Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blackeyed Susans & Pitcher Still Life

Blackeyed Susans and Pitcher
14" x 18"
Oil on canvas

My latest still life of blackeyed susans or rudbeckia. It's dry enough to have a temporary varnish applied.  I love doing these.  The challenge of getting the object on the canvas in as realistic way as I know how.  I love lost edges and changing colors from cool to warm in order to show depth. I swapped out several items until I settled on the pitcher, the flowers an orange and the little wooden box. No symbolism here for me.  I just liked the arrangement and the pitcher was a gift from my brother, Mike, and his wife, Mary Lou many years ago.  It says Williamsburg VA on the bottom.  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mountain Rest

Mountain Rest
11 x 14
Whenever we go to Lake Mohonk Mt. House, we always go through High Falls and take Mountain Rest Road up to the top.(Also known as Mohonk Rd) Near a sharp turn in the road is the most gorgeous old barn and smaller structures.  Our friends lived there for a brief time back in the 60's.  Those are the Shawangunk Mountains in the distance.  Here is my version of that old farm painted from a photo shot at the edge of the road by my friend, Marylin.