Friday, September 5, 2014

Bluffs in Gold - 9x12

Nap fights, tantrums, and FLEAS.  That is what my week has been filled with. Needless to say there's been very little time to paint.  The good news is we got a new vacuum to fight the fleas and I'm ridiculously in love with it. 

I painted this one a few weeks ago and I'm finally getting around to posting it.  I loved the gold tones of the field contrasted with the blueness of the sky.  It was fun to play with these bright colors. 

Oil on canvas panel
9x12 inches

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Maui Sunset - 6x12

Little piece of the hawaii trip we took last year.  Walking around at sunset trying to get Lily to doze off in the ergo :) 

Oil on 1" cradled panel, 6x12 inches

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pears on White - 6x6

Making time to paint a quick one during the afternoon nap. 

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Leadbetter Beach - 16x20

The little one took amazing naps one day last week and allowed me to finish this piece.  This week we had no such luck, but I'm trying to look on the bright side. 

Oil on panel, 16x20 inches

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Carpinteria Bluffs, Late Afternoon - 18x24

I had this piece all sketched out and ready to paint on a 5x7 panel....and then I looked at it and thought "I'm going to have to mix all those colors anyway, I might as well paint it large!".  And thus began my current project of big paintings.  It makes me feel like I've accomplished more when I use an entire naptime to start something big, rather than something so small.  

There was going to be more to this post, but I hear a chorus of "ball, ball, ball, ball" from the other room, which means the baby is up. 

Oil on canvas, 18x24 inches

Friday, July 18, 2014

Santa Barbara Palm Trees - 5x7

The part that drew me to this scene was that intensely blue sky, how flat the sand looks, and how the palm trees were reaching up so gracefully... I kind of want to paint this on a very large scale sometime. 

Oil on panel, 5x7 inches

Monday, July 14, 2014

Yellow Flowers on the Bluffs - 8x10

The part that drew me to this piece was the shrubbery on the path, I really liked how bright the flowers on top were, contrasted with the dark underside.  It also gave me a chance to paint those bluish purplish shadows that I love, and that little peek of the ocean on the left. 

Oil on stretched linen, 8x10 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Butterfly Beach, Montecito California - 8x8

I love painting that orange glow on the mountains and cliffs. To me it's what makes sunsets so beautiful around here. 

Oil on cradled panel, 8x8 inches

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sliced Open, Gold and Blue - 6x6

Another experiment with the open pear...

Oil on panel, 6x6 inches

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just Half - 4x4

It occurred to me that for all the many pears I have painted over the years I had never painted one cut open. 

Oil on stretched canvas, 4x4 inches, 1 1/3" painted sides