Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Strawberries


"Strawberries"
6x8 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

One more small painting done of fruit - I just can't resist ripe strawberries! That wonderful taste goes back to my childhood and I love when they come into full season in June. So sweet - wonderful.

I tried to grow them in my garden one year. The birds were very grateful! LOL


Monday, April 21, 2014

Two Slices & a Leaf


"Two Slices & a Leaf"
6x8 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

Continuing with my smaller paintings & practice with the new easel, this small apple grouping was done with a loose brush stroke & luscious red paint. I am trying to have a more painterly approach to these smaller paintings, and may even pick up the palette knife soon. I don't want to spend too much time on the details - but I don't want to eliminate them completely. (Although the idea of doing a small painting without details is appealing, so that may be on my list)

This originally had only the single full apple & 2 slices, but it was missing something. Adding the leaf gave it the balance it needed. I like that single slice with the leaf so much, I may do a separate painting of just that. Perhaps with the palette knife. 

The idea of with all of these is to have a bit of fun. All the while, I am working on a very large commissioned piece of a lighthouse. I find these smaller paintings a perfect break from the large work.

All of these smaller pieces are for sale via DPW, and are priced very reasonably.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Who Ate the Grapes?


"Who Ate the Grapes?"
6x8 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is my submission to Art Challenge Gallery's April challenge called "Missing Pieces." The group of artists who participate in this challenge are all members of the Art Challenge Group - and the collection of pieces can be seen by clicking here. The monthly challenges on this site are very thought-provoking. Rather than offering a photo for interpretation, artists are given an idea or concept to design for. And the work varies from stained glass, mosaics, paint, draw, mixed media. It's a great group & I'm glad to be a part of it. It is run by Rusty Harden who is a wonderful artist - check out her mineral paintings, fantastic!

This painting also ties in with an ongoing project I am now a part of. The SVAN art group I belong to have re-opened their gallery on Main Street in Northville. It's a collection of wonderful work from artists of the area. The gallery is a storefront that is now being used to showcase the work on a rotating basis. It is open Friday nights & Sat & Sun. There is such a variety of work housed here: woodworking, weavings, paintings, mixed media's, sculptures, carvings, pottery, silk scarf paintings - just to name a few.

In order for this gallery to be open on the weekends, they have asked that those of us who are displaying work volunteer to staff for 2-4 hour intervals. This gallery is upstate NY where I spend some of my weekends, so for me, a standard schedule is not possible. I told them I would periodically contact them when I think I am going to be in town. This past weekend, I spent 2 hours on Saturday. It's a quiet time, sitting & waiting for people to wander in (I think it will be busier in the Summer months to come). Since my painting time is so precious to me, I thought I would setup to paint when I am on duty there (probably once a month). And to do that, I need to start to paint as a plein air painter.

I purchased a relatively inexpensive easel that is portable, lightweight and sturdy enough to handle my work (Michael's, 40% on sale plus a 20% off coupon!).  I had priced some of these easels online & found them to be a bit expensive, especially since I'm starting this with the idea of using it once a month. Now I am using this easel - sort of taking it on a test drive. I've been painting a series of small paintings (4x6) to test. It takes a little to assemble & dissemble, but I'm getting better at it with practice.

The key is to paint in the storefront window - it may entice some people to come in. And I get to do some painting during my 2-4 hour times on duty! A win-win!

This is the first of the small series, more will be following. I plan to matt these so that they can be nicely framed. And they will all be for sale on DPW.










Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blue Flowers & Blue Daisies


"Blue Daisies" (left)
Available through DPW gallery/auction

"Blue Flowers" (right)
Available through DPW gallery/auction

each is 9x12 acrylic on canvas panel

This set was painted together as a pair, showing the beautiful blue with yellow of these flowers. Painting flower petals is always interesting - trying to show the curve, or the light in each one. Daisies are perfect flowers to paint for this reason, their individual petals each has a curve & a highlight. Great practice.

With these paintings, I also worked on making the background fuzzy, and the focus on the foreground. It adds depth to the overall image. 

Both are up for auction at DPW, and can be purchased separately. If anyone buys both, I will combine shipping.


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