Monday, June 29, 2015

Flower Study

8 x 8 Oil on Archival Board

I set this still life up to paint as a study for a larger painting and to work out all the kinks, but now that it's finished I really like the size, looseness, and spontaneity of it.  I'm enjoying working from life.  There is a totally different feel to my paintings, I think.  I'm also still  amazed at the colors I can get from those three primaries.  I now realize that I didn't need to purchase every paint color imaginable from the Blick catalog :-) 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Splashing In


5 x 7 Oil on Gessobord

Can you feel Lula's joy?  Water, freedom, fun, a red ball, someone to throw it for her...Ahhh, Life is Good :-)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tallulah, The Water Dog

6 x 8  Oil on Archival Board

Here's Tallulah, swimmer extraordinaire.... She never went near the water except to chase the geese, and even then she wouldn't go in, only run up to the edge of the water and come back in.  The geese knew her and would jump back into the water and just wait until she returned to the house.  They were totally shocked when she bounded down and jumped in right after them.  We were afraid she would keep on going, (which she did for quite a while) but thankfully returned to the shore.  We've created a monster, but we so love to watch her joy when she swims.  This is the first in what I think will be a series of swimming paintings.  I hope you don't get bored :-)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dock House Clutter

10 x 8 Oil on Archival Board


Our dock house is a mess so my project the other day was to clean it up, but before I did I took a few photos.  The colors and textures really interested me.  If it wasn't so hot, I would have brought my easel down and painted then and there, but the AC was calling me back to my studio :-)  Thus, the dock house clutter in oil....

Monday, June 15, 2015

Storm Moving In


8 x 8 Oil On Archival Board

Storms come out of nowhere here at the lake.  It can be perfectly sunny with no rain predicted and suddenly the dark clouds roll in, the wind picks up, the lake gets choppy, and the rain appears in the distance and works its way towards us.  I always think I have to paint this but never rush to get my Gorilla box and paints.  This time, I did!  I tried to capture the misty, hazy, windy aspect and am pleased with the results.  Sometimes the spontaneous ones work the best for me.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Daisy Days

8 x 8 Oil On Archival Board

A few years ago we planted a few daisies.  Few being the key word.  This year they have taken over almost the entire front flower bed.  Guests have to push them aside or plod through them to get to our front door.  I decided to cut them and bring them in, so here are just a few that I stuck in a little vase.  I painted this as a fast study in preparation for one of the larger bouquets...Yes, I do have a number of larger bouquets all over the house.  There are still more out there that haven't opened yet.  Anyone want some daisies???

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Scaredy Cat

6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord

This is Linus, who definitely has the biggest eyes I've seen!  He looks like he's seen a really large mouse....

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dakota of Golden Meadow

8 x 10 Oil on Archival Board

This is a gift for a wonderful friend who grooms and watches over our Sproodle, Tallulah, when we are away.  The portrait is of Dakota, her beautiful Golden who recently passed on and will be missed.  Animals add so much to our lives and it seems doubly hard when they go, but their memories linger on forever.