Monday, January 31, 2011

International Women Celebrate!

Circle Of Friends
24" x 24" Oil on wrapped canvas
SOLD

I am thrilled to be a part of the upcoming show International Women Celebrate! at the AyrSpace Gallery in Ayr, Ontario, Canada.  The exhibit celebrates the centenary of International Women's Day and shows the work of over 100 women from around the world.  I painted "Circle Of Friends" in early December and am packing it up this week for shipping.

When thinking about what to paint for this event I kept thinking about women throughout history and women around the globe sharing stories, sharing their lives, sharing tea.  How this sharing often is, or was, around a table, around a fire, in a sewing circle, in a group, but, with a circle of friends.  The show opens in early March and lasts five weeks.  If you're going to be in Ayr, Ontario I hope you'll attend.  Part of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings will go to orphans in Haiti.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Celedon Creamer

Celedon Creamer
6" x 8" oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This creamer was a little bit of a challenge, as there is a dog climbing up the handle and men, horses and hounds in relief walking around the body.  I chose to more or less leave them out and just suggest shapes.  

I recently won a calendar of Kim VanDerHoek's paintings.  It arrived today!  I was so excited to win this and am so thrilled to have received it.  I met Kim threw blogging.  If you aren't familiar with her work, it is beautiful, go to her website, blog, or facebook site.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Spode Creamer

Spode Creamer
6" x 6" oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

In searching through cabinets, shelves and boxes for pieces of china to paint, or should I say reflections to paint,  I realized that I have eleven creamers.  Not sure why I have so many, or where they all came from, or where the sugar bowls are, but nevertheless, that's at least eleven daily paintings.  So, look for more.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tea, Anyone?

Tea, Anyone?
16" x 20" Oil on stretched canvas
$495.00 + $20. s/h

I had so much fun painting the last two pieces, that I've put them together in a larger painting.  White china on wood creates such strong reflections.  I'm going to have to paint these again.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Creamer

The Creamer
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I think that this is such a sweet set.  It belonged to one of my grandmothers.  But, at this point I don't even know which one, and there's no one left to ask.  I enjoyed painting these two small pieces so much that now I'm working on a bigger version.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl
6" x 6" oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I guess I'm on a reflection roll.  I loved the reflections on the tea cup that I painted earlier in the month.  And, I've really had fun painting all the reflections in the recent river pieces.  The reflections of china on wood are equally as beautiful.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Late In The Day

Late In The Day
11" x 14" Oil on wrapped canvas
$295.00 + $10. s/h

This is another piece from our trip to the area near Dolores, Colorado.  I loved how the light and shadows created strong shapes by the river.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Relaxing and Tranquil

Relaxing and Tranquil
8" x 10" Oil on board
SOLD

This relaxing river spot is just outside of Vail, Colorado.  It was a bright, beautiful, perfect day.  My husbands' two sisters were visiting from out-of-state.  We couldn't have asked for more.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Dolores at Dusk

The Dolores at Dusk
8" x 10" oil on board
SOLD


The Dolores River is in southwestern Colorado in the San Juan National Forest. I think that this is one of the most beautiful areas of the state, although fairly remote.  Our son lives in Durango, about an hour from Dolores, so we have the opportunity to explore and enjoy that part of Colorado when we visit him.
In these recent river pieces, I've been focusing in on a small part of a landscape, showing an intimate part of a scene.  I am so very lucky that every where I look is another incredible vista, another magnificent scene.  These are another view.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tranquil Setting

Tranquil Setting
6" x 6" oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I was a little bit hesitant about the name I chose for this river spot, as getting down to it wasn't that tranquil, it involved climbing over rocks.  But, once there, it was quiet and peaceful.  I've been using adjectives from recent comments to help me with titles.
It's really helpful to me to paint in a series, the fishing series right now.  I can look from piece to piece to see how I mixed a value, a shade, a color,  how I darkened a shape,  etc.  Even though these rivers and reservoirs are from different locations and months, I'm continually dealing with light and reflections on water.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another River View

Another River View
6" x 6" oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

Colorado rivers and streams are much smaller than rivers in other parts of the country.  But the smallness gives them more color, values, reflections, surface changes.  I remember once someone saying that the Amazon boat trip they went on was boring because you couldn't see anything;  the river is so wide in parts that you saw only water on both sides.  Not so here!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reflections

Reflections
11" x 14" oil
$295.00 + $10.00 s/h
SOLD

Off and on I work on my fishing series.  Most of these are from Colorado rivers and reservoirs, although some of them are from our travels.  Fishing and painting work so well together.  I can paint, while my husband fishes.  Or, I can take photos for later reference, then relax, walk, explore.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Tea Cup

Tea Cup
6" x 6" oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

I've been working on several still lifes.  It's a fun change from landscapes and florals.