Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two Tody Birds

Painted these little sweeties earlier this month; it may be the fourth time I've painted them. I thought this time it might be nice to have two together.

6x6 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Poppies with Stripes

You must know by now that I love stripes. Also LOVE poppies. This was painted loose as can be with palette knife. Stripes and loose seem like opposites, don't they?!

8x10 on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas

A close-up peek

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Three Littles

Have been craving color and also working on a lot of small canvases to just kind of play and experiment. The three here have juicy thick paint and really nice movement. I have had a great time painting these and hope to choose some of my favorites to do on larger canvases. 

(3) 6x6 on 7/8" gallery wrapped canvas

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Orange Elephant

It has been a long time since I've painted an elephant. I wanted to do a bright one, and am always so drawn to this color combination. He was done completely with brush, then I added some palette knife details to make it more juicy and interesting.

10x10 on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas

Here are some process photos--the last before I added palette knife:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Norm the Chocolate Lab

This painting was commissioned in December and is an example of using multiple images to do a painting. I was provided with many great images of Norm, but none of the images worked on its own. Photoshop really helped me and I played around with different elements of each photo until I had what met the needs of my client. Definitely plan to spend more time getting to know Photoshop; what a great tool!

16x16 on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas

Monday, February 9, 2015

Garden Chicken

Took this amazing photo of a mama chicken at the Northwind Perennial Gardens and have been looking at it for almost two years now. I wanted to try painting it, but was so intimidated by the intricate details on the bird; it was a challenge! Started with the brush on black, but needed to brighten up the feathers. In the end I'm really glad I introduced the palette knife because of the texture it added.

12x12 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gerbera Daisies

Here is a fine example of what my work looks like if I go at it with zero plan.

Things that I like are the colors, the composition, the looseness, the spontaneity... I loved using the brush and still LOVE painting on black and seeing the bright colors pop. This was really just me having some fun. Sometimes I need a break from trying to be a serious artist! 

8x10 on 1/8" museum quality panel

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Anemones with Stripes

Really feeling this painting--the black with gold--so dramatic with these light and airy flowers.

Purchased a tube of Williamsburg gold while bumming around in Milwaukee with my husband a few weeks ago. I had no idea oils came in gold! When I took pregnancy leave from oils and was using acrylics, gold was my thing! I'm just beyond thrilled to have it on my palette again. 

12x18 on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas