Thursday, February 28, 2013

Day Lily #4

Day Lily #4, Acrylic on Paper, 5"x7", $100
This day lily is a variety that I got from my husband's late mother's garden.  It continues to grow and multiply in our yard.  I especially love the deep red-orange petals and the golden yellow throat.  For this painting, I used my palette knife to apply Golden Open acrylic paint on gessoed watercolor paper.  There is a bright orange underpainting that shows through here and there.

To purchase, please go to my Daily Paint Works Gallery -  the link is at right. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Cardinal, 6"x6", Acrylic on Gessoboard, $195
This winter we have the good fortune to have a veritable flock of cardinals coming to our bird feeders.  Their beautiful crimson plumage brightens many a gray day.  I did this painting using Julie Ford Oliver's fracturing technique (it involves a palette knife and a squeegee.)  I only recently started painting on gessoboard - it is really smooth compared to gessoed watercolor paper and canvas, so a whole different feel when applying paint.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Golden Pods

Golden Pods, 10"x9", Acrylic on Paper, $250

Every summer I grow several different kinds of poppies in my gardens. One of them, which I refer to as my ocean poppy, is dusty pink with a light grey center and thick, pale green foliage.  It grows wonderful seed pods that develop a row of small windows under the rim to let the seeds out.  I have done a bunch of paintings of these pods using different colors and techniques.  This is one of my favorites. I love the rich golds and the organic shapes.  I also had fun with the concept of incompleteness on this one, leaving two of the pods partially defined.

Monday, February 25, 2013


Alliums, 6x6 Acrylic on Gessoboard, $100

This painting followed a trip to the grocery store to get a variety of produce that would last long enough for me to get several paintings done.  I bought red and yellow onions, a shallot and a couple of white boiling onions, plus a few leeks for the green.  They didn't all make it into this painting.  I used palette knife for the entire piece.  I've also been playing with various underpaintings in my recent work - in this one, you can see bits of red and pink poking through.

To purchase this painting go to my Daily Paint Works Gallery (click on icon in to the right.)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Fractured Onions

Fractured Onions   6.5"x6.5", Acrylic on Paper  $195

This painting was created using a technique called fracturing by its creator, Julie Ford Oliver.  I used a palette knife and squeegee with Golden's Open Acrylic paints.  You can find the tutorial for this technique on Daily Paint Works in their Art Bytes store.

Note:  It's been a long time since I tried blogging - last time it didn't stick.  During the intervening time, I have tried a lot of different techniques and subject matter with varied results.  I will be sharing some of the pieces that I think were successful as well as my ongoing experiments.