Monday, July 30, 2012

Permission 5"x7" oil $100

I did this painting before I went to Cape Cod and will be posting paintings from that trip soon.  I titled this "Permission" because I was talking with my friend about how I felt like I needed permission to take any serious time to read, which is something I love to do.  Don't these waiting chairs just invite you to sit down with a book?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Self Portrait with... 4"x4" oil sold

Don't laugh!  I was going to title it "Self Portrait with Paint Brush"  but that seemed kind of long for a 4"x4" painting.  Then I thought of "Self Portrait with Crazy Hair"  but that was too revealing and it's not my fault anyway!  Then there's "Self Portrait with the Big-eyed Stare"...well you get the picture.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Habitat 5"x7" oil $100

We went to a song bird banding with a National Audubon Society guy.  It was so interesting and was sponsored by the Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) which maintains the land under the high power lines as habitat for songbirds, bears, moose and other animals.  In the past I thought of electric companies along the lines of the evil empire, but have learned all kinds of interesting things about transmission and some of the good things, like providing needed habitat which have softened my attitude towards power lines and substations.  My husband likes to stop and take photos of transmission lines when we are on a road trip!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Contemplating the Tree of Life 5"x7" oil $100

This is at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, with a lovely museum and entertainment facilities.  The background painting is by Susan Abbott....I didn't remember the sculptor's name.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Saturated oil 9"x9" oil $175

The oranges look very uniform on my monitor when in fact they are more varied.  This was a Daily Paintworks challenge, but it was fun to do a landscape after so many portraits.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Multitasking 7"x5" oil $100

Some days everywhere you look something is interesting and beautiful.  I snapped a photo of this street lamppost one gorgeous blue day and when I revisited the photo it just looked like "Multitasking" to me.  It was fun painting this simple composition.  It sorta looks like a robot tourist with lots of luggage!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Holding On 6"x6" oil sold

I painted this from a black and white.  The things I loved about it included the way little Marilyn is holding her mother's dress ribbon and both of their expressions.  It is a portrait, but it was fun to do something larger and more involved than the little mug shots I have been doing.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Sammy 4"x4" oil sold

I already did this portrait  and I really liked the facial expression and pose, but it looked a bit harsh and she is a beautiful woman so I softened it and brightened it.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

AG 4"x4" oil portrait sold

Painting a beautiful face is a lot of fun, but it adds its own pressures.  I have found that using a really good reference (either photo reference or painting in person) helps me relax and feel more confident.  Poor reference photos can sometimes encourage me to keep it loose and not sweat the details, but more than likely, I find myself fiddling with it.  Poor photos of people or animals that I do not know, seem to work better than for more familiar faces.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Jordan 4"x4" portrait oil sold

This young man is going to marry my niece and I haven't met him yet so it was a lot of fun doing his portrait as I didn't have any emotional feelings tied up with and confusing my vision.  I played his hair really loose and fun and all in all, I am happy with it...I also hope it resembles him, but the jury is still out on that!

In another note, I got scammed, or rather was almost scammed by someone posing as an interested purchaser of my artwork.  I was pulled in fairly deeply before I realized it was a scam and I felt pretty violated by it.  Hopefully there will be no other repercussions from it, but I did learn an important lesson and will be more cautious in the future.  I would like to warn other artists of this possibility.

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