Saturday, December 31, 2011

Midnight Roses

I know, is not technically midnight.
I was working on a larger painting all day and had not done my "daily". I decided to take some roses and  put them in front of a window.  The result is something very different from what I usually paint.  It's good to get out of the comfort zone, at least once a year.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Friday, December 30, 2011

Nature Studies: Geese

I'm doing quick studies of "wildlife', even though calling Canadian Geese wildlife does not seem accurate since they're everywhere.  Anyway, I feel I should do more of these, and I will.  I'm not expecting masterpieces or even finished pieces.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bowl of Oranges

I found my inspiration today by admiring the paintings of Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) at the Hispanic Society Museum in New York City.  His paintings are full of energy and self assurance.  His colors are clean and vibrant.  The size of them is truly imposing.  Just to think that he created all that beauty with the same painting tools that I use every day.
About the craft, I have been warned about painting cut glass, obviously, I did not listen.  I enjoyed painting this and I love the way that the orange in the front steals the show.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Some people like to walk in the rain, others like to sing in the rain, I like to paint in the rain.  Maybe I can't make that claim because I'm under a roof, but the sentiment is the same.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Monday, December 26, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday's Painting..

Is full of woe..
This morning as I decided to put some of the homes in the landscape.  They are a part of the place and I don't want to ignore them or pretend that they are not there.  This is new to me and like everything else, it'll take patience and lots of practice.  I didn't really finished this work, I kind of abandoned it.  I feel that whatever else I do to it will not contribute, therefore, I'll move on.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pears and Stripes

Naming these paintings is half the fun.
I'm staying with the same elements to explore different angles and ways to present them.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kiwi on Red Plate

I thought I push the colors a little more today.

Oil on linen.  6 x 6

Saturday, December 17, 2011


I'll be the first one to admit that putting a green kiwi on a yellow plate over an orange cloth might be a bit much, maybe.  But, it is in these daily paintings that I get to try different things. It's all about exploring and having fun, learning and getting out of my comfort zone.  I'm happy with the finished product.
Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Friday, December 16, 2011

Cloud Study # 4

Clouds move very fast on a windy morning. I painted this around 7:30;  it was a little difficult to capture the formations, but well worth the trouble.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Would I paint tomatoes so often if they weren't red?  I don't think so.

Oil on canvas.  6 x 6

Friday, December 9, 2011

Apple with Leaf

I love finding an apple with its leaf still attached.
I moved things around in my studio and the light is not too great in the evening, I'm not sure that the colors are to my liking.  I guess I'll know tomorrow morning.

Oil on canvas.  5 x 5

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mums by the Window

The light changes very fast, no time for details.

Oil on linen.  7 x 5

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Syphon and Sunflowers

I didn't know what to paint on this dark and dreary morning, so I chose something bright and cheerful.  Maybe a little too ambitious for a quick painting.

Oil on linen.  7 x 5

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Foggy morning

It was a quiet and still morning, reminiscent of a Whistler painting. Then, a duck glided into the picture and I decided to make it the focal point.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Self Portrait #3

I don't do enough of these, it's too painful.
The colors are kind of chalky because I painted on an old canvas.

Oil on canvas.  8 x 8

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Fall Colors 4

The reds have faded, but these are still fall colors.

Oil on linen.  5 x 7

Thursday, December 1, 2011