Thursday, September 30, 2010

day twenty

"Cubanelle peppers" 6 x 8  oil on panel

I found these at the Farmer's Market on Watson Rd. (66)... They have a few unusual bits of produce there.  The shapes of these are really interesting. I didn't cook them and eat them so I don't know if they are hot.  They spent a little too long in the studio !  I just googled them and found out they are actually a sweet pepper and similar to a banana pepper.  Amazing what you can find on google... and so fast, too !

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

day nineteen...

"Baby Hosta"  6 x 8 oil on panel

My friend Kathy and I always pot lots of overflow from our gardens into little pots to sell at our annual garage sale.  Our sale this year had load ferns, and solomon's seal and hosta.    This little guy was left over and so I put him into a cute clay pot I picked up another garage sale...  If it weren't for garage sales and estate sales my house would probably be about empty.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

day eighteen

"Falls Bounty Variation"   6 x 8 oil on panel

I've been working with color and trying to achieve an effect.  I do love this background color.  I wear it quite a bit.

Monday, September 27, 2010

day seventeen

"Fall's bounty"  6 x 8 oil on panel

I love apples. My new favorites are Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, and Fuji.  I don't remember any of these types when I was young.  We had red and golden delicious, winesap, jonathans, and Rome beauties.  I guess we had Granny Smith, too.     

 These I picked for their mixture of pleasing colors for painting...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

day sixteen...

"Here's lookin' at you, kid"  6 x 8 oil on panel

This little bird sits with my collection of several on my kitchen window sill.  My grandbaby Katie used to love to hold it while she would sit on the counter and watch me cook...  Do you like the colors?  

Saturday, September 25, 2010

day fifteen

"Nectarines"  6 x 8 oil on panel

I always thought of nectarines as the same color as peaches.   Not so at all.   The vibrancy of the nectarines is very different when I looked closely.  Guess I never paid that much attention.  Painting really sharpens my attention to such things.

Friday, September 24, 2010

day fourteen

"Are you hot?, or is it just me?"  6 x 8 oil on panel

Thursday, September 23, 2010

lucky thirteen...

"Wanna Spoon?"  6 x 8  oil on panel

These two just looked like they were cuddled up together, thus, the name..  Yesterday, I had a real "breakthrough" concerning color.  I had the best time experimenting with it. I guess that's what perseverance gets ya !!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

day twelve

"Big Red"  6 x 8 oil on panel

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

day eleven

"Plated peppers" 6 x 8 oil on panel
 I need to work on composition, so here is the introduction of the plate to the mix.  I know, not too exciting, I'm just taking baby steps here...

Monday, September 20, 2010

day ten

"Buddies"  6 x 8 oil on panel
Tried for a little different perspective here, and I liked the way they ended up.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

day nine.

   "Sweet Yellow"  6 x 8 oil on panel
I love the undulation of the pepper skins, the wonderful variety of colors they come in, and the absolutely great highlights you can get with a single source of light.   This one is from the Farmer's Market on Argonne, in Kirkwood.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

day eight

"Red Pears"  6 x 8 oil on panel.
Pears come in red, too.   I really never paid much attention to these until now.   This pair looks very cozy all nestled up together.

Friday, September 17, 2010

day seven

"Lonely little pear"  6 x 8 oil on panel.
This is actually the very first painting I did on this new venture.  I didn't like it, but my friend, and wonderful artist Jennifer, really like it so I decided to post it's lonely little self.  I look at it as a means to an end...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

day six

"Three of a kind beats two pear"  6 x 8 oil on panel
Another pear painting.  Love the mixture of green and red on the skin.  It's a natural complementary combination which makes it kind of "paint" itself.  

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

you guessed it, day five...

               "Apples and Pears, Up the Stairs"  6 x 8 oil on panel
I did several pear paintings, the shape so lends itself to be painted !
     You know how all those articles on body type ask you if you are apple or pear shaped?  now I think I get it.... ( I'm an apple)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

day four

                                   "The perfect food" 6 x 8 oil on panel
I think I like this second banana bunch a little better, because of the angle.  I like the way the tops capture the negative space in between.   This one has  bit of orange if you look closely. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

day three...

     Got up at 5:15am to paint today in order to get to exercise class by 9:00... Unfortunately, I had a bit too much coffee in those 3 hours of painting, and the exercise had to be cut short, my heart was racing....(nothing serious, just need to do DECAF on those mornings, ha !!)
     I love the shape of bananas in a bunch.  They are graceful and also SO good for you !   I love them, but unfortunately, they have to be exactly right.... (not too young, and not too old, ha !)
     Here's my first banana attempt, entitled, "Goin' Bananas".  It's a 6 x 8 oil on canvas panel.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

day two...

As I've seen from many other daily painting blogs, most artists set up an arrangement and then paint a series of several different compositions of the same elements.   Here's day two's version of the complementary color scheme with the green apple and the red cherries,  "Yummy ingredients"  oil on panel, 6 x 8.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Daily Painting? we'll see...

This is the beginning of a brand-new blog.  After not posting for what seems like "forever" on my roxywiththemoxy site, I decided to begin again.   This blog will be for paintings I've done as a daily exercise (or almost daily) to loosen my painting style.  For those of you familiar with my last series of portraits, you know that they were very realistic, and I had fun painting them, but now want to try and expand my work and create a more painterly style.   My first painting is a 6 x 8 oil on panel called "Cherries Jubilee"... It still is realistic, but I'm just getting started down the road to the looser style.