Saturday, January 31, 2009

Too Close for Comfort

This is the last in the kiwi fruit series. In my previous post, Kelley left a comment saying that, in a series, the image can get progressively more abstract. I had never heard of that idea before, which I thought was fascinating. This is certainly true in this series, even though I wasn't trying, the image of the fruit did become more abstract.
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Friday, January 30, 2009

All Together Now

Still having fun with the kiwis. This one seems like it's a little more abstract and geometric than the previous ones. It's also fun to paint this way. I'm hoping to get one more painting from the kiwi fruit. They are getting a little withered from the light, so we'll see. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

One and a Half, Once Again

Here is one more kiwi painting. This was done at night, which to me is a little harder than painting with daylight. Kiwi, since they are covered with fuzz, don't really have any sharp highlights. They do sort of glow. I tried to show that in the painting of the whole fruit. I'm not completely satisfied with the outcome, but am so excited to get back to painting, that I don't really care. Having the time away, just makes me want to paint more!
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

One and a Half

It's great to get back to painting. I was sidelined with some kind of hideous virus for about a week, and not up to painting. Yesterday, was my first day back. It was a small challenge to get restarted , but so much fun! I really enjoyed these kiwi. The green color inside is so beautiful! Not only was I enjoying the visual aspect, I was also eating them. Kiwi are a very healthy fruit, loaded with vitamin C, great for the immune system. I did several of these kiwi paintings, some of which I will not post, they were that bad. I will post some of better ones later on.
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Lean to the Left

More cherries. This time I tried to lighten things up a bit, maybe because, it has been so much like spring, with temps in the low 70's. It is a little strange for this time of year, but beautiful, with sunny days, lots of blue skies, but cold at night. I guess we are luckier than other parts of the country, where people are struggling with the freezing cold. Here's to cherries and sunny skies in January!
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Lots of Love

This is a small monoprint that I did last year for the Valentine exhibit at the Lafayette Gallery. I did one in a dark red and one in this magenta color. The dark red one sold. This one remained. This past weekend, I brought it to the gallery for this year's Valentine show. It is now hanging and the exhibit looks great! If you are in the area, please come to the reception on Feb. 6th. The gallery website,, will have the details of the exhibit and reception. Hope to see you there!
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lean to the Right

This time I wanted to try painting with looser, more relaxed brushstrokes. It's fun trying to loosen up a little. I'm also still feeling challenged with the stems and want to work some more on that, especially where the stem meets the fruit. It's always something. I guess that's why artists keep coming back for more. I think that I'll try for at least one more of the cherry paintings and then move on. Tomorrow's another day, as we've heard.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

In the Shadows

I was just emailed by Debbi, who told me that the image on my last post was nonexistent. Thank you Debbi! I will try again. We'll hope this works.
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In the Shadows

In my last post, I talked about the beautiful displays of citrus fruit, outside, as you approach the front door at Whole Foods. Once, I got in the door, I couldn't resist, there was a gorgeous display of beautiful dark red cherries. I had to bring some home home, and here they are. This was my first time painting cherries. It was fun , but a little challenging with the stems. I also did this at night, in the semidarkness, with the spot light to create highlights. Painting at night was a little different for me, also challenging.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Two Plus One

The colors of citrus fruits are so beautiful and inspiring. I just bought a whole pile of lemons, limes, tangerines, grapefruit, and oranges.
I sort of went nuts at the grocery story...just couldn't resist the colors, so happy and bright. The produce area in Whole Foods has a huge display, outside , right before you enter the store. It was breathtaking! All I could think about was getting home with the fruit and starting to paint!
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Three of a Kind

Finally, I'm getting back on track. I've missed my routine and am happily painting again and back to blogging. Whew! So nice! It seems like I've been away so long, and it's great being back. This is a lime painting that I did awhile ago, and did not have a chance to post. I love experimenting with colors. The lime green and rich blue are one of my favorite combinations. I'd like to work with more color and try to find more combinations that are interesting. We'll forge ahead in that direction and see what happens! Stay tuned for more!
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