Tuesday, May 28, 2013


acrylic on panel, 8" x 8"

I picked these with Elsie while we were playing in the yard today.  I love the randomness of the arangement.  The flowers actually moved as I was painting them, which added to the quirky feeling.  I had started another buttercup painting a few days ago, and had intended to go back to it, but the flowers had moved too much.  This is as far as I got with that little one...

acrylic on panel, 4" x 4"

Friday, May 24, 2013

lily of the valley(leaves)

acrylic on panel, 8" x 8"

Sometimes you just can't recreate a mood in a painting.  I loved how my last painting, "branch", turned out and I tried to do another with a similar feel.  But I think this one got too tight and fussy witht the reflections in the glass, and the little flowers wilted before I  could add them in... So here are just leaves.  And I tried a little study of the leaves from the branch...

acrylic on panel, 4" x 4"
I am enjoying this little series of clippings.  Next up, buttercups...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


acrylic on panel,  8" x 8"

Elsie and I were walking along the river, looking for ducks, when I spied these neat little mini-pine-cone-type things.  Not sure what type of tree this is...

Here are few shots of the progression of this one:
First I blocked in the large shapes...
And try to get the overall value pattern...
And then go back in with highlights, details, and refine some edges...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


acrylic 4" x 4"

I debated whether or not to put in the highlight on these strawberries (one, because it looked really tricky with a 1" brush, and two, because I ran out of time). But now seeing it, I think they need the highlight...I'll have to get more because these one have been eaten!

one daisy

acrylic 4" x 4"

I plucked one daisy out of a larger bouquet because I need to keep it simple...

Saturday, May 4, 2013



acrylic 4" x 4"

The hardest part of this painting was photographing it!  The background is a teal-y blue and its such a subtle variation between the blue-berry color that any slight temperture change in the light made such a difference in the contrast.