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Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Vintage

5 x 7
oil on panel

I love ball jars. And this year, to my great delight,  I found Ball had reissued pint jars in a deep purple! So I set up this little still life of my purple reissued Ball jar on my pink reproduction carnival glass platter. This is the same setting as my blue Ball jar painting, with our back yard showing through the window in the background. The colors were kind of crazy but works since yellow-green is the compliment of red-purple.  I can't wait to can jam in these jars, but will always keep one reserved for painting!
For purchase, please contact The Castle Gallery

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Catching Z's

5 x 7
oil on gessoboard
I've always heard the most brilliant sunrises and sunsets happen during the change of seasons and lately, we've had some whoppers.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Life Drawings

Last week I attended a life drawing session hosted by Artlink Gallery. It has been a very long time since I've had the opportunity to draw a live, nude model and I expected it to be a challenging evening. A friend had said it would come back to me like riding a bicycle and happily, she was right. I'm hoping to do this more often and to improve these skills. These drawings were done with a mix of pencils I brought along including pastel, Prismacolor, and a range of leads. They weren't an ideal mix, so next time I'll know to use more congruent materials.

It was good to become reacquainted with what different effects you get with various paper textures and the soft and hard pencils. The entire session was three hours during which the model gave us five, thirty, and forty minute poses.  All three of these poses were held for approximately 40 minutes and the time flew by.