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Oil Paintings: Pears

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PearsI©DAnderson

Here are two paintings of pears on a white plate. Cool and warm shadows and reflections. I’m looking forward to the reception for the Prairie Plein Air Event in Schaumburg tonight!

PearsII©DAnderson

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Oil Painting: Vegetables Every Day, plus Art Post Gallery contest and a studio upgrade

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6 by 6 inches, oil on gallery wrapped (2 inch deep) canvas. ©Deb Anderson
6 by 6 inches, oil on gallery wrapped (2 inch deep) canvas. ©Deb Anderson

This piece is my entry to the 2015 Art Post Gallery “Art by the Inch” contest. The theme was “the written word”. I just returned from the well-attended opening reception. Always fun to see so much variety in the 90 entries. I’ll put a couple photos below. All 90 paintings are for sale through the gallery for $150 each.

ARTPOST2015A2015 Art Post Gallery contest

New easel with panel holder ( and butcher paper-covered hardboard palette held on with little c-clamps).
New easel with panel holder ( and butcher paper-covered hardboard palette held on with little c-clamps).

I just spent some generous Christmas gift cards on a sturdy new easel for the art room. The travel easel will now stay packed and ready to go on more frequent plein air painting trips. I followed Carol Marine’s instructions for making a small panel holder, and it’s working great so far. This one was made on a heavy white piece of particle board I had downstairs, but it was so easy I might make a smaller, lighter one for outdoor use.

Oil Painting: Bread and Jam

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BreadAndJam
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015DebAnderson

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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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