Sunday, December 27, 2009


I know. I know. Any thing worth doing... but why does it have to be so difficult.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Jim's advice to my last post...

"...just go to the studio and paint."

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overcoming fear

It sounds like I'm going to give some advice on how to overcome fear. Well, there's no advice coming form this corner other than "face it head on"—to borrow the words of a diva.

Monday, December 14, 2009

small oil studies

I continue to paint smaller oils, 9x12 and smaller. I'd like to paint larger but I'm not ready to paint bigger... maybe it's fear of the unknown. For now, I'll keep doing these little pieces.

Many of these small oils are sketches for larger pastels--how's that for an ironic twist?

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apple pie

While shopping at Eastern Market, we bought some apples to bake pie. We chose a mix of sweet and tart varieties. However, before we could enjoy a pie I felt compelled to paint the apples. I was paticularly drawn to the color variations in the red apple and the leaves on the greeen apple.

This was painted in oil on stretched canvas. It was fun to paint the shadows and reflections on the apples. Looking at this now, I don't remember if the red apple was lopsided or not but I think I'll repaint left side to give it a more pleasing shape.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

and the pastel

This is the pastel. It is 36x18 on prepared panel. I was taken with the landscape beyond the foreground trees even though the trees are my focus.

continued exercises with pastel and oil

This small oil is 8x4 and was a quick study. I painted it rather quickly. Hmmmm. I am becoming more familiar with the oils.

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