Monday, November 24, 2014

Toys in the Attic-Aerosmith

Toys in the Attic-Aerosmith........9x12 Oil on Gessoboard. Here is one of my junk store finds and another of my FAVORITE things. I have an obsession with old suitcases. I buy them when ever I see them; at yard sales, thrift shops and antique stores. Mostly because they can be useful storage containers and partly cause I just like them. This one stores my watercolors for camping and traveling. I like how fluffy the bear turned out:)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Red Hollyhocks

Red Hollyhocks- I took the reference photo for this painting of my hollyhocks in Guatemala. In Guatemala you could throw seeds on the ground and they would grow:) Anyone could have a green thumb there!  I love the colors and the simpleness of this one. I just read Carol Marine's book about color mixology and am really digging this palette. 

Workin' for a Livin'-Huey Lewis and the News

Workin for a Livin- Huey Lewis and the News... Painted this for the challenge on Daily Paintworks this week. No problem finding inspiration in "Boomtown USA", it is all around us! Lots and lots of industrial sites here. Tim told me awhile ago to paint some rigs and pumpers, but I wasn't inspired. Might even do another. Here is the music.....I have always liked this song.

Sunflower Chair

This is for the James Memorial "Chair-ity" Auction to be held in Williston in December. I volunteered to paint a chair to be auctioned to benefit the art center. It took me awhile to come up with a theme. At first, I was thinking.... child's chair, bunnies and stuff. Tim suggested an American or Western theme. I hemmed and hawed and then it came to me in the middle of the night, (which by the way is when I solve alot of my dilemmas!) There are so many sunflower farms in North Dakota. I always want to stop and take photos of the beautiful fields. I so enjoyed painting them. I hope someone at the auction will agree!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tangerine-Led Zeppelin

Tangerine-Led Zeppelin. This painting is the first in a series of paintings to come from my junk store travels. My friend Susan (a fellow painter) and I have decided to visit a local thrift shop every few weeks to find a item to paint. I found this little teapot and immediately knew I had to paint it. It had a design on the front which I decided to leave out as I like the plain gold trim better. The tangerine adds just a splash of color. For music click here.