Monday, December 30, 2013

Three Baby Eggplants


Three Baby Eggplants
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I found these cute baby eggplants at my favorite out door farmers market and knew I had to make a painting(they can be tricky to find).  I love the shape of the stems and all of the markings on the bodies.

SOLD



Monday, December 23, 2013

Green Apple and Black Grapes


Green Apple and Black Grapes
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

People seem to love the apple paintings, so I decided to switch it up a bit with the color scheme. This is the first time I've ever painted a green apple and black grapes which was surprisingly difficult, but I'm happy with the end result!

SOLD

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Three Pears



Three
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

New pear painting...I love the way the three pears look together...the colors and shapes...they remind me of Christmas ornaments. I really tried to make this painting a study of pears and paint them to the best of my ability...to tackle small things that I may have simplified in the past.




Red Pepper


"Red Pepper"6x6 Acrylic on panel
New painting up for auction...when I go to the grocery store, antique store...or any where to pick out something to paint for a still life, I try to find something interesting about the piece of produce or object..something that makes it fun to paint...I picked out two peppers at the store but this guy ended up being the star of the show.

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Cherries In A Teacup



Cherries In A Teacup
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I just finished this still life...I thought the cherries in a teacup(red and white) had a nice holiday feel!

 SOLD

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Red Apple and Grapes



Red Apple and Grapes
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I wanted to try painting an apple I have never painted before. It was tricky making it look round with the large yellow spot on the front, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. All of the bloom on the grapes and the curly stems were fun to paint!

SOLD


Monday, December 2, 2013

New Etsy Shop!

I just opened an etsy shop and these three paintings are the first I've put up. I've attached a link.

                                                  


  Graffiti Eggplant and Mushrooms
7"x9"
Acrylic on panel


Coconut and Pineapple
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel


Donut Peaches
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Perfume Bottle And Cherries



Perfume Bottle And Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel


Someone gave me this beautiful perfume bottle, and when I found cherries at the grocery store I knew I needed to make a painting! I tried many different colors for the background...I even pulled out a swatch book to get a feel for what I wanted. I've never painted a gold background before, but I think it works well with the red, purples, and blues.




Sunday, November 17, 2013

Burn



Burn
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

When I started this still life I knew I wanted to get back to experimenting with patterns in my backgrounds. I started with the background and built the rest of the still life around it. It's very loud and bold, which I like. Plums have quickly become one of my favorite still life subjects.  I'm happy with the strong contrast of the plums against the background. It's always fun to try something new!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Persimmons



Persimmons
6"x8"
Acrylic on panel

 I never see this type of persimmon in the grocery store (I believe these are Asian persimmons). They have a botanical name which means "food of the gods." I had so much fun painting these, although I admit I've never tasted a persimmon. I felt they lent themselves to a dark, rich background.

SOLD


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Red and Green



Red and Green
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I love when I go into the grocery store and find produce with personality! Love the shapes and colors of these pears plus the stem and shadow on the red one really makes the painting work!

SOLD

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Apple and Grapes


Apple and Grapes
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

It's apple season...Even though you can get apples all year round, I still think of fall as apple season...had a lot of fun painting the bloom on the grapes! 

SOLD



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Perfume Bottle with White Beads



Perfume Bottle with White Beads
4"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I found these beautiful white beads and wanted to incorporate them into a still life...wasn't sure how to approach it...decided to section it off and play with the lights and darks...happy with the way it turned out!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Red Muscadine Grapes



Red Muscadine Grapes
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I was at the Farmers Market and saw this bunch of muscadine grapes. I love the colors and shape. I wanted to experiment with the background on this one. I needed to mix it up a little bit and do something different.

SOLD




Sunday, September 15, 2013

Apple and Cherries


Apple and Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

New apple and cherries painting...saw this beautiful apple and couldn't resist! So sad cherry season is over...

SOLD

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Carousel painting in progress



Lake George Village Carousel 
8"x10"
Acrylic on panel

I decided to post some progress photos of a painting I started a year ago when I was living in NY. It has a long way to go. I keep coming back to it in between paintings. Clint and I were living and working in a gallery in Bolton Landing. Lake George Village was only a few minutes away. I love that area! It's a cute little town on the water. This is a carousel we used to walk by all of the time. I'm excited about this piece and I'm looking forward to finishing it!



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Onion and Radishes



Onion and Radishes #1
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

SOLD

I was running some errands the other day and decided to go into a cute little market I used to frequent as a kid. It was still there and I really liked the produce. I decided to buy these onions and radishes...Love the color combination! I sold the first one right away so I decided to do one more!


Onion and Radishes #2
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Apple Banana Commission


Apple Banana Commission
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

This is another still life commission! The client wanted a small bunch of bananas that would fit on a 6"x6" panel. My first thought was apple bananas. I love the way they taste! I was in Jacksonville and had some trouble finding them, but whole foods got a shipment in. It was tricky making something yellow turn. I had fun with the spots and markings. It's the first time I've ever painted apple bananas, but will definitely try it again in the future.

