Tuesday, August 31, 2010

We Have A Winner!

Congratulations Susan! and thank you to everyone who entered, I had so much fun reading your funny kid quotes and pet stories :) I think my favorite one was:

"My son is 2 1/2 and was recently sick. Ever since then he likes to tell me he has a fever, mainly when he needs attention. Today while I was at the computer he came up to me and said, "Mommy, I hab two fevahs. A fevah in my tummy and a fevah in my awm." Then he told me he needed medicine. Little faker!!"

I like when moms can spell just like how their child sounds, so cute :)

Still Life Trio - Commissioned work

I did this set for a buyer last week. She wanted them all in this palette knife style, which is fun to do, so I'm glad people like them.

Each canvas measures 6x6 inches

Monday, August 30, 2010

Carpinteria Cliffs - Landscape Oil Painting - 18x24

I think this is my favorite new painting I did for the show. It's also one of my favorite places to go :)

Oil on cradled gessobord, 18x24 inches

Here it is in the local paper, I love our little town :)


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Avocado Love - Still life oil painting - 12x12

I know 12x12 inches isn't a very large painting surface, but I feel like this avocado is enormous!

avocado painting
Oil on cradled panel, 12x12 inches

Friday, August 27, 2010

Surf Shop - Carpinteria Oil Paintng - 12x12

I needed more in town scenes for the Corktree show, so I remade this one into something a little bigger.

surf shop painting
Oil on panel, 12x12 inches

And don't forget to enter my giveaway!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunset Palms - California Oil Painting - 12x24

This is the sister piece to the one I did a few days ago Sunrise Palms. It's also hanging at Corktree Cellars. I'm very happy with both of them :)

Oil on cradled panel, 12x24 inches
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

May Sunset - Carpinteria Oil Painting - 18x24

This is another large painting that I did for the show. I gave that awful panel another chance, I added another coat of gesso first, it helped a little, but I'm still not impressed.

This show was a great push for me. I usually view my small 6x6 paintings as like an oil sketch, and then if I really like the composition and colors then I can turn it into something larger. But the problem is I get distracted and have a folder of things "to paint larger", the show made me finally buckle down and do them.

Oil on panel, 18x24 inches

and don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hey! A Giveaway!

Just in case there wasn't enough going on right now :) But I love giveaways! I feel like I get to make someone happy...so here it is:

"Skinny Avocado"
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 6x6 inches

How to enter the giveaway:
1. Just leave a comment on this post telling me the best thing you've ever heard a kid say or your best pet story. Like I could say "my cat loves to play fetch" or once a 3 year old told my friend "I love you...I used to hate you, but I don't anymore".

2. For an extra entry become a follower, and then leave a comment telling me you're a follower.

3. For a third entry you can tweet, blog, or facebook to let your friends know about the giveaway.

Make sure you leave an extra comment for each step!

This giveaway will last for one week,
I will announce the winner on Tuesday, August 31st .

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunrise in the Park - Carpinteria Oil Painting - 18x36

Dropped off my paintings this morning :) I had just enough to fill the spaces and even a couple to spare. The show runs through November 22nd, that's a long time! So stop by Corktree Cellars if you're in the area :)
Here's another one of the paintings I did for the show, it's huge and I love it!

california oil painting
Oil on canvas, 18x36 inches
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Clouds in the Salt Marsh - Carpinteria Oil Painting - 18x24

My show at Corktree Cellars goes up tomorrow, I'm excited but I'm nervous too. Ever since I found out (8 days ago) I've been painting non stop... large, and non stop. I felt like I was in school again, and I had a cumulative final that I wasn't prepared for at all. But I did manage to finish 5 new large pieces, this is one of them:

Oil on panel, 18x24 inches

I was trying out a new painting surface with this one....WORST panel ever, it was like trying to paint on water. I really do not recommend Speedball gessoed panels.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

August Skies - Skyscape Oil Painting - 12x12

I really like how loose this one turned out. I would write more but I'm off to go buy frames, I have a show coming up :) more about that later.

Oil on stretched canvas, 12x12 inches
Sides painted, ready to hang

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's a Quiet Village - Original Oil Painting - 6x6

A break from my series of sky paintings. I forget where exactly I took this photo, I'm pretty sure it was somewhere in Austria. I just love the shadows, and how golden the setting sunlight looks.

