Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tricolor Heron

Watercolor 22"x15"

I painted this Tricolor Heron, based on a photo I took at the CawCaw Interpretive Center. It is currently being shown and is for sale at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Miss Oriole

Oil - 24"x18"

Again I have to say --- I'm loving oil painting. It is so different for me after 8 years of nothing but watercolor. (I still love watercolor too, though.)
This painting is of one of a dozen or so Baltimore Orioles that have been camping out this winter in the bushes off our front porch. This is about the 4th winter they have visited us. Frank has them spoiled with fresh oranges and grape jelly every day. (Yes, I said Grape Jelly!) They come to the feeder that is outside our office window and chatter loudly for me to look up from my computer and peek. They're feisty, too. Only one is allowed in the feeder box a time or risks getting fussed at by another. The others have to sit and wait their turn.

This painting is the first independent project that I have to do for my Painting I class. There will be three others due as well. I'm almost done with the second, and I'll let you see it soon.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Elizabethan Gardens Gift Shop

14"x20" - Watercolor

Painting in oil is fun and I'm having a great time in my College of Charleston Painting class, but I had to do this painting as my "Watercolor Fix". This is based on photos I took at the Elizabethan Gardens Gift Shop, Roanoke Island, NC. Sometimes I just want to get into some texture and detail. It's therapeutic for me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Basket in Oil

16" x 20" - Oil

I finished my first oil painting in class today. I put in a neutral upper background and darkened the darks and lightened the highlights and added some texture to the basket. I'm liking painting in oil, but it is messy for me and I still feel clumsy with the bristle brushes.