Saturday, June 30, 2007

Grapes on the Vine

24" x 24" oil painting on wrapped canvas. I have been collecting photos and sketches of grapes for a long time hoping to dive in one day. This is my first attempt and it was a lot of fun. Any suggestions from my artist friends out there?? Please post them! I have a composition planned for a larger canvas that I am sketching through now and hope to start tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Farthest from the Tree

24" x 24" Oil Painting on 3/4" wrapped canvas support. Orchards and apples are one of my favorite subjects. I especially like to create the composition and the color from my memories and experience rather than a specific reference photo.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sunflower Trio

20" x 24" wrapped canvas. I painted this one directly onto white canvas which is unusual for me as I always paint into a colored ground. The canvas, though primed, seemed like it kept absorbing my paint and I would have to go back repaint passages that I would have rather kept. Lesson learned. I am off to my studio to prime some canvas in tasty colors.......much more fun!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sunflower Lovers

3' x 3' Oil on gallery wrapped canvas. This is the third painting that I have done that is was inspired by these two particular sunflowers that I watch grown together in my garden. From my kitchen window, I could see their friendship turn into something more.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Best Friends

This painting is 3' x 3' oil on gallery wrapped canvas. The images are created from composite sketches of sunflowers I grew in my garden last year. There is something majestic about sunflowers that makes them very fun and challenging to paint. This piece will go to the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

Friday, June 08, 2007

The Mod Squad

3' x 9' Triptych composed of (3) 3' x 3' gallery wrapped canvas' and painted in oils. This piece is a commission for a new salon opening in my neighboring town of Saline, MI. I grew a row of Zinnias in my vegetable garden last year and loved all the variety of color. The salon owner was looking for something bright and funky to be the focal point of the styling room. I purposefully composed each Zinnia with a different 'do! I hope her patrons enjoy the piece. By the way, the name of the business is "Mod Squad Salon".