Fresh off the Easel

‘Grandfather’s Brushes’  24”x18”
Oil on canvas – August 24, 2018

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I’ve been playing with blues and purples again, with the added complementary orange and yellow colors of the paintbrushes. These are the brushes that my grandfather McCartney used in his paintings. He was an engraver by profession, but took up oil painting in his retirement. I always wanted to be an artist like him, although I never knew him. Yet I persevered in the thought that I could have inherited his talent…still trying to discover that one.

A Departure for Me

‘Succulent Mandala’  12”x 12”
Oil on Panel – August 18, 2018

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I keep coming back to blues and purples lately. When it came time to add some surrounding succulents to the background I kinda lost interest, so just started to play. The polka dots were a touch of whimsy. The result makes it seem somehow ethereal, as if it’s a mandala floating in air. Interesting what happens when you allow the subconscious to take over.

Painting Frenzy

‘Yellow Tomato and Friends’    20″x 20″
Oil on canvas – August 12, 2018

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This one took about five hours from start to finish: setting up the still life, figuring out the composition, rough sketch, underpainting and then applying the colors with big brushes. Pretty intense! I’m pleased with the result.

France and Norway

‘Fond Memories’    12″x 16″
Oil on canvas – August 3, 2018

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I’m trying to improve my ability to set up an interesting still life. This Harney & Sons Bergamot tea from Paris and Figgjo Flint ceramic demitasse cup from Norway remind me of happy travels. Have you noticed the focus on blues and purples lately?

Glorious Morning

‘Feeling Blue’   10″x 8″
Oil on panel – July 25, 2018

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I pretty much stick with a limited palette of colors, choosing a cool and a warm hue of red, yellow and blue, plus white. But I recently added a few more, one of them being Dioxazine Purple. Can’t get enough of it!

Sock Monkey Shadow

‘Inflated Ego’   20″x 16″
Oil on canvas – July 12, 2018

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This is from July’s focus on red, white and blue, this time with a little added purple. This little sock monkey casts a big shadow. Perhaps he thinks he’s bigger than he really is.

Little Red Chair and Flag

‘Remembrance’   16″x 16″
Oil on panel – June 28, 2018

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This painting honors those who’ve gone before. The folded flag draped my father-in-law’s casket. He was a WWII veteran, retired National Guard and lifelong patriot. My mother-in-law’s favorite color was red. This little chair from her childhood brought joy to my husband and his sister in their youth, as well as to our children and now grandchildren.

Feeling Patriotic

‘Red, White and Blue’   16″x 16″
Oil on canvas – June 22, 2018

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After all of the green of the previous painting, I was itching to play with other colors. The upcoming July 4th Independence Day must have inspired this red, white and blue creation. I finished it in a little over two hours by using big brushes, a loose approach and a direct painting method. I’m getting more interested in depicting shadows.

My husband’s mother would be happy to know that her great grandchildren take such joy in playing with this little red chair. Come to think of it, there’s no indication that it’s less than 16” tall. Maybe next time place a toy nearby?

Purple Shadows

‘Agave Shadows’   20″x 20″
Oil on canvas – June 16, 2018

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The graceful shapes of this agave plant fascinated me, as well as the shadows cast on the fence beyond. This 20” x 20” canvas is larger than most of my previous paintings and, although it took more time (about 20 hours), I enjoyed the relaxed exploration of each leaf and shadow. The indirect painting method requires a lot of patience. The experience made me want to learn more about glazing.