Saturday, March 18, 2017

Always Learning Something New

Petunias on Green Gingham
12" square

Although I've used acrylic paint longer than I can remember, it was rarely for fine art and usually for decorative purposes.  I decided to paint this image from photos I had taken at the end of summer 2016 using acrylics instead of oils.   The lighting was adding quite a bit of interest to this arrangement.  I enjoy painting white flowers in particular and petunias have such a flare and flounce that make them fun to paint.

Playing Catchup

16" square

Since I had not been posting regularly toward the end of 2016, I thought I would post some of the paintings done towards the end of the year now.

I painted this teacup twice.  Once as a profile (not a very dynamic image) and from this angle which turned out to be much more interesting.  Painting the golden highlights in this shadowy lighting was a bit of a challenge but I quite like how this turned out.

A Busy Year Ahead

I had painted Missy's companion, Jessie, a year or two ago and now her owner has asked me to paint Missy too.  A bittersweet memory of a loved pet.
These are actually two separate paintings and not a closeup of the first one.

Getting Back Into My Comfort Zone

Here is a little recap of the latter part of the year as captured from Instagram (#pinestreetstudios).
I even managed to squeeze in a little paper maché in the form of Christmas decorations.

Well Hello Again

I can't believe I skipped over the entire Christmas season 2016 and am well into 2017.  It didn't feel right not being here so here I am jumping back in again.  Probably the main reason I haven't been here is that I've been using Instagram a lot more and October through to the end of the year is always so busy preparing for shows and exhibits and finally family time.

January of any year means to me a time to indulge in new pursuits and do tutorials and experiments with new media.  I'd have to say needlework was probably what I spent time with this year and I want to get comfortable with some of these new approaches so I can easily transition between textile work and painting.

So here is what I did a little bit of last month....some wet felting and wool embroidery.

Color, no matter what format, is so enticing whether it comes out of a tube or from a spool....I love it.

Friday, October 14, 2016

White Geraniums and Cut Apple
10" square
Oil on wood panel

I so enjoyed painting this one.  I painted this one in oil on a collaged panel.  I put it in the Fall Exhibition and won an honourable mention and a red dot!


Red and Yellow Nasturtiums in Silver Creamer
10" square
Oil on wood panel

Oh how I've missed my blog.  I have been using Instagram a lot more lately and that is probably why I've been remiss in posting here.  But here I am with the final version of my nasturtiums.  I am playing catchup so on to the next painting.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nasturtiums in Silver

Nasturtiums in Silver
Oil on Canvas
10" square

On my easel this Sunday morning.  I love painting silver objects and the delicious colors of demure little nasturtiums.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

An Illustrated Menu

Summer is traditionally wedding season and illustrating for everything from the invitations to the reception tables can keep me pretty busy.  There are the place cards, seating charts, menus and beautiful quotes to design for.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Iris and Nectarine

Iris and Nectarine
6" x 9"
Oil on Canvas

What a beautiful color combination, Iris blue and all the peachy pinks and yellows in the nectarine.
It is a work in progress (almost there) and I'm picking up my paint brush and tweaking little bits even as I write this post.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Green Pear in Pink Paper

Oil on wood cradled panel
6" x 6"

This is a re-visit of a painting I did maybe 3-4 years ago. You can see the original in my banner at the top of the page. This time on a collaged background with my calligraphy of a quote that I like a lot..."Fill your heart with what's important and be done with all the rest".  I decided to re-do this image because I wanted to see how I might have evolved after a dedicated effort to improve my brush strokes.  I like this one as much as the first but I have to say it
developed a lot easier this time around.  

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Geraniums Red and Yellow

8" x 8" x 1.5" Oil on wood cradled panel

A few geraniums from my container garden with a little yellow dahlia thrown in for good measure.

I enjoy painting geraniums.  I think I do better by them as paintings than in real life.  I tried a less structured approach with these this time.  Rather than starting out with a detailed drawing, I thought I'd "wing it" and just pencil it in roughly and let my eye do the measuring.  A lot more fun this way.