Monday, March 15, 2010

"Poppies and Vines"

Poppies and Vines
8 x 8 Pastel

I chose this scene from southern France as this month subject for a group of artists who is working on a new painting challenge blog. We are doing a few paintings and taking turns managing the blog for practice before it becomes public. This is my rendition of the scene. Check out my friend Bobbi Heath's version on her blog.

Monday, March 1, 2010

"Happy Cyclamen"

Happy Cyclamen
8 x 8 Oil on paper
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For several years, this cyclamen has looked like it had died forever after spring. I have resisted the temptation to get rid of it "just in case" and for the last five years, it has rewarded me with its beautiful blooms every February.
I started the painting as a pastel on sanded paper. I was not happy with the pastel results and decided to experiment using oil paint on the same paper. I liked the way the paint "glided" over the paper.