Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Two Pears

24" x 24" Oil on panel
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In response to a persistent request for painting BIG, here is a little bigger "fruit Crop" to go with the others. These pears have great blushing color now with just a hint of their former greenness. AND they're in love...probably newly wed. This will be their first Christmas together!

The photo has some nasty glare, so I will update it when I have some better light. Even though we are over the hump and the days are getting longer, it is still gloomy at 4:30pm here. I'm anxious for longer days; at least we are going in the right direction now.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lemon Lime

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12" x 12" Oil on canvas.
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Ah, a natural combination! Lemon/Lime continues my series of "fruit crops". I again was interested in the highlights and shadows on the fruit. I was happy to keep the brush strokes loose and juicy. Fruit should be juicy, right?

I was also happy to get a painting finished after fighting a broken fire sprinkler pipe all of this week. Life if full of challenges, but thanks to some new friends and old friend, we have a repaired and updated inverter system running in the house. Now I am learning all about water damage and how it is dried out!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


8" x 8" Oil on panel.

For those of you that don't know, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an amazing international wilderness area along Minnesota and Canada. (I suppose it is now the BWCAW.) I've had some very memorable trips there in my life; it's been a while since I've paddled there. This painting's reference is from my friend Bruce's trip this last summer.

I recommend planning a trip when you can (and plan to take mosquito repellent; it is still worth it!)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Two Apples

Continuing the series on cropped fruit pairs, I decided to include a work in progress shot along the way. These two apples are lit from the left side in my favorite shadow box staging. It provides a nice sharp contrast and an interesting sinewy "S" shaped shadow. I was careful with the composition to avoid tangents and keep the focal points in strong locations to move the eye around in the painting.

Here is the work in progress:

And here is the final painting:

12" x 12" Oil on canvas.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Two Oranges

12" x 12" Oil on Canvas.
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Here's another in a series of fruit "crops". I liked the closeup of the two peaches so much I am going to continue in a series. These oranges had nice color. The green fade on the stem end of one makes a nice effect.

I was busy while I was away from the easel, but it is good to be back.