SOLD


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Recent Gallery Show at Juice




I wanted to share a show I am in at Jen Jones Gallery located in Jacksonville, Florida.
There was an opening for "The Art of Deliciousness" on August 7th with live jazz music. I have six pieces up in the gallery! 
                                                    


I Enjoy Being A Girl
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel


Apple and Orange Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Photos by Michael Barnhart

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Recent Gallery Sale


  Apple and Cinnamon Stick
6"x6" 
Acrylic on panel

Hi everyone! I just sold this apple painting out of Geren Gallery in Arizona! I played around with the background a bit more on these(the grapefruit painting is also in the gallery right now)...I like the idea of using patterns and colors...I've often incorporated that element into my larger paintings,  but enjoy doing it with these smaller still lifes.



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Figs and Blueberries



Figs and Blueberries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I wanted to try painting figs again since it's fig season! At first I really struggled, but ended up enjoying all of the color changes and details in the figs...I got excited when they finally started coming to life!

SOLD

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Candyland



Candyland
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

I went to the store to get something to paint. Nothing was jumping out at me until I walked down the bakery aisle and saw these meringue cookies. I thought they were really pretty and built the rest of the still life around them. It was fun painting something colorful and sweet!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Chocolate and Cherries



Chocolate and Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

New painting...bought these beautiful red cherries and was going to paint them with something else, but they screamed chocolate, which I had never painted before...Chocolate melts quickly, especially under spot lights! It was tricky, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

SOLD

Friday, August 2, 2013

Avocado Study



Avocado Study
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Another two and a half hour study...First time I've ever painted an avocado...I love to eat them! I painted this in between commissions...Clint painted one too at the same time only with a dark background.

SOLD

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Recent Commissions


Three Red Plums
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel


Two Peaches
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel


Lemon and Lime
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

A client purchased Apple and Orange Cherries and then commissioned me to make three more paintings! The plum painting was based on another I had sold. I always have fun with the deep purples, reds, and reflective light. Two Peaches was a challenge because I had never painted them before, so I decided to paint donut peaches and regular peaches to give him a choice. I had never painted a whole lemon either. It's very difficult to make something yellow round, but I'm happy with the way it turned out!

SOLD 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I Enjoy Being a Girl #3



I Enjoy Being a Girl #3
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

This is the second perfume bottle I painted recently, but the third in a series of paintings that I think make simple statements about being female. Most of the time I am interested in the color combinations and so I thought the perfume bottle would look really pretty with the cherries.
One of my favorite areas of the painting is the shadows that the cherries are casting on the background.

SOLD



Sunday, July 21, 2013

King Trumpet and White Button Mushrooms





King Trumpet and White Button Mushrooms
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

SOLD

Mushrooms are tricky to paint because they rot so fast! I've never painted king trumpet mushrooms before...Clint brought these back from a Korean market in New Jersey. He had a bunch of them packed up in a cooler, but when he came to pick me up in Jacksonville, with the rush of packing to go back to Jensen beach, we forgot the mushrooms! Luckily, because the king trumpets were packaged in sealed plastic bags and were unopened we were able to come back a week later and use them to make some paintings! The tops of the larger two were falling apart, so I had to tape some of the mushroom together(tried gluing it and that didn't work!). I had fun creating this painting...I like the way the King Trumpets are leaning into each other. I added a couple of process photos...thought the initial drawing came out well.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Donut Peaches


Donut Peaches
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

While working on some commissions for a client, I decided to paint two peach paintings so that he would have a choice...First time I've ever painted peaches..really tricky...so many color and value changes...


Available now with a frame!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Persimmons Study



Persimmons Study
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Another two and a half hour study...I did this before I painted the more finished piece I put up not long ago. I used a gold glazing medium to punch up the shades of orange.

SOLD

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Two Red Plums



Two Red Plums
6x6
Acrylic on panel

I love the colors and markings on these plums I found at the farmers market! 

SOLD


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Coconut and Lime Commisiion


Coconut and Lime Commission
8x10
Acrylic on panel

I recently finished this commission. The client bought a total of five paintings!
This is the third coconut and lime painting I've done...It's wonderful when I'm painting and I feel like things are going smoothly. I had a lot of fun painting this coconut. It's the first time I cracked one open on my own. I bought two...the first one was rotten, but this half had a lot of neat looking ridges.

SOLD

Friday, June 28, 2013

Red and Gold



Red and Gold
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Just sold this painting...One of my favorites...I saw this apple and thought it would look beautiful with a gold background...I enjoyed laying in a pattern over the gold...similar to the one I used in "Two Apples". 

SOLD

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cherries in a Pink Teacup




Cherries In A Pink Teacup
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Just finished this piece....This is another teacup my friend Jen lent me...She has a great collection she's building! The teacup itself is an awkward shape to paint, but I think the colors and detail are beautiful...

SOLD


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Two Green Pears




Two Green Pears
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Not sure how much time I spent on this piece...haven't painted pears in awhile, but when I went to the grocery store I thought the shapes and colors of these two pears were beautiful...

   SOLD

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Persimmons




Persimmons
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

Just finished this painting of two persimmons...I think they pulled off the leaves, which accounts for the black markings...did a quick study of persimmons a few months ago, which inspired me to make this piece....I like the purplish background against the orange...

SOLD

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Apple and Orange Cherries




Apple and Orange Cherries
6"x6"
Acrylic on panel

After I finished my quick study, I decided to use the same apple with these beautiful orange cherries I found at the grocery store! First time I've ever seen anything other than red cherries...I like how some of the stems are attached at the top...


SOLD