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Appletini – Something Different

It was a busy week here on the farm with company and the big Thanksgiving feast.  The weather has been pretty great, too – all sunshine and balmy temperatures.  In November, this means more outdoor chores, such as, chopping firewood, cleaning gutters, etc.

Appletini, oil on canvas, 16 x 12, Kit Miracle

All of these activities mean that I only completed one painting this week.   I call it Appletini since it features a big red apple in a martini glass with a silver shaker behind it.  The reflections were what really attracted me.  This is similar to previous paintings that I’ve posted on here, Apple Jack, and Two Lemons and a Martini Glass.  I don’t know why but I like placing objects in unusual situations.  Props courtesy of Goodwill thrift shop.

I’m not quite sure if I’m finished with the painting but I probably am.  What do you think?

Of course, available on my Etsy shop and can be shipped in time for the holidays.

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The Green Bowl Part 1

Last Sunday, my friend Laura Pommier and I spent the afternoon painting a still life in my studio.  It’s very interesting how two people can look at the same things and come up with entirely different paintings.  Well, a little wine, some snacks and lots of good talk.  It was an afternoon well spent.  Then yesterday I worked on the painting some more, adding the final details.

This is painted on a panel, 12×24 and was toned a pinky-peach color.  Notice in the detail images how I allowed that to shine through for an added glow.

The Green Bowl, 12x24, oil on panel

The Green Bowl, 12×24, oil on panel

The Green Bowl detail 1

The Green Bowl detail 2

The Green Bowl detail 3

The Green Bowl detail 3

Frequency of plein air painting

I’m often asked how I can find the time to paint, especially with a full-time job.  My answer is that if it’s really important to you, you’ll make the time.  In my case, summers are my less busy time but in the performing arts season, my weekends are usually busy.

Plein air oil painting of apples, 8 x 10

One of the good things about living on my 90 acres is that I can just walk out the door of my studio and find something paintable, nearly every season, any time of day.  Sometimes I don’t have a great deal of time to pack up and drive to some scenic location so I start scouting around the farm for something interesting.

This past weekend I just walked behind my studio into my apple orchard to do a quick plein air sketch.  The wind was blowing, the bugs were biting, but this little 8 x 10 oil painting only took about an hour.  It’s not so much the finished product as the practice.  Sargent used to paint daily, even when he was visiting friends, and then wipe off his canvases at the end of the day to start anew the next day.  I won’t tell you how many layers of painting some of my canvases have.  😉