Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Two Cherries, Original Oil Painting

I love painting fruit. There is something expecially fun and energetic about painting cherries. I think I just like experimenting with different shades of red. I just bought a bag of them, so if I can manage to paint them before I eat them all, there will be more cherry paintings to come.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

After the Storm

It is cold here on the East Coast. I am longing for the gently warmth of the summer, sea breezes and waves hitting the shore. It is no wonder that I am painting seascapes to keep warm. After the storm, is a wave study I did in preparation for a another landscape that I am planning to paint.

This is monochromatic. It was done with ultramarine blue and titanium white. It took about a half an hour to complete. While this not exactly the waves I was after, I am pleased with the overall sense of movement that the waves convey.

I will try to get a better picture tomorrow, if the sun shines.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Springtime in the Country

I am planning to get out and do more plein air painting this year. I love colorful and dramatic skies. Which was my motivation to paint Springtime in the country. The sky was passionate and almost poetic, which was the feeling that I tried to convey with this piece. Springtime in the Country is painted on a 12 x 24 mdf board.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Yellow Roses

Hi Everyone, Well it is supposed to rain, sleet and snow again today. So, I thought it would be a good time to start a new painting. I was up really early this morning and worked on some sketches for my next painting projects.

My New Years resolution is to paint at least two paintings a week...I only make a couple of resolutions and those that I make, I try to keep. I hate breaking promises to myself. For instance, every year I always promise to lose weight. I start the year motivated, exercising and eating right. By mid year I, for what every reason, I am back to my old habits. By the end of the year, I am lucky if I did not gain any weight. Unfortunately, for me I usually gained a couple of extra pounds. So at least for me, losing weight is no longer a New Year's resolutions and I am longer disappointed with myself and I have even managed to shed a few pounds. I think I am using reverse psychology on myself. But it works. lol.

These roses were on the table at my favorite Mexican eatery. They were calling to me paint me, paint me. I was really fascinated by the reflections in the glass vase. The light was just beautiful. I took a couple of pictures and jotted down a few notes. Of course, everyone in the restaurant thought I was a certifiable nut. I'll risk a few strange stares for my art.

I hope you all enjoy this painting as much as I did painting it. The multi-color petals were a real challenge. Yellow roses is painted with oil paints on an 16 x 20 canvas.

Thanks for stopping by and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all.