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 shipped.  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.  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.  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.  Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)
Electric Yellow Rose, 12x9in watercolor

Red Tulips

Still catching up here on this new blog, and today I am spotlighting my red tulips painting, done in watercolor in an Impressionistic style, eye-catching red and green on white watercolor paper.  The original is 9 by 12 inches, sealed with Dorland’s wax, and will be on display at El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City.  I can ship to buyers outside the region also.  Prints are available at my Pixels store, and accessories are at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)

Red Tulips, 9×12 in watercolor

A Single Candle

A single orange candle lit in the darkness, the flame’s glow burning brightly.  Colored pencil on black paper, this is a study for a more complex still life idea I have in mind.  The study turned out so nicely, I had to offer it up.  Original is 12 by 9 inch paper, and is on display at One Stop Feed Store in Crescent City.  Prints are available at my Pixels store and accessories at my RedBubble store. (link open in new tab/window)

A Single Candle, 12x9in still life study in colored pencil

Blue Dragonfly

A colored pencil work on toned paper, Blue Dragonfly shows a very common visitor to our property.  The dragonflies don’t tend to hold still long enough for me to take a couple dozen pictures in hopes of having one turn out decent, so I found the reference photo over on a site called Pixabay, which has thousands of copyright-free photos for artists and graphic designers.

This year we have seen a new color variation of dragonfly – in addition to the blues, the greens, and the copper/rust ones, I remarked the other morning that we have now seen a black dragonfly with yellow segments on the tail.  Once I get a good enough grasp on the dragonfly body and wing shapes, I’ll try to draw one of those as well, but for this piece I decided to start with the most-familiar blue dragonfly.

The original is currently on display at One Stop Feed Store in Crescent City, but can be shipped to someone outside the region.  Prints are available at my Pixels store and prints and accessories are at my RedBubble store. (links open in new tab/window)

Blue Dragonfly, 12x9in colored pencil on toned paper

Monarch Butterfly on Coneflower

This painting is on display at El Amigo Restaurant in Crescent City.  The inspiration for this piece came when I asked my son if there is anything he would like to see me paint, and he immediately informed me he loves monarch butterflies.  The original is still available, an 8 by 10 inch watercolor, sealed with Dorland’s wax (that is actually an art medium made for use with oil paint, but heartily adopted by watercolorists for preserving and protecting watercolor art).  A slightly larger range of prints are available at my Pixels store, and a range of accessories are at my RedBubble store for those who are interested.

Monarch on Coneflower
10x8in watercolor

Johnny Jump Ups

Beautiful purple Johnny-jump-ups, also called purple pansies and even violas, against the soft blurred green background of their foliage.

Original is 9 by 12 inches, watercolor on hot press paper, sealed with Dorland’s wax and on display at One Stop Feed Store in Crescent City, FL.  I can ship to buyers out of the region.  Prints and accessories available through my Pixels store and also RedBubble (which also has apparel).  (Note: links open in a new tab/window.)

Johnny-Jump-Ups