reference back in the studio. That particular morning I was working on another painting in the other direction toward the lighthouse. An hour and a half later the sun came out, the fog cleared, the sky turned bright blue, and this scene looked completely different. As a painter it is next to impossible to do justice to a subject like this, but it is a lot of fun trying! I hope that you enjoy it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life- Silver, Porcelain, and Lemon

Silver, Porcelain, and Lemon 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - Bid on or buy this painting.

The subject is a silver cocktail shaker, a porcelain cup and saucer, a porcelain demitasse cup, and a lemon. The silver was a gift to me by a friend, the cup and saucer are from my wife's wedding china, the demitasse cup was from a set purchased before the coffee shop era when I made my own expresso. I really liked the smoothness and perfection of the china and the silver contrasted with the rougher, more abstract shape of the bright yellow lemon. I consider this to be a daily painting, however I did spend a bit more time on it to render the porcelain and the silver shaker. I hope that you enjoy the painting.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life- White Mums

White Mums 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - SOLD

The subject is four white mums in a red vase. For me this painting was about the lighting on the flowers and this amazing red glazed vase that my wife has. It took a while to get this set up the way that I wanted but in the end the I loved the effect. This was a very fun painting to work on. I hope that you enjoy it.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life- Carrots In A Saucepan

Carrots In A Saucepan 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - Bid on or buy this painting.

The subject is a bunch of carrots in a stainless steel saucepan. This is the first time that I have used carrots as the main subject of a painting. I really liked the effect of the bright orange of the carrots contrasted with the blues and grays reflected in the pot. Keeping that in mind I felt that the bright color of the carrots and the reflections of the pot were enough to complete the composition, so I stayed with a bluish gray background and the whitish counter top with no other parts to the composition other than the green stalks flowing down and across the painting. I'm very happy with the outcome. I hope that you like them too.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life- Apple

Apple 6 in. x 6 in. Oil On Panel - Bid on or buy this painting.

The subject is a single apple. Typically when I do a still life subject like an apple I paint it chiaroscuro where the subject emerges from a dark area of the canvas or panel and the light originates typically from the right but at a lower angle. Today I wanted to paint this apple with a light background and with the lighting originating from the right, but higher up. This apple was full of yellow, gold, sienna, and orange colors. I really like the effect of those colors against the lighter blue-grayish background and table colors. I hope that you enjoy the painting.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life- Geraniums

Geraniums 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - Bid on or buy this painting.

The subject is a terracotta pot of Geraniums. Normally when I do a still life it is in the studio, this was painted plein air The flowers were grown by my sister in law and I painted them from their back yard. It was very sunny and very hot in middle Tennessee over the weekend but I was able to put my easel in the shade when I was painting and listened to the Indy 500 on the radio. Made for a fun day of painting. I hope that you enjoy this one.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Daily Painting - Still Life- Thistle

Thistle 5 in. x 7 in. Oil On Panel - Bid on or buy this painting.

The subject is a thistle in a clear glass decanter. Every week I try to do one painting that is a stretch from the norm. Today was the day for this week. As far as plants and flowers go the thistle doesn't get a whole lot of respect, get one in your yard and out comes the Round-up or shovel. But honestly if you really look at them they are interesting plants, and bees absolutely love them. This one came from a patch of thistles in a field down the road. I brought it home and wasn't sure how I was going to paint it, and I ended up putting it in this cognac decanter. I think that the contrast of this rough, thorny flower in the thin, fragile decanter is really neat. By the time I finished I really loved the painting. Kind of reminds me of Braveheart if you remember the thistle scenes. I hope that you enjoy it.