Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bamboo puzzle

"Bamboo Puzzle", oil on canvas 7" x 5"
September 22, 2012
I love wooden burr puzzles -- so fun to draw!  This one looks like a three-dimensional asterisk.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

White star

"White Star on Magenta", Oil on Canvas 7" x 5"
September 11, 2012
I love the way reflected color bounces around on the facets of this little white ceramic star.  Here I placed it on a magenta ground with bright, warm lighting.  The blueness is sky light coming from my studio window.  I've started a series with this star exploring different color combinations.  Look for more posts coming soon!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


"Cuties", oil on canvas 5" x 7", September 9, 2012

Here I challenged myself to see all of the subtle color and value shifts in a shiny black plate.  I especially liked how the red-orange of the background mingled with the blue ambient light in my studio to create some unexpected notes of red-violet.  This one was a joy to paint!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Blue lightbulb

"Handy and Blue Bulb", acrylic on canvas, 24" x 8", 9/7/12

This painting was inspired by the "Lightbulb" challenge on Daily Paintworks.  I use colored light bulbs a lot in my classes to show students the amazing variety of shadow color and temperature.  Many students comment that before my demonstration they thought all shadows were gray.  It's so wonderful to open people's eyes to the beauty of light and color!  Here I decided to make the bulb itself the star.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Still, life

"Pear Study", oil on canvas 6" x 6", 8/30/12

So tempting, with pears, to give your painting a "punny" title, especially when it's a pair of pears.  But I thought I'd spare you!