Author: debrha

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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Oil Painting of Lily Collage

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9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, by Deb Anderson
9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, © 2015 Deb Anderson

My daughter was recently showing my how to make a collage, and I got really into it. Shredded flower catalogs everywhere! When we were finished I wanted to do a painting based on mine, so here it is.

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