Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Two Pears

This was another quick study I did using acrylic for the under painting and oil to finish. I am struggling to be able to match the colors though after I take a photo of the finished painting, trial and error maybe? I also noticed that the photos "skew" or stretch the painting, the upright pair in the photo is quite a bit wider than the actual painting.

Monday, April 18, 2011


This was just a quick study I worked on tonight. I bought a few tubes of water soluble oils a couple of days ago, and I am pleasantly surprised and how easy they are to work with and clean up. My brushes look great with just soap and water clean up.

All of the studies I have done so far have an acrylic under painting, which has worked great. I will be trying some studies with water soluble oils only with out the acrylic under painting to see how workable they are from bare canvas to completed work.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Red Potato

Well this little potato was a bit of a struggle, I like that it is more "painterly" than most of what I do. My goal this year is to skill build and loosen up and although I'm not crazy about this painting, I do see that I have started to loosen up over the last month, and that's a good thing. I might add some finishing touches tomorrow night.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Garlic, before and after

                                              Before                                                      After

I played with the color a bit and tried just laying down some paint with out pushing it around too much, and I like the results. White seems to be a hard color with all the subtle variations that it can have, but it's a skill building exercise for sure.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I thought I would tackle a reflected image, this was fun. I will be making some changes tonight to it though. Purple garlic is much more fun to paint but I can't seem to locate any this time of year.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I washed this apple for my lunch yesterday, and thought I'd take a few minutes to render it. I was almost late for work and left this apple behind in my haste (had to go and buy one for my lunch) but I must admit my day did flow better, so I spent a few more minutes on it this morning and hopefully will remember to throw it in the lunch bag.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


I love dragonflies, quite often they land on the bow of my kayak when I'm out on the lake or my daughter and I rescue them when they have become bogged down on the water surface. They just hang out on the bow till their wings are dry (about 10 mins) and then they continue their journey.

I have decided on days when I just can't get to a still life and all the set up, it would be in keeping with my goal to just create some of these small "artists trading cards".