Crescent Rollers

"Crescent Rollers"
22" x 30"
Watercolor on paper 
I traveled to the home of one of my collectors over the weekend and saw several pieces of my art that I hadn't documented. I thought you might enjoy seeing them while I continue to paint house portraits. 

There was a time when either marbles, checks or crescents were in every painting. This one had some of each.

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We Didn't Get the Memo

"We Didn't Get the Memo"
16" x 20"
Watercolor on Arches 
Watercolor was my first passionate venture into art. I taught myself to paint by reading Sondra Freckleton's book, "Dynamic Still Lifes in Watercolor."  I'm revisiting  my passion today. I've missed it so.  I love these colorful, swirling balls!

Quality brushes, paints and paper can be the difference between "nice" and "fabulous."

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Blue and Green Marble

"Blue and Green Marble"
6" x 6"
Oil on canvas panel
Another one of my glassy orbs.  These are about an inch and a quarter in diameter. They're so clear and fun to look into.  

When I begin a series, I imagine who might wish to own the pieces.  If they like the marble color, the background with a similar color will be fine.  So this is my decision-making process regarding that.

Thanks for shooting by :-)  Okay, that was a stretch.
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Unlikely Companions,These

"Marble, Lily, Spines"
12" x 12"
Oil on panel

I was photographing a selection of hand blown marbles when my orange day lily snapped off her stem and landed next to a sweet little agave in my courtyard. Unlikely companions, these, what with their origins, textures and colors. But they seemed comfortable together once they were arranged.

These are three of my favorite subjects. I'm thankful to have them around me.

This painting is for sale on Dailypaintworks.  Check it out in my gallery there by clicking here.

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Lucent Lily

"Lucent Lily"
18" x 18"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
She had been pulled from her stem by a chubby fist.  Handed to me as a loving gift.  One curled petal was missing, but the rest of her looked darn good.  I put her on the doily next to my faceted paperweight and rolled in a couple marbles. Not half bad. 

I lit the flower from the bottom so I could take advantage of the texture on her petals. This painting became all about light, texture and pattern.  The orange of the flower pleased me.  The purple and blue elements keep it interesting.

This painting is listed with, and for sale through a Daily Paintworks auction.

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Losing My Marbles

"Losing My Marbles"
Oil on panel
16" x 16"

It seems appropriate that my first blog post is titled "Losing My Marbles."  I must be out of my mind to commit to another responsibility.  Yet I write and paint every day, so I may as well combine the effort and go public.  I plan to enjoy it, I hope you will, too.

I photographed this tea cup with a some hand blown marbles tumbling out of it a year ago.  Meanwhile, it's been sitting in queue waiting to be painted.  There was so much glazing in this piece that it took longer to paint than I anticipated.  I use water soluble oils, with no medium, so drying time is a bit faster than with traditional oils, and I can glaze over particular areas with sheer layers of color to add depth and color.  That's a technique borne of my watercolor background.  The translucency of the tea cup in shadow shows the exterior design of the bone china cup.

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