Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Last year I went to Carol Marine's workshop. Which was fantastic by the way! She had us count our brushstrokes. That way each stroke had a purpose. It was a great lesson for me. So, this little pear was done in 54 brushstrokes. :)
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
6x6 oil nfs
A fellow artist gave me this Angel. I have put her in several of my larger still life paintings. But I thought she deserved to be the star of the show!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I really liked this photo because of the clarity of detail, and subtle color changes.
I chose a limited color palette of oils, along with an 8" x 10" canvas panel. I struggled, in the beginning, with a rather detailed underpainting, then decided that I was fussing too much over the details. It was at this point that I began having fun with the painting, and actually liking the results that I was getting using these predominately cool hues.
8" x 8" oil on cradled panel
$195.00 + $10. s/h
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I have a tall magnolia tree in my front yard. For a number of weeks now, it has been laden with the most gorgeous and wonderfully southern, gigantic blooms. Each time that I have passed by this tree, I have said to myself that I simply must paint one of those incredible blooms.
Yesterday I happened to see a new bloom within my reach. But, still I toyed with leaving it on the tree in its natural beauty. Ultimately, I couldn't resist cutting it down to paint a picture, in hopes of sharing its beauty through oils on my canvas.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Still playing with these colorful apples. Couldn't resist the green and red combinations. Maybe next, for something a little different, I will fall in love with blue and yellow...we'll see.
This oil painting is a face-off between the Rome Apple and the Granny Smith. Does anybody remember the Dr. Seuss story about the Loraxes that wouldn't budge to allow the other to pass? Well, that is kinda what I had in mind when I did the set-up.
Thanks for visiting. As always, comments and suggestions are not only welcomed, but encouraged! See ya...
Oh What A Slice!
6" x 6" Oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h
Monday, May 16, 2011
8" x 8" Oil on cradled panel
$195.00 + $10. s/h
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Wow! So glad to be able to use Blogger and Internet again! No access for a number of days...frustrating not to be able to post my daily paintings, and share my stories.
However, my own inconveniences pale in comparison to those of many here as the clean up continues in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas, following the devastation caused by the numerous tornadoes that recently ripped through Alabama. Many of us now have power, and modern conveniences like cable and Internet, but there are still many without homes, living in shelters. Thanks to all who have given so generously to help. We are all grateful for your kindness.
My apple theme continues with the painting seen here, as I sliced one of my Granny Smith apples, and set it up on a bright red background. Still love the look of green and red playing off one another.
Proceeds from the sell of this painting will be donated to Red Cross in support of the tornado victims.
Thanks for looking. Back soon with another painting.
At last back to painting!
I have had visitors for the last 10 days with a three day art exhibition in the middle of that, so it has been a busy couple of weeks, but now I'm back to doing what I love the most.
After having a bunch of my still lifes box framed, making them look really contemporary, they attracted a lot of attention and I received some very positive feedback at the recent exhibition and of course I made sales too which was very gratifying.
So I have decided where I will be focusing most of my attention for the near future, after feeling that I had no particular direction, it's great to have a focus and will see where this will lead me. All very exciting stuff!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Oh how I love to paint apples. These three guys are friends but had a little misunderstanding. Hence the title. Not to worry, all is well with them now.
|Diane Mannion, GARLIC IN SPOON DISH, 6x8"oil|
|Diane Mannion, SMALL FRIES, 4x6" oil|
|Diane Mannion, RED PEPPER, 6x6" oil|
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
6" x 6" Oil
$100.00 + $10.00 s/h
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. When they're in season I buy boxes of them!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Good morning, all!
I am feeling in a much stronger, happier state of mind as the local community is beginning to heal. I think that my own "survivor's guilt" is under control, although sadness still permeates the air, throughout this Alabama area. Thanks again to all of you who are providing help, hope, and prayer for the thousands of tornado victims.
Last night I thought that I would again attempt a simple painting, and proceeded to set up my little green apples...couldn't resist adding a splash of red, as well. (Note to grocer: thank you for having such a wide variety of beautiful apples in stock!)
I got pretty loose with this oil painting, but enjoyed the freedom of painting outside my usual box.
Thanks for listening, and please visit often!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
In an effort to resume my schedule and get back to living life, following the recent horrific tornado devastation in Alabama, I thought a simple apple sketch painting might be a good first step.
Luckily, I happened to have a couple of my Granny Smith apples remaining, and eagerly set about toning the canvas. This simple apple became "not so simple" as I first color blocked, added details, then decided to repaint...not once, but twice!
Thanks for visiting. And special thanks to everyone who is contributing to the Alabama tornado disaster relief program...your help is much needed and sincerely appreciated.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
This pretty ceramic hand painted basket I found in a charity shop and knew it would feature in a still life sooner or later, these shiny apples are competing for attention and I guess three's a crowd!