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 6x6 inches
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Abstracted Sky - Landscape Oil Painted - 18x24

Another big one today. I've had these canvases sitting around forever because I really hate painting on canvas, but this sort of painting on them isn't so bad.

Oil on stretched canvas, 18x24 inches
Sides painted
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Storm in Blue and Gold III - Landscape Oil Painting - 12x24

Doing all of these paintings of thunderstorms is making me have dreams about them...last night I had to hide in my closet because there was a tornado outside...it was much more effective than it would have been in real life :)

Oil on stretched canvas, 12x24 inches.
Painted sides, ready to hang.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Going Green - Skyscape Oil Painting - 18x24

Another in my series of storm paintings. I LOVE this one! The mood is everything I hoped it would be.

Oil on stretched canvas, 18x24 inches
Sides painted

Friday, August 13, 2010

Storm in Blue and Gold II - Landscape Oil Painting - 12x12

This painting was the hardest one I've ever had to photograph. It caused me to read my camera manual from cover to cover (something I've been putting off for months)....only to find out that the manual covers only basic things...like charging the battery, turning it on, and how it's not a good idea to drop it. I am now in a search for book, or secondary manual, or anything really that will unveil all the mysteries of my Nikon D3000 to me.

Oil on stretched canvas, 12x12 inches
Sides painted, no framing required

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Storm in Blue and Gold - Skyscape Oil Painting - 12x12

The thing I miss the most about Denver is definitely the summer thunderstorms. It's nice that the beach is here...but not when "May Gray" and "June Gloom" have turned into "Fogust"... I haven't heard of one for July, but that was cloudy too. Now if it was thunderstorming here I wouldn't have a complaint at all :)

Oil on stretched canvas, 12x12 inches
Sides painted, ready to hang.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Carpinteria Cypress - Landscape Oil Painting - 5x5

Carpinteria has some pretty distinct trees and this is definitely one of them :) It's unique shape makes it really fun to draw....although it kind of reminds me of a bad hair day.

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 5x5 inches

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Santa Barbara Skate Park - Original Oil Painting - 12x12

This is a painting that required some courage, I usually don't like to paint figures, but the sunlight on their clothing was appealing to me.

Oil on gessoboard, 12x12 inches

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunrise Palms - Landscape Oil Painting - 12x24

This is the largest painting I've done in a long time. I was planning on taking several days to work on it, but I enjoyed it so much that I just kept painting into the night, and finished it in one day. I've never been so exhausted.

Oil on cradled Ampersand Gessobord, 12x24 inches
Wired and ready to hang

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Red Pepper - Still life oil painting - 5x5

First Friday was last night, and it went pretty well :) I sold a couple of paintings, and got to hang out with fellow artist Kim Snyder , a local celebrity of sorts :) for good reason since her paintings are amazing!

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 5x5 inches
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Two Boats - Stearns Wharf Oil Painting - 5x5

I loved what a bright green color the water was underneath the wharf. And the bright white boats were charming.

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 6x6 inches

I've been working on these little 5x5 paintings this week because I bought these great 5x5" frames last week. I thought they would be fun to bring to Carpinteria's first friday celebration tonight :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Avocado and Stripes - Still Life Oil Painting - 5x5

I think this little still life turned out really cute, especially in the little frame I found for it. I bought a bunch of these frames to bring with me to first friday this week, it's going to be fun!

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 5xx inches

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stearns Wharf Fish and Chips - Original Oil Painting - 5x5

Red buildings are so much fun :) I found a ton of great stuff to paint on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, I'll have to go back soon. I actually included some people in this little scene...baby steps.

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 5x5 inches
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Plate Pears - Still Life Oil Painting - 5x5

I'm kind of laughing a little at how this one turned out. I like it. But it's a little more...graphic? more illustrative looking than I had originally planned.

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 5x5 inches

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Monterey II - Seascape Oil Painting - 6x6

I don't know why it's been so hard for me to photograph these last two paintings...they're not as dark as the screen says they are. Luckily my friend Lindsey taught me lots of new camera tricks yesterday (yay!), maybe some of those will help.

I've been enjoying these little ocean scenes, it gave me a chance to try painting that sea green color. I discovered that viridian green was crucial for my palette :) And it can only get better with practice.

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 6x6 inches

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Monterey - Original Seascape Painting - 6x6

This is a gift for my husband. We were walking along the beach one evening and he got really excited about "the monterey" but since I'm not an engineer I may never know why.

Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 6x6 inches
not for sale