March 25, 2010

"The Easter Bunny"

“Easter Bunny”
Original small format oil painting
4”X4” canvas panel
March 2010

The Easter Bunny has just about hidden all of his colored eggs and is taking a little rest before the hunt begins.

March 23, 2010

"Easter Egg Nest"

“Easter Egg Nest”
Original oil painting
6”X6” canvas prepared hardboard panel
March 2010

I have lowered the starting price on this little Easter painting.

The Easter Bunny must have been here, stopping by to color all the eggs in this bird’s nest on his way to the big Easter egg hunt.

I took a 6”X6” hardboard panel and covered it with a finely woven canvas material, then brushed 4 or 5 coats of gesso on, sanding it between coats to give it a nice smooth finish. I did this painting in many transparent layers paying close attention to the “thick over thin” rule of oil painting. I am really happy with the way this one came out. I like the strong contrast between the soft smooth surface of the eggs and the textured rough surface of the nest materials. It has a nice even sheen plus I put a thin coat of fine retouch varnish on it for the finishing layer.

March 17, 2010

"Dinner Time" - Harvest Mouse

“Dinner Time”
Harvest mouse in a wheat field
Original oil painting – on canvas panel
OSWOA® (original small work of art) - 4”X6”
March 2010

This little harvest mouse is taking his dinner in the late afternoon light of the wheat field.

In this little painting I was studying the complementary colors of yellow and purple, which seem to balance each other in much the same way as the little mouse uses his tail for balance as he navigates up and down the wheat stalks.

March 12, 2010

"Bi-color Persian Cat, Daffodil & Ladybug"

“Persian Cat, Daffodil & Ladybug”
5”X7” - Oil painting
Raymar canvas panel (Canvas mounted to hardboard)
Ready to frame in a 5”X7” frame
March 2010

A bi-colored Persian cat finds a curious friend among the new spring daffodils.

There are new spring daffodils coming up all over my backyard!
And it thrills me so much that I just had to go out and pick a few to paint.
A light coat of varnish has been applied to this finished painting.
This is another piece in my “Cats & Flowers” and “Cat’s Eye View” themes.