Tuesday, February 22, 2011


The painting of the Zippo lighter is my entry into the weekly Daily Paintworks Challenge. This week Michael Naples presented a photograph of a Zippo lighter and instructions to use only two colours, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine with white for the painting. It was a great process, thank you so much Michael for the challenge!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pears on Pewter

This is the first painting that I have had time to paint since the 'rose' challange painting. I really liked how the colours of the pears reflected on the metal surface of the plate.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Happy Valentine's Day. My entry to the Daily Paintworks Challenge.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Last Day of Summer

I worked up the small 8"x10" scketch of the same name yesterday afternoon and finished it today. It is a much larger piece than I have been used to working on in the past few months, and I thoroughly enjoyed the large brushes and gobs of paint. Liberating.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pears - for Carol Marine's Challenge

These 8 tiny paintings were completed for the weekly challenge that Carol Marine has started on her blog. Now that I have painted them the next challenge will be to upload them to her website. That was a joke, as I am new to computing and I do expect this will be a challenge. Check out all of the entries by going to Carol's blog from the link on my Blogs that I follow list.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Red Chilli Peppers on Green

I enjoyed painting the previous piece so much that I decided to repeat the chillies on a contrasting background. I can't say that I am finished painting red chilli peppers.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - a study

I was enchanted with these red peppers when I saw them at the local grocery store and I knew I would be painting them.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Apple - a study

A single apple in a dark background.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Coffee Mugs

I've been hoarding my old coffee mugs for ages meaning to paint them when I had time. They are are wonderful subjects for improving drawing skills, setting up interesting compositions, working with proportions of values - all the things I need to work more on.