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New Series ~ “Reflections”

I’ve been thinking lately about bringing more cohesion to my work, and asked myself this question; “What subjects do I really like to paint?” I looked around my studio at the work I’ve done, and it seems reflections in water and floral paintings are split pretty evenly. But, I feel my work appears scattered, it doesn’t have a “style” or a “theme” which could make a nice collection.

So, I came to a decision that my new assignment is to paint 50 works entitled “Reflections ~ The Beautiful Waterways of Idaho” Ultimately, it will become a book. I haven’t decided if I will start counting from 1 with the painting I began this week, or will include previous works into this collection, but it feels good to have a focus! I’m one of those artists who behaves like a butterfly going from flower to flower and never staying on one particular flower too long.

I don’t know if my time management will allow me to work on more than one painting in a week, given I’ve decided to make them all 8″x10″, but if I can pull it off, two paintings a week would be the ultimate goal. I will share my journey along the way, and you are welcome to cheer me on or give me constructive criticism by commenting on what you think of the work, or just hit the like button and decide not to engage in convo. But I really really would like some sort of feedback, so it doesn’t continually feel like I’m talking to the wall! Know what I mean? Bueller? Anyone? Bueller?

Anyway, here are two of my fave paintings that possibly could be a part of the series:

Bridge at Buttonhook

“Bridge at Buttonhook”  6″x6″ oil on panel

Little Cabin by the Lake

“Little Cabin by the Lake” – 8″x10″ oil on canvas

Here’s a sneak peak of the new work in progress:

work in progess

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Li’l Pumpkins

Don’t you just love the change of seasons? Fall is on the way as summer slowly winds down. The temps are getting cooler and there’s a chill in the morning. I even see trees beginning to change color! Fall is my favorite time of year. Here’s a little painting to set the tone. A 6″x6″ oil on panel ~

Li’l Pumpkins oil on panel

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Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase

Oil Painters of America summer online showcase

The Summer Online Showcase for the Oil Painters of America juried show has been judged. My two entries are on the third line down, the last two images on the far right. I entered my “Gravy Boat” and “Eggs”” still life paintings. My entries didn’t place but I’m pleased that I was a participant. You can view all the entries HERE. There are so many talented artists that it must have been very hard for the judge to make the winning choices! Nice work everyone! Now I need to figure out which paintings to enter in the fall showcase. Any suggestions?

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“Fall and Aspens” oil painting

Fall and Birch oil painting

“Fall and Aspens” oil on 8″x10″ gallery canvas. Fall is officially here in my view when Labor Day weekend ends! In fact the trees are already beginning to turn, and I’ll be decorating our home with fall decor this week! It’s my favorite time of year. Which season is your fave?

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“Pears” original oil paining on canvas

Pears oil painting

“Pears” is painted on 8″x8″x2″ gallery wrapped canvas, and depicts three beautiful pears just as they are beginning to ripen. I find the shape of pears to be intriguing and feminine. There are so many subtle colors in a pear and the taste is the best part! How do you like your pears? Chocolate drizzled, or with whipped cream? Ice cream covered or poached in a wine sauce? I like them just as they are. 🙂

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New into the Studio ~ Gift Baskets!

New into the studio ~ Gift Baskets!  Now you can turn any oil painting purchase into a unique, one of a kind gift, for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or the holidays! Each basket is curated to the theme of the painting you choose and no two are alike. Is there a Fisherman in your life who is hard to buy for? How about a Fine art painting in a basket?

fishing basket content idea

Here is a sampling of what could be in your curated Fisherman’s Gift Basket 

Goodies galore plus an original oil painting inside a beautiful reusable basket is the perfect gift for your fisherman.

Fisherman's gift basket

If you’d like to purchase a gift basket, click on the Gift Basket link under the SHOP tab in the store. Add any basket to your cart, after you have added a painting to your cart. Note: paintings are NOT included in the basket price. Allow 7 to 10 days for your basket to be curated before shipping.

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Blue Morning Glory

This week has been a busy one with varnishing and framing paintings. This little Blue Morning Glory painting is one of my favorites.

It looks fabulous in its walnut toned frame!

Blue Morning Glory oil painting

Summer sale ends soon! Use code SUN at checkout on select works.

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“Apples” original oil painting

apples oil painting

This painting will certainly command attention in your space when the vibrant colors of this “Apples” original oil painting are showcased. It’s small size is perfect for any location and is ready to enjoy right out of the box. No need to wait for expensive framing as the back is enclosed in wood and has a hole for hanging.

Summer Sale ends in a few weeks! Take advantage now and get your 25% off! Use code SUN at checkout!

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New work ~ “Pears” mini oil painting

Luscious and full of vibrant texture, “Pears” is a palette knife painting on 4″x4″ gallery wrapped canvas. Perfect for small spaces and a great addition to any kitchen decor!  I love all the colors in this painting and the photo just doesn’t do it justice!

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Announcing Curated Gift Baskets!

Turn any oil painting purchase into a Curated gift basket! Each basket is one of a kind and curated to the theme of the painting.

Know someone who loves gardening? Choose a floral painting and turn it into a garden basket! Is your better half a fisherman who appreciates fine art? Why not give him a curated fishing gift basket? Know someone who lives on the beach? How about a curated Coastal themed gift basket? Perfect for the hard to shop for! Simply choose your painting then head to the gift baskets page under the SHOP tab and pick your theme.

More baskets coming soon! Stay tuned.