Monday, April 25, 2011

Jar Series

Diane Mannion, JUST PEACHY, 4x6" oil
A trip to the food store can be an artistic adventure.  Always searching for stuff to paint, I tend to look at things differently, sometimes staring and squinting, considering the colors and shiny bits.  Shopkeepers rush to help me, maybe thinking I need stronger eyeglasses.  When I arrived at the checkout with one tiny jar of baby food and a package of size 2 baby diapers... they asked if my grandchild was visiting.  I nodded and smiled, letting them think I was also hard of hearing.  Didn't want to explain that the jar was to paint, and the diapers were for my geriatric poodle who can no longer hold it in.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Floral Still Life by Cathyann Burgess

Petal Pinks©2011 C.L.Burgess oil on wood 8x6

I saved this camellia before a rainstorm and put it into the nearest container and almost forgot it, as I got distracted with something else in my studio, which is the bane of my existence of late. As the afternoon wore on and I was starting to get ready to cook dinner I noticed the light hitting the fading bloom in its little pitcher. Opportunity presented itself ...or was it just a distraction from making dinner?

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Jarring Series #3

Diane Mannion, FROG JAM2, 8x6" oil

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekly Challenge Entry

Diane Mannion, FROG JAM, 8x6" oil

100 Garden & Floral Oil Paintings, Original Artwork by Pam Holnback, 62/100

Spring Cleaning
8" x 8" oil on cradled panel
$195.00 + $10. s/h
We've been spending the last few days cleaning the yard and gardens.  For many of you, spring has been around for awhile.  But, in our neighborhood, we have yet to have any spring flowers bloom.  The blossoms are just starting to appearing on trees, so I know that spring is about here!

Spring is Here!

8" x 6" oil on panel

This little daff I picked from my garden, one of the first to show it's little face, I'm so glad that Spring is here!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Patio Plein Air

Diane Mannion POT SKETCH 6x8"oil

"Red Grapes" by Sandy Bradford

"Red Grapes"

8" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel

Grapes pose a challenge to paint even though they are quite small. Light hits them in an interesting way, making them appear translucent. These red seedless grapes (delicious, by the way)were actually several different colors, including lavender and purple, as well as a deep red. I decided to paint them in a "painterly" fashion, showing some brushstrokes, and taking an impressionistic approach.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Two Sheep by Karen Chamblin

Two Sheep

Oil on Linen 5 x 5

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Another Creamer by Pam Holnback

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

I've mentioned before that I own eleven creamers.  I think this is only the fourth that I've posted.  

The opening of our show at Summerland Gardens went really well.  Many friends came and I met many new people.  Thanks to all who came.  The show will be up for awhile, so I hope you can visit.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Another Orange

Carved Orange
My first post to Still Life Artists!  Found this orange gracefully carved in the refrigerator the morning after a great dinner party.  My husband used the orange slices, tied with a knot to decorate the cosmopolitans.  They were delicious!

"Okay, Everyone Listen Up" by Sandy Bradford

"Okay, Everyone Listen Up"

8" x 8" Oil on Stretched Canvas

$75 USD

Clementines are so delicious. I bought a bag of them last weekend, and decided to set a few up in a still life. I chose the blue linen because I really liked the way the bright orange and vibrant blue played off one another. When I added the green folded linen and placed one clementine on top, the arrangement began to look as though a coach were talking to his team saying, "Okay, Everyone Listen Up".

This oil painting is on stretched canvas using 1 1/2" stretcher bars, suitable for hanging with or without a frame. As always, I welcome comments and questions.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Apple Queue

14" x 7" = 35.5 x 17.8cms oil on panel

This row of pretty apples set up on my kitchen counter became the subject of this elongated still life.
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