Thursday, January 29, 2009

By the beer cooler light-sold

Oil on linen, 6" x 6"
I can now (finally!) accept Paypal to complete transactions, for anyone interested in purchasing a painting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jury duty

I had to go to jury duty this morning- my first time- and I brought my sketchbook with me. I'm a little rusty, drawing from life, but I got a couple of sketches that weren't too bad. We were dismissed at noon but I have to go back tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Whisk- sold

Oil on linen, 6" x 8"
This little whisk broom has been around for years. It's got a certain character to it and I've been wanting to paint it for a while.

Friday, January 23, 2009

In the jungle

Oil on linen, 6" x 8"
Another one of my new fabric remnants at work. I know you can only see a small piece of it, but it's just enough, I think. 

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Man. let me tell you... - Sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
When I'm rich and famous I think I'll hire a copywriter to come up with clever names for my paintings...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The green pot-sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
I went shopping recently and bought a bunch of new fabric remnants. Not a big deal, but sometimes it's just enough of a shot in the arm to get me excited about setting up a still life.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Grapes on plates

Oil on canvas, 12" x 12"
I usually paint still lifes during the day, using natural light. I love the softness of that light but it can be very frustrating, since I don't have a north-facing window and the light changes constantly. Sometimes, as right now, the skylight is covered with snow so it's quite dark even during the day. I did this painting at night with artificial light. I think I may be doing that more often.

Monday, January 19, 2009


Oil on linen, 6"x8"
Linen is a very expensive surface to paint on, but it's supposed to be the best. So, the other day I was buying art supplies and noticed they had a pad of 6" x 8" gessoed linen, 10 sheets, so I figured I'd try it. This is my first effort.

Friday, January 16, 2009

One rose-sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
Roses are difficult to paint but I love them- particularly the strong reds and pinks that define the center. This one actually took several hours to paint because I'd get caught up in trying to paint the petals and realize when I stepped back that I'd lost the big light/dark value pattern. It got scraped down several times.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the beach- sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
Yesterday I taught all day and had book club at night, so no time in the studio. This piece is a commission I finished over the weekend. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Friday, January 9, 2009

The bar at Clyde's- sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
Clyde's is a somewhat upscale restaurant/bar in Washington D.C. I was very impressed with all of the original oil paintings and prints hanging on their walls.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Art appreciation-sold

Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
At the National Gallery in Washington DC, a show of paintings by Jan Lievens, a contemporary of Rembrandt.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
The mall is a great place to people-watch.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The watch counter, Nordstrom's-NFS

Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
It's taken a little while to get back to the routine after not painting for a week or so. Washington DC was great, the National Gallery in particular, so many wonderful paintings, and admission is free. Our tax dollars at work!