Sunday, January 21, 2007

Leaning Juniper Wind Farm

12" x 16" original oil on canvas.
Wind turbines at the Leaning Juniper Wind Farm near Arlington, Oregon.
Many juniper trees dot the landscape, naturally!
We visited there last October.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Multi-colored Garden

12" x 12" original oil on gallery-wrap canvas.

Another "van Gogh garden," inspired by my Complete Garden source book.

This painting on Flickr.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Silver Garden

12" x 12" original oil on canvas.

Done from an inspiring photograph in a book I received for Christmas, Van Gogh's Gardens. All about the garden varieties and colors that inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint his garden paintings.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Blue Iris


Inspired by the Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe by Roxanna Robinson that I picked up at a used bookstore in Pullman. It turned out to be the best thing I've read in ages. Paired with my New Year's resolution to paint more from color and emotion than from technique, this painting expresses the shape and color of a perky blue iris, one from the bunch Allan brought home so I'd have some floral inspiration during these dreary winter months. They lasted only four days, much less than it took me to finish this painting. I had to complete it from sketches and memory, and the background got reworked twice. It's more about shape and color than floral accuracy, in what I hope, is a small measure of my understanding of Georgia O'Keeffe's magnificent ability to abstract a subject into beautiful simplification.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Monet's Butterfly

18" x 24" original oil painting on canvas.
Done in the Old Master's style.
See working versions of this painting here.

The third in my series of hands paintings - started last July. The scarf is patterned with Monet's waterlilies. I bought it at the Carnegie Art Institute last summer. The position of the hands reminds me of a butterfly; thus the title, Monet's Butterfly!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Reassurance

18" x 24" original oil painting on canvas.
Done in the Old Master's style.
See working versions of this painting here.

The second of my series of hands paintings started last July. 
See the first hands painting here.