Oct 29, 2008

Pointed Out

25" x 19", oil

I've had the picture of this tulip sitting in my references since June. I didn't like it because it was pointy. Time went by, and now that's exactly why I like it: it's pointy. I used to try and homogenize every flower I painted. Now, I like finding quirky traits that set a blossom apart from the crowd.

My favorite part about painting flowers is getting to use colors that pack a punch.

Oct 21, 2008


24" x 20", oil
The title for this painting came very easily. The shape and color of the petals remind me of hearts, and I like short, simple titles.

The hardest part about this painting was getting the greys right. The cream part of the petals is anything but just cream. Instead, there are blue-greys, red-greys, yellow-greys, etc. The background is this rich, chocolately red-brown. Tulips and chocolate...excellent gifts. It was great fun to paint.

Oct 14, 2008


28" x 27", oil

You know that scene in Sleeping Beauty where the kings are tipsy and drinking their goblets full of that cranberry-colored wine? That's what gave me the idea for this title. Also, when I was a kid we'd get Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice at Thanksgiving time and one special glass each. I loved the juice's color when I'd hold my goblet to the light.