Sunday, May 23, 2021

Commission Sneak Peaks

I recently completed two new commission paintings.  Below are sneak peak photos of the brushwork up close.  These paintings are "recreations" of paintings I have done in the past (can you guess which ones?).  My intention is never to replicate a painting stroke by stroke, but to create a unique and original work of art using a similar composition and color scheme.  These paintings are also a slightly larger size than the originals which lends them an extra bit of detail (the brush strokes are relatively smaller compared to the size of the canvas).  Fun fact, no matter what size of canvas I paint, I typically use the same size paint brush to complete the majority of the brushwork!  I plan to upload photos of the complete paintings after these ship to their new owner in June or July.  Stay tuned!
Commission #1:


Commission #2:


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Apple Orchard II (2021), 9 x 10"

 A few months ago a client contacted me to commission a reproduction of a former painting of mine.  My original Apple Orchard painting is a perennial favorite.  Often when people reach out to me to comment on my work, they mention the Apple Orchard painting.  So, when my latest clients wanted me to recreate this painting, I was thrilled to "return" to the orchard, so to speak.  It was a pleasure to revisit this beloved place and to paint it again with fresh eyes.  Any time a client wants me to recreate a former painting, I always tell them that while I will do my best to capture the composition and colors of the original painting, each painting is it's own unique artwork.  So, it wasn't my intention to recreate the original stroke by stroke, but instead capture the essence or the feeling of the original while creating something unique and one-of-a-kind.  Here it is!

For close-up photos of this work, see my previous post

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Another Commission Painting Sneak Peek!

This past January I completed my latest commission for a client.  This was a fun project for me--I revisited the subject of an older painting and got to expand on it just a little with a new canvas size.  I will wait to post a full photo until the new owners take it home, but for now here are some close-ups of the brushwork and texture.


Monday, February 17, 2020

Daisy (2020), 8 x 8 in.

Some of my favorite projects are pet portraits. This one was especially sentimental to me. My friend recently lost her sweet bulldog, Daisy. This portrait of Daisy commemorates her delightful spirit and dedicated companionship.

Here are some photos of the finished oil painting, as well as some in-progress shots:


Sunday, December 1, 2019

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Prints are high-quality archival replicas of my original oil paintings. The prints wonderfully capture the colors and the texture of the oil paint. Printed on the highest quality matte fine art paper; Hahnemuhle brand 100% cotton, textured watercolor paper. This luxurious watercolor paper has a lovely texture and thickness which enhances the vibrancy of the colors and gives the image a sense of depth. Printed with Epson UltraChrome K3 ink rated to last over 100 years.

My oil paintings are one-of-a-kind and lovingly painted and signed by me. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Backyard Zinnias (2018), 4 x 4 in.

The image above is just about the actual size of this tiny little painting.  Wishing it was Springtime!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Before and After: Still Life with Roses, 9 x 12 in.

 This still life painting has been bothering me for ages...

It's uninteresting, lacks vibrancy, and even though I revised the background once before, it just never felt right.  So, I set it aside for a long time...several years...(um, maybe six years...).  Just last week I finally felt inspired to try some new revisions, and here's the result:

I think I love it!  It's lively, vibrant, full of movement and life, and slightly abstract.  I deepened the shadows and added more defined petals on some of the flowers. I like how it's not clear where the actual flowers end and the background begins. It feels more like one of my paintings now, full of texture and saturated colors.

For sale at my Etsy shop here!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bluebell Forest (2017), 22 x 28 in.

Here is the finished painting!  You may have recognized this painting as similar to one I completed in the past. The clients who commissioned this painting fell in love with a bluebell forest painting I completed in 2010. They, however, wanted theirs to be much larger in size. The final painting has a bit more detail than the original, but contains the same composition and color scheme. Because of it's large size, I did more layering of the paint than with the original painting, which was only 8 x 10 in. and completed in a single sitting. In order to make sure I covered the entire canvas with paint, and no white showed through, I painted an underlayer over the whole canvas and then added a second layer where I applied the paint in thick textural daubs.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Commission Painting Sneak Peek!

Here's a sneak peek of a new commission I am working on. The painting is finished, but I will wait to post a full pic until the new owners take it home.  For now, here are some close-ups of the brush work.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Willow Trees at Lilypons (2016), 8 x 16 in.

For some reason, the colors in painting were exceptionally difficult to capture accurately with my camera.  After a bit of Photoshop editing, this is pretty close.  I have to say I am pretty fond of this new painting.  I tried out a new technique which involves a bright reddish underlayer.  This underlayer shows through between the daubs of paint and gives it a luminous, glowing quality.  I am also very fond of these particular willow trees.  One of them was previously featured in my other painting of Lilypons.


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