Wednesday, July 20, 2011

#28 - Singin' Sweet Songs

28 - Singin' Sweet Songs
Oil on Canvas

This painting is for the weekly challenge.
Not a literal translation of the song, but just the way it makes me feel.

Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', ("This is my message to you-ou-ou:")

Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry (don't worry) 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"

Saturday, July 9, 2011

#27 - The Witnesses

#27 - The Witnesses
6" x 6"
Oil on Canvas

My sister and her fiance will be taking their vows in October. These 3 guys live in the chapel where the wedding will take place and will be watching over the proceedings. Since they are carved wooden statues, I guess I'll have to eat their share of the cake!

Special thanks to Troy Burkhart for the photo of the statues. And thanks in advance for the cake. Welcome to the family Troy!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

#26 - Violet Lily

Violet Lily
6" x 6"
Oil on Canvas

This is the first in what might be several lily paintings that I do. I'm intrigued by the way the light reflects off of the petals and trying to show that while keeping a loose large brush stroke. I wish I could channel a little bit of Carol Marine on these. I love her work so much!

Three paintings this week! I may just catch up yet!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

#25 - Sonoma Landscape

Oil on Canvas
6" x 6"

Hurrayy!!! 1/4 done. That's 25 more paintings than I did last year! Or the year before that. Onward and upward!

This is my first attempt as a palette knife painting. It's from a photo that I took while visiting my brother and family in Sonoma, CA. It's part of the Benziger winery. What a gorgeous part of the country. I highly recommend a visit if you've never been out there.

As for the painting. Not too bad for a first time I don't think.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

#24 - Teeny Pepper Top

Teeny Pepper Top
2" x 2"
Oil on the smallest Canvas on Earth

This painting was part of my catch up weekend. I saw these little bitty canvases at the art store and thought I'd whip out a couple of really small paintings. This is a pepper top, which I'm sure you ascertained by the title. My son thinks it looks like a pumpkin top and that's fine, too.

This was one of the "lesson learned" paintings. I was in a hurry. I wanted to get a whole lot done this weekend, so I sketched out the pepper and started painting. Without using a fixative over the pencil drawing. The graphite mixed with the paint and made it more subdued than I intended. And I KNEW BETTER.

Coming up next...My first palette knife painting is done. Will have pics either this evening or tomorrrow morning.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Holiday Weekend Paint-athon!

Today is a catch-up day! I am sequestering myself and painting until I drop. My goal is at least 3 small paintings. I'm putting this out there so you all can hold me to it!

Wish me luck!