Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Two Pitchers & an Orange

Two Pitchers & An Orange

16"x20" Oil on Panel

(available $500 - click here)

This is a reworking of one of the first paintings that I ever did.
I didn't change much except to add the white tablecloth.

There was originally a white tablecloth in the setup for the painting, and it is reflected in the jug,
but I was just learning to do backgrounds and I just painted it all purple :)

The 'redone' orange reminds me of Cezanne's paintings, so I left it with the dark outline.
It's always been one of my favorite paintings, and I want to paint the jug again.

Here is the original painting:

What do you think? is it an improvement?

The painting is signed by the artist,
the website copyright appears only on the internet.

I've been working on a couple large commissions.
I plan to show you the process for one of them after it has been delivered.
It is, as usual, a surprise for the recipient, so I can't show it to you in "real time".

I will also be showing you the process for a portrait of a house that I will be painting this week.

Thank you for your interest!!

Please ask any questions - all emails answered!
Please feel free to forward to anyone that is interested.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Angel en Plein Air & Black Lab

Angel en Plein Aire

4"x6" Oil on Panel

available $100

Or click here to email me about this painting.

Quick color study of a concrete angel -
Plein Air means it was painted on location, outside.

I have wanted to paint this angel from the first day I saw it.

As I was finishing up in my studio and through the window I could see the setting sun glowing off the angel. Although there really wasn't enough time to do a full painting, I couldn't resist this little gem.

It is painted using mostly the complementary colors of violet and yellow. This creates the feeling of the cooling shadows and the warmth of the sun. Complementary colors also make a nice neutral color when mixed together.

"Object of My Affections III"

Black Labrador Retriever

4"x6" Oil on Panel


Since Black Labs love everyone and everything and all food, the object of this Black Labrador's affections could be anything you could conceivably throw, including the couch, or an eagerly anticipated food treat

My goal was to capture the eager intensity of a black lab as they wait for you to throw something (anything!)

Paintings are signed by the artist, the website copyright appears only on the internet.

Thank you for your interest in my art, as usual please forward to friends - all emails answered :)

- Liz

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ugh . . .

Ok . . . this is today's painting. A commission mired in the uglies, but that's what I did all day today - hopefully get it pulled out of the uglies tomorrow . . . there are too many things wrong with it to tell you, but hopefully you'll see the difference when I post it tomorrow (or Thursday, since I have to take a 2 hour drive tomorrow afternoon, might not have time to post)

Started a new commission today - two beautiful Golden Retrievers - another big one 24"x36" - Just blocked in the dogs. I don't always do this much detail, but I was having fun with it :)

As always, thank you for your interest and support. All emails answered, forward to your friends!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Border Collie Charity Painting

It's nice to be back in the swing of things again! This week's 100% charity painting is for

Border Collie Rescue of Northern California

Border Collie
4"x6" Oil on Panel

Detail of painting (much larger than life)

Thank you again for your interest in my artwork. I appreciate it more than you know!

- Liz

Staffordshire Terrier

Today's dog painting is a charity painting for the Border Collie Rescue of So. California, and I will send it out in a separate email when I have the auction up and running.

Yesterday's Daily Dog was a Staffordshire Terrier, also called a Pit Bull. I had a lot of fun painting that bad boy! I forgot to include him in last night's email, so here he is, in all his glory -

Staffordshire Terrier
4" x 6" Oil on Panel
$100 to the first person to email me with "Staffordshire Terrier" the subject line.

Thank you again for your interest in my artwork!

- Liz

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Nude Revisited

I had painted a quick nude study a while back - I revisited it today - there were some things about it that bothered me. I was not happy with the face in the original painting, and some of the shadowing was too dark and stark. I had the color too hot in both the light and the shadow.

I ended up repainting it almost completely, but I am much, much happier with it. The face is especially nice. One of the problems that I have is that I am doing this almost completely from imagination. Therefore, I have very little actual shadow or color information and have to invent it. This is not as easy as it sounds! It is much better to have actual visual information to paint from.

Here is a detail of the face. If you'd like to see the entire nude (with strategic "bikini" triangles) click here.

As usual, thank-you for your interest in my painting, please let your friends know about the paintings, and feel free to write. I personally answer all emails.

Beagle Charity Painting

This is the most recent charity painting I have created. It raised over $80 for Nittany Beagle Rescue.

Catching up!

I have been having some real issues with both painter's block and withdrawal from wanting to communicate with anyone, which combine to make it hard to post anything to my blog. The fact that my family reads my entries adds another level of complexity LOL . . . I don't mind pouring my heart out to strangers, but knowing that someone I might have to actually face is reading this, well, it does tend to inhibit me.

I have finally gotten back into the studio and done some paintings, even some of my 'daily paintings' - which were mailed out to my daily painting email list, so if you want to make sure you don't miss any of the paintings, be sure to join the list (there's a button somewhere on this page).

One of the 'daily paintings' I sent out was the process by which I painted this large (24" x 36") painting of two chihuahuas. Each day, I sent a new photo of the progress on the painting. You can see the steps on my daily painting page

Thanks for your interest in my painting, please let your friends know about the paintings, and feel free to write. I personally answer all emails.

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