Mom’s Flowers

My mom loves floral paintings.  The painting with the pottery was an older painting I did.  She had it on a wall in her livingroom when the walls were painted a deep rusty red.  Her furniture and accessories were all earthtones so it fit nicely.  When my mom decided to remodel, she painted the walls a bright celery green.  The painting didn’t really fit so I painted her some flowers that had a green toned background and lots of leaves.  I’m not wild about the yellow flower painting, but she enjoys it.  I guess that’s all that matters.  Both paintings are acrylic.

pottery

Pottery

 

yellowflowers

Yellow Flowers in vase

 

Spiced Pears

Spiced Pears

This is a painting I did ages ago for a class final.  For the final, I had to paint anything I wanted, and I did a trio of canning related pictures.  One of the paintings was of stacked canning jars filled with fruits, veggies, and sauces.  Two of the paintings looked like photographs and vintage looking recipes surrounded the subject of the recipe. This one, of course, is pears, and they are one of my favorite subjects to paint.  For this, I taped off the middle square first and painted the “photograph.”  I re-taped and added the off-white edging using acrylic spray paint.  I really wanted it to look like a Polaroid.  The surrounding pears were painted and I added the decoupage of the recipe last, I added several layers of acrylic medium to the painting so that the recipe blended better.  I love how this one turned out, and one of these days, I will post the other paintings if I can talk the owners into photographing them.

pear Recipe

Pearly Whirly

Pearl was a miniature dachshund that was part of my parent’s household for many years.  Sadly, my little puppy-sister passed away last year. My folks do have two other dogs and a cute cat, but Pearl will be missed.    I called her Pearly Whirly, and I loved how she would snuggle with me in the morning when I visited.  My folks got up early, and I did not.  Apparently, Pearl wasn’t an early riser, either, so she would sleep with me until I decided to get up. My dad compiled a picture collage of pearly, and I thought it would be a good idea to give him a picture of Pearl for Christmas.    She was a butterball!  I painted just her head and my parents loved the painting Pearly Whirly

Below is the acrylic painting I did.  As with my other acrylics, I textured a lot and added lots of glazes.  This is the first picture I did of a pet, and I was happy with the results

Pearly Whirly

If I had a million blue Ball jars

No seriously, I wish I had a million blue Ball jars.  I might just settle for a crap ton of them.  I would photograph them and paint them and paint them some more and just go a little crazy with the paintings of Ball jars and use a ridiculous amount of run-on sentences while I do it.  As it is, I have several of these gorgeous aqua jars, and I will be adding to my collection when I can.  This painting with flowers was a gift for a friend.  Her bathroom was all aqua and purple, and I thought a photo of lilacs in a jar I came across would make a beautiful painting.  The painting is an acrylic 8×10 on canvas.  For acrylics, I use a variety of paint brands (mostly Golden, Liquitex, Dick Blick, and M. Graham), and I also use glazes and gel mediums.  For this painting, I added a gel medium to the background because I wanted a textured feel.  I glazed on top to bring out the texture, as well.

Lilacs in Ball jar