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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Penny Lane

"Penny Lane"
6x12 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This month's VPO visits Liverpool England. And I when I hear Liverpool, one thing pops into my mind immediately - the Beatles. So I roamed the Liverpool area as I wanted something that spoke the Beatles to me. I checked Abby Road (which I may revisit), Strawberry Fields and assorted other locales.

It was this corner Fish & Chips store that caught my eye. Here is the link on the Google maps

I happen to love corner buildings with their doorways in the corner, and this one had the words Penny Lane on both sides! The original image, you will see, has a cast shadow on the building from a building across the street. But it looks odd to me, especially with this narrow crop. So I altered the light & shadow so it showed one side of the building in light - the other in shadow. 

I like this one!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Working Farm

"Working Farm"
9x12 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is based on a working farm in upstate NY. There is just something about red farm buildings and green trees & grass that captivates me. I love to think of the life that is happening there, and all the hard work these people put into their farms & making a living off the land. It is truly admirable!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paws for Charity

This is my page in this years benefit book, Paws for Charity. I am proud to say I have been a part of this great project for 3 years now. It's a wonderful book, put together by Sara Harley - various artists & photographers donate images of their work that are assembled into a most wonderful book. All proceeds from the sale of the book goes to SHAID - Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress. This organization, located in Nova Scotia, is a no-kill shelter dedicated to helping animals. Being an animal lover, I couldn't help but donate!

This year, my page shows 2 dogs & 1 cat painting. Brady is a painting I did for the winner of my Pet Portrait contest on my Facebook page. Her dog Brady is so adorable, I had a lot of fun painting this one! Precious belongs to a friend of a friend - who had me do the painting as a gift. Kitty was a challenge portrait that has since been "adopted" into a new home.

The Paws for Charity book is available now for sale, and right now a special discount is being offered (the discount does not lessen the donation to SHAID, they still get the full purchase price). Here is the information & links:

Here is a special coupon code for a 25% discount on the printed books (not on eBook, sorry): 

P4C2014  (there is a space to input coupon code during the order check out)
Fine Print:

* Offer valid through June 30, 2014 (11:59 p.m. local time). A 25% discount is applied toward your product total. Maximum discount is USD $150, GBP £75, EUR €100, CAD $150, or AUD $150 off product total. Valid for printed books only. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.

Here are the links for the books. The online preview shows 15 pages.
Book: (available in hard copy and soft copy):


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