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Oil Painting: Flowers for Paupau

Flowers for Paupau : Oil Painting still life abstract floral
Flowers for Paupau : Oil Painting still life abstract floral

Oil Painting: Flowers for Paupau

Here’s a dark moody floral painting perfect for the middle of winter. This is actually a piece I reworked with oil paints. I painted this in memory of  my late grandmother who passed away a few years ago.

The US is going through a cold snap, with much of the country experiencing sub zero temperatures. It makes me appreciate Oregon winters, even with all the grey and rain.

Here’s some pictures of the Charles River in Boston Massachusetts in winter:

Charles River in winter
Charles River in winter
Charles River in winter
Charles River in winter
Work in Progress: Acrylic Paintings

Meanwhile before I let myself hoard more art supplies I am going through some old art rejects and painting over old canvases. Most of these were acrylic paintings that I had painted a few years ago.

Here’s an acrylic painting I started, years ago. I think I was inspired by this canteloupe:

Work in progress: acrylic on board
Work in progress: acrylic and textured gesso on board
Canteloupe with seeds
Canteloupe with seeds

Here I am preparing the ground with a fairly solid color. It’s interesting to me how fastidious I probably was when I painted them originally and now I am just quickly painting over them to improve them. Just goes to show one shouldn’t treat paintings as too precious.

work in progress: acrylic painting
work in progress: acrylic painting

Old and New Paintings

I got a perfect large sized box from an Amazon delivery to hide some old artwork that had been previously stacked on the floor from the kitty monster. I came across some pretty good ones in the middle of some awful ones.

I did this painting in seventh grade!

painting from seventh grade

These two aren’t paintings, they’re  actually something I did in a print making class years ago on monotypes.

Monotype- grey lily

Basically you paint using oil paints on a plate and then it gets smooshed onto damp printmaking paper (like bfk rives). I remember it being a fun, but time consuming process. If I had a giant printmaking press lying around I’d totally do more. It’s funny looking at these now that I’m getting into oil painting. There’s something about the texture of monotypes that lets the different layers feel like they’re floating on top of each other.

Abstract Monotype

And here’s some new work from this summer.

Peonies, 2017, watermedia painting on paper, 12x16

Summer clematis, 2017, 12x16, mixed media on paper,

Have I progressed or not? What are you thoughts. Happy Solar Eclipse.


Design I Like: Alice McCall

This is my dream dress: pink and floraly and frilly.

Those dusty pink ruffles…💞 @alicemccallptyltd

A photo posted by Kerrie Hess Illustrator (@kerriehessillustration) on

Not sure who the designers are in these last few but I love the pattern and colors in all of them!

Le petit princess @mackenziefoy

A photo posted by @jillandjordan on

Saturday dress flicks 💃💃#saturday #weekendfun

A photo posted by Jaase Designs 🌵 (@jaase_au) on


I just visited my college roommate in Seattle.

We went to the Seattle Art Museum, the special exhibition, Kehinde Wiley, was worth seeing.

art by Kehinde Wiley
art by Kehinde Wiley
art by Kehinde Wiley

Look at that technical mastery- my favorite part was the transparent fabric drapery and the the way the patterns extend from the background to the foreground.

I was also in town for the art walk downtown

My friend also happens to be  quite an accomplished artist, I’ll post her work soon….