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“Leaves”

Here’s another in the “Leaves” 4×4 series. Can you tell I love saturated colors?

This one was done with a brush. I like using palette knives but love the finer look that can be achieved with brushes. Definitely more exploration with knives will be done this year!

“Leaves” oil on canvas

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The plan before the painting

Color studies

When I work on paintings I like to figure out a plan before beginning. I’ll do some compositional grayscale studies first to figure out the lights and darks then move into color swatching followed by small vignettes of the scene. Doing this helps me figure out my tones and a preferred palette. But since I can never paint the same thing twice it seems my favorite piece is always on the study board! So I’m thinking of having this study board framed cause I really like how it looks. What do you think?

Here’s the finished painting:

“Prelude to a Storm” oil painting
“Prelude to a Storm”
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Pine cone and Acorns with a splash of Tinsel!

I just love this time of year and using nature as a decorating theme! Pine cones, acorns and the tinsel on the Christmas tree are some of my favorite things. In fact, I was inspired to paint some miniature oil paintings with these subjects, and I use them as part of my holiday decor.  I hope your  holiday planning is going well and you are enjoying this time of year! I’ll be sharing more Christmas paintings this week. 🙂

 

Pine cones and Acorns oil painting
“Pine Cone and Acorns 4″x4” oil on canvas

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Tinsel oil painting
“Tinsel on the Christmas Tree” 4″x4″ oil on canvas

 

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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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Blue Morning Glory

This past weekend, I transplanted my Morning Glory seedlings into hanging baskets. I saw an idea on Pinterest to grow Morning Glories in hanging baskets and let the vines cascade down. It makes a stunning display of color! Last year I grew the flowers on a trellis in the garden but they were too close to the fence and the deer ate the vines, leaving me with nothing! This year I’m outsmarting them and growing my favorite blue flowers hanging from our top decks, 20′ in the air! Take that deer!

Here’s a few of my favorite Morning Glory paintings:

I’m looking forward to creating some more Morning Glory floral paintings this year! And, if you’re on Pinterest follow me and of course I’ll follow back!