Hiking at Shaw Nature Reserve

10,000 Steps

Last month Tom and I hiked at Shaw Nature Reserve during a controlled prairie burn – something the caretakers do every Winter. The distant trail was closed but we could see and smell the smoke across the glade. This is a small painting done from a photo reference. The painting is 8×10 oil on panel. I called it ‘10,000 Steps’ because we wore fitness trackers and went well over that goal. I think Winter hiking is my favorite.

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Still Life, cont’d.

Still Life with China Cup and Peruvian Lilies

Another still life…I spent two painting sessions on this piece of 3-4 hours each. It’s painted on Arches Oil Paper – first time I’ve used this product. I like it very much. Seems to be quite durable and the oil hasn’t been absorbed into the paper as I feared it might. It’s textured enough to give the brush a light drag, and not slick. I did nothing to prep the paper – used it as is, out of the box. Haven’t decided yet whether I will mount it on a board or frame it with a mat, etc. The painting is approximately 12″x12″.

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Still Life, cont’d.

Peruvian Lilies - Antique Vase

Peruvian Lilies – Antique Vase

I found this vase at an antique mall – thought it would make an excellent start for a floral still life. It’s unmarked so I don’t know anything about it – thinking it’s either German or Czech or pre-war Japan. If you know the name of the maker or pattern, please let me know. The flowers were just opening as I was painting, making this as challenging as a plein air piece – constantly changing shape, color and light… The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Columbia Bottoms

Columbia Bottoms Sunrise

Columbia Bottoms Sunrise

Tom and I got up early this morning to see the sunrise. It was too foggy to see the big yellow ball from the bottoms but the effect on the sky and water was beautiful anyway. This is a 16×20 oil on panel.

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Valentine’s Day

Flowers from Tom

Flowers from Tom

This is an alla prima painting of my Valentine’s gift from Tom, 11×14 oil on panel. I love flowers, especially this time of year when we’re nearing Spring and trying to kick Old Man Winter down the stairs. This is an especially beautiful bouquet – love you, Tom.

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Still Life in a Landscape

Still Life in a Landscape

Still Life in a Landscape

16×20 Oil on Panel.

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Another Winter Day…

Still Life with Chrysanthemum and Pears

Still Life with Chrysanthemum and Pears

Although it’s snowing today, this last period of warm weather has got me anxious to see things blooming. It’s too early, so grocery store bouquets and the vases around the house will have to do for now. This vase I found a while ago at a second hand store. I’d like to know more about it, but some research will be required as it doesn’t have any markings on the bottom. If you know who made it, I’d love to hear from you. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Painting with Friends

Still Life with White Hydrangea

Still Life with White Hydrangea

Painted with a talented group of women artists today – learned a lot and laughed a lot! This painting is an 11×14 oil on panel. Thanks to Gwendolyn for getting us together.

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Camellia

CAMELLIA

Camellia

If you visit the Missouri Botanical Garden, you can see and smell (best of all) many flowering plants in Winter. This Camellia is actually flowering indoors at the garden but I thought adding sky in the background would give it more depth and interest. The painting is an 11×14 oil on panel.

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Designing an Oil Painting with a Computer

Virtual Cloud

Virtual Cloud

I took a photograph while hiking  with Tom last Summer. I loved elements of the image but it was poorly composed, over-exposed, etc. After manipulating it in the computer, I printed it and used the print-out as a reference for this oil painting.  The printed image was 6×4 and the painting is a 24×20 oil on panel. This was a fun creative experience and has got me thinking about my brushwork and color choices for future plein air work. I plan to take this knowledge to the field soon. Please let me know your thoughts about this image and thanks!

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