Flower Pots at Heathcote

Flower Pots at Heathcote
9x12 acrylic on canvas

Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Pile of Peppers"

"Pile of Peppers"
9 1/2 by 10 1/4 watercolor $50

Finished the pepper painting today. I thought I succeeded in getting the "waxy" feel of the peppers. It is almost abstract in design. Now to eat the peppers before they ruin..I shall be roasting some of them tonight!

Click on this to see details.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pepper painting

I've painted a little more on the pepper painting today. I kind of stewed over the background color; wanted something dark at the top, getting lighter as the composition unfolds, so I can make some nice shadows under the peppers. I usually am not too pleased with the first stages of a painting. There is alot of layering to do with the transparent watercolors.
I guess it is coming along o.k Keep looking for the finished work.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Painting peppers

I have started a watercolor of peppers. At the grocery, I found a huge bag of assorted sweet peppers. They are so colorful, many shades of red, yellow and orange. In the past few days, I have not had much painting time, but even if other things take up most of my time, I manage to get in a few minutes of painting time.
Ignore the blue tape--I am using a watercolor block and taped it to the size a want. Keep watching for the finished painting.
I would like to hear from other artists who have trouble finding time to paint because of life's important nuisances such as preparing your tax return! Wouldn't it be sweet if we had a personal assistant to take care of life's little details, so we could paint uninterrupted?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Rocks and a Feather"

"Rocks and a Feather"
8 x 10 watercolor, collage $65
I finished the painting! While painting it, I looked everywhere for the feather I had found and saved to paint from. I was going to paint it into the painting, but couldn't find it. When I finished the painting, I finally found the feather, so I just glued it on the painting. I love it! It looks great and will be framed underglass, so the feather will stay right there, no problem! What do you think?

Monday, February 21, 2011

A painting of rocks

Hi everyone,
When I was in Colorado, I took lots of photos of rocks! Instead of a grassy yard, most folks use beautiful rocks, not the whole yard, but in areas. It is easier, I suppose, to keep and is very attractive. So I was always walking around with my head down, taking photos of rocks! The colors were outstanding and many of them are almost perfectly round.
In this painting, I am playing with dry brush techniques. I will paint in all the rocks with washes and then do dry brush texture on them. You can see where this is heading. I will post the finished painting, hopefully tomorrow. Click on it to see the texture.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Boots, boots and more boots.

Today I am posting 4 of my favorite paintings that I have done in the past year. They are a series of little boy's old time boots, probably from the early 1900's. The real shoes are in my possession and they are precious; they are well worn with many nails in the soles. I can just imagine the things some little boys may have done wearing these boots; I am sure they were handed down to many.
They were posted last March on my blog, soon after I started it. The 4 paintings are for sale for $60. each or all 4 for $240.
This first painting is a watercolor. If you click on it, you will get a larger view and you can see the texture of the paper. I love the colors in this one.
The next one is an egg tempera, which is powdered pigment mixed with egg yolk. It is a durable medium and it is applied thinly and layered. I used a sponge to apply paint in the background.
I added the marbles for interest. Look at all the nails in the bottoms of the little boots.

The third painting is done with acrylic paint and is yet another view of the little boots.

The fourth one in the series is done with oil paint (water soluble oils to be exact) and I really do love the richness of oils and the color of the background here.

I have photographed them all together and they do make an interesting grouping. Each painting measures 6 x 6. The watercolor is done on paper and the others on hardboard panels. Many of you may have seen these, but I find that a lot of people do not go back to see older posts, so thought I would show them again. Your comments are appreciated!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Delphinium Garden

"Delphinium Garden"
10 x 10 acrylic on canvas
Here is the finished painting I started yesterday. It is done in a simple impressionistic style with darker foreground. The colors are actually brighter than in this photo, at least in the flowers.It is painted around the sides of the stretched canvas, so it is ready to hang without a frame.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Painting Started

Hi everyone,
Today I started a new painting and may have finished it except for doing some early morning gardening and then encountering a deadly snake, the Coral Snake. Thankfully, it was killed and didn't bite anyone, but then I had to run to town and get moth balls to scatter around the perimeter of the house to deter snakes. Yes, it is Spring and snakes will begin to appear.
Hopefully I will finish this acrylic painting tomorrow. It is to be fields of flowers with a little cottage in the background. So be sure to look tomorrow and see how I get along.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Cat on the Garden Wall"

"Cat on the Garden Wall"
5 x 7 acrylic on canvas panel $40
"This is my garden", meows the cat! Cats have a way of claiming whatever they wish to claim!
I am trying to get back in the groove again, painting every day. Whenever one has to break for a holiday or vacation , although needed, it is difficult to get back to full momentum! But I am on my way. I am also spending some time in the garden. Don't you just love Spring planting?
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Old Church"

"Old Church"
7 x 9 watercolor sketch
Hi folks! I have company, so am not painting right now, so I have been posting older posts and now I am going to the sketch book. Here is a watercolor sketch done in McIntosh Florida. McIntosh is a little 1800's village, much like it was back in those days. The town has a web site, so viisit it at http://www.friendsofmcintosh.com to see some of the old churches and homes there. It is one of my favorite towns in Florida!
You know, tomorrow is Sunday, and I hope you will go to the church of your choice. It surely makes my week so much better when I go to church on Sunday! Hope next week is a good one for you, Egretta

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Old Country House with Iris"

"Old Country House with Iris"
9 x 12 egg tempera on panel
I am posting a painting I did a little while ago and have sold it, but if you scroll down to older posts I may have others that are similar that are not sold. I love the washed out colors of the unpainted boards and the rust on the tin roof. And Iris are flowers that usually grew around most old country houses! They are sort of special granny flowers! But I have always loved them and just had to include them in this little house portrait!

Monday, February 7, 2011

"Blue Heron"

"Blue Heron"
22 x 34 watercolor
This watercolor is of one of my favorite subjects, the Blue Heron. They are the prettiest birds and can be seen readily here in Florida, especially around lakes. Click on it to see details of the painting.
This one is sold, but I may have others similar in my older posts. Scroll down and look at older posts. Enjoy and your comments are appreciated!

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Hibiscus on the Windowsill"

"Hibiscus on the Windowsill"
10 x 15 watercolor
This was interesting to do. I stenciled the lace for the background using real lace as the stencil. I like to paint lace in many different ways. It is always the white of the paper left white in watercolors, so it is always a fun challenge! Hibiscus are all over Florida, so you don't have to look far to see them in all different colors.
This painting is sold, but I may have something similar. Please click on older posts to find other flower paintings. Also click on this one to see the lacy details. Thanks for looking at my blog!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Springtime on the Porch"

"Springtime on the Porch"
18 x 24 acrylic on canvas
This porch scene was sold as soon as I showed it, but I do have another one very similar on my older posts, titled "Watermelon on the Porch", so please take a look at it if you are interested in a cottage porch scene.
This was so much fun to paint! It is done partly from my own porch, with some imagination thrown in.