Cherries and Blue Cheese

Posted on Jul 27, 2011

Cherries and Blue Cheese

This was my lunch a couple of days ago – a small wedge of Castello-Rosenborg Danish Blue Cheese and some ripe cherries. It was a miserably hot day when I took my plate outside to photograph it, which made the cheese get all melty. Mmmm! These cherries are painted larger than life. Here are some images taken along the...

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Life Becoming

Posted on Jul 16, 2011

Life Becoming

This week I’m hosting the painting challenge on Daily Paintworks. It’s called “The Color Of Music,”  and you’re invited to play along! The idea is to paint a favorite piece of music, converting sound to pigment. My song choice, “Life Becoming,” comes from a long-time favorite album by Michael Nesmith called “The Garden.”   This mostly instrumental album comes boxed with a short novel. The idea is to play the music while...

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Summer Yellow

Posted on Jul 13, 2011

Summer Yellow

This pretty sunflower and its five friends currently reside on my work table, thanks to my wonderful husband. Usually I paint from printouts or my monitor, but this one was painted from life thanks to the impending demise of my computer.  Poor thing has been overheating and locking up every few minutes and generally making my life miserable. Tomorrow I’ll send it over the electronic rainbow bridge and set up its replacement. Then I can finally get some work done!...

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Dusk on the Midway

Posted on Jul 7, 2011

Dusk on the Midway

Dusk is my favorite time to photograph the midway. As blue skies deepen, the lights begin to sparkle. The hot, humid day gives way to cooling breezes, and the grandstand pulses to the beat of an American Idol. There’s a little extra excitement in the air. We’re going to have some fun tonight! This is my first experience using Ampersand Aquabord. (Not a misspelling. Ampersand calls all their boards “‘bord.”) As the name implies, this surface...

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Stripes, and Stars

Posted on Jul 1, 2011

Stripes, and Stars

Every year I pass this colorful little tent at my state fair, and have the same “gotta paint this” reaction. So I photograph it, and file it away. This 4th of July weekend seemed like the perfect time to finally get it done. I’m experimenting here in painting on a metallic gold-toned surface. I was reluctant to cover up all that pretty gold! Also trying out my new favorite blue, indanthrene blue, in the sky. Here are a few images from along the way:...

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Crinkle Fries

Posted on Jun 29, 2011

Crinkle Fries

Here’s another painting of something I can’t eat. I loved these things when I still ate white potatoes. These days I have a new love – sweet potato fries! OMG, they are so good! Much tastier than white potato fries, and they barely raise my blood sugar. I serve them with a garlicky dipping sauce made with Greek yogurt. Yum! A few images from along the way: Purchase on...

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Caramel Apple, No Nuts

Posted on Jun 26, 2011

Caramel Apple, No Nuts

Ten years ago this week, I gave up sugar forever. So I’ll celebrate by painting apples covered in caramelized sugar. I used to love these things! Ate a lot of them as a kid growing up next to a ten acre apple orchard. My mom would melt Kraft caramels in a double boiler with a little cream, then dip the crisp fresh apples in it. Yum! The taste of Autumn. No nuts for me, though. Here are a few images captured along the way:...

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Voyeur

Posted on Jun 20, 2011

Voyeur

This piece was created for the Daily Paintworks Balance Challenge hosted by Cathleen Rehfeld. Here are Cathleen’s guidelines for the challenge: The challenge is to create a stack of something that is balanced, in many ways. Literally balancing things on top of other things, and balance in color, color compliments, neutrals and bright color, composition, negative/positive space, and then paint it! I think I strained my mind thinking too much! But it was fun to shop for...

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Like Moths

Posted on Jun 19, 2011

Like Moths

  Like moths to a flame, they gather. This is another image from the Indiana State Fair balloon glow. The unusual flat-bottomed shape of this hot air balloon hints at its purpose. It’s a promotional balloon shaped like a giant can of Pepsi. This painting is available on Zatista, where I’m starting to list some of my originals. I like Zatista. They’re selective. They sell nothing but original wall art. Their artists are screened by a review board, so...

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