Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another Oldie

I have painted this car once before but from another angle. It is from a collection of my friends sister's friend's father. Anyway, some great guy's car collection.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Everything is Coming Up Daisies

The great thing about painting daisies is that they last a very long time in the studio. I love the blue and yellow color combination and pleased with the glass vase.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


They are talking about snow here in the upstate of South Carolina and I am thinking spring and painting daisies. Oh my! A girl can dream.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016


Some friends are still hanging around my studio even after their season. I figured that I need to paint them fast before they left.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Pretty in Red

I set up these red flowers in a glass vase and couldn't resist adding the green background. I like to define the glass with just a few value shifts and highlights. Unfortunately, these beauties will not last long enough for a second painting.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Soft Boiled

One last egg/breakfast painting. As you know, I like to paint shinny objects (the spoon here) and the interior of the egg shells are surprisingly reflective.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Bacon and Eggs

I found this little pig in a thrift store a while ago. He has found his way into a few of my paintings. This one is my favorite.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Nice and Warm

I decided to paint a nice warm beach sunset to chase away the recent cold snap here in South Carolina. Can you feel it?

Monday, January 4, 2016

Tropical Getaway

I don't know the name of this flower. I snapped a picture of it on a warm-weather vacation. At least I have warm memories during this cold, windy winter day.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Escapee

The escapee. These tomatoes-on-the-vine looked like a chain gang
to me. This is the finished painting. Following is a step-by-step
demo of how I created this piece.
I start by setting up the still life in my studio. It sometimes
takes as long to get the composition right as it does to
complete the painting.

The lightest pieces of the tomatoes go in first.

 To simplify my paintings, I look for three values in the main

 Here I have added the blue cloth. This complementary color
sets off the color of the tomatoes.

 To finish this painting, I added the table color, tomato stems
and highlights. The edges are modified to push the farthest
tomatoes back.