16" x 20"
Oil on hardboard panel 
A friend sent a photo of an artichoke the other day.  It was head-on—looked like this; green as Kermit, but the shape of a burgeoning rose.  I cropped it, drew it and squeezed out my greens and reds and grabbed a sponge.  Since she looked like a rose, I'd paint her like a rose. 

I lay down the first wash of most of my large paintings with a sponge. Most of you who have been with me for the year and a half I've been blogging know that. Consecutive layers of color also go on with the sponge, a little snippet of it, and only the small or fine lines are brushed on.  I enjoyed this one... a lot!  I'll bet she was a good eat, too.

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Strawberry Jam in the Morning

"Strawberry Jam in the Morning"
6" x 6"
Oil on gessoed hardboard
My favorite way to start the day is with strawberry jam in the morning. So sweet. So thick. So delicious. Strawberry is my flavor of choice. Occasionally I'll have raspberry. Just for the sake of variety. But I find raspberry a little too—tart. And so I return to strawberry.

I found this jar in the refrigerator. It seemed like it wanted to be painted. I brought it down to Studio B—below ground—and painted... something completely different.  

Thanks for coming down to my studio today. 
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