Monday, May 30, 2016

Painting No. 3: Pink Rose


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I'm pretty sure this flower is a rose...but if I'm wrong...let me know!  I'm not the greatest horticulturist.  When I first started putting paint on the canvas I was really excited.  Painting with saturated pink is fun!  About 2/3 of the way through I started to get discouraged though not sure if it was all going to come together.  In the end, I feel good about it.  

6x6 oil on canvas panel.  Email me at with any questions!  Thanks.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Painting No. 2: Bell Pepper 2

My second attempt at painting the same bell pepper and my second oil painting!  Zach said the first one was a little happier.  He's probably right.  I tried to capture the dark values better so this one has a little more drama than the first.  Was a ton of fun to paint.  

6x6 oil on canvas board.  Email me at
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Painting No1: Bell Pepper

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This painting was my first attempt at using oils since I was 12 years old...that was awhile ago :)  Soooooo different from using acrylics, but I loved it!  The painting is still wet...not sure how long it will take to dry.  My acrylic paintings dried so fast.  I now understand how oil painters are able to get their edges to kind of bleed into the background.  I don't know if it happened in the right place but that is what happened on the left side of the pepper.  I was pretty intimidated getting started and had really low expectations.  But I'm really pleased with how it turned out!  Started working on another painting of a bell pepper during my daughter's nap today.  If it turns out decent I'll post it too!  I also have another painting I finished a few days ago that I will post soon.  

6x6 oil on canvas.  Email me at!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Diving Deep

I painted this scuba diver for another Daily Paintworks Challenge called the "Underwater Challenge".
Once again, never painted anything like it.  I'm still so new to painting and there are so many different ways to experiment and learn something new.  I'm happy with the way the drawing went.  I wasn't sure if I would get the proportions right or the perspective!  It was also fun to paint the values on the diver.  Painted the whole thing with no black or green tubes of paint.  I added the bubbles at the last moment...afraid that it would mess the whole thing up but I think they turned out pretty well.  Still didn't get the photo to look exactly like the painting...the color is a little off but closest I could get!

8x10 acrylic on canvas.  Email me at if interested in purchasing.  Thanks!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wimberley River

I painted this picture from another photo taken during our trip to Wimberley.  It actually looks pretty different than the photo.  A lot of the trees in the photo were dead but I didn't want to put that in the painting.  So I made it much more green than it was in reality.  I might try to paint another one with more of the dead trees just to see what that's like.  It's a peaceful painting to me.  I didn't use any green paint...just mixed it all from blues, yellows, reds and white.  Again, so much to learn! Each painting is just another chance to learn and try to figure things out.  I really enjoy it though and hope that one day, 10 years from now I'll still be painting and be able to see so much progress!  

Acrylic painting on 5x7 canvas.  If interested in purchasing please email me at  Thanks for stopping by!

Dappled Light

I painted this from a picture Zach took while we were in Wimberley, TX earlier this week.  We stayed in a really cute house with a large screened in porch and beautiful garden.  Zach thought I might like trying to paint the shadows and light on the shed door.  It was tough and I have so much to learn but I'm glad I gave it a try.  Excited to start my oil painting class in June!

Acrylic 5x7 on canvas.  Contact me at if interested in purchasing.  Thanks!!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mama Duck

I'm sure there are a lot of things that can be improved on this painting but I really love it.  I started it a few days before Mother's Day but didn't get a chance to finish it until this week.  It was done for a challenge!  I did a few of those last summer but this was the first one in many months.  It was fun to try something I've never done.  

8x10 acrylic on wrapped canvas.  Please email me at if interested in purchasing!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Green Apple No 2

Second painting in an apple series.

6x6 acrylic on canvas board.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Green Apple

Painted a green apple today.  I'm going to try to do several paintings of green apples in a row to see what I can learn from it.  This painting probably should have been easy but it was hard for me.  First, the green colors were too transparent.  I had to paint several layers before it thickened up and then it took me a long time to find green colors that I actually liked on the apple.  The apple has a lot more blue in it than I really wanted.  I had pretty much given up on it and then it kind of pulled together at the end.  

There are lots of things I read about...edges, brush work, VALUES especially, color mixing, compositions and more....

Zach got me painting classes as a gift for our anniversary this year.  They start in mid-June.  It is a really sweet gift but I'm really intimidated by it!  I think it will be so good though to have someone I can learn from and ask all my questions.  

Morning Coffee

I painted this picture last Saturday but I'm just now getting around to posting it on the blog.  It was a tough one and I'm surprised that I was able to finish it during my daughter's nap...though it was a long nap!  I painted it from a photo that I took last summer when I was in Austin with my husband for a friend's wedding.  We had breakfast the next morning at a great place called Kirby Lane.  The most challenging part for me was getting the shape of the mug correct.  I know that the ellipse still isn't quite accurate.  It was also challenging to get all of the colors on the mug correct.  I'm pretty sure the high lights are too light.  Probably not supposed to point out the flaws...oh well!  The coffee creamer was actually the most fun part to paint...and the background.

Painted on 8x10 wrapped canvas.  Email me at if interested in purchasing.  Thank you!!!