Lotus at Tower Grove Park

Lotus I

I read that the Lotus is a symbol of purity and beauty in many eastern religions. Painting with MOPAPA at Tower Grove Park in STL this morning, I can understand the reverance for these amazing plants.  The delicately colored flowers grow up on long curving stems from a shallow, muddy pond and their leaves form amazing patterns and shapes as they dance in the breeze. They were a challenge to paint because, as with all things plein air, the light and shadow patterns were constantly changing. This painting is a 12×16 oil on panel.

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Facial Expression

Awe

Another fun, expressive face – awe- perhaps? Charcoal on Strathmore vellum bristol 11×14. I used powdered, compressed and charcoal pencils for this piece.

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Facial Expression

Sceptical

Since I’ve lately been playing with charcoal drawing, I thought it might be fun and challenging to draw faces expressing different emotions. I want to practice with this medium in its various forms and I think this will be a good theme to explore. This first is ‘Sceptical’. I think she looks disbelieving but possibly open to persuasion. The drawing is 11×14 on Strathmore vellum bristol paper.  I used powdered, compressed and charcoal pencils (white and black) for this piece. I have an old photo of my mother and used it as the model for the form, but this is not a very good likeness. The photo is very small, but gives enough information to see the form of the head and the eyes. I think I’ll try for 10-12 more drawings in this series – should be fun!

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Natalie – Another Study

Natalie

Here is my second attempt to capture a likeness of my beautiful niece. I used powdered charcoal, charcoal pencils and traditional charcoal stumps and erasers for this drawing. The paper is Strathmore 400 Bristol. The drawing measures 11×14. It’s still not a perfect likeness, but I like this method – it allows for more modulated shading and textures.

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Ponce Market – Atlanta, GA

Chillin’

My sister and I visited my niece this past week in Atlanta and we had a wonderful time. She took us to several places in the city on Saturday. Among them, the Ponce Market. An old Sears catalog center has been converted to shops, restaurants and flats and we spent some time walking and shopping there. As we were leaving, I spotted these lobsters on ice in a market case. The bin they were in was actually shaped like a little boat, but I thought it might be confusing in the painting, so I made it more box-like. Not sure if this was a shop or a restaurant, but if anyone knows please message me. Atlanta is a beautiful city for walking. The painting is a 16×20 oil on panel.

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Carpe Diem

Spring Still Life

Grateful for this beautiful day… this is a plein air/alla prima still life. This painting is a 12×16 oil on panel.

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Old Webster

Azalea House

This is my other painting from the ‘Paint Webster’ event. It’s a 9×12 oil on panel.

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Gardens

Chinese Garden

This is a studio painting of the stone bridge at the Chinese garden in the Missouri Botanical Garden. I’ve painted this garden en plein air in the past and have reference photos from that and other outings. I wanted to try this subject again, since I felt the first painting didn’t do it justice. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place and I hope this piece captures just a bit of that feeling. The painting is a 24×18 oil on panel.

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Paint Webster

Peonies-Old Webster

Correction :I was honored last night when my other painting ‘Azalea House’ won the Mayor’s Choice award and the ‘Old Webster’ award at ‘Paint Webster’ in Webster Groves, Missouri. This painting is sold thanks Sara!

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Orchid

Our Orchid

I bought this orchid for $2.99 at the grocery store. It was in its dormant stage and had one flower which dropped off shortly after I got it home…sad. Now it has surpassed my wildest expectations and is full of flowers! I am indoor plant challenged, so it was definitely a coup for me to bring it to this flowering stage. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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