Tuesday, February 18, 2020

14 x 11"  oil on canvas

I wanted to paint a picture that came from the heart, needed no introduction or explanation, and satisfied my need to create something that I, myself, admired. Since it is a little early in the year to find a mix of  peonies in bloom, I had to use my imagination and some photos. So without a story line or actual set-up in front of me I came up with this - peonies on a table, something beautiful emerging out of the darkness.  

When it is fully dry and varnished, I will get a fancy frame for it. For now I am selling it just as it is, unframed.

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Afternoon Tea
14 x 11"   Oil on canvas

What can be more pleasant than afternoon tea? To sit and dream, or read perhaps, or just think about all the lovely flowers coming out of the garden.

This piece is painted around the edges of the canvas -  it can be framed, or hung up just as it is. I am happy to put a wire on the back.

To see more of my work, please visit my  Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks. And as always, thank you for looking!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Having Faith
20 x 16 x 1.5"
Oil on Gallery-wrapped Canvas
starting bid: $295

This is an imaginary still life, a little bit abstract, a little bit real, each flower a little study of color, shape and feeling. It was started during a difficult period of my life, a way to give me hope and help me connect to my inner happiness - and so it did. The hours I spent creating, changing and getting each little thing "just so" were what kept me going, kept me having faith in the light. Life is so much brighter now, and looking at this painting always reminds me of the power that art brings to the spirit.

Painted on a gallery-wrapped canvas the picture extends to all sides of the canvas. Framing is optional -  the painting is meant to hang flush against the wall, but you might like to add a frame.

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

"Two Beauties"
16 x 12"  Acrylic on canvas

These two beauties bloomed at the same time, and stood side by side, just asking to be painted. The peonies were anticipated, but the amaryllis was a surprise. Advertised as an orange amaryllis, it failed to bloom last year, and got put outside and forgotten. Imagine my surprise when I saw it start to bloom this year. Was it really orange? Ww-ell, maybe. Sorta. But beautiful none the less, and how nicely it contrasted with the peony. A still life waiting to happen!

This painting is painted on all sides of the canvas. You could frame it up, but you could also hang it up, just as it is. (I am happy to put a wire on the back.)

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

By the River's Edge
20 x 16 x 1.5"   Oil on canvas
starting bid: $295

(Back again!  I have been away for a few months, seeing to matters of health and finishing pieces that had sat waiting.)

This abstract piece is purely imaginary, and went through many changes and much time to get where it is now. It reflects a love for nocturnes and nature,  and considers the transcendental patterns of life. When it was started, I had no idea how it would turn out. A bit like life itself. Best of all, it was a lot of fun to paint!

Painted on all sides of a gallery-wrapped  canvas, this piece will hang flush against a wall, with no further need of framing.

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks, and as always, thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!

"Snow Queen"
16 x 12 "  Oil on canvas

It's New Years! Again! Wishes for hope, peace and happiness for the coming year are all around us. Good health, prosperity and contentment are there as well! I hope all these things come your way, along with new experiences and great surprises you didn't even expect!

I am taking a little time away from the easel to pursue other goals, but I will be back, and hope to see you then.  I have posted a painting that symbolizes, to me, all the good things a New Year should bring.

This piece is painted on gallery wrapped canvas (1.5”); the picture continues minimally on all sides. It hangs flush against the wall and does not need framing, but you could frame it if you like.

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunflowers,  Yellow and White
16 x 20"  Oil on Canvas

To say these are "sunflowers, past" seems so sad, although, technically, since it is December (in Northern California), they are from the past summer.  I never tire of trying to get sunflowers just right - to me they symbolize hope and warmth, each new flower full of promises. I like to think each one has its own personality, and try to capture it.

This painting is already framed, simply and beautifully.

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Candy Flowers
12 x 12 x 1.5"
Oil on Gallery-Wrapped Canvas

"Looks like candy!"  This was the comment that gave this painting its name. Imaginative and colorful, this is a work of whimsy and caprice, nearly abstract, it was painted just for the fun of putting paint, colors and shapes together. 

This piece is painted on gallery-wrapped canvas, and the painting goes around all four sides. It does not need further framing and is ready to hang, just as it is.


To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

"Left Behind"12 x 9"  Acrylic on CanvasThe Daily Paintworks Auctionsstarting bid:  $75
The Virtual Paintout, an art blog challenge which uses Google Street View to paint or draw a given landscape site, has traveled to the island of Hashima, off the coast of Japan. Hashima is an abandoned mining town (island), once home to many, but a tourist site and ruin now, a perfect place for the scary month of Halloween! 

I found this wall, by the shore where some scarfs had been left behind. And what is that red object? It looks very much like a bowl - and supports the feeling of abandonment and mystery that pervades the island. You can visit this site and decide what you think by clicking here!

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at the Daily Paintworks! Thanks for looking!

Hashima Island, Japan


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Rising Moon
24 x 36"   Oil on canvas

This painting (straight out of my imagination) started as a "paint dump" -  a way to use up excess paint. When I have too much paint at the end of a session, I ply it on an extra canvas. At some point an image or idea takes shape and I work with it. It's one of my favorite ways of painting. No rules, no constraints, just see what happens while not wasting paint. I'll bet many artists do this.

As the images began to take shape and I began to see a story - the moon rising over a distant land, like something in an old adventure where something compelling is about to happen. It's that quiet moment before excitement begins! 

Before it was finished it was sold, and then, thinking about the people who bought it, I was able to finish off the details with them in mind. They are some of my favorite people, so it was really a lot of fun!

It's a big painting, so I've included details:

To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page at The Daily Paintworks. Thanks for looking!