Pears and Brass

I visited my hair stylist the other day. Next door is a wonderful antique/thrift shop and I found this brass urn. Set up my still life and painted it from life. The grapes are kind of wrinkly now, but they did their job well. Pears and Brass Urn 9x20" oil on canvas; $450 ready to frame

The last bell peppers

There's always a last. A last flower, a last piece of cake (or pie), the last chocolate. While dieting, I hated seeing the last of my allowed foods. In the spring I don't like saying good-bye to the last of the frosted mornings, or the last of the frosted moons. In autumn, I say goodbye to the last peppers. They only are around until frost. Trois Belle Poivrons 10x10 watercolor on Yupo; $90

Sprouting Onion

So before the onion got too soft and squishy, I painted him once more. The green sprouts were darker and had curled in the most delicious way around the onion and towards the light. I'm learning that painting regularly is absolutely needed for continued growth. I'm also learning that while I'm a 2, 3, or even 4 times a week painter, I'm rarely a daily painter. I don't grow that quickly in my work. I have spurts of progress and output followed by rest periods where my brain retools itself, refreshes itself and gets ready for the next bit of creative output. I'm in awe of those artists who can churn out paintings day after day. Sprouting Onion 5x7 oil on panel; $55

Deux Navets (Two Turnips) #2

So yesterday I showed you process, stages of work, and a finished small painting. I was watching my "continuing education" video on watercolor techniques for flowers, and was hit by the sudden need to paint the turnips once more. I already had my paint colors mixed and ready, so all there was for it was to start. I dispensed with the drawing and went straight to paint. I did mark off the general shapes, but no details. This painting was complete in about an hour or less. To my eye, it's nice, but not as "finished" as the painting posted yesterday. I'll let you be the judge. Deux Navets 5x7 oil; $55

Deux Navets (Two Turnips), a Still Life

It's looking a lot like I'm cleaning out the fridge. Good thing, it needs a going over after the holidays. So many of those little plastic bins that aren't really see through. They do such a good job that food can go through all stages of decomposition without offending the nose! Anyhow, todays' painting is of fresh turnips I chose from the Raleigh market on Blake Street. I love that place! If I lived in Founder's Row, I'd sit every morning at the market and paint, draw and drink in the aromas of fresh fruits and veg. I'm showing you not only my in process photos, but am including as well, a photo of the tools. You'll see my color chart (which keeps me on course), my drawing (the design work), the actual veg, and the painting. It looks so easy, and it's small so it must be quick to paint, right? Not always the case. This one was about 3.5 hours or so. The setup and prep work:   The first finish.  I decided that while I really liked the small turnip, the larger one just wasn't making me happy, so: 
I scraped it out, and wiped it down.  A reconnoiter of my color chart reoriented me and here you can see where I laid in the darker values of this guy. 
  Wah-lah!!!  We have a successful painting. Deux Navets 5x7 oil on board; $55