I haven’t painted for awhile, due to some health issues. I got some inspiration from my friends Jan and James Trager in the form of this birthday bouquet. This is an 11×14 oil on panel. Hope it warms you up as much as it did me.
This is a plein air piece from last Saturday. I met my good friend Jan at Faust Park. We hadn’t painted together for some time so it was a very enjoyable outing and it made my day. We talked almost as much as we painted, which was just alright with me. The day was damp, overcast, and about 45 degrees! This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel.
Our extra-large sunflowers are popular with the critters this year. I managed to save this half-eaten head before the squirrel got every last sunflower seed. It makes a pretty dramatic subject for a drawing. The drawing is roughly 14×11, pencil on Strathmore paper. It still feels like Summer here, but Fall is coming soon. The plants and the birds seem to know in spite of the 90 degree weather!
A late Summer still life of one of the last of the sunflowers in our garden. I painted this over a still life “fail” from earlier this year. The background has remnants of that prior painting, giving this one more texture and layers. On my bucket list for the near future is to paint over some of the many failed paintings I have! They make me sad when I look at them, even though I know they have contributed to my painting education. This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel.
We’ve had so many hummingbirds at our feeders this past couple of weeks, I’m starting to dream about them. So, it had to work itself out as a painting! This is a 9×12 oil on panel.
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!
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.
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.
This is a graphite drawing and measures roughly 11×16 on Strathmore paper.