Oil Painting: Horsetail

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12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard
12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard

Horsetail – I think that’s what this striped grass is called. I’ve seen it growing on dunes and riverbanks in Illinois and Michigan. I had a lot of fun making different textures and types of marks in this painting, thin and thick paint, layering and glazing, and then at the end trying to get the different areas working together.

According to Wikipedia:

Equisetum is a “living fossil” as it is the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopsida, a family of vascular plants that reproduce by spores rather than seeds, and which for over one hundred million years was much more diverse and dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests.

Oil Painting of Lilypads

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16 by 40 inches, oil on  canvas (gallery wrapped, 2 inches deep)
16 by 40 inches, oil on canvas (gallery wrapped, 2 inches deep)

I’ve been working on this painting on and off – it had to sit in the time out corner for a while. I tried a few new techniques, learned a lot, and am much happier with it now.

The Glenview Art League is hosting the 27th Annual Youth Art Fair on February 21. Deadline to register is February 7, and it’s open to all kids preschool to high school age, in and outside of Glenview. There will be prizes awarded in each age group. Fun to enter, fun to attend! Here’s flyer with more information. Let me know if you have any questions – I’m one of the co-chairs of the event ;).

Glenview Art League hosting the 2015 Youth Art Fair
Glenview Art League hosting the 2015 Youth Art Fair

Oil Painting: Wrapped Pear

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8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 10 inches, oil on hardboard

This pear was a gift from my excellent neighbor. Painting the crisp, translucent paper was a fun challenge. I almost waited too long to eat it – sweet and very ripe. I took a number of photos so I might try another angle on this. Happy new year!

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Oil Painting: Red Mushroom

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I spotted this little mushroom on a homeschool field trip to the grove. It looked just like something out of a storybook, so I took a few pictures. Now the painting looks like something out of a storybook.

Merry Christmas!

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Oil Painting: Red D’Anjou Pears

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

I had a dark gray drape hanging behind these pears. In paint it seemed heavy and severe with the orange and red. I was very tempted to wipe the whole painting. But I made the background lighter, and a little greener, and then lighter again and less green. Now it feels like sunrise and I’m happy with it.

We’re having some remodeling done and they’re putting big windows into the new room today. After many gray days the sun is shining and it’s bright and light and wonderful.

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Oil Painting of a Pansy

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6 inches square, oil on hardboard
6 inches square, oil on hardboard

This pansy wilted completely flat as I painted — felt like a race against time. It perked up again once I put it in a vase with water. I love that velvety purple.

Oil Painting of Autumn Beauty Apple

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6 inches square, oil on hardboard
6 inches square, oil on hardboard

Here’s another victim of our apple picking trip. This is an Autumn Beauty. I love that orangey red color.