Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Cherry Peppers" by Polly Jones, oil on stretched gallery wrapped canvas with 1 and 3/8th " profile, no frame necessary

I went to the grocery store with the plan of buying a red flower to paint, well, I came home with these cherry peppers instead. I've really enjoyed painting on these 12" square canvases with a depth of 1 and 3/8". It gives more room for using different types of brushwork and I like to contrast thick paint with thin. Also these canvases have an object-like quality because of their proportions.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"Red Bottle, Tangerine" 12" by 12" oil on stretched canvas with gallery wrap edge of 1 and 1/2"

This is a reworked version of the painting a few days ago that had a teapot in it. Well, the teapot wasn't working because of color, composition, and troublesome rendering so I scraped it off and tried another tactic.

Monday, January 22, 2007

"Jalopeno Gap" oil painting on 6" by 6" masonite

I had to stand in line to get these peppers. Everyone was loading up on jalopenos. This one turned out to be good and hot, it's always a gamble.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"The Last Pickle" 12" by 12" oil on stretched gallery canvas, no frame neccesary

I don't have a wide range of colors in oils yet. I had gotten a few "vintage" tubes at an estate sale and then splurged on three more tubes and medium. I'm waiting to see how serious I am about pursuing oils til I buy more. So.....I am having to choose subject matter on what colors I have. Pickle juice green today! 12" by 12" oil on gallery stretched canvas with 1 and 1/2" profile. There is no need to frame.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

"Yellow Umbrella's, Unfurled" 12" by 12" oil on stretched canvas

We've been stuck inside because of an ice storm. After all the grey cold, it was good to set up these fun little umbrellas. I've continued to experiment with oils and am finding the advantages and disadvantages. After getting used to easily cleaned acrylics, I feel very whiny about dealing with solvents...but I was able to go back the next day and work on some transitions that would have been impossible with acrylic. This painting took a couple of days as it is larger than I've been doing at 12" square. SOLD

Thursday, January 11, 2007

"Blue Jar With Snapdragons" 12" by 12" oil on stretched canvas

This one is a little bigger than the usual daily painting and it is done with oils, something I've only used a few times, many years ago. My usual media is acrylic. What a different experience... the paint is in constant fluid motion during the process. It's easier to change color decisions in acrylic because of the rapid drying time. Oil has a very long memory for whatever choice you make. It's harder to wipe off areas than I had remembered. I do like how the paint stays wet giving time to change the edges of things. This is going to take some experimention...I'm excited.

12" by 12" oil on stretched canvas. SOLD

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

" Teapot" 8" by 8" acrylic on gessoed masonite

I wish I knew what castle is pictured on this teapot. It is one I found in a thrift store and seems old. It must be a souvenier of some sort.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

"One, Two, Three" 8" by 8" acrylic on masonite, dominoes and dice

These are from a collection of old dominoes I have. I particularly like the old wooden kind to look at even though the white ones are what I grew up playing with. My parents have been part of a club that's been getting together over the course of thirty five years and playing a domino game called "Forty Two." It is very common in Texas and is similar to bridge. My grandfather, a farmer, played regular dominoes at the cotton gin, when farming demands permitted.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

"Grapefruit, Half" 8" by 8" acrylic on gessoed masonite

We are still eating Christmas stocking grapefruit. (Texas Red) It's a challenge to keep the brushwork loose while painting in such a small format. The daily aspect gives me lot's of opportunities to keep trying.


Monday, January 01, 2007

"Chrysanthemum Dream" Acrylic and collage on 8" by 8" masonite.

I took a photographic image of a chrysanthemum that I've used before and drew it with silver paint pen onto black cardstock. This is the collaged part of the piece. I really enjoy combining drawing and painting and an interrupted image with a more complete one. This is a reworked version of the initial post. I did some glazing above the table as well as work all over. SOLD