Still Life

Oil Painting: Pink Cosmos

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Here’s a warm-up piece I did today, to prepare for this weekend’s outdoor painting event: Northbrook’s Paint the Town. On Friday and Saturday 30 artists will be painting outdoors throughout Northbrook. Sunday morning there will be a quick-paint event in the Village Green, a painting demonstration by award-winning artist Steve Puttrich, and an exhibition and sale of finished paintings, with awards ceremony. The weather forecast is for rain, rain, rain, which just adds to the adventure and excitement, right? Yes.

Meanwhile, I have been busy carving linoleum blocks for prints (I love printmaking!) I will post here and in my etsy shop soon.

These cosmos are among the last of my garden flowers for the year. It’s been a dry summer and I’m not the best about watering regularly. I’ve been tilling and mulching to get a head start on spring planting. I’m also saving seeds this fall. It has been a “next-year” kind of year around here. I look forward to seeing how some of the perennials and bulbs I planted and moved around emerge in the spring. Fingers crossed.

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Oil Painting: Backlit Peonies

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This small painting just got a few final brushstrokes that sent it from “hmm” to “complete.” More beautiful blooms from my good neighbor. We went to the Old Town and Wells Street art fairs in Chicago today – so much beautiful art! I am blown away. I especially loved Signe and Genna Grushovenko’s paintings, the mixed media work of Ronna Katz, and Katie Musolff’s watercolors.

I also just finished watching James Gurney’s Gouache in the Wild video. It was so good, an I hope to tune up my gouache outdoor sketching skills in the coming days and weeks.

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Oil painting of Tulips and Catkins

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©Deb Anderson, oil on hardboard, 8 by 10 inches

Pink tulips, silvery catkins.

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Oil Painting: Mandarin Orange

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Mandarin Orange, 6 by 6 inch, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

This is a radiant little orange. I was having some trouble with it – I accidentally put the orange right in the center of the board. I wiped the painting down, started over and it came together. “Brave little orange faces the future.”

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Oil Painting: Apple, Branch and Leaves

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

Spring break, and the sun is out between waves of thunderstorm. We’ve had some fun group painting sessions here this week. I’ll post photos of the work soon. This is a 9 by 12 inch oil on gessoed hardboard.

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Oil Painting: Apple with Branch

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Apple with Branch, 8.5 by 11, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

This painting was quick and painless – nice break from a lingering larger piece that I’m feeling less sure about. I used photos from our visit to an apple orchard last fall. We tried to pick properly without damage to the trees, but a few twig casualties did occur. For painting I like fruit with leaves and sticks attached – nice for context. I also enjoy the effects of light, like that golden, glowing reflection on the white plate.

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Oil painting of Cloudette’s White Rose

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson

My daughter has a white rosebush named Cloudette, and this is one of the delicate blooms.

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