Monday, October 5, 2015

Chili Peppers

I love my new Montana paints!  The orangey-red in this painting is called "Chili Pepper", so hmmm, that's a good name.   :D

This is three 16x20s=48"x20".  I have been selling many abstracts on ebay, on the advice of an artist friend I did not put them under sunnyavocado name, I was told that I have too many different subjects and styles going on.  Well. I guess that's just my personality.  I like to experiment.

So, I decided to put this one here and any others that make the cut.  You can find detail photos and see the auction, here:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ice Crystals & Mesmerized

So even though I am only posting once a month, I am actually still painting almost daily!  I have been doing a lot of testing, experimenting and overall a lot of fun-having while my husband encourages me.  I have now taken up the office space, the dining room, the garage/shop, the outbuilding down by the water and the   corner of the bedroom...Oy. 
So here are a couple of things I worked on.  This is an 18x24":
"Ice Crystals" because that's what it reminds me of.  Blues, Pure White, Silver.  Oh yeah.


And my favorite-don't care-if-it-kicks-about-here-for-a-while-painting, also an 18x24":
"Mesmerized" Blues (of course),Bronze, Silver, White.  LOVE this one.



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Resin, how do I love thee...

Hey!  I am still here!  I've been doing lots of R&D.  :D

I mean playing around with materials.  (and having a great time!)  Resin is my new love, and I have returned to my first love-abstract.  And Voila!  My first 2 hybrids that passed:

These photos have a CRAZY amount of shine, as resin is like a glass coating.  I thought I did take photos of the abstracts before the resin, but they were not finished bcuz I kept playing with them and THEN forgot to take new pics.'ll have to trust me and the quality of my work rather than these photos.  ;)  I am so very happy with these!!

There was a lot of texture from the paint and mediums, then the resin, so there is a 'relief' to these that I really like.  Here are a few close ups:


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cris' Abstract

I have been friends with Cris for decades!  No matter how much time goes by, she will be my forever friend.  (I hope that makes up for the year and a half she has been waiting for this abstract!)  She gave me no boundaries except that she wanted big, and earth colors with a pop of red.

This is an acrylic, 40"x60" stretched canvas with lots of texture that I wasn't so sure was finished.  Cris was coming for a visit so I hung it on the wall and seeing it there, I liked it better.  It's done.  Whew, glad she likee.  

(Of course, it has a much more harmonious look to it in real life, but this photo will give you a sense of it.)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Italian Greyhound

I watched Scott Naismith on Youtube, he's a landscape painter with a bit of abstraction, my favorite kind of art.  And he kept saying, too much contrast is not natural.  This is a much more natural looking painting.  I toned down the color shifts and didn't use big pops of color.  I like it.  It was a change of pace but I really had to stop myself from putting in big yellows and oranges and blues...

So, I am trusting my Iphone 6 plus camera, looks like correct colors/likeness to the real painting.  Looks great on my laptop too.  I like this color combo, perhaps I will do another something in the same colors.

6"x10" acrylic on masonite

Photo cred  Jean
cc by 2

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bitten (PB&J #32)

 This will be the last peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a while, there are limitless subjects left unexplored!

This is a 5"x5" acrylic on masonite.

I have had a heck of a time trying to get colors to appear right online, bought a calibrator and tried many settings.  I am just using my Iphone 6 plus camera now.  Everyone who receives the painting they won or bought says it looks so much better than online.  So that will have to suffice. 

Oh, and I'm trying out cradled birch wood panels...I bought a bunch shallow and deep profiles.  I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Midnight Snack (PB&J #31)

So here is #31 PB&J.  If it is very late and you are viewing this sandwich and it makes you hungry, (or even drool!), stay calm, you are probably just having a midnight snack attack.  Oh, others are having the same experience?   Well then, I call me lucky.  : )

5"x7" acrylic on masonite board.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Traveling Chicken

So this troop of ceramic chickens goes from artist to artist around the globe to inspire creativity and an art piece everywhere they stop. This is the blog:   They came from Canada to me...and now on their way to their next adventure.

 It's acrylic on a 5"x5" masonite board. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Couldn't Wait (PB&J #30)

Around midnight I started setting up this fresh PB&J when son came downstairs and asked if he could have it when I was done.  I told him it would be stale and maybe crispy since it was wonder bread...and right in front of me he took an enormous bite out of it!  After I smacked his arm, he just laughed and went back upstairs.  Sigh.  Kids.

So I painted it.  That's real life for ya.
5"x5" acrylic on masonite

Monday, May 18, 2015

PB& J E L L Y! (#29)

​Okay, so this is my 29th PB&J and hubby said..."That looks like a real PB&J." 
That is high praise coming from him.  I think it looks great on my laptop but not as good on my ipad.  Different type of screens, so what can you do?
5"x5" acrylic on masonite board.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Scissor Tailed Flycatchers

12"x24" acrylic on stretched canvas.
Beautiful birds, photographs by Ken Slade by permission.  Thanks Ken!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Great White Egret

I had intended on making this closer to realism but then left it a bit abstract-y.  I like it this way.
Photo reference Fahim Rahman.  Thank you!!

18"x24" deep canvas.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mr. Finley

We call him that when we are in a formal setting.  :D

This will have to be it for a while because people (my family) keep telling me I'm obsessed with my dog.  I don't know where they'd get such an idea.  ;)

8x8 stretched deep canvas

Saturday, February 7, 2015