Summer Still Life

A Painter’s Table

A work-in-progress. The drawing needs some correction on this one! When finished, the painting will be a 9×12 oil on panel. I’ll be working on the ellipse of the plate and the table. I’m enjoying leaving the background partly unfinished and somewhat abstracted. Hope you like it, so far. Thanks for checking in with me, as always. Regards!

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Summer, cont’d.

Summer Table, Hydrangea and Peaches

Another still life today. Our weather continues to be hot and humid so I’m working inside to preserve my health and sanity! I have lots of great Summer subjects to paint. Here are two welcome signs of warm weather – hydrangea and peaches. This painting is an 11×14 oil on panel and was painted alla prima today.

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Summer Flowers

Summer Bouquet

This is an arrangement of flowers from our backyard. Our gardens are a bit weedy this year because I give up on them in the heat. There are still a lot of beautiful plants and weeds to collect. I’ve included petunia, hibiscus, mint, zebra grass and coneflowers, just to mention a few. This painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Pokeweed

Pokeweed

This is a graphite drawing and measures roughly 11×16 on Strathmore paper.

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Summer Drawing – Daylily

Daylily

This is not my best photo, but I haven’t posted for awhile and wanted to get this up today. This is graphite on Strathmore paper and measures roughly 11×15.

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More Koi

Koi Patterns II

Another Koi painting. I’m enjoying depicting the many colors and patterns of these beautiful fish. This painting is a 12×16 oil on panel.

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More Koi Fish

Koi Patterns I

Since it’s too hot for me to paint outside right now, I’m working indoors exploring compositions with swimming koi fish. I was inspired by a recent visit to the Japanese garden at Mobot.org here in STL. This painting is a 12×16 oil on panel.

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Making it work…

Rooted

I don’t know what kind of plant this is, but the cuttings have been in my house, growing in a glass of water since last Fall. I had good intentions and maybe now that I’ve drawn them, they will finally be potted. I have to say that I admire their stubborn refusal to give up. They grew all of those roots while waiting and I’ve been kind of fascinated to see them there through the glass. The drawing is charcoal and graphite on Strathmore paper and measures roughly 12×15.

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One person’s weed…

Butterweed

The drawing for today is of a plant that popped up in my old neighbor’s side yard. It was going to be chopped down so I collected it and made it my life model for today. The plant stood about 2 feet high. I looked it up and believe it’s called a Butterweed – a type of Groundsel. The drawing is charcoal and Nero pencil on Strathmore 500 paper.

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More drawings…

Dogwood Tree

Crawdad

As my friends and followers may have noticed, I’ve been working on drawing, lately; combining pencil and charcoal and using an eraser to pull out the highlights. I really enjoy this process. I’ve been using Strathmore’s charcoal paper and find it to be great for this type of drawing. It’s very durable and allows for layering of the mediums and pretty aggressive use of the eraser. It also has a nice woven texture. Both drawings were made using my personal photos for reference.

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