Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Waiting on Love

Waiting on Love 6x6 oil on board

This model is always a pleasure to paint. Painting
is such a nice way of staying calm during a
hectic time of year.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Pears

Christmas Pears 6x6 oil on board

Pears have an interesting history: in Egypt they 
are sacred to Isis;
in China they represent justice and purity;
in Korea they stand for grace and nobility;
and in many parts of the world they symbolize the human heart.

But why are they called Christmas pears?
Probably because of the carol that starts out:
On the first day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

I called the painting Christmas Pears simply
because I used alot of red and green:)))


Friday, December 14, 2012

Orange Rose Tea

Orange Rose Tea  6x6  oil on board

These little still life paintings are really about
patterns of light and dark which I
never seem to get tired of.

Painting them is like putting a color puzzle
together.  I choose the colors
according to my mood.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Blessings  6x6  oil on board

I mentioned in my last post that Malta has ALOT
of churches.
I should also add that they each have a big
festival at different times complete
with feasting, festivities, fireworks,

Monday, December 10, 2012

For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom The Bell Tolls
6x9 oil on board
My mom gave me an old copy of this Hemingway
classic decades ago. The bell towers of
churches are continually ringing in  Malta.
With 359 churches plus 46 on nearby Gozo brings
the total to 405.  It would take over a year to
see them all, even if you visited a
different one every day of the year.
For a small island 16 miles long by 9 miles wide-
well, that's alot of bell ringing!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Le Champs

Le Champs  6 x 6 oil on board

This is another paint the rain challenge on Daily Paintworks.
I had so much fun with the first one, 
I decided to do another.

I think to make something look like there is moisture
in the air, it's all about muted colors
and the reflections.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dreaming of You

Dreaming of You  6 x 8.5  oil on board

There's nothing like painting from a live model.
A great model is hard to find,
and I don't know how she does such a 
good job holding those poses!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rain in Paris

Rain in Paris 5x7 oil on board

This was done for a Daily Paintworks Challenge to 
paint rain.  I usually use
very vivid colors but I also love to use
grays and muted tones so this was a great chance 
to do that.
I used a very textured canvas which I think helped
to give a fuzzy atmospheric effect.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cups and Shadows

Cups and Shadows 6x6 oil on board
This painting was all about the shapes and shadows.
When I'm painting I try to forget what it is that I'm painting.
I try to not think about it as a tree, or a person,
or as a still life.  I feel I do a better
job if I simply look at the
shapes and values in front of me.
Somehow it turns out to be more interesting that way.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Blue Cream Rose

Blue Cream Rose  6x6  oil on board

I did this painting for the Daily Paintworks blue challenge.
The parameters were to make it predominately light,
high key, avoid any complementary colors and 
still make the blue focal point pop.
It was an interesting challenge.

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