Saturday, March 25, 2006

March 25 - Baby Goats!

Yesterday I went over to my friend's house in Hemet and picked up our newest milk goat, and she has two kids that came along with her. It made me remember just how adorable baby springtime animals are, so tonight I came in and looked through many, many images of goats that have been born here, both Alpine and Saanen. This Alpine doeling became a great milker, like her mother. The adult goats in our herd wear Swiss bells and the soft ringing music as they roam the pasture is melodic. I could spend hours watching the kids leap and run with pure joy. Original oil, 6 x 6 inches, on gallery wrap canvas--ready to hang. Already sold, sorry!

Friday, March 24, 2006

March 24 - Spring Daffodil and Wine Glass

"Spring Daffodil" (and the wine glass). A sure sign of Spring is here.  I picked one of the daffodils from the planter in the front yard and brought it in and put it in one of our wine glasses.  No ordinary wine glass, my folks bought a set of six of these deep blue-violet blown-glass vessels with the brass bands while on a trip in Mexico. I was along on the trip, done right after I graduated from high school, so these are pushing 40 years old.  I've always loved them, as the glass bulges out through the holes in the brass, making a grand tactile feel not possible with clear stemmed traditional glasses for wine.  The daffodil shows you the scale of the glass, which holds about four ounces.  This is an acrylic, 6 x 4 inches on gallery wrap (no framing needed). $100 

Thursday, March 23, 2006

March 23 - Garlic

"Garlic" Why not? Onions and the companionable garlic, substance for all Italian dishes and bane of werewolves. Shopping is a treat when I can buy things like this common cooking ingredient, and pick just the right one that will be preserved forever, and safe until the next batch of spagetti sauce! This is an original oil on gallery wrap, 6 x 6 inches. I'll put it on ebay later this weekend. $100 if you can't trust you'll get it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

March 22 - Layers (Onions)

"Layers (Onions)" I received a very kind email from a listmember who is newly engaged to be married, saying that my onion paintings are statements of how people reveal themselves to one another, taking the layers off slowly to finally get to the most piquant part of themselves. This 4 x 6 acrylic is done for her, to celebrate the layers we all have. It is already sold.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

March 21 - Molly and Daisy Commission Portrait

"Molly and Daisy" I had mentioned that I've been working on commissions, and this is the first of two that are coming off the easel. It is a composite of several photographs taken by someone other than myself, but I am able to design a workable composition and make a decent go of it. This is a 20 x 16 portrait, and it gives me a great deal of pleasure to do work like this. As it is a commission, it is already sold.

Monday, March 20, 2006

March 20 - Draft Horse Halter Class

"Morning Halter Class" At the Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley, they always have the halter classes (conformation classes) in the mornings. I enjoyed doing this 5 x 7 on board oil of the early morning light on the horses and handlers. If I have the patience, I may do a larger painting. This one is sold.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

March 19 - Sunshine and the Field

"Sunshine and the Field" Back in 2000 I was on location south of Fallbrook, California, and painted this field scene with less than stellar color--it was, well, bland. I have brought in my new color knowledge and made the landscape sing. 12 x 16 oil on board.