Saturday, May 11, 2013

Glass Shaker

Wanted to try painting glass - I did it once before when I first started. It was a salt shaker and my first "good" painting.

This is a cheese shaker I think. I've had it in my cabinet for years and I don't think I've ever used it for anything. It finally found a purpose.

Cheese Shaker
Acrylic on 6x6 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More Reflections

This is the same pitcher (which I think is really a coffee carafe) that I mentioned a few posts ago - the one I painted a long time ago and inspired me to do a series of reflection paintings.

This painting went through a lot of iterations because I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it - I ended up simplifying the background significantly - it had lots of shadows and folded cloth and it was too busy. You would think that the lemons and the reflections would be the hardest part, but I had more trouble with the background.

I've been averaging a painting every day or two for a while now - it's a fantastic feeling!

Pitcher and Lemons
9x12 Acrylic on Canvas

Self-Portrait re (over?) worked

I attempted to get rid of the chipmunk cheek, which I did, but in the process I overworked it a bit. As I mentioned in an earlier post, acrylic dries darker than it is when you first apply it, so I find it very difficult to match the color and correct tone. I couldn't do it on this painting, so I had to adjust all the color on the face. But it is a good exercise, because I need to figure out how to do that.

I like the before best, stuffed cheek and all, what about you?

Self-portrait w/o chipmunk cheek

Monday, May 6, 2013


My first painted self-portrait. I have done a couple of drawings, one of which made me look 80, hopefully this doesn't.

Acrylic 9x12 panel

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Reflections 2

I wanted to try painting white objects as well as reflections and it was a lot of fun. The ultimate challenge would be white objects on a white background. Maybe later.

Next up - can't decide between another reflection themed painting or attempting my first self-portrait (in a painting).

Reflections 2
Acrylic on 8x8 Canvas

Thursday, May 2, 2013


I only painted two paintings before I got my studio. One was a still life that included a vintage chrome drink pitcher. The painting wasn't very good but I really liked doing the reflections on the pitcher. That was 18 years ago, but I kept it - probably to remind myself that art is important in my life and so, after 14 years, I finally started painting. 

I was looking it at the other day and it inspired me to try a series of paintings with reflections. Here's the first one - another vintage item, but this is a little individual serving teapot:

Acrylic painting of vintage chrome teapot
Reflections 1
acrylic on 6x9 linen panel