Thursday, April 30, 2009

Painting giveaway choices

May 1st I will draw a name from the list of subscribers or followers to my blog. I still don't know how the whole follower thing works exactly. It just turned up on my blog one day. Since then, I have started following some blogs. It's quite convenient because I can read them on my Google Reader all at the same time, at my leisure and without them getting lost in my email.

Here are three paintings that the winner may choose from. They are all 6 inches square and have been in my Etsy shop.

http://pollyjones.blogspot.com/2007/11/candy-cane-unopened.html

http://pollyjones.blogspot.com/2007/02/tape-dispenser-8-by-8-original-oil.html

http://pollyjones.blogspot.com/2009/04/short-and-sweet-daffodil-original.html

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Red Roses in Blue Willow original painting



8 inches square on gallery wrapped canvas. SOLD

I've been painting flowers off and on for 30 years and I still have to quell a rising panic when I look at a flower to paint it. The complexity can overwhelm me. First, I have to block out all the stereotypes in my head of how flowers (especially roses) look. Then I have to break it down to see how it is structured. There is always some gesture to the whole thing that carries through in each petal and also how the petals are configured. And then there's the color. This color is no way close to the real roses. I used a combination of quinacradone violet, alizaron crimson, napthol red, and magenta. None would give me the colors I saw. Oh well, it was still a lot of fun.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Iris in Green Glass original painting

8 inch square acrylic on gessoed masonite, unframed. SOLD

I raced to paint this one before it changed petal positions. It had such a jaunty angle at this stage of unfolding. This was a very small iris right out of my backyard and I put it in my favorite small green bottle. My focus in this painting was to keep the brushwork as fresh as possible and to suggest the details of the iris without getting bogged down in the little details.

Just a reminder that you can sign up to receive emails of my fresh work from my art blog. I am even having a giveaway at the end of April to be drawn from my list of subscribers and followers.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Short and Sweet Daffodil original painting

6 inch square acrylic and mixed media on cradled wooden artist's panel. Here on Etsy.

I'm so thankful for the daffodils in our yard that bloomed this spring. They were totally unexpected as I didn't plant the bulbs until after Christmas! I thought, well, maybe they will survive at least and then bloom next year.

Thank you everyone for the recent comments about yesterdays picture. I had some yays and a nay and a couple of you might not be done yet. I will probably go back to it again. Right now I'm working on a larger painting and in a race to get the flowers done before they fade. Spring brings on a certain frenzy that I just love.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"No Sugar" redo


Okay, I came back to this post (June 19th) and uploaded the finished version. Just a bit more collage added to keep it from being so isolated.

The interior of the cup was really really bothering me...not painted convincingly enough for one thing, also I just couldn't keep my collaging hands off of it! Comments anyone? Should I have left the ocean out of my teacup?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Limes On Dots original painting


5 inches by 7 inches acrylic on canvas. SOLD

More limes and polka dots, they make me happy.

I am planning on having a small painting giveaway drawn from my blog subscribers or followers (at the end of April) You can sign up in the upper left corner where the box is if you are interested.