Thursday, March 29, 2012

Morrisville II

Oil on 8x10 Gallery wrap canvas
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I love the calmness of the water and the reflections of the trees and hay stacks.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Oil on 8x10 Gallery wrap Canvas
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I find that I alternate between landscapes and then a portrait. Portraits are so draining that I like alternating a few landscapes in between. This is from a picture taken a couple years ago when we still lived in North Carolina. I loved the calm water on the pond and the reflection of the trees. A storm was coming so the colors just popped out.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chateau des Alpilles

Oil on 8x8 Gallery wrap canvas 
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This is a second one from the grounds of the Chateau des Alpilles in Provence from this summer. The trees and long stretches of grass were beautiful. The hotel is in St. Remy, a very quaint and artistic town, I wish I could have stayed longer and gone to all the galleries!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dashing Gabriel

Oil on 12x9 Gallery Wrap Canvas 

 Didn't get to paint a lot this week but I did go to my class in Milwaukee on Wednesday and enjoyed it so much! This is Gabriel, my nephew, I had promised my mom that I would do a portrait of him for her.  He has this cute little mischievous smile in this picture and that is so him!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

River Boat

Oil on 8x8 Gallery Wrap Canvas

We went to see the river boats this past summer. It was interesting to see them going up or down the canal, and to think that they had this system for years and years. It would be such a treat to be on one of those boats painting!  My sister who's great at taking pictures took this one.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Village in Provence

Oil on 8x8 Gallery wrap canvas

This is another picture from this past summer. We did a lot of driving around in Provence and this is a village we drove by close to Barjols.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sarah II

Oil on 12x9 Gallery Wrap Canvas

This is the portrait I did yesterday at the "Live model" drawing/painting sitting. I was a little worried about doing my first portrait in oils as opposed to acrylics but I found that it's easier to do a "softer" portrait with oils because you can make the edges fuzzy later, had I tried that with acrylics I would have found that the edges were already dry. Still learning but really enjoying it!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Oil on 8x8 Gallery Wrap Canvas
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 I just love the broken fence and this winding path. Where does this path go I wonder?

I'm getting more used to oil paints and I'm actually starting to like the fact that it doesn't dry so quickly.  You can actually move the paint with your paintbrush if you need to, I think that's just great!!!!  I went to my "Live Model" session today and am pretty happy with the results, I will post it tomorrow (it's already on DailyPaintworks if you're interested in checking it out).

Monday, March 5, 2012

Peaceful Meadow

Oil on 8x10 Gallery wrap canvas
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This was my submission to this week's DailyPaintworks challenge.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Oil on paper 

I've been practicing with oil again today and worked from a sketch I did a week or so ago.  I figured I would save the canvas and practice on paper.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Oil on 8x8 Gallery wrap canvas
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 Ok, so I tried oils again today. I guess it's hard trying a different medium whatever it might be. I have questions for fellow artists who have used oils, such as:

Do you tone your canvas beforehand? I noticed that the color was being mixed with whatever I put on top. Do you tone and then wait until it dries?

How do you work on details if the paint is wet and it gets all mixed up?

Do you use more than one brush or do you clean in turpentine between colors?

Do you do anything else than turpentine (or equivalent) to clean the brushes thoroughly?

Any pointers for a new oil user would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Acrylic on 14x11 Gallery Wrap Canvas

 This is what I did in "Painting/drawing from live model" class this week. I had a hard time getting some of her features right and it was frustrating at times...still decided to see it through and I'm satisfied with the end result. Hopefully next week will be better!
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