Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
This one is a sentimental favorite from my 1950's/1960's (and beyond!) childhood. What can I say? It's been a long childhood. I find that I long for the Christmases of that era in recent years. Bing Crosby on the hifi, ice tinkling in a glass, glamorous flocking and icicles on the tree...is it inevitable nostalgia? the influence of Mad Men? This guy still plays!
Friday, December 18, 2015
We all have our family holiday traditions. My mom, Mavis, made fudge, Aunt Leta put together a really nice relish tray. They all made Divinity. My Aunt Yvonne, the youngest of the three sisters, always had ribbon candy beside a village scene set up in white angel hair on a mantle. My cousin Jill, the youngest of Yvonne's three daughters, sent me a piece this Christmas. I tried to capture the magical glow I felt when I spotted that candy dish perched way up high and knew there was a piece in there for me. Thanks Jill.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
I'm back! Wonderful journey in so many ways. I've got lots of memories and photographs to paint from. This is one of many balconies that gave me a glimpse into the lives inside. Apparently I'm one of those rare people who look up. In New York the locals express er, frustration with tourists blocking sidewalks to look up and around. But I highly recommend it. Some of the best bits of architecture, for one thing, are at the top. All you have to do is step aside.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
The pomegranate holds much mythology and symbolism, history (and seeds) that I thought it deserved its own portrait. It sat very still, keeping everything inside. It is an icon - fruit royalty with its little golden crown.
Friday, October 09, 2015
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
This is not only satisfying to see in one frame but it truly added to my level of discipline, time management and confidence in choosing subject, colors, composition then getting on with it and leaving those brushstrokes to speak for themselves!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Day 30 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. This has kept me busy and I feel like I don't know whether I'm coming or going at times. I am glad that this painting, because of its colors and composition, can make anyone feel quite serene.
At the time that I received this fortune in my cookie, I didn't know what it meant but it did seem prophetic so I took a photograph of it. This was a few years back but now I know what it was for. I believe I am.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
More red, round things...tomatoes! But what I really like about this, besides the intense shiny redness, is the cast shadow. These guys are playing Shadow Puppets and making a perfect pair of cherries! Homestretch of 30 in 30.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Why are these two items together? Third in the ball 'n' jacks series. A little touch of levity for the otherwise sad image of an empty bottle. I like the way the red ball evokes a clown's nose. And the bottle was too pretty to just recycle straightaway.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The composition was decided by the necessity to use a jack to keep that ball from rolling right out of the picture. But when I saw it finished, with the bright colors, sparkling jacks and the red ball high and centered, the song popped into my head and is still there. The sun is shining like a red rubber ball...
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Today's theme turns out to be Italian. The Pope arrived at the White House showing the style and good taste to arrive in a Fiat. Fortunately, it wasn't in a 2 door like mine or he'd still be stuck getting out of that backseat. I went over to my neighbor's house to discuss what to see in my first trip to her homeland next month and in particular, what to do while in Rome. And all this was after painting this solitary bulb of garlic just sitting in a pool of morning light on my countertop. Bene.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
At my produce stand, these have been called Texas Onions or Spring Onions. I think it was spring onions even though this is the first official day of Fall. Whatever. I love the light and the glow as I veer toward impressionism. Also, they were great on the grill tonight.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Plucked from my backyard bushes and sitting on my mantle, it kept catching my eye while I was reading or pretending to watch tv. I wanted to capture that underlit glow. The blue hydrangeas are beautiful but as they fade and dry there's a certain understatement and complexity that develops as they age. Like us.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
I shop at a local outdoor market and it has fruits from all over, some I have not tried before. When I shop, it is for sustenance but with an eye for potential painting subjects. The exterior of the cactus fruit intrigued me and I was thrilled by the intensity of color inside. Not so much by the very fine hairlike thorns that pierce my hands and I cannot even see. Suffering for art? Check. SOLD
Saturday, September 19, 2015
This is Black Jax. He's easy to look at but hard to photograph. 1. Because he's a little camera shy and 2. He hides in plain view on our black couch much of the time. We often ask, "Where's Jax?" and then he grins and we can see him. He allowed us to put this bow on him last Easter. He doesn't mind accessorizing on special occasions.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I'm in love with light and white so I really worked to get this right. I hope the labor doesn't show and looks effortless. That's a beauty tip, right? Trivia: the title comes from the fact that, in my little family, our first names all start with M. Even my parents names. There are a lot of things around the house with M on them.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
In our household, the daughters and I refer to these as "the happy colors". They are employed for birthday celebrations, Easter, the Spring Equinox, wherever we can get away with it. And it occurred to me as I was painting, that the pink ribbon is reaching out to us, the viewers with a coy beckoning gesture. A party? Sure, we'll be there with bows on!
Friday, September 11, 2015
I love white and all the colors held within it. Painting them is an enjoyable challenge. This minimalistic dispenser contains liquid lavender soap. Lavender is for relaxation, according to aromatherapy. It usually sits on the side of my white tub in my white bathroom. A cube of clean and relaxation waiting to be released.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
This is about 70th and Lex, on the upper east side of Manhattan. I still feel like a tourist when I wander, looking up and marveling at the architecture and trying on other people's lives in my imagination. This one is part of the Balcony Challenge on www.dailypaintworks.com, where works hang in my virtual gallery and can be purchased in real life.
Sunday, September 06, 2015
This cake was recently shared with us to celebrate our daughter and son-in-law's first wedding anniversary. The bakery makes the new couple a fresh new 3-layer cake! So much better than the freezer burned layer we saved years ago. Still, both make for sweet memories. And the paint went on like spreading frosting! Day 7.
Saturday, September 05, 2015
This is another in the stone fruit series. It's a little different in that it's painted upon a textured gesso ground. Double the brushstrokes, double the fun! And it's a white nectarine, like that matters. That little bit of glare? It's painted in! Not a faulty photo. I like that the dappled light appears as encroaching polka dots. Day 5 of 30.
Friday, September 04, 2015
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Really getting into painting the produce; colors as juicy as the fruit itself. 1.Set up still life 2.Paint still life 3.Consume still life. Repeat.
This is Day 3 for #30paintingsin30days challenge. SOLD
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
Last of the crop of ripe stone fruit caught in a beam of light, casting a long afternoon shadow. The lighting's dramatic, the brushstrokes are loose and the peach is fuzzy. I'm a little wistful about summer winding down but happy with the painting.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
I'm partial to the imperfect - the elongated egg, the lumpy lemon, the crooked smile. And I had fun finding every different yellow and pushing them around in this little lemon study.
Friday, August 07, 2015
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I rarely wear scent anymore but when I do, I wear Chanel 19. I was first presented with a spray atomizer by my girlfriends at a slumber party in high school. Maybe they chose it because my birth date is the 19th or because they too love the scent. I've restrained the palette and brushwork to evoke the sophistication I felt when I first put it on. Thank you, ladies!
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
I really appreciate all my fans, especially in the summertime. This chrome beauty really moves the air around and I do love to paint shiny things. They really get me moving the brushes around. Stay cool.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
There's something so sweet about a pair of cherries that never have let go of one another. That -and of course the color- was the inspiration to set them on this napkin of Indian fabric. Anyone who has eaten at my house will surely recognize it. It was the first set of placemats and napkins I bought to set up house in the 70's. I painted them in a watercolor still life back then.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
This is the shaker that shook the salt into the big brown grocery bags full of buttered popcorn my family would take to the drive-in. Good early memories. I can't believe I would play on the playground in pajamas though.