Copper Kettle / Study

Color! The richness and variety of the orange in the kettle, fabric and flowers are complimented by the blue green of the foliage. To my eye this is irresistible!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Dried Hydrangea Blossoms

I am still fascinated by the lovely forms and delicate colors of Hydrangeas - fresh or dried for winter bouquets. Call it my "Hydrangea Period"  - and there will be more!  My influence here is, believe it or not, classical Greek sculpture,  I'm sure you understand. If not, give me a call.....
15" x 22"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

4 Pears on Silver Tray II

These are the same pears as in my last post, this time I switched my viewpoint and waited until the light faded from the studio. I used the same pigments as the other version, but here contrast and color are subdued. There is no strong light source, just the last light of the afternoon.
9 1/4" x 13"

Saturday, January 15, 2011

4 Pears on Silver Tray I

Red pears are irresistible to painters, who love their form and rich colors. This painting is the first part of my class assignment which calls for subject matter to be depicted in two different lights - this one is in bright indoor natural light, my next post will be the same subject in very subdued natural dim light.
9 3/8" x 13"

Monday, January 10, 2011


The leaves of the orchid are a tangle and unruly, while the blossoms are somewhat intimidating in their proper upright formality. Fascinating contrast, no ?
30" x 22"

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Studio Queen

This essential piece of studio equipment deserves a portrait !  Often overlooked, I decided to make it my first painting of this new decade,
I used 4 colors in varying ratios to paint a warm, textured, impressionistic background, in contrast to the cold steel of the  flood lamp.
The dimensions are 30" x 22"

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pear Branch V

My analytical self says, " ah, this subject has all the elements of rich color, strong composition and repeated forms" : 
My emotional self says " My God, what beauty we have on this earth!"
 This is the last watercolor of 2010
Let's see what this year brings!