Thursday, March 27, 2014

Springtime Glory

Springtime Glory
11x14 inches, Oil on Panel
At last, it looks as though springtime has graced our beautiful area of the Lowcountry of South Carolina! 

The marsh area is beginning to show its spring colors, which inspired this painting.  I was happy with the sky, using a limited palette… ultramarine blue, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light, and of course, white.  I started with a tonal painting of transparent red oxide and established my darks and mid-tones.  If only I could have remembered to take early photos of my process! Some of the underpainting shows through in the sky, which I love.  The sky in the actual painting is quite soft, but it seems to appear more intense, depending on your monitor.

Tomorrow I am headed to Greensboro, Georgia where one of my paintings will be exhibited at The Magnolia Gallery, for the Women Painters of the Southeast 2014 show. It should be an exciting weekend, and I'm looking forward to meeting so many talented women artists from the Southeast. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pear Trilogy

Pear Trilogy
11x14 inches, Oil on Linen

Three pears, fighting for attention! I'm trying to keep a sense of humor. Lately it's been a challenge to paint in my studio since our home is on the market. Just when I get my palette set up, is when the phone rings.  I have to be prepared for distractions.  Now that the weather is nicer, I may paint outdoors!  Have a great week, everyone!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Racy Red Radishes


Racy Red Radishes
10x10 inches, Oil on Linen

Lately I've been having fun exploring new subject matter and trying new techniques. Some things work, while others do not.  The important thing is that I'm ready to take some risks and really challenge myself, in order to grow artistically.  I paint primarily with a limited palette, but have been experimenting with paint application, using brush strokes and palette knife.  If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that I paint primarily marsh scenes.  Well, this cold drab winter seemed the perfect time to stay in my studio and try something different. I've enjoyed really it!  Thank you for following my work, and all of your encouraging comments.

Oh, I'm not sure these radishes qualify as "racy", but I couldn't resist!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Purple Onion

Purple Onion
10x10 inches on Linen Panel

I was inspired to paint this purple onion, after a trip to the market recently. I was drawn to the beautiful, deep color, as well as the delicate stem on this one, in particular. This onion spoke to me! I wanted to capture its gorgeous glow, and I'm pleased at the way it turned out. Now that the painting is done, this onion will be a gift to my neighbor.  My husband hates onions… of any color!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pink Camellia

Pink Camellia
8x8, Oil on Linen

There are beautiful camellias in bloom in my yard right now.  It is also 39 degrees outside, which is  highly unusual for Hilton Head, this time of year. Normally, we would be enjoying sunny skies, with temperatures in the 70's. I'm not complaining… because I know my friends in the midwest, and up north have it much, much worse. The plants must be so confused! I feel bad for all the local garden centers which are bursting with gorgeous springtime plants, but few buyers. Everyone seems to agree that it's too cold to work in the garden! On the other hand, I have been buying a lot of fresh flowers and flowering indoor plants, just to stay inspired.  

As I worked on this painting, I  started with a big brush to lay down color. Then I used a palette knife to "sculpt" the petals.  I had fun!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sweet Clementine

Sweet Clementine
8x8, Oil on Linen

Clementines are a favorite of mine. They are simple, and not too messy. That is what I love about this painting… simple and understated. The concept of expressing "just enough" is something I am striving for.