Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Pianist

Elizabeth
 
The performance arts make for popular subject matter with painters. Trying to create art from art is very romantic, personal, and challenging. Elizabeth is a very nuanced pianist, and I was delighted that she asked me to paint her while I was still in graduate school. She, I, and my instructor Brian Jekel were very happy with the results, and this painting opened my eyes to the beauty of painting white subjects. White objects reflect all the colors immediately surrounding the object making for interesting and subtle color and temperature shifts. John Singer Sargent was the master of this phenomenon, and I like to think you can see his influence in this painting.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Vine Ripened - Take 2

Vine Ripened
 
The challenge of painting tomato red accented with the green of the stems was just so much fun that I did it, again! Ironically, my favorite tomato (bottom right) is the one I spent the least amount of time working on. It frequently happens in painting that overworking an area makes that part lose some it’s “vitality” or “freshness,” mainly referring to the quality of the brushwork. I did all of my problem solving working through the first two tomatoes; so much so, that my third tomato went down just the way I wanted it to. That’s a really great feeling!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer Afternoon

Summer Afternoon

This was my first commissioned color sketch/portrait through my etsy shop MadAboutHue. Painting these children made me first realize how much I like painting figures at the beach on a sunny day. The cool blues and greens of the ocean contrast beautifully with the warm earth tones of the sandy beach. And the colors of sun-drenched skin and hair present exciting color opportunities as well. After I posted this work as a sample in my etsy shop, I received 2 more requests for paintings of children on the beach almost right away, all thanks to my brave first customer.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Island Girl


Island Girl
 
This is the first head study that came together for me from an undergraduate life painting class. I’m still very fond of the original, and it’s still hanging in my house. 

Looking at this piece brings back such good memories. The students who painted in oils LIVED for Figure Painting class with Brian Jekel. It was a night class, and he couldn’t squeeze it in every semester. So, those slots filled up fast at registration. 
 
The class was SO intense; you could almost hear our furious concentration. And the lights were bright and hot. It was only two hours; but at the end, we’d all emerge completely drained and exuberant. Those were the good ol’ days!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hello Again! with Persimmons


Persimmons

Hello again! I’ve been away from my easel working with my husband in our print shop, Spikes Printing, in downtown Pensacola, FL. About two years ago, we merged 2 print shops into 1, and it’s been quite an undertaking. We recently launched Spikes Printing’s first website to showcase our capabilities and highlight our letterpress work. Letterpress is the direction we’re slowly taking the existing business. Our building has housed print shops for something like 60 years, and we’re  bringing it into the modern age. Check us out if your interested.


I’ve also been away taking care of my husband who nearly died about a year ago and had to have emergency open heart surgery in Gainesville, FL. This wasn’t his first procedure. He was born with leaky heart valves, and we didn’t recognize the symptoms leading up to his third surgery as serious until it was an extreme emergency. It’s genuinely miraculous that he is still alive and completely back to normal. I count myself tremendously blessed everyday that he is still among the living!

So, I’ve been VERY busy and longing to get back to my easel. Please, enjoy with me this painting from life of some persimmons from the tree I planted in my yard 8 years ago. Orange is my favorite color; for me it’s the color of happiness because I associate it with sunlight, warmth, and citrus. And citrus has a very upbeat fragrance...(I could just keep going. LOL!)...So, it was very fun to paint those happy orange tones, and looking at the results never fails to brighten my mood.

I’m very happy to be back at my easel, again; and I hope to continue sharing art with you on a much more regular basis!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tre Zucchini

Tre Zucchini

I was forced to eat too much of this bland vegetable as a child because it was super easy to grow; and as an adult, I’ve shunned zucchini as a tasteless and mushy vegetable. But after painting this trio, I forced myself to give it a go in a frittata with bacon, potatoes, and onions; and it was excellent! I’ve been known to proclaim to my friends that any vegetable can be delicious when properly cooked, and I’ve proved my own hypothesis cooking this vegetable I’ve maligned since childhood.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Baby Eggplant


Baby Eggplant

I’m still painting and cooking Italian! An eggplant’s reflective skin makes the dark vegetable surprisingly colorful to paint because the skin reflects colors from the surrounding environment. And the resulting symphony of purples is accented beautifully with the green stem end. The color combination purple and green has been a favorite of mine since I was a child!