Monday, August 30, 2010

Five Cherries, Two Rows

More cherries on a reflective surface.  The cherries generate both a shadow and a reflection.  Here the shadows are cast to the side, but the reflections are directly vertical.  Where the shadows and the reflections overlap, it's dark, but where the shadows land on top of a light reflection, the shadows disappear.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Five Cherries, Three Standing SOLD

Cherry season was here and now it's gone.  I've been so busy picking cherries and berries that I almost forgot to paint them.  Cherries are difficult to paint because I always wind up eating at least half before I even get the still life arranged.  So sometimes a still life that looked good with seven cherries becomes a still life with five or three cherries.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunset at 6th and Idaho SOLD

A sunset scene from Nebraska.  This painting is from a couple of years ago, but I just entered it in the Bold Brush painting Competition. You can vote for my painting by going to  and clicking the like button.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Red Pepper Half Lit SOLD

Red Bell peppers are a favorite subject, and are especially fun to paint because of their intense RED color.  It's hard to make a light struck red without going pink. So fun fun fun!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Black Cup, Orange Slices, and Reflections SOLD

I like how the colors are kept simple.  Just black and orange, but there are bits of lavender and burnt sienna and thalo blue and yellow.    Fewer colors, more harmony.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blue Cup, Oranges, Reflections on Green

I especially like the orange slices in this set up. They are translucent which  allows the light to shine both on and through them, and they are reflected in the cup and on the tabletop.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tree Cloud Sunset SOLD

This painting  is from a couple of years ago.  Yesterday I was gallery sitting and started a conversation with a customer who told me she "owned a Gretchen Hancock."  I said "I'm Gretchen Hancock!"    She'd bought this painting two years ago but we'd never met.  Total serendipity.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Three Red Cippolini

For some reason, I don't like to paint "larger than life". Objects should be actual size or smaller, not just slightly larger -that looks like a mistake.  These small onions are about 1-1/2" wide and fit in the space on a 6" x 6" panel without crowding or seeming too empty.  (I am also compulsive about horizon lines being horizontal in paintings.)