Sunday, April 14, 2013

Meant for one another

Tea with lemon, please.

Horse and Ginger Jar 11x14

Working with still life is a great way to focus on color harmonies and  sharpen observation skills.  Sometimes finished works feel like they belong together. I felt that way about these two. They were done a year apart, but when they ended up side by side, I felt like they were, somehow, old friends. The horse belonged to my mother-in-law and the ginger jar belonged to my mother so they belonged together too.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

All in the Family

Emma's triumphant moment


My grand-nieces are fun to paint. We don't see one another that often, so when we do I like to get a few good photos to work from. Getting together centers around vacations or weddings. Everyone is  snapping pictures so they are relaxed and that is what I like. I am not too interested in posed portraits when in comes to children. It just isn't natural for them to sit still. With more babies on the way I never run out of subject matter or Christmas ideas.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Boys will be boys!

 Investigating!   9x12
Having extended family creates a built in fan base. I have the privilege of painting my nephews sons.  Children  a favorite subject. Always on the move, and exploring are how I think of these boys. Consequently,   I use photos to work from. A good photo is essential. It is hard to capture  form without good light. The plus is, the kids are around and familiar. Another plus is that the parents and grandparents are always happy when they get a new painting!

Thursday, April 4, 2013


These paintings were done for my friend who owns a shop at The Norwood Commerce Center. She was doing a fundraiser for a friend who donated a kidney to a family member and was holding a raffle to pay medical bills. In a strange twist, she invited me to put some paintings in her shop and be on Chronicle -as they were coming that week to film the new marketplace that she manages. I was thrilled to have people see my work and said I 'd come down and set up stuff. I went around my house and took down stuff off the walls and gathered up the paintings I had done for my kids and went on down and hung up enough to make it look good. They said they wanted to interview me painting. When I saw it air, what a surprise to hear them say they were all for sale. Holy cow. I never said that. My kids might disagree. But, if you like this peony-bid on the raffle. They can use the money.