Thursday, June 28, 2012

Oakleaf Hydrangeas Painting #45

     Love the colors on these oakleaf hydrangea blossoms.  Paired here with some pale pink roses..... HOT HOT HOT DAY today.... hottest day in St. Louis since 1931 !

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Coneflowers Painting #44

I'm having such fun with the daisies and coneflowers, and they are right at my fingertips, out past the front door.... fun....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Orange Coneflowers Painting #43

     I planted these orange coneflowers 2 years ago, not expecting too much.  This year, they've actually come up very pretty.... Love the variation, because I have the traditional reddish ones too.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

In the Studio Painting #42

     These daisies last a long time.... they are interesting to paint, because of the slight shadows that fall along the petals.  Included with the mason jar is the old zinc screw-on lid.

For brush cleaning tips, go to the following post......

Brush Cleaning Tips...

     We all know how fun cleaning brushes is, don't we?   Especially when you are dead-tired, and it's 11:00 at night...  Well, I've found something that makes it so much easier. (I used to use Dial soap, and rub the heck out of them, leaving them all splayed and frazzled)

     Step 1- Remove excess paint on paper towels

     Step 2- Into the Odorless mineral spirits, and another wipe on the towel.

     Step 3-  Fill half of a child play ball (rubbery and pliable, and about the size to fit in your hand- mine was from Walgreens) with Murphy's Oil Soap. 

     Step 4-  Rub each brush thoroughly in the soap, rinse ...

     Step 5-  If you are not painting for awhile, clean one more time in the Brush Cleaner and  rinse again, before storing !             

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Studio Leftovers Painting #42

     While trying to get inspired to set up a new still life, yesterday, I looked down and saw this.... viola !  Leftover, who knew ?..ha ha

Friday, June 15, 2012

Single Daisy Painting #41

     The daisies are huge and prolific this year, just like the other spring blooms.   Here's a single one, all sturdy and almost 'smiling'...  ha ha

 I redid the background, so it wasn't so intense.  Which do you prefer?
this pic was originally posted in June, 2012...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Frontyard Daisies Painting #40

     The daisies are beautiful, just like all the other flowers this spring.   They grow straight and tall, and are SO sturdy.  I have two huge plants by the front walkway.  I added a few of the roses on a stem, to give a little more color.     

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sunny Bedroom Painting #39

Something different, for a change, larger size (18 x 24), acrylic, rather than oil, different subject, too... ha ha !  

The first painting was done in acrylics, and really not totally finished either, but, anyhoo, the second (and final one) I finished in oil.   I like the colors in the second version MUCH better... how about you ?


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Lace Caps and Easter Lily Painting #38

     These Lace cap hydrangeas are called "Twist and Shout", and are really full of blooms this year.   The Easter lily was a surprise, left over from the previous owner !