Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Red Grapes Reflection" SOLD

When the lighting is slightly behind the grapes, the translucent quality of the grapes is more apparent.  That and the reflections made this a fun painting to paint.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Large Red Pepper" SOLD

The dark background allows the saturated color of the red pepper to come forward.  The red of the pepper would seem dark without the dark shadow behind it. 

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Lime Slices on Blue Plate" SOLD

The colors, yellow, chartreuse, mint green, aquamarine, pthalo blue, are all analagous and harmonious.  The strong dark shadow in the background pushes the limes forward and creates a dramatic composition.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Three Small Red Peppers" SOLD

The bright color of the red peppers makes this painting jump.  The challenge is to make the shadow areas of the peppers look darker but still saturated. If you add white to the light areas you get pink.  Add black to the dark areas and you get gray.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Pink Wall"

The interior of the Vashon-Fauntleroy ferry.  Sunlight is splashes on the deck from the end windows.  The same sunlight adds a rosy glow to the wall. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Pink and Green Artichoke" SOLD

This small artichoke was both pink and green and the leaf tips curled in both directions.  The challenge was to make it look like an artichoke without being too fussy.

Monday, March 22, 2010

"Pear with Leaf" SOLD

I liked the way the colors of the pear and the colors of the background were so similar.   I explored how to mix gold tones from red and yellow and green.  I like it that every now and then a little bit of saturated red breaks out.

Friday, March 19, 2010

"SBC Corner, Contre-Jour"

Contre-Jour means against the light.  This view at Vashon Center faces the south at mid day.  Objects become silhouetted and colors are lost in shadow and light.  The strong contrast almost makes you feel like squinting.  This painting will be at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in April.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"Red Grapes with Silver Cup" SOLD

The subject was reflections and translucency.  The grapes are reflected on the glass tabletop and in the silver bowl.  The tabletop reflects light back into the grapes and into the underside of the silver bowl.  The grapes are translucent and glow from light passing through them.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"Garlic and Reflections" SOLD

This study is very harmonious because there is so much dominant color -- burnt sienna.  It gets its zip from the strong value pattern-mostly medium value, a small amount of light value, and just a touch of dark value.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

"Southworth View" SOLD

An early evening view of the Southworth Ferry Dock, looking up Colvos Passage from Vashon. This painting will be at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery in April.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Pale Ferry" SOLD

The Vashon - Southworth Ferry. I especially liked the pale color created by hazy sky and intense sun.  This painting will be seen at the Silverwood Gallery on Vashon Island in May.

Friday, March 5, 2010

"Bandon Lighthouse" SOLD

Bright afternoon light silhouettes the lighthouse.  The Bandon light sits on the edge of the dunes & guards the the Coquille River at Bandon, Oregon.  This painting will be at the Silverwood Gallery in Vashon, WA in May.