painting: still life with tulips and lemons

I was interested in the deep shadows cast over the bowl of citrus fruit. Several of the fruit recede out of view, while the tulips pop forward with their fiery brightness. The composition is balanced in a way I found perfect. I painted from a reference photo graciously shared by Hong-Trang Nguyen. 11″x14″ oil onContinue reading “painting: still life with tulips and lemons”

paintings: a yellow rose

From my garden. I think this rose is called Moonlight Romantica. It’s the plant’s first year in the ground, so I’ve seen only a handful of blooms. Is your garden blooming profusely? Mine is not. I think I need a LOT more soil amendments before I’ll see much happening. I’m glad that we get rainContinue reading “paintings: a yellow rose”

paintings: lemons, a chickadee, and more tulips

When I saw the reference photo (shared by Mary Beth Harrison) for these lemons, I was impressed by the vividness of the colors. The deep shadows play so well against the yellow, and the overall simplicity of the shapes is calming. I love it. 9″x12″ oil on cradled wood board, available here. This little chickadee’sContinue reading “paintings: lemons, a chickadee, and more tulips”

painting: bee and lilac flower

Summer is underway! A few of days of this heat, and I find myself absurdly wishing for winter again. Well, not really. I wish for the temperate days of October, right before winter begins. But there’s only 3 or so or those days, and then it’s just too cold. Doesn’t the cold seem welcome rightContinue reading “painting: bee and lilac flower”

paintings: tulips, and a rabbit

 A sweet little chickadee adds a touch of whimsy to a formal flower arrangement. I reworked the background color, changing it from gray to yellow. There are bits of gray showing through, which adds visual interest. I painted from a reference photo shared by Wendy Hodgkins Corniquet. 16″x20″ oil on cradled wood board. Available here.Continue reading “paintings: tulips, and a rabbit”

3 paintings: a crow, a horse, a pug

I didn’t save the name of the person who took the reference photo (bad Sandra), but it was a photo shared on Free Reference Photos for Artists. 12″x12″ oil on cradled wood board. Available in my Etsy shop. I love how the moment is very different from most crow images. From a photo shared byContinue reading “3 paintings: a crow, a horse, a pug”