Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Five Cherry Tomatoes" SOLD

These tomatoes were actually painted last summer when the cherry tomatoes were so plentiful we gave pounds of them away.   Those sharp little leaves are quite exciting.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Vashon Lighthouse" SOLD

This is the original lighthouse; there is a much newer and much less charming tower just out of the picture to the right.  This lighthouse is located at Pt Robinson at the east end of Maury Island.  This painting is at Silverwood Gallery on Vashon Island in May and June.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Nisqually Glacier" SOLD

The glacier is waaaaay up in the valley-you can just see a bit of it.  Mostly it is gray from the gravel that it picks up and deposits.  I thought the painting had a nice sense of depth.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Red Pepper with Yellow Stem" SOLD

What a strong color to paint. The body of the pepper is the most intense red, but even the background and shadows are neutralized reds.  The green stem is half warm green and half cool green.  The pepper tilts to the left, creating a dynamic shape.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Orange Slices on Burgundy" SOLD

Because there is red in both the background (red violet) and the oranges (red orange) the painting is harmonious.  I like the cast shadow falling across the middle orange.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Maple Buds"

The Big Leaf Maple trees burst into blossom about two weeks ago.  The buds are red-violet and the  flowers are a lovely chartreuse green.  Spring is really here when the maple trees bloom.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Three Cherry Tomatoes, Green Background" SOLD

The exciting and difficult part of this painting was getting those stiff sharp leaves on the stems just right.  I used a lot of scraping and wiping out to create those lights.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Red Onion with Roots" SOLD

The onion is a little off center but touches the edges of the panel via the stem & the piece of onion skin.  The roots were painted with a rubber scraping tool which created a sharp line and left just the right amount of paint in the light areas.

Monday, April 12, 2010

"Three Grapefruit Slices" SOLD

This is about as simple as you can go: a big piece of middle value, smaller piece of dark value, just a dash of light value.  A simple composition but with many virtues.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

"Three Black Cherries" SOLD

I had more cherries when I started arranging the composition, but I found that fewer cherries made a stronger grouping.  And that way I got to eat the extra cherries!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Green Grapes on Lavender" SOLD

"Lavender and green love each other.  These green grapes have a lovely translucent quality.  Painting them was definitely a pleasure!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

"Five Green Onions" SOLD

Those onion roots are tricky to paint.  The lavender reflections were a fun touch, and I thought the orange tones of the roots really sparkled against the complementary blue green onions and tablecloth.