Oil Painting: Cygnus, the Swan

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8 inches square, oil on hardboard
8 inches square, oil on hardboard

And here is another stellar bird in flight: Cygnus this time.

From Stardate.org:

The brightest stars of Cygnus form a cross, so the swan is also known as the Northern Cross. Find it soaring high overhead during late summer evenings.

The constellation’s brightest star is Deneb. Although it lies about 1,500 light-years from Earth, Deneb shines brightly in our night sky because it’s a white supergiant — a star that’s much larger, hotter, and brighter than the Sun. Deneb is the northeastern point of a star pattern called the Summer Triangle.

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Oil Painting: Corvus, the Crow

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8 inches square, oil on hardboard
8 inches square, oil on hardboard

Corvus the Crow, soaring over a frozen lake.

Another small, ancient constellation, yet very easy to recognize. Corvus was a bird of the god Apollo, who in different stories upset the god so much that he transformed the crows feathers from silver to black and placed his image in the sky. Corvus can be found sitting on the tail of Hydra, the sea serpent. Another way to find Corvus is to look just below the constellation of Virgo, the maiden.

- Astronomy Facts

North Star Over Glenview

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9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, © Deb Anderson
9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, © Deb Anderson

This painting is for a local commission. The owners of the house are moving to a warmer climate and want a momento of their home, and of winter weather. About five more inches of snow fell this morning. Meredith and I planted pea seeds in the garden just yesterday. I knew snow was in the forecast, but I didn’t think it would stick.

Oil Painting: Pomegranate

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6 by 6 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard
6 by 6 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard

Chop chop, here’s that knife again. Pomegranates are a fairly new food for me. Not easy to eat, but interesting. The little jewel-like arils (had to look that up) remind me of red currants, which I have loved painting and eating. A neighbor has red currants in her extensive suburban fruit garden – maybe this will be year I follow her lead.

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Oil Painting: Avocado

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8 inches square, oil on gessoed hardboard
8 inches square, oil on gessoed hardboard

A knife makes a painting feel a little edgy (ha ha). Such a cool moment, cutting into a fruit or vegetable, especially avocados. I feared this one was past it’s prime. Twist it open and surprise – perfect pale green, buttery ripe.

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Oil Painting: Techny Basin Reservoir

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20 by 16 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard
20 by 16 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard

This studio piece has been sitting in the corner for a while, waiting for final touches. I used a yellow ground color. It glows through the blue of the sky and water, and helps to harmonize everything else.

I love painting tangled patches of plants. I’m always working on brushstroke variety and control, and the foreground is a smorgasbord of different marks.

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Oil Painting: Amaryllis

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10 inches square, oil on hardboard, ©2014 Deb Anderson
10 inches square, oil on hardboard, ©2014 DAnderson

This amaryllis has been a very welcome sight through January and February.

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