Conch – Study

Conch Shell

Today’s piece is a small alla prima painting of a very large shell. This is a conch from Bermuda (not collected by me). The painting doesn’t really do the shell justice – it’s beautiful with multiple color shifts and beautiful textures from smooth to jagged and rough. I might have to give this another go! This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel.

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African Violets

Violets_March

A little color for this dreary day in STL. I love grey but am ready for some more saturated color – bring it on tomorrow first day of Spring! This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel, painted alla prima today (the last day of Winter!).

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Still Life with Julep Cup

Still Life with Julep Cup

My painting for today with Chrysanthemum and Peruvian Lilies in a silver julep cup. This painting was made from life in one sitting and is an 11×14 oil on Centurion panel. I tried to keep the contrast low and to use a high key to match the subtlety of the colors in the flowers. Hope that worked!

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Valentine’s Day Flowers

Tom’s Valentine

Not much to say here, just hoping to bring some beauty to the day. 9×12 oil on Centurion panel.

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Mississippi River in Winter

Riverlands_2018_January

I painted with MOPAPA this morning and only lasted two hours. We were near the Audubon Center at Riverlands. It is so cold by the river – froze my fingers and toes! This painting was completed at home from memory. I had all the color notes completed on site, but could not work the brushes well enough with my cold hands to complete it. Shawn Cornell suggested I try finishing it from memory, which I didn’t believe I could do. Once home, I gave it a shot anyway, mostly for the challenge. It’s surprising how much you notice and store in your (albeit frozen) brain when you’re outside. This painting is a 9×12 oil on panel…c’mon Spring!

 

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It’s Cold Outside…

House Finch

We took all of the Christmas decorations down, except for this wreath! This House Finch has been resting here under the front door light every night since the cold snap started. I used reference photos to make this painting. He wasn’t afraid enough of the cold to stay there with me gawking at him. The painting is an alla prima oil on 12×16 Arches oil paper. Friends and family – this may be my Christmas card next year!

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Still Life with Fruit, Flowers and China

Still Life with China Platter

Another still life for the New Year; yellow Chrysanthemums, apples, and painted china vase and platter. This is an alla prima 12×16 oil on panel.

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Portrait Drawing

Grace

Charcoal and Conte pencil on paper.

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Still Life, cont’d.

Still Life with Pear and Apples

Another still life playing with yellows, golds and neutral, patterned fabrics in the background. This painting is an 11×14 oil on Centurion panel.

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Still Life with Green and White

Green Dream

Another 11×14 still life with some things I had and some things from the second-hand store; french fabric, a candle, a green and white painted bottle and a white luster vase. The flowers were in the clearance cart at the grocery. I am trying a new (to me) green on my palette, namely chromium oxide. I like it, but am not sure it’s really needed. I have always enjoyed mixing my own greens. It’s fun to try something new, though and this might be handy in the Spring when green really dominates. This is an oil on Centurion panel. The majority of the piece is painted alla prima, but I made a few adjustments to the shapes today (i.e. corrections).

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