Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blue Coffee Cup and Tangerine

I am beginning to really enjoy these small still life sketches!  Oil on board. 6"x8". The reflections always are fun and my favorite coffee cup complete with a chip in it is satisfying to paint

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ebony Carving

I picked up a native carved ebony wood animal figure, I suppose it is a gazelle, while travelling to Africa. The wood figure is heavy, hard and has a dull shine--simply beautiful.  I paired this with a hand thrown cookie jar that I bought in Kentucky and situated some Cuties and a beautiful red onion on my art table for an interesting composition in oil on board.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Blue Vase and Radishes

I have never been a big fan of the still life but after taking a lesson from the great masters Lefell, McGraw and Kamin, I have taken up the challenge!  And what a challenge it is!  I have never used Maroger before the lessons so that transition is tough enough let alone the pursuit of paint quality, light and shadow and all things David!

David teaches that one does not copy what one sees; rather, one uses the arrangement to compose and manipulate until the desired image emerges.  Easier said than done.  And above all else, create beautiful paintings (visual delight is what he says).

This is a large still life, 16"x20", oil on canvas, $120 +s/h $5. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Yellow Pepper

A large still life of several peppers. I like the contrast between the dark greenish background and the yellow pepper. This oil painting is on stretched canvas and measures 16"x20".

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Russian Bowl and Onions

Russian Bowl and Onions

I bought a hand-painted and lacquered wooden bowl when I worked in the Far East Russia a while back.  It is a luminous gold inside with a high gloss black finish on the exterior.  Really a work of art! The red onions are fun to paint and the challenge here was depicting the loose paper-thin skin peeling back and casting a shadow.  Oil, 6'x8", $60 + s/h $5. If interested, email

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Still Life Fruit and Bottle

A small still life 6"x8" oil on board, "Still Life Fruit and Bottle".  A dark background of olive green gradation to add some dark with light on the fruits and vegetables. I like the garlic and the reflection in the bottle. $60 +$5 S&H. Email if interested.

Calf Roper 20"x16" oil on canvas

​The action and intensity drew me to this image.  The horse looks off to the side in a wild eyed manner but stays on course due to his training.  The roper is snugging up the rope will staying on task--the mouth is taunt, the head is down, the arms doing their part! The calf is furry and fleeing. The late Nevada afternoon is hot and dusty and no one but the roper knows the struggle going on except perhaps the other cowboys awaiting their jobs.
$120, oil on canvas, S&H $5,