Goldfish

 I did this piece as a test of a new set of oil pastels, but quickly realized the beauty and finished it.  A vivid and colorful goldfish changing direction effortlessly and gracefully in the blue water, its scales seem to change from a deep gold to a fiery orange.

My mother has claim on the original piece, which is oil pastel on 14 by 11 inch primed paper and sealed to prevent smudging.  Prints are available through my Pixels store, and shirts and accessories through my RedBubble shop. (links open in new tab/window)

Goldfish, 14x11in oil pastel on paper

Red Rose in oil pastel

A vibrant red rose in bloom against a grey-blue background, with the brilliant green of the leaves and stem catching the light.  Done in oil pastel on an 11 by 14 inch canvas panel, this was only my second big oil pastel piece.  The oil pastel on the canvas makes an interesting optical effect, and gives it almost a 3D look.  Original is available, locally or through Daily PaintWorks which uses PayPal for the transaction.  Prints in various different sizes can be ordered through my Pixels store, while accessories and swag can be found at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)

Red Rose, 11x14in oil pastel on canvas panel

Charcoal Still Life Quarter Wedge Squash

A charcoal still life of a squash, with a quarter cut out and a wedge sliced off to reveal the rich flesh and seeds within.  Vegetables are a popular subject for still life works, right up there with flowers.  I did a little research into still lifes, and discovered this was an art category that women play a prominent role even back into Renaissance time.

Quarter Wedge Squash, 12x9in charcoal still life
The original is roughly 12 by 9 inches (23 cm by 31 cm, made in France), on 100% cotton paper, with a coat of fixative, and available.  It is currently on display at El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City, Florida. If you live outside the area, you can purchase the original through Daily PaintWorks and have it shipped to you. Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories and more styles of prints are at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)

Blooming Pink Rose

This technically-a-drawing* of a pink rose was my first project using oil pastels on black canvas paper.  It scanned nicely, but like oil paint, oil pastel just looks better in person.  There is a quality to the work that neither camera nor scanner is able to convey, which is one reason I am announcing that this (along with Red Tulips and Electric Yellow Rose) are going to El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City for local display later today.  I should probably note that artwork on display is also for sale if anyone wishes to purchase the originals.  If you are out of the local area, you can purchase originals through Daily PaintWorks, which uses PayPal.  For those who want prints, including in larger or smaller sizes, those can be purchased through my Pixels store, and for those who like accessories like apparel, mugs, or a clock can buy that through my RedBubble store. (external links open in new tab/window)

Blooming Pink Rose, 12x9in oil pastel

* I define a drawing as anything where the original surface is still visible, while a painting has the entire surface – whether paper or canvas – completely covered with the medium (watercolor, pastel, etc.)

Electric Yellow Rose

I finished up this close-up of a yellow rose this evening, and when it was dry enough I showed it to hubby, who immediately commented, “Wow, electric!”  That’s where the electric part of this piece’s name comes from.  Hubby says the combination of yellow with purple (or violet, if you prefer) just pops in a beautiful way.

Original is 12 by 9 inch watercolor, sealed with Dorland’s wax, and I will take it to El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City for display locally, ands also listed for sale at Daily Paintworks for those outside the local area..  Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)
Electric Yellow Rose, 12x9in watercolor