Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Limelight - 6 x 6 inches - Oil on canvas

I stole these limes from a friend ... I’m not much of a lime fan and never buy them. For whatever reason, she had about a dozen leftover from Thanksgiving…. she mentioned something about Margaritas. I didn't realize that was traditional as I'm used to the basics: turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

In any case, I wanted a strong light source to show the translucence of the limes. I added subtle touches of yellow-orange here and there which add a nice, warm glow. I tried to keep my brush strokes loose and expressive and not get too bogged down with detail.

This 6 inch square painting is available for $60.  Click the Buy Now button below or click here for other payment options.

Monday, December 14, 2009

"Pretty in Pink" - 12 x 12 inches - Oil on canvas

I spotted this cyclamen in a country store and had to buy it. After my purchase, they wrapped the plant in a shiny piece of foil that I thought would be fun to paint. But, after fooling with it for a while, I just couldn't get a shape that I liked. The foil just overwhelmed everything else. Eventually, I removed it and settled on the plain green pot.

I confess that I’m not great at caring for houseplants. My daughter left her spider plant (named “Algebra”) in my care. I remember to water it whenever she is scheduled to visit (every few months). I’ve found that spider plants are impossible to kill and don’t seem to mind having bone-dry soil. I hope my new plant is just as forgiving!

This painting is available for sale by contacting me directly, or, you can purchase it at “Art on Main”, 40 Main Street, Westford, MA where it will be hanging. The cost is $150. Shipping is $12. (MA sales tax applies for MA residents).

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Big Mac Attack - 12 x 12 inches - Oil on canvas - SOLD

Meet Macintosh. Apparently, this big boy has quite the appetite! I've never met Mac but got to know him through a series of pictures. The actual photo that I selected as a reference showed Mac sprawled across the carpet but I felt there would be too much white space to include his entire body. So, I cropped the image and just kept enough of his torso to show his beautiful coat. The light blue area around Mac and the green bag is referred to as "negative space". I was careful to vary the size and shape of these areas as the negative space is just as important as the main points of interest in creating a solid composition. This painting was a commission will be shipped off to the owner after it has a chance to dry for a bit. Enjoy!