topiary cats

topiary cats

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Topiary Still Life

Here's a cyan magenta and lemon yellow still life.

8x10 on canvas panel.

The egg really was green. I have been safekeeping it since last April (insides blown out) to paint a still life, and in the middle of this painting my cat sat on the egg and broke it.  I had to use a replacement egg.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Snowdrops Illumination

We are having a wonderful snowstorm tonight. The plant parade project is snowdrops over at WetCanvas, so I thought I should contribute this month in honor of the snow.  The text is a Hildegard von Bingen verse honoring the Virgin Mary.  I chose it because according to my medieval flower book, snowdrops are associated with her.

The design inspiration was the Prayer Book of Michele de Bezzoso, but the motif is my own creation..

9x12 acrylic, ink, and gold leaf paint on paper

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Illuminated Page

I have been cleaning out my studio and I came across this piece i started sometime last year. Instead of finishing up my studio, I am now finishing a couple of old paintings. 

The text is from a Hildegard von Bingen verse.

Acrylic, ink and gold leaf paint on paper. 9x12

Sunday, January 05, 2014


Here is a quick 1 hour sketch of Margaret, same three color challenge as the landscape.  :)

8x10 oil on canvas panel

Primary Landscape Sketch

Here is a little landscape I did in an hour this morning.  The challenge was to just use a limited palette of three colors plus white.  I used quinacridone red, cadmium yellow light, and pthalo blue.

8x10 oil on canvas panel

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Goodbye Drawing Table

Goodbye drawing table that I have been using since high school!  I have dragged every last bit of usefulness out of you.  Since I can't draw on you anymore because you long ago stopped staying stable at an angle, I have been using you as a taboret to keep my brushes and paints next to the easel.  Now, your definite easing into a downward slope is making me excessively nervous.  My daily prayer has been one of thanks that my paints and brushes amd solvent jar did not suddenly slide off you in the middle of the night.  Or the middle of the day for that matter.

So, it is with fond farewell that I bid you goodbye.

Number of cats that interfered with the moving of the table: 3