Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Orange on Linen

My neighbors brought some great oranges home with them after a recent trip south and I found myself with a bagful of some real beauties. Of course my first thought was STILL LIFE!!!! Yes they are delicious and sweet but those glossy leaves and the rich color begged to be painted first. I took reference photos and have two larger watercolors planned. This one is a study for one of them. The cloth is a lovely old embroidered linen table scarf which has featured in other still lifes. This piece is 6"x6" and is watercolor on paper. Sold.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vintage Coffee Cups

Yesterday I was looking around in the attic and found these great cups wrapped up in old musty newspaper. It has clearly been decades since they have seen the light of day but now they have a new lease on life as still life models.
This piece is 7"x5" watercolor on paper. Sold.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pears from Chile

I love bartlett pears. Not so much to eat but to paint they are the best. I love the shape, the soft shine, the speckles, and when sometimes they ripen with reds and yellows. But alas this is not the season for local pears so the southern hemisphere comes to the rescue with these Pretty Good Pears. Arranged on a simple plate over this colorful old cloth they work just fine. Thanks, Chile.
This piece is 8"x6" watercolor on paper. Sold

Monday, March 15, 2010

Chula Vista

This landscape clearly has a long way to go but it's coming along. It is the meadow on the mountain that is filled with wild irises every summer. We've had a lot of snow this year so it should be a real show come late June.