Still Life

Still life is always a challenge. Learning to set the 'scene' for a still life can be key to successful painting.

Dad's Old Level 14 x 6, watercolor
Highlight & Shadow (Pomegranate)12 x 12, oil on canvas
Pomegranate Mystery20 x 20, oil on canvas
The Pomegranate Queen35 x 35, oil on canvas
Good As Gold5 x 7, oil on canvas
Three Yellows10 x 8, oil on canvas
Festival Pears 10 x 7, watercolor
My Red Plate8 x 10, oil on canvas,See Works for Sale
Great Grandmother's Cut Glass Crystal Dish8 x 6, oil on canvas.
Painting Crystal12 x 9, watercolor
The Dining Room, Morning Light San Anselmo, CA24, 36, oil on canvas
My Lunch Sack, Study I15 x 21, oil on gessoed watercolor paper, in collection of the artist
My Lunch Sack, Study II15 x 21, oil on gessoed watercolor paper, in collection of the artist
With my watercolor students I continually emphasize the importance of working with complements--the two pigments directly across the color wheel. Here is an illustration--in three still life paintings--of the use of complements creating colorful grays.The fourth painting, Three Tomatoes, is different ... it is a study in grays but employing all three of the primaries.
My Favorite Teapota study in purple & yellow 8 x 7, watercolor. Check--Works for Sale.
My Best Kitchen Saucepana study in blue & orange 10 x 8, watercolor
After Breakfasta study in green & red 8 x 7, Check Works for Sale
Red Tomatoes study using the primaries--red, yellow, & blue8 x 10, oil on canvas, in collection of family
Playing with Light12 x 12, oil on canvasSee Works for Sale
Here are two other studies of the use of Complementary Colors ... this time to help make color 'pop' - Cafe Pears and Old Milk Pitcher
Cafe Pear, Blue & Orange, 6 x 6, oil on canvas



Cafe Pear, Yellow & Purple6 x 6, oil on canvas



Cafe Pear, Red & Green6 x 6, oil on canvas
The Old Milk Pitcherabout 7 x 8, watercolor,(in blue & orange)
The Old Milk Pitcherabout 6 x 7, watercolor, (in purple & yellow)
My Small Green Jug6 x 6, watercolor
The Pottery Shop8 x 8, watercolor, in the collection of family
Mother's Flower Vase6 x 8, oil on canvas, collection of the artist
The Pottery Shop, Harmony, California14 x 11, oil on canvasCheck 'Works for Sale'
Losing My Marbles6 x 4, watercolorsee 'Works for Sale'
The Day After (a montage of Pilgrim Place festival booths offerings) 20 x 16, oil on canvasin the collection of the artist
What shall I paint today? Fruits and vegetables, of course. They make great subjects for still life paintings. When I first began to paint I would tell friends that I painted everything I brought home from the grocery.... and then ate it.
Three Lemons10 x 8, watercolor
Local Gardener's Prize Artichoke9 x 12, oil on canvas
That Red Cabbage Moment (My teacher gave me a great lesson while I was working on this painting) 36 x 24, oil on canvas, in collection of the family
Onions & Garlic14 x 11, watercolor
Marsha's Kitchen Garlic11 x 14, oil on canvasA study in transformation - asked to make a painting of geometric shapes ... then, surprise!, we were told to take that painting and transform it into something totally different.
Onions in Green & Red12 x 6, oil on canvas, in the collection of family
Radicchio, Fresh From the Garden10 x 8, watercolor
High Powered Broccoli6 x 12, oil on canvas, in collection of family
Five Pears8 x 10, watercolor on paper
My photo of the five pears as I was setting up a still life on my kitchen table.
Red Plums from Pilgrim Place Tree6 x 6, watercolor on paperCheck 'Works for Sale'
Lois's Turnip in My Red Basket12 x 12, oil on canvas, in the collection of family
The Old Basket(my attempt to re-represent an old 'master')16 x 14, oil on canvas
Cabbages: Stan and Phil grew their cabbages, Cathy wanted a painting of one. Fun for all.
Stan's Cabbage!12 x 9, oil on canvas, in collection of the family
Phil's Cabbage 10 x 8, watercolor
Cathy's Cabbage12 x 12, oil on canvas
Fall Colors & Garden Gifts14 x 11, watercolor
Bowl with Green Stripe10 x 8, watercolor
Teapot with Wire Handle10 x 8, watercolor

Apples! Some early practices in painting with oils ...

Four Paintings of Apples16 x 12, oil on canvas boardsin collection of the artist
Apple Geometry10 x 8, monoprintCheck 'Works for Sale'
The Tea Kettle, in Grays10 x 8, oil on canvas, Check Works for Sale
Harvest Gold9 x 12, India Ink on paper

Painting Windows & Doors from Inside ...

Union Pacific Passing Though, Cheyenne, WY 10 x 8, oil on canvas
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park8 x 10, oil on canvas
Mountain Sunrise, A Collage 14 x 11, torn paper on paper
My Taos Winter Coat16 x 20, oil on watercolor paper, in collection of the artist