Saturday, March 31, 2012

Early Spring Morning - Crocus Floral Painting SOLD

Early Spring Morning
2.5 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

A day later, the crocuses from here, have now opened.
This pair will hang together at West Village Provisions, West Boxford, MA through the month of April.

Friday, March 30, 2012

First Day of Spring - Floral Painting

First Day of Spring
3.5 x 2.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

I sent in a bunch of entries to juried shows yesterday. Now we wait.

In the meanwhile, I need to complete a few pieces for some local venues.
First a few little florals. I did sketch this one on the first day of spring, but didn't get to paint it until today.

First Day of Spring will be on exhibit at West Village Provisions, West Boxford, MA through the month of April.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Turning Away - Still Life Painting

Turning Away
8 x 10 inches
acrylic on canvas

Another show one. I'm actually looking forward to getting back to some smaller "daily" paintings!
For now, a bunch of entrees to fill out .......

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Morning Meeting - Still Life with Pears

Morning Meeting
10 x 8 inches
acrylic on canvas

I'm now working on a few still lifes for another local show. So many juried shows coming up - it's making me a nervous wreck!

Here I wanted to capture a little of the drama of the strong morning light and shadow, even though the colors of the pears and the bowl were pretty similar. There is quite a bit of red and blue in those pears - I think it will show a little better once I apply the final varnish.

I'm getting used to working 8x10 - but I am really looking forward to getting back to some smaller work when I'm done getting ready for these shows....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Easter Eggs - Colorful Still Life ACEO Painting

Easter Eggs
2.5 x 3.5 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

This morning I got the entries ready for a local juried show ready for the mail along with an application to a juried holiday show and made the trip to the post office. I then came home with the intention of starting on the paintings I need to finish next week for another local juried show. It was a beautiful day, so I considered taking a few hours to paint outside, but I figured I had better get going on these entries because I have still one more show coming up after this one.

But then I found I couldn't concentrate. On anything.

I thought I already knew what I was going to paint for these paintings. I combed through my sketches and reference photos, set up props, and nothing looked right. Ick.

So rather than lose the whole day, I did this quick little painting, hoping to get myself back on track. I think it did the trick. I feel ready to get going on the new painting tomorrow. I hope.

Easter Eggs - $15.00 + $1.95 shipping in the US 
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Restless - New Floral Painting

8x10 inches
acrylic on canvas

I'm sending my entry in tomorrow for the Transformations show, so this will be the last one on that theme for a while. I still have a few flowers I want to work with, so hopefully I can get back to this little series soon.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Nervous Energy - New Floral Painting

Nervous Energy
8x10 inches
acrylic on canvas

Another one for the "Transformations" show. This painting moved very quickly - making me excited to start on one more.....

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mood Swings - New Floral Painting

Mood Swings
10x8 inches
acrylic on canvas

Another one for the "Transformations" show. (See this earlier post for the first one I did.)
Between sick kids, half days of school and parent-teacher conferences, I feel like I am getting farther and farther behind! I am hoping to get two more 8x10s done to submit to this show, but I've only got a week until the deadline. And the deadline for a regional juried show is right behind that one. Maybe if I give up sleep?!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Over the Hills - New Landscape Painting SOLD

Over the Hills
3x5 inches
acrylic on canvas

I needed a break from the 8x10s, and I decided a mini landscape would be just the ticket!
I love Carol Marine's photo reference  for the "Horsing Around" challenge on DailyPaintworks, so I decided to work on an entry. Minus the horse. I love the feel of the rolling hills and just wanted to focus on them.
Back to the dead flowers tomorrow  ;-)
Here is a link to my DailyPaintworks gallery if you want to check it out!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fading Memory - New Floral Painting

Fading Memory
10x8 inches
acrylic on canvas

Still working on a title for this one!  ;-)

This is for entry in an upcoming local exhibition where the theme is "Transformation"
I am planning on doing a small series based on the idea of aging, fading beauty, the changes we go through as we age, etc. My "models" are some flowers that are "past their prime". I always hold on to my flowers after they wilt and start to dry up - I find them more interesting, with a different energy. I hope this little series will celebrate the allure and intrigue gained with age, despite the loss of youthful and traditional beauty.

This is an idea I have wanted to work with for a while. I think I will only have a chance to complete a few paintings for the upcoming show, but I will definitely be revisiting the theme in the future!
This painting took longer than expected - I haven't been used to working 8x10 for a while (strange to think of that as being "big"!), but I've also had a sick little boy home since the weekend, so my painting time has been really fractured. I will probably take a break from the second one in this series tomorrow to do a quick little one for the weekly challenge. I think I need more hours in the day  ;-)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Summer Vine - Tomato Still Life Painting

Summer Vine
4x4 inches
acrylic on gessobord panel

I'm sorry that I don't have a new piece to post today!

I am currently working on some 8x10s for an upcoming show. It is amazing how large 8x10 seems after so many smaller pieces! I am fighting to maintain the focus to get these done - hopefully I will have the first one finished to post tomorrow.

In the meanwhile, I have posted this one from the end of last year. It has returned from a local exhibit and is now available.
Summer Vine - $55 + $4.95 shipping & handling in the US
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