Saturday, January 8, 2022

Starting 2022 with dedication to painting


Lemon Oil Painting
Starting 2022 with painting daily for the Strada Easel challenge has been a delight.  The paintings are usually 6" x 6" always in oil, and typically still life.  

It takes a couple of hours to get a painting completed, but I am enjoying the challenge.  And surely I'd love to win a strada easel.  

Most of the paintings (that aren't already purchased or spoken for) are available in my daily paintworks.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Turkey Plate Still Life

Every Thanksgiving mom and dad liked to host turkey dinner.  Mom would ask, "Can you get the turkey plates out for the table?"  The turkey plates, stacked inside the hutch, required strength to remove.

It was not likely there was a Thanksgiving at their place where the turkey plates with matching turkey platter to hold the usually large turkey weren't used.  

When mom took a ceramics class, she made a turkey-shaped bowl to hold the turkey dressing.  You would remove the lid by grasping the turkey's head and reach into the inside of the turkey's belly to remove (with a spoon) dad's expertly prepared dressing with sage, onions and a range of delightful herbs.  

As we begin Thanksgiving week I couldn't resist painting a tribute to the turkey plate.    
Here's to a Thanksgiving when we'll all practice gratitude.

Oil on panel
6" x 6"
In private collection

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Montserrat



 
The view of the Montserrat Abbey from the cross is magnificent.  Depending on where the sun is, the rocks and mountains reflect the light in mysterious ways.  

I loved my visits to Montserrat. In an earlier post you can see Saint Michael's chapel which is located past this point on the trail.  

6"x6"
Oil
Available thru DailyPaintworks

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Saint Michael's at Montserrat

    
At Montserrat, high in the mountains near Barcelona, there is a path that leads to the cross.  Beyond the cross you will find Saint Michaels.  

The first time we took the path to the cross was a cool, windy day.  We walked a little further beyond the cross and up the stairs to Saint Michael's chapel.  I remember the warmth of the sun as we were able to hide a little from the wind.

This is one of my slice of life paintings I enjoyed painting during the pandemic.

12" x 6"
Oil on board
Sold

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Kiwis on porcelain

kiwi on porcelain plate oil paintings

Another daily painting oil on board.   I’m enjoying painting fruit on my porcelain plates.  

The patterns inside the kiwis are great. But even better was eating several slices (of course, sharing a few) after I'd painted them. 

5"x5"
Oil
Available at Dailypaintworks 



Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Oil Painting Blueberries

 

Still Life, Small artwork

Blueberries remind me of my Aunt Mabel. She  had a whole garden of blueberries.  

When we visited Aunt Mabel I would always ask in my most polite 4 year old voice, "Will we pick blueberries today?'  I loved picking blueberries particularly when I was young and didn't have far to bend to pick them.  

To my query, Aunt Mabel would always reply, "Perhaps."   Every single time I asked her.  

5"x5"
Oil
Available at Dailypaintworks 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Orange Slices Daily Painting

 

orange slices oil painting
Juicy orange slices on my small white plate with the gold rim. The plate’s special. My mom got the set for me one Christmas. I’d like to think she’d like that it was part of a still life oil painting.  They’re fragile plates, Romania china, so they’re not used every day.  

These were big Florida oranges and admittedly it was hard not to eat them before I was through painting them. Ultimately, they were destined for a delicious fruit salad.

6”x6”

Oil on linen


Friday, November 5, 2021

That Onion

red onion still life
Just in the past few days I noticed a recall for onions -- particularly if you don't know where you bought them or what "label" is on them. Apparently there is a salmonella outbreak related to onions. 

I bought this onion months ago. It's been in the fridge.  Did I buy it before July? I don't remember. Because if I did, it's ok.  Only onions from July til ? were recalled.  But since there's no label and I don't know when I got it, then I might just as well paint its portrait.

This will give me some more time to decide if I am going to use it in the next batch of bone broth or not. 

5"x5"
Oil
Available at Dailypaintworks 

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Two Blackberries: Still life

 

I love blackberries.  Almost every morning, fresh blackberries accompany breakfast.

When we were growing up, there was a huge wild blackberry patch near the edge of our city along a little known path that the nearby horse stables owned.  My youngest sister and I would bike to this patch and spend an afternoon eating the berries while filling my mother's tupperware containers with them.  The berries were large and exceptionally flavorful. 

5"x5"
Oil
Available at Dailypaintworks 


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Double-headed Eagle in Barcelona: Oil Painting


 The Double-headed eagle in the parade of the beast in the   streets of Barcelona is a sight to see.  Attendants with each of the beasts guide the beast and others play grallas for festive music.  

At the time that I saw the parade of the beasts, I was taken with the double-headed eagle.  A Phoenix-like looking beast. There was noise and music, crowds and commotion, and it all moved along so quickly.

Certainly one of the highlights of the many many things to see and do in Barcelona.

10" x 5"

Oil on panel

Currently available at Satchel's Pizza Place in Gainesville, FL.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Pan Con Tomate: Still Life


When we were in Barcelona and sat down for tapas, my friend Cheryl's favorite thing to order was pan con tomate.  Always, it was incredibly delicious: toasted bread, tomatoes, garlic.  

This particular dish was part of our morning tapas/breakfast at the Hotel Abat Cisneros atop at Montserrat, Spain.  It was a buffet where you toasted your own slice of fresh bread, rubbed the tomatoes across the grain of the bread and squished a clove or two of garlic until the juice drizzled on your pan con tomate exactly to your liking.  Gosh, am I hungry now.

Mixed media (acrylic then oils), 8"x8", available at my DailyPaintworks site


 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Nativity Scene in Plaza Sant Jaume, Barcelona


 I enjoyed painting this on 12" x 6" oil paper that becomes secured to wood panel.  I've also started making my own natural wood floater frames for this size since it is not so readily available to find anywhere.

These are my "slice of life" oil paintings.  

This is the Christmas display that was in Barcelona in Plaza Sant Jaume in 2017.  I would walk past it on my way to the Ferran Arts store, my favorite art store.  At night the display was lit and there always a group of people pointing, looking and enjoying the lit icons.

Each year a different display is created -- so this was a once in a lifetime viewing. The winner for this year was Jordi Darder.  

The painting is available on my DailyPaintworks site. 



Monday, October 18, 2021

A Gulf View

A Gulf View

Oil on board    6" x 12"


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I've enjoyed and appreciated the many times I've had walking the Naples beach with family.   It's one of the best beaches I knew for shell collecting, swimming and walking.  

Available through my Dailypaintworks site