Monday, January 29, 2024

Fresh Flowers


Fresh Flowers
oil on linen panel 4x6 inch
available here

The sun is out and it feels like early Spring, only it's still January.  The fresh flowers will have to come from Trader Joes for a while longer. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Flower Paintings and Dreams of Gardening Again

Colors Dancing
oil on linen panel 5x7 inch
available here

Painting flowers is a great way to explore paint color and brush strokes.  The above painting was all about palette freedom.  The painting below was extremely boring, in my opinion, until I smeared cobalt blue onto the pitcher with a palette knife.  There was something so satisfying about that. I cannot explain.

Tilted Cobalt Pitcher
oil on linen panel 7x5 inch
available here

Now I am feeling ready for Spring.  


Friday, January 19, 2024

Pretty Boy

Pretty Boy
oil on cradled wood panel
10x10 inch

The shape of these trees changed dozens of times, inspired by arborvitae of the most unusual green.  However, that hue in oil paint was elusive.  
The title was the easiest part.  

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Artist Inspiration: Elizabeth Blackadder


Elizabeth Blackadder



By Philip Long and John Leighton

The above book has a great selection of her works in watercolor, oil paint and sketches.  

By Duncan Macmillan

Friday, January 12, 2024

Moon and Star Paintings


Stargazing - Red Chair
oil on linen panel
5x7 inch

There is no ocean here, but there can be with a little imagination.

Three recent paintings.  My son asked what inspired them.  Always having to think about that question because often the painting is created intuitively.  In this case it was a mix of lovely winter evening walks with lights reflecting and sparkling all around, and of course the love of being outdoors where the air and sky are crisp and gently stings the nose and eyes.  

Moon Gazing - Blue Chair
oil on linen panel 
5x7 inch

There is no giant forest here.  But in dreams there often is.

                                              Moon Gazing - Red Chair                                              
oil on linen panel
4x6 inch

Friday, January 5, 2024

New Painting: Discussion With Two Cats


Discussion With Two Cats
oil on cradled wooden panel
10x8 inch
available here 

I have been painting every single morning since October 27, 2023.  This is the longest consistent stretch since I began painting over 12 years ago. I used to just steal time wherever I could and often many days would go by where I didn't paint at all.  Now I wake at 5 am, sometimes earlier, sometimes later, make coffee and get to it.  It's my favorite time of day.  Quiet, dark, peaceful and meditative.  

And it's snowing today.  Extra bonus.  :)