Tag Archives: glass

Choosing a background to set the mood for your still life painting

I’ve been looking at the work of different painters I admire (Manet, some contemporaries and Emil Carlsen in particular) to understand not only how they achieve realism, but also a sense of harmony or quietude in their work. I notice … Continue reading

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Alla prima still life with Roses and Wine

Tom bought these white roses for me last Saturday. As if ellipses weren’t challenging enough! Painting roses adds to the difficulty, I’m beginning to understand that simpler is better. This still life is an 11×14 oil on panel – painted … Continue reading

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Dark Pink Roses symbolize ‘Gratitude’

I read that dark pink roses symbolize ‘gratitude’ and that’s what I’m feeling lately. Grateful for friends, family and other special people I’ve had the good fortune to come across in my life. This painting is a 12×12 oil on … Continue reading

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A Round Painting…

This painting of our backyard sunflowers in a mason jar will have a circular cutout mat. In the meantime, I made a digital mat for it. It measures approximately 14 inches in diameter and is an oil on panel. The … Continue reading

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Color and Pattern

Playing here with complementary colors, textures (glass, fabric) and a selection of flowers from our backyard… This is an oil painting on panel and measures 11×14.

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Carpe Diem

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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Take Three – Summer Dreamin’

I think after you reach a certain point as an artist, one of the worst sins in painting is to be boring. That’s why I decided to take full artistic license with this and to repaint the background. The last version … Continue reading

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Taking Another Swing…

I wanted to take another swing at this subject, because my drawing/perspective was so bad on the first try. I think this is somewhat improved as far as the jar lid shape and size. For this version, I used a … Continue reading

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Jar of Shells

A quick study from today. This little assemblage has been taking up space for awhile now – thought it was time to dust it off and paint it! The painting is an 8×10 oil on panel.

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Plein Air Still Life

Just a quick plein air study today from my backyard set-up. After near collisions with kamikaze hummingbirds and a few mosquito bites, I managed this 9×12 oil on panel! It’s hard out there for a plein air artist (loved every … Continue reading

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