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Friday, 30 November 2007

'Just Cut Up' SOLD

6" X 8" - 20 x 25 cms (approx.) CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Here's another orange painting I'm trying to get more impressionistic but I find that harder to do than trying to paint realistically, I keep tweaking a painting sometimes more than I should, bad habit.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

'First Oranges' SOLD

6" x 8" - 15 x 20 cms aprox.
I bought a whole bag of oranges from a man at the side of the road just outside his house and orange groves. They are some of the first of the season, they are not all uniform in size or shape and not blemish free, I don't think they have been sprayed with insecticide or waxed. personally I don't care what they look like as long as they taste good.
I have just been browsing other daily painter's blogs and there are some absolutely brilliant artists out there and I am in awe of some of them. Sigh.. I hope I can learn something from them.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

'Lovely Lily' SOLD

8" x 8" inches - 20 x 20 centimeters aprox. oil on canvas


Like the title says this is a lovely lily and the scent is wonderful, I love flowers especially bold ones.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

'Sunrise Reflections' (available)

8" x 10" inches (aprox. 20 x 25 centimeters)
This painting looks a lot better than the photo, I have tried to photograph it in different lights but all with poor results.
Yes I know it looks a bit 'kitchy' but that's how it really looked. I got up early one morning and noticed the sky looking promising, so I grabbed my camera and dog and hoofed it down to the beach where I took loads of great pics. Sometimes you have to grab the moment and go for it, that sunrise was spectacular even before the sun had broken the horizon the colours of the sea and sky were breathtaking.

Friday, 23 November 2007

'Looking Out To Sea' (available)

8" x 10" Oil on canvas


I started 2 different paintings today both of which I wiped off my canvas. So I decided to paint something totally different for a change. So this is a small sea-scape mainly painted with a pallete knife, nice and loose, they say a change is as good as a rest! The scene is from a shot I took up the coast, here the coast line is largely very craggy and unspoilt and very desolate.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

'In the Family' SOLD

8" x 10" Oil on canvas
This painting I started yesterday but was too tired to finish and I didn't like it at all, so I wiped it out and started today afresh. What a difference a day makes, it almost painted itself and I am happy with the results this time!

'Rocky' NFS (commission)

13" x 16" Oil on canvas
Well I have finally finished this portrait of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and I am publishing this so you can see what has been keeping me so busy. Next week when I hope that it will be dry, then it's off to the framers for him. He is going to be a Christmas present for my clients husband, I hope he likes it!
I have started a new portrait commission this morning of a little boy, a client's grandson, such a soft, lovely face that should be wonderful to paint.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

'Pepper in a Pot' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on gessoed board
This little pepper I bought on the market, one of a whole bag full of tiny peppers. The pepper was easy to paint but when I got to the glass dish I had all sorts of problems because I was standing above it and to the side so the foot always made it look as if it was about to topple over. So after a lot of fiddling I think I've got it (halfway anyway!)

Saturday, 17 November 2007

'Pretty in Pink' (available)

8" x 10" acrylics on canvas
Here's another rose painting, which I am pleased with. I almost finished it last night but I was just too tired and did my final tweaks this morning and photographed it and cropped it which all takes time. I seem to spend many hours a day on the computer, brilliant invention, I don't know how I managed without it!

Thursday, 15 November 2007


6" x 6" oil on canvas board
Well here's our evening meal, bacon omelet the before picture, a new subject for me and rather interesting.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

'The Odd One Out' SOLD

6" x 8" Oil on gessoed board


After a shaky start I managed this one, raiding my fruit bowl again! I guess what is in the back of my mind is that I have one commission to finish and another to start. Sometimes it's a daunting task painting portraits - wondering whether they will turn out alright, they usually do but there is always a bit of fear of failure involved.

'Autumn Flowers' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas board


I am having trouble painting this week, I managed this one yesterday they are chrysanthemums typical autumn flowers.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

'Sandia' (available)

13" x 9.5" acrylic on canvas


This is one I did earlier, yesterday I just couldn't seem to get my act together and paint anything that I liked and today I'm having the same problem. I have wiped out 2 attempts already and I'm not sure whether the one I am painting now is up to scratch, if it is you will see it later today. Anyway this is a still life I painted in the summer when the water melons were dirt cheap and lovely and sweet and juicy. Some days painting is easy and others, definitely not!!

Saturday, 10 November 2007

'Blues n' Green' SOLD

6" x 8" Oil on gessoed board
Three ornaments that I bought yesterday from my favourite charity shop, they seem to have an endless supply of knick-knacks! I grouped them together for a pleasing still life set-up.
I thought this one should be a quick one but the more I looked, the more details I saw, and the longer it took to paint, still I am happy with the results.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

'The Scent of a Rose' SOLD

10" x 8" acrylics on canvas
This lovely rose took me longer than a day to paint but I think I am pleased with the resulting pretty painting.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

'Sweet Scent' (available)

6" x 6" oil on canvas board
This is rather a dark one but I thought I needed a change from fruit and veg. this is a hand-made, scented oil burner that I bought in Germany many years ago from a lovely little pottery in Dilsburg near Heidelberg.

Monday, 5 November 2007

'Me & My Pal'

7 1/2" x 6" oil on canvas board


What a lovely colour and texture combination I enjoyed painting this one.

Friday, 2 November 2007

'My Favourite Fruit' SOLD

8" x 6" oil on gessoed board
Pomegranate season is upon us and I love them and tend to eat one most days.
So this big fella won't be here tomorrow!
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