Poppy View 16 x 20 Inch Oil Painting

I love color.  I’m constantly thinking about color.  I think about how to make it brighter and more vivid.  I think about how to juxtapose it so that it screams or whispers.  I think about the emotion that different colors stir.  The strange thing about color is that it is an illusion.  We construct it in our mind.  That kinda freaks me out.  I wonder what is really there that I can’t see.  I love mystery!  Anyway, here is another colorful painting (in my head anyway) of what I imagine to be a crowd of red poppies in a natural amphitheater.

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Jemez Iris #2, 12 x 16 Inch Oil Painting

This Iris was painted for Challenge #7, Let’s Paint New Mexico.  The photograph that inspired my iris painting was taken in Jemez, New Mexico.  I am loving the purples.

Jasmine and Peach Still Life 12 X 16 inch Oil Painting

This is my final still life painting from a class I just finished.  The class included 8 still life lessons and 2 lessons on miscellaneous topics.  The teacher is Daniel Edmondson and I enjoyed the class and thought he gave me lots of helpful advice.  I might take the beginning landscape course next.  I painted this on a 12 X 16 canvas with 2 extra coats of gesso on top of the pre-primed coats.