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“Skiffs on the Dock” oil painting

Skiffs

“Skiffs on the Dock” is a 6″x6″ oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas. I enjoy painting small works because they are so portable. Small paintings can be used to decorate with the seasons and easily stored or moved around. You can display collections of small works with fine collectibles in an art niche, in a bookcase or on an office credenza.

 

Decor Hack

“Skiffs on the Dock” is now available in my store. If you or someone you know loves small nautical works of art, won’t you share this post? Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be here soon. Why not give a gift that lasts a lifetime?

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“Milk Bottle”

“Milk Bottle” is another in my White Things Series and is painted in oil on 6″x6″ panel. This piece was a bit tricky because the bottle is a ceramic surface and not highly reflective. I really had to push the highlights to portray the surface and not have it look stagnant.

“Milk Bottle” pairs great with my “Eggs” oil painting! I like to decorate in the Farm House style even though I live at the lake so I’m often torn as to what to decorate with. My kitchen is farm house style and the rest of the house is lake themed. Is that weird of me?

“Milk Bottle” oil on panel

“Milk Bottle” is framed in black with a silver liner. The watermark is not on the painting.

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“Eggs” oil on panel

During the winter I like to paint still life pieces and “Eggs” oil on panel is one of those. I sketched a few ideas in my sketchbook as to how I thought a composition should be arranged:

I love creating graphite drawings in my sketchbook. Since I used a 6″x6″ panel, I had to work my sketch into a square format. I was happy with the design until I painted it and decided it needed a little more:

“Eggs” oil on panel

I think a little piece of shell with some egg dripping out added a touch of a story to the piece and makes it more interesting. What do you think?

“Eggs” oil on 6″x6″ panel is part of my White Things Series.

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Coastal Decor

Coastal Decor

This week I did a bit more work on framing paintings and two of them were from the “White Things Series”, entitled “Anchor 1” and “Anchor 2”.

“Anchor 2”


“Anchor 1”


If you love coastal themed decor, or live by the ocean or on a lake, you may enjoy these two pieces. They are 6”x6” and framed in black with a gold liner. I enjoy painting smaller works for several reasons:

  1. Decorating with smaller works of art allows one to change up the decor anytime, as well as create little groupings or vignettes.

  2. Smaller works are more affordable to own for my clients.

  3. Small paintings are more detailed, which I enjoy. I love adding the details in a piece, as they bring the viewer in close to a painting. I like that!

  4. Small paintings can be packed away for different seasons, and changes in decor. For example, I always use my small 4”x4” seasonal paintings to decorate my home at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I tuck them in amongst the candles and floral decorations and it looks so good!

Decorating Idea


Decorating Idea

You can see two examples here of how one could use these paintings in decorating a space. Pull together your favorite sea shells, candles, architecture books or anything beloved and set up a wonderful grouping in your home or office!


So remember when you may be thinking of buying a smaller painting and you see not such a small price, it takes a certain level of skill to paint small, and it takes more time. With large paintings, comes big brushes, large strokes, loose imagery and paintings that are done more quickly than a small piece. The smaller the painting, the more the detail, the more the detail, the longer the time it takes to create. Small paintings are little gems! These two paintings look great together. If you have a coastal theme going on, well….you know. They can be yours to treasure for generations to come! Click HERE to make them yours.

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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

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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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“Luscious Fuchsias” ~ 6”x6” oil on gallery wrapped canvas

We’re at the height of summer and flowers blooming in all their glory! These are Fuchsias, some of my favorite flowers! They bloom all summer and the hummingbirds love them. What Flower is at the top of your faves list?

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Daisies

It’s Daisy time in our neck of the woods, and I’m looking forward to creating some new works with these cute little flowers. They grow wild in our area, and last a long time. The best part about them is they don’t smell so great and the deer leave them alone! I have to grow my gardens with fencing around them to save my plants from the ravenous deer. All they do is eat, yet they look like they are starving! But the daisies, they thrive and don’t become a deer’s mid-nite snack!

Here’s a few Daisy paintings for my Daisy loving buds:

 

Daisy oil painting
“Daisies” 4″x4″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

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"Field of Daisies"
“Field of Daisies”
4″x4″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

 

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"Daisy and a Lady" oil painting
“Daisy and a Lady” 4″x5″ oil on canvas

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These paintings are on sale for a limited time! I’d love to wrap one up and send it to you! If you don’t like it, send it back. No questions asked!

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Candy Colored Sunset

Candy Colored Sunset painting

 

Sunsets sometimes remind me of candy! I love it when the lake mirrors those candy colors in the clouds. This painting may be tiny but it packs a lot of vibrant color.

Signed by the artist. Certificate of Authenticity included. On SALE!

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the painting.)