Friday, March 25, 2011

"Apple Bananas"

6x6", oil on canvas board

This was another painting done when we were in Hawaii in January (the papaya paintings were the earlier ones). In all cases I seem to have used an orange and purple background and yellow fruit. Bananas are fun because they're kind of faceted. So I had to figure out the variants on the native color. Then the variant with the reflected orange. Fun stuff.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Bottoms Up"

6x6", oil on canvas board

I thought I'd do a painting with more subdued colors. I've noticed that I really like hot colors, which is fine for the small works. After all, when it's only 6x6" or 8x8", it might need more punch. But I was finding that I didn't know how to do something more low key. Hence some practice. I'm also exploring fuzzy edges.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


8x8x0.5", oil on canvas board (with hanger slot)

This one felt good to paint. That's important to me. I've discovered that painting isn't just about what I produce, but how I feel as I'm producing it. I can find fault with some of the details, but it has a looseness that I like.

Monday, March 7, 2011


6x6", oil on canvas board

Another in my recent gourd series. Hey, I like shadows. And they make cool negative space.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"Thai Round Eggplant"

6x6", oil on canvas board

I found these at my local grocery store. They were only about three inches across, and I was utterly charmed by them. They also look a lot like some small round tomatoes I painted long ago. There's another thing I noticed with this painting, which is that it's dark on a light background. Lots of my paintings are the other way around, but that gives this one some kind of buzz.