Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Winter Fruit Medley

This is a little looser than I normally paint, and I'm pretty pleased with myself. It is a direction I am pursuing - some days better than others.

During the winter, the variety of fruits and vegetables available for a still life becomes somewhat meager. However, to the rescue come the yellows, reds and greens of lemons, limes and grapes. They are quite happy in each other’s company and hang on to their good looks much longer than their summer cousins. I appreciate them. Enjoy.

Title: “Winter Fruit Medley”

Medium: Oil on canvas on board

Image Size: 5 x 7 inches



Saturday, March 5, 2011


These two onions and one garlic clove appeared to be whispering together, perhaps telling secrets, while the tall ceramic jar – left out of the conversation - looked on. Sort of sad. Enjoy.

Title: “Secrets”

Medium: Oil on canvas board

Image Size: 4 x 6 inches


Monday, February 14, 2011

The Golden Spoon

A gift from my mother-in-law, her fancy, vintage teacup became the centerpiece of this still life oil painting. With graceful fluted sides decorated with pink roses, green leaves and gold luster accents, it was both elegant and complex. I placed it on a white cloth, and - in order to echo the colors on the teacup - added some red and green seedpods from a potpourri mix. I added the black, tin canister for a note of dark. But……. something was missing. When I placed the small golden spoon in the saucer, everything came together. Hence, the title, “The Golden Spoon.” Enjoy.

Title: “The Golden Spoon”

Medium: Oil on canvas mounted on RayMar board

Image Size: 6 x 8 inches


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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Slices of the Good Life

Last summer my husband and I took a trip to Seattle. While having a glass of wine in a very nice restaurant, I noticed, behind the bar, a plate of sliced lime and lemon wedges. I thought the combination of green, yellow and earthy red colors would make a great painting. After carrying the image in my mind for months, I finally set up this still life. I’m quite pleased with it and think I should frequent upscale bars with my husband much more often. Enjoy.

Title: "Slices of the Good Life"

Medium: Oil on canvas, mounted on RayMar board

Image Size: 4 x 6 inches



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Winter Wealth

I titled this painting “Winter Wealth” as a playful reference to the Lunaria, also known as Money Plant and Silver Dollars, which are featured in this still life. Placed in a vintage ceramic vase and surrounded by purple and yellow onions I thought this made quite a “rich” scene. Enjoy.

Title: "Winter Wealth”

Medium: Oil on canvas, mounted on wood panel.

Image Size: 6x4 inches



Monday, December 27, 2010

Teapot And Tulips

This painting has a very special Christmas story to it. I sold it to a wonderful collector on Columbus day, October 12, and happily mailed it off. Unfortunately, I forgot to address it or put on a return address! I informed her right away, and she was gracious enough to wait while I frantically tried to locate it through the Postal system. After a month, she decided to purchase another one (which I very carefully addressed). In the meantime, I talked with several people at the USPS who weren't too encouraging that I would ever see it again. However, - and this is the special story part, - two days ago it was delivered to my home! YaaaaY! So here it is again! Let's hear it for the USPS!

This sweet, pale turquoise teapot was loaned to me by one of my many generous neighbors. It being spring and all, I found these gorgeous tulips to go with it. I loved their color – sort of a peach, coral, orangey hue. I thought that their “personalities” would harmonize beautifully with my favorite, vintage cutwork cloth. They all seemed pretty happy together. Enjoy.

Title: "Teapot and Tulips"

Medium: Oil on stretched canvas

Image Size 8x10 inches



Friday, December 10, 2010


It is so gloomy, cold and wet here in Oregon that I was inspired to name this still life "Warmth" just to feel a little of that summer sunshine, and because the overall feeling in this original oil painting is one of warmth. The coral roses are from my garden and appear in a few of my paintings every year. They always seem to want to be placed in this vintage brass vase which holds and reflects them so beautifully. The covered dish in the background adds a note of cool and serves as an anchor for the painting. The little glass bottle in front was just fun to paint and balanced the composition. Enjoy.

Title: “Warmth”

Medium: Oil on canvas mounted on RayMar board

Image Size: 8x10 inches